Building A Capsule Wardrobe
I've been mildly obsessed with the idea of a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is really a minimalistic approach to mixing and matching to create a wide variety of outfits. Susie Faux invented both the phrase and the concept back in the 70s. The owner of the London shop Wardrobe
, she's a great believer that women require less quantity, more quality.
Items in a capsule wardrobe are usually classic, timeless pieces that can traverse fads and trends. Some capsule wardrobes have one or two trendy items that can be swapped out but the essentials pretty much hold their own. I've done a fair bit of observing what capsule wardrobe-rs have in theirs and read what most capsule wardrobe consist of. It must be remembered that capsule wardrobes have no room for ill fit or anything you don't have love for. Every piece pulled out and worn must look nothing less than fabulous on you and dressing up each morning will be a breeze.
Most capsule wardrobe-rs have shirts, tshirts, pencil skirt, pants, jeans, blazer in their mix but when considering how I should put together my own capsule wardrobe, I replaced a pencil skirt for an A-line and pants with more jeans since this capsule wardrobe must fit my lifestyle and my body shape and most importantly, what I feel great in. I haven't found a pair of pants or a pencil skirt that I feel that I look my best in so jeans and A-line skirts are pretty much my wardrobe staples. I also added in shorts based on the fact that I live in a very warm country all year round. In fact this post is inspired by a blogger who has a simple capsule wardrobe which she dresses differently by the use of accessories. She has a collection of the most gorgeous Hermès
scarves and bags which she uses on all her outfits. Of course, I don't have the means for that type of high end accessories but if I do adopt a capsule wardrobe, it would mean much more conscious spending and less on frivolity and I sincerely believe that it is possible then to slowly build up more quality items.
I love all the items above, kept most of it simple so that I can accessorize them easily. I can honestly say that I can pair every single top in there to the bottoms and be proud to wear it out. You might see some items in there I already have since the best way is to build a capsule wardrobe from what I already have and then fill in the gaps. I concede it is impossible for me to give up my current wardrobe because I haven't really made use of it to the best I can so this capsule list that I've made up will currently serve as a useful vacation capsule wardrobe. I hope to get rid of more things in my wardrobe slowly and start to pare it down to this.
What do you think of my capsule wardrobe selection? :) If you are going to build yourself a capsule wardrobe, what are some of the essentials you must
Labels: Capsule Wardrobe, Minimalist