The easiest and most economical way to build a wardrobe that works for you is by creating multiple capsule wardrobes; work, casual, winter, summer etc. Pieces can work within more than one capsule collection for example finer knits from your summer capsule could be layered in the winter. Here are my top tips for creating a capsule wardrobe with examples for a business collection. Top tips for capsule wardrobes:
- Start with a neutral colour as a base – black, brown, grey or navy would be good options.
- Build your wardrobe in 3’s. For example if you have 3 skirts make one a neutral, the second a pattern which incorporates your neutral colour and the third a complementary colour. Then add 3 tops, again neutral pattern and colour that mix and match with the skirts.
- Spend the most money on the neutrals you will wear most often.
- Once you have the basics add in other colours that mix with your existing capsule – maybe a colour of the season if you love it and it suits you.
- Just because you are creating a capsule collection of clothes it doesn’t have to be boring. When you buy a new piece for your wardrobe ask yourself, “does it suit me, does it work with what I already have, and will I love wearing it and feel great in it?” If you can’t say yes to all of these move on and save your money for something that does.
- If you find something perfect consider buying it in two colours.
- Look after your investment. When you have spent hard earned money on your wardrobe make sure you follow the cleaning instructions, hang things on decent hangers, get shoes re-heeled when needed, fold knitwear so it doesn’t pull out of shape and give everything enough room in your wardrobe.
So another example for you – a business capsule, the pieces in 3′s:
The Jackets and Knits
The Tops and Blouses
The Shoes and Bags
And finally some accessories
Using these pieces here are just some of the possible combinations giving a month’s worth of work wear with formal and smart casual outfits:
The skirts and trousers mixed with tops and jackets