How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

How to build a capsule wardrobe

01. Know your style

Before you can even start to think about putting together a capsule wardrobe, it’s essential to know your style. If you have a very defined personal style, this should be relatively easy, but if not, you’re going to want to sit down and think about what kind of image you want to present to the world, and how your clothing choices can help you achieve that.  Are you a rock chick? A boho babe? A classic dresser? (If you’re really not sure, the internet and fashion blogs can come in really handy: rather than thinking about the kind of clothes you want to wear, it can help to think about the type of people whose dress sense you most admire, and take it from there…)

When you’re thinking about this, you’re also going to want to take into account not just your personal taste, but your lifestyle: there’s no point filling your capsule wardrobe with glamorous evening dresses if you know you’re never going to have an opportunity to wear them.

how to build a capsule wardrobe: know your shape

02. Know your shape

When you have a limited amount of clothing to work with, every single piece should be perfect, and that means every single item should FIT perfectly. Before going shopping, be completely honest with yourself and spend some time working out which styles look good on you, and which ones just don’t work. When buying clothes, meanwhile, ignore the size on the label, and choose the size that fits: if you find it difficult to find items that fit perfectly, track down a good tailor and have them alter your purchases – sure, it’ll cost more, but it will also save you money in the long run, because when you have a closet full of clothes that fit like they were made for you, you won’t feel the need to run out and buy more.


  • I completely agree that thinking of your capsule wardrobe as the same as packing really helps: this means having clothes that compliment each other but also that can transform outfits so you don’t end up looking like you’re wearing the same thing over and over again. So for me it’s accessories and fun details:)

    Also if you find something that’s perfect buying it in multiple colorways (I don’t usually do this because of budget reasons byt would love to in the future).

    I also agree about the trends. While they are fun and adding one or two trendy pieces can be good for the wardrobe, it’s good to go for timeless pieces. But mostly for me it’s about having fun with fashion and expressing my personality. Having clothes that have options and that you can style various ways. Can’t wait to see more of these posts:)

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