How to build a capsule wardrobe
When I published my spring capsule wardrobe post a few weeks ago, Emily asked if I could do a post on how to build a capsule wardrobe. (By which I mean how to create one from scratch, obviously, not how to physically BUILD a wardrobe. If that’s what you’re looking for, I’m afraid you’re in the wrong place… ) I’d been intending to put together one of these posts for each season, but before I get to that, it makes sense to not only show you the absolute basics – my capsule wardrobe essentials, which form the building blocks for each season – but to also talk a bit about the process of choosing your capsule and creating a wardrobe from scratch.
This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately: I love clothes far too much to ever want to live with an ACTUAL capsule wardrobe, but this year I’ve made it my goal to work on creating a “capsule” of basics which will work for any and every situation. As I mentioned in this post on Forever Amber, I have a tendency to have my head turned by the “stand-out” pieces – the fabulous dress or the amazing pair of shoes – and to run out and buy them, ignoring the fact that they won’t work with anything else I own, and I probably won’t have many opportunities to wear them, anyway.
When you shop like that, you end up with a closet full of amazing individual pieces, but absolutely nothing to wear for the type of activities that fill most of our days. That’s where the capsule wardrobe comes in. By building a capsule wardrobe of basic, stylish pieces, you can then start to add in those show-stopper dresses if you want to, safe in the knowledge that you’ll ALWAYS have something to wear that looks good, and is appropriate for the situation. Read on for my tips on how to build a capsule wardrobe…