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How to Make a Timeless Capsule Wardrobe and Liven It Up

‘Capsule wardrobe’ is a collection of essential pieces of clothing that remain fashionable no matter the age and current trends. It’s a term coined by Susie Faux back in the 1970s. A renowned boutique owner even then, and one of the leading experts on all things fashion today, she gave a gift for all women. She was the first who actually classified this type of clothing collection, and then proceeded to make it a fashion staple. The idea was supported by numerous designers, like Donna Karan. It became extremely popular with women, who wanted to look great without spending a fortune on a complete wardrobe replacement every season.

1.    Making a Perfect Capsule Wardrobe for You: Choose Your Essentials

The very idea of a capsule wardrobe is that it contains several common clothing pieces. These are no one-of-a-kind designer pieces you can’t wear anywhere but the red carpet. However, this doesn’t mean that every capsule wardrobe out there is the same. It’s your personal collection of clothing, so it must reflect your personality and lifestyle. For example, an average wardrobe should include a black pencil skirt. But if you hate wearing skirts on principle, of course you don’t have to waste your money on it.

So, the first thing you should do is to make up your own list of staple clothing pieces. You can use the general capsule wardrobe list for inspiration, but put your personal preferences first.

Average Capsule Wardrobe for Women:

  • Skinny jeans
  • Pencil skirt (black or dark blue)
  • White shirt
  • Blazer (black or dark blue)
  • Tailored trousers
  • Little Black Dress
  • Trenchcoat
  • Cashmere sweater
  • 2-3 plain short and long-sleeved T-shirts
  • Sundress
  • Long boots
  • Black pumps
  • Ballet flats

2.    Livening Up Your Capsule Wardrobe: Get Creative with Details

No matter how creative you are, the clothing in your capsule wardrobe is bound to be elegant but rather plain. It’s this ‘universality’ that makes this collection so great, but it also makes it boring.

The best way to liven it up and make sure the capsule wardrobe reflects your unique personality is through accessories. That’s where you shouldn’t stop yourself from being whimsical. So, if you want to wear a lovely necklace with black Swarovski crystal in pewter with your white plain T-shirt, trousers, and blazer, go for it!

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In fact, check out how some amazing shared their experience of building up a capsule wardrobe with the Fashion magazine. Their stories are sure to inspire you how to diversify a capsule wardrobe and make it truly unique and personal.

Accessories aren’t the only thing that can help you make your take on a capsule wardrobe stand out. Playing around with colors and fabrics will allow you to show off your personal style in the best light. For example, why not make those plain black trousers a pair of stylish leather pants? This will be daring, practical, and make you stand out pretty much everywhere.

A regular dark pencil skirt won’t go out of fashion for many decades yet. However, if you think it looks too boring, choose a metallic fabric. It will look cool and can be combined with multiple materials and colors in multiple outfits.

Another idea is to use fabrics of ‘classic’ colors and pieces with ‘classic’ cuts, but choose patterned ones. Like this:

Building a Capsule Wardrobe: Final Thoughts.

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Creating your own capsule wardrobe is more than choosing a few pieces of clothing that you can wear often and combine in various ways. It’s about choosing the perfect pieces that reflect your personal style. The experience can be a challenge, but it can also help you understand yourself better and build up your perfect image.

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Vivienne Sharman Lewis

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