Hello there! And welcome to Dressed for My Day. This year we’re slowly working through our 2020 style series, Moving Toward Slow Fashion, as we learn how to build a wardrobe that is more sustainable, but also fashionable and fun to wear. To that end, today I’m going to explain what a capsule wardrobe is and how to wear one.
You absolutely do not have to use a capsule wardrobe in order to have a streamlined, sustainable wardrobe. However, when you carefully curate a closet filled with a limited number of pieces that mix and match beautifully, you just may end up with a capsule wardrobe anyhow. And I’ve found that working toward a capsule wardrobe has helped me to accomplish several things this spring:
- stay within a budget
- cover all the bases
- use the pieces I already have in my closet
- add only the things that mix and match easily
- resist impulse buys
- have more fun with my wardrobe
- create a beautiful wardrobe I enjoy and that reflects my personal style
What a Capsule Wardrobe Is and Is Not
- A capsule wardrobe is a collection of easy to mix and match pieces.
- A capsule wardrobe is not any particular number of pieces.
- A capsule wardrobe is limited to a certain number only by the wearer.
- A capsule wardrobe is not a particular style of clothing.
- A capsule wardrobe is a closet of clothing that reflects your personal style.
- A capsule wardrobe is not meant to frustrate or constrain you needlessly.
- A capsule wardrobe is a tool to help you have multiple beautiful outfits to wear for your typical days.
The idea of a capsule wardrobe was birthed out of necessity. In large cities and in other countries, women sometimes have very limited space for a wardrobe. So, out of necessity, they have learned to build functional, beautiful wardrobes with fewer pieces.
Today it is considered fashionable to work with a more minimalist wardrobe because it helps conserve space, but it also promotes a more sustainable lifestyle. Obviously, wearing and owning fewer pieces of clothing is more budget friendly, more environmentally conscientious and less focused on possessions.
And let’s reinforce the concept that a capsule wardrobe does not consist of any magic number of pieces. You could have a capsule wardrobe of 12 pieces – if you’re just really creative and/or content with that – or you could have 24, 30, 40 or more! The number is up to you.
Also, a capsule wardrobe does not usually include accessories, shoes, sleepwear or under garments. Instead, a capsule wardrobe usually consists of tops, bottoms, dresses and other one-piece items, jackets and other toppers and maybe outerwear (but not necessarily).
Really, a capsule wardrobe is what you make it. You get to define the parameters so that they work for you.
Would a Capsule Wardrobe Work for You?
Don’t automatically assume that you can or should work with a capsule wardrobe. But if you want to try using a capsule wardrobe in order to plan a beautifully functional wardrobe, stay within a budget and enjoy what you have, then this may be a tool you’ll like.
You may want to use a capsule wardrobe if…
- you dress consistently in one, two or maybe three different ways throughout your week. But if you need a wide variety of outfits from extremely casual to extremely dressy and all in between, a capsule may not be for you.
- you want to create a smaller, more sustainable wardrobe.
- you want to invest in more pieces that you can wear for several years and fewer trendy items.
- you want it to be very easy to pack a few things from your closet and travel light.
- you enjoying mixing and matching pieces from your closet.
My Spring Capsule Wardrobe and How I Built It
Let me introduce you to my spring capsule wardrobe. I’ve built my wardrobe for what I call an elevated casual style.
Now, because I’m a style blogger and try to have current clothing that I can recommend to my readers, my wardrobe is heavy on new items. But I also have items in my capsule wardrobe that I’ve owned for half a dozen years or more. Plus, this is my first year of moving toward a more sustainable wardrobe or slow fashion. I’m hoping many more of these items will continue to show up in future capsules.
Here are the parameters I used for building my spring capsule wardrobe:
- I wanted to create a wardrobe of 30 items. But that’s 30 tops, bottoms, dresses, jackets and cardigans. I didn’t include shoes or other accessories in that number. I also didn’t include workout clothing or sleepwear.
- I selected items that will mix and match with at least 5 other items within my capsule wardrobe.
- My wardrobe suits my elevated casual style. Remember, I work from home, so I don’t need much professional clothing.
- My wardrobe consists of my chosen neutrals – black, white & golden brown – and my selected signature colors – red, pink, green and blue.
I’ve included shoes and handbags, even scarves, in the graphic above. But they’re not included in the 30 items. I just wanted you to see how I’ll be using these accessories, plus others, to pull the outfits together.
Here are a few outfits I’ve put together just so you can see how the capsule wardrobe functions. But of course, I plan to create many, many more in real life.
Dress for Church or Weddings
Elevated Casual with Jeans
Everyday Work from Home
Day Outing with Friends
Fun Event or Gathering at Church
Casual Date Night
Shopping and Lunch
Lunch with Friends
Matinee Performance and Lunch
Well there you have it! Obviously I could go on and on and on creating outfits from this capsule wardrobe. The beauty of creating a capsule really is that it forces you to create multiple outfits from a limited number of pieces. But the quantity limit is purely up to you.
I’m providing a shopping widget below with all of the items in my capsule wardrobe plus a few of the accessories. Of course these are affiliate links (as are the ones in the captions above). So if you purchase anything through them I potentially earn a commission, but at no additional cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting my work here by shopping my links.
Please let me know if you have any questions about a capsule wardrobe, the items I’ve shown here or the outfits I’ve put together. Do you use a capsule wardrobe? Do you think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you today!
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Blessed for My Day
I imagine that you, like me, have people in your life who you are missing right now. You’d long to see them face to face, but instead you’re limited to phone calls, texts or maybe video calling. But maybe it’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder!
Why not spend this time apart praying for those who you long to see? While our hearts are tender to them, this is a good time to bring them to the Lord and ask Him to work in their lives.
I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. ~ 3 John 1:14