I’ve been using the capsule wardrobe concept for about two years now…and, I have saved $1,000’s each year! I rely on my capsule wardrobe every season to get dressed quickly, always wear my favorite clothes, have a neat closet, have many outfits ready to wear and save money in the meantime.
If you’re not familiar with a “capsule wardrobe”, it is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits. By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping, thus saving money. When a piece is worn or doesn’t fit right anymore, then shop for a replacement. You will find capsule wardrobe ideas everywhere on the internet, including here on ClassyYetTrendy.com. I also sell several seasonal capsule wardrobe e-books in my Capsule Wardrobe e-Book Store.
Here’s one of the e-books in my online store:
To start a capsule wardrobe, pull everything out of your closet so that all you see are the walls. Set it all aside for now. If you use a clothes rack, pull everything off and set aside. Without having anything in your closet, you can easily put together your capsule!
Here’s the exact steps to use when creating your capsule wardrobe:
Step 1: Select “Navy” or “Black” As Your Base Color
In the first step, you’ll need to decide if you want to use navy or black as your base color. If this is your first capsule wardrobe, you may want to choose navy OR black, just one base color. It’s easier to learn the concept if you use just one. You’ll see why it’s easier when we get further in this tutorial. Black and navy are the two most commonly seen colors in capsule wardrobes. Black is an all-around great base color to use because it goes with so many other colors. If you would rather not use black, then navy goes well with several other colors as well. If you don’t like navy or black, you can use a shade of brown as your base instead.
Step 2: Select Your Neutral-color Coordinating Essentials
You might be thinking, “what are neutral-color coordinating essentials”? Let me first explain what “essentials” are. They are tops and bottoms that are solid colors, like black, white, gray, chambray and beige, that are classic pieces that never go out of style. Examples of essentials are a white button-up shirt, gray short sleeve tee, beige sweater, white long sleeve tee, black skirt, etc.
When you select these essentials, make sure they are all neutral colors, like black, white, gray, chambray or beige. Chambray is a type of material that looks like denim but is soft. It comes in light blue, medium blue or dark blue shades. All these colors coordinate well with each other.
Note: When selecting your essentials from the list below and you select any navy or black items, be sure and use the same as your base color you chose above. Navy and black looks awkward when worn together. For example, a navy top with black pants doesn’t coordinate well, but a black top and black pants look great together. A navy top and navy pants also coordinate well.
I chose 5 bottoms: slim boyfriend jeans, denim skirt, gray skinny jeans, black ankle pants and black pencil skirt.
I also chose a gray short sleeve tee, gray cardigan, white short sleeve tee,
white button-up shirt, chambray shirt, beige cardigan and black dress
Things to consider when adding or replacing items in your capsule:
The key to a functional closet is to make sure everything coordinates together. If you are missing any items, know what you need before you go shopping. Try to avoid browsing the sales and give yourself time to think about a new item before you buy it. When I’m considering a new purchase, I ask myself these questions. This helps me stay focused on what will work in my wardrobe and avoid useless spending. These questions are:
1. Does it go with 3 other items in my capsule?
2. How many outfits can I create with this item?
3. Does it fit with my personal style?
4. Does the fit and fabric work for me?
5. What this work with my lifestyle?
Choose a few neutral-color coordinating essentials. You may already have a few of these in your closet !
(Select 5 or 6 tops, 5 bottoms and 1 or 2 dresses):
white button-up shirt
chambray button-up shirt
gray short sleeve tee
white short sleeve tee
black short sleeve tee
gray long sleeve tee
white long sleeve tee
black long sleeve tee
navy or black lightweight sweater
navy or black cardigan
Note: If you want an all-neutral minimalist capsule, then you can resume with Step 5 to choose your shoes and accessories. Otherwise, continue on…
Step 3: Choose Your Accent Color (optional)
Here’s where it gets fun! Is your favorite color blush pink, olive, royal blue or red? Go ahead and add a few tops or bottoms in your favorite color to your closet. Use the Wardrobe Coordinating Color Chart Make sure your accent color coordinates with your base color.
I chose blush (above) and light blue (see below) as two of my accent colors.
Step 4: Add A Few Patterned Items & Layers
Now, add 1, 2 or 3 patterned items. They can be tops, bottoms, skirts or dresses. The most popular patterned item that’s even called an “essential” is a horizontal striped tee (see the picture below). This type of top is usually either navy stripe or black stripe. This type of top will go with nearly everything in your wardrobe. Other patterns that coordinate well with other items in your wardrobe is polka dots and floral fabrics. If you choose a floral top or pants, make sure the colors in the top, pants or skirt coordinates with your accent color and your base colors.
Also, a couple of blazers, jackets and/or coats if the weather-permits. This is a way to add texture and color to your wardrobe!
Step 5: Choose your Shoes and Accessories
Now, that you’ve completed creating the majority of your capsule wardrobe, you can add your shoes and accessories. For the shoes, you can add a pair or two in the same base color, navy or black, add a nude neutral pair of heels or flats, add a casual pair, like sneakers, add boots or sandals. The number of pairs of shoes your choose and the types of shoes depends on your lifestyle.
For accessories, choose one or two handbags. A black or beige handbag is always a great addition to your wardrobe because the colors go well with your outfits. Add a statement necklace or one or two scarves to complete your capsule.
Your capsule wardrobe is complete!
You’ve completed creating a capsule wardrobe. Now, enjoy getting dressed faster, having many outfits to wear, having a neat closet and love what you wear everyday!