What is capsule wardrobe and how to form it

Monday, December 17, 2018

The minimal set of clothes that perfectly combine with each other – seems too good to be true! But apparently the capsule wardrobe, as such consisting of basic colors and their combinations, is a real thing and a concept that has grown in popularity over the last few years. Investing in such a wardrobe will surely be a success, because the main idea is to have a few but fashionable and high-quality things you can create many outfits with. Hopefully some of these tips will make you «wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear» syndrome less severe

The most important rules for creating a capsule wardrobe are: 

  • Identify the style you follow most often. If you work in the office - create a capsule wardrobe that will help you to mix different items and still to stay dressed formally. If you spend a lot of time at home or walking with children - choose a comfortable casual style.
  • Incorporate only those things in which you feel confident and which appeal to you in terms of the fabric quality, style, color and price. The most expensive and high quality capsule components should be outer clothing and shoes.
  • Identify the most beneficial silhouettes for your shape, body type and general image, then try to follow them when you form the base of the capsule in order for whatever you choose to suit you perfectly.
  • Select a color palette. Capsule wardrobe can consist of no more than 5 colors, successfully combined with each other. Therefore, when creating a capsule wardrobe, it's worth remembering the rules of color blocking and not being afraid of experimenting with colors! For example, in any of your outfits you can choose one base (black), 2 main (white and powder) and 2 auxiliary colors (gray and sky blue).
  • Pick up accessories. Shoes, bags, scarfs, hats and jewelry –they should be versatile. For example, one bag should match 3-5 capsules-outfits, minimalist style should be preferable.
  • Find your color type. There are some rules on how to combine different colors of clothes properly and it is especially important to remember them during the cold season, when everything we want is to roll up into the huge black sweaters and dull coats.
  • All colors are divided into warm and cold. Depending on your skin tone and undertone, you can determine which ones are more suitable for you. If you are the owner of tanned skin with a yellow tint and have a natural flush - you should stick to a warm palette. If you have blue eyes and pale skin - give preference to cold colors.
  • In this season, cashmere or merino wool sweater of the neutral colors should be presented in everyday capsules: beige, brown, dark blue, light blue, gray or black are the colors. To complete the everyday capsule outfit stylists recommend adding a final touch in the form of an interesting accessory that will draw the attention and spice up the look.

After having analyzed all your daily activities and forming your basic capsules (consisting of 5-10 items of clothing forming one outfit), you will minimize the time of picking up the outfit in the morning and will always look great. So this concept has so many advantages you are missing a lot if you do not try it.


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