We all know by now that having a closet full of clothes doesn’t necessarily enhance our style. In fact, having a wardrobe stuffed to the brim with endless items of clothing is a big no no both psychologically and aesthetically.
The older we get, the more we realize that style is less about the amount of clothes you have, and more about what you do with the pieces you do have. The key to year-round style building a capsule wardrobe that adjusts for each season, and the key to a tailored wardrobe is buying smart!
Here are some helpful tips we learned over the years to help you build the perfect capsule closet.
Creating a capsule wardrobe can only begin one way: decluttering. It’s a good idea to dedicate an entire weekend to your clearing out your closet. We look to throw out everything that no longer fits, hasn’t been worn in over six months, and that has gone out of style so what’s left is a curated wardrobe of essential pieces.
We would also recommend sorting your clothes into piles to throw away or donate. The end goal is to create a minimalist capsule wardrobe, putting an end to those “nothing to wear” situations once and for all.
Once your closet is decluttered, it’s time to continue creating a capsule wardrobe by sorting it by season, and then by occasion, to ensure you have the best tailored wardrobe for your lifestyle. For example, curate a fall/winter capsule wardrobe and a spring/summer capsule wardrobe, with an overlapping section in the middle for transitional items such as blazers and middle-weight blouses.
We hear it over and over again, but what does buying smart actually mean? In our minds, buying smart and building a capsule wardrobe for women means avoiding purchasing something for one specific occasion. When we buy with a specific event or outfit in mind, we are more likely to only wear it once and then throw it away. Or even worse, we keep it and it takes up valuable wardrobe space.
Instead, try this capsule wardrobe idea: buy a few staple pieces that can be dressed up or down and adapted throughout the seasons.
Take the classic LBD, for example. It’s as much a staple for a spring capsule wardrobe as it is for fall because it works almost like a blank canvas. Pairing it with sky-high heels, a glittery clutch, and a bold lip instantly makes it a striking nighttime outfit.
The ever-versatile little black dress is good for more than a night out, too. Swap the shoes for a more sensible pair of nude peep-toes and a fitted blazer, and now it’s a chic and classy outfit to wear to the office. Add some black tights and ankle boots, as well as a long trench coat, and it’s the perfect autumnal theatre outfit. The versatility is what defines this piece as a capsule closet essential.
Looking for inspiration when it comes to choosing lip color that’s as timeless as an LBD? We love the IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain from our 2016 Fall Box of Style. Swipe on your favorite shade for an easy and chic pop of color, and you’re ready to hit the town. Bonus: the hydrating formula means your lips will stay glossy all night long. This lip stain goes to show that makeup and accessories are an essential complement to a minimalist wardrobe for women.
Instead of choosing to go shopping for the sake of it, only hit the mall when you’re looking for something in particular, like the missing piece to your perfectly curated summer capsule wardrobe. For example, you may be in the market for a sweater to wear on top of summer dresses when there’s a chill in the air – chunky enough to keep you warm but still small enough to fit in a tote. It’s a good idea to pick something in a light, summer-friendly color to complement the dresses but be suitable for wearing on its own, too.
Having a professional capsule wardrobe doesn’t actually require expert stylists, personal shoppers, or a Hollywood A-lister budget. There are certain pieces that every woman should have in her wardrobe.
If you’re interested in curating a tailored wardrobe, we would recommend starting there and then working your way along. Here are just a few capsule wardrobe ideas for women to get you started.
A well-fitting pair of casual jeans, as well as a good pair of jeans for smart/casual affairs is all you need to begin your capsule wardrobe journey.
There’s nothing worse than transferring your belongings from one bag to another every few days, which is why we love the idea of sticking with one bag for weeks or even months at a time.
When choosing a tote bag, you should use the same considerations as you would for the apparel in your capsule closet. Look for something in a neutral color that’s big enough to carry everything you need but not so big that it overwhelms the rest of your look. The Jules Kae Vegan Leather Tote from our Winter 2018 Box of Style is a perfect example. A hard-working bag is one of our favourite wardrobe staples, and this tote ticks all the boxes.
The white blouse is a classic for a reason, but you when curating a capsule wardrobe in 2019, you don’t have to stick to a stiff button down. A simple, chic white blouse is perfect for the office, and also great for wearing with jeans, a fancy belt, and a pair of heels for dressier occasions. A crisp blouse will never fail you.
The best way to change up an outfit is by adding or removing certain accessories. This is especially true when you’ve built a minimalist capsule wardrobe and don’t necessarily have many bold, stand-out pieces.
We love the look of a sleek watch. While it may seem understated, the Soho Watch by Eddie Borgo from our Winter 2018 Box of Style adds an elegant touch to any outfit.
A watch is extremely versatile. For more casual occasions, you can wear it on its own. To make a bolder statement, stack other bracelets, like the Michelle Campbell Gold Talon Bracelet Set from our Spring 2019 Box of Style, around it to help your accessories stand out.
To make even more of a statement, a printed scarf like our favorite Chan Luu Silk Scarves also from the Spring 2019 Box of Style are bold enough to catch anyone’s eye. These endlessly adaptable scarves look fabulous when worn around the neck, as a headband, shawl, or around the strap of your favorite bag.
No two outfits can be the same when you mix and match accessories. Creating new looks from just a few statement pieces and the right accessories is precisely what building a capsule wardrobe is all about.
No minimalist wardrobe for women is complete without this. When building a capsule wardrobe, look for the aforementioned little black dress that goes with everything, or a chic cocktail dress that hugs every curve and empowers you every time you wear it – or both!
Give every outfit a touch of sophistication and class when you invest in a timeless pair of nude heels. They go with almost everything, so you can get rid of other less versatile pairs that are taking up space in your shoe closet.