A common misconception is that you need an extensive wardrobe to create distinct outfits and avoid outfit repetition, when in actuality you can make up 80 different outfits from less than 20 pieces of clothing. Last segment, we discussed getting the celebrity look for less and shopping on a budget, so in keeping with that theme, this time we shift our focus to maximizing the use of clothes you already own with a “capsule wardrobe.” With a few key pieces, you can build outfits that translate into completely.
A capsule wardrobe consolidates your closet by using a few select articles of clothing to create many outfit combinations and expand your wardrobe, beneficial for creating a pregnancy wardrobe, packing for trips, or fashion on a budget.
- Versatility is key. Not only do you want garments that you can wear with multiple other pieces, you want garments that you can dress up and dress down.
- White, grey, and black t-shirts
- White button-up shirt
- Black slacks
- Nude shoes
- Classic blazer
- Darkwash jeans
- Black dress
- Pick a neutral base color. People notice bright colors more so than neutral colors, so selecting a neutral color as your base provides versatility and allows you to wear those pieces multiple times without drawing attention to them. Some neutral colors include navy blue, black, brown, tan, cream, and white.
- Select a few accent colors. The colors should be bright, work well with your base color, and compliment each other.
- Accessories can be easily mixed and matched, add personality, and can completely change the look of an outfit. Some key pieces to “amp” up an old look are: a fun scarf, skinny belt, statement necklace, denim jacket, or colored flats.
- Invest wisely in the essential items you know you’ll get the most wear out of. Think of it this way: You may spend $200 on a blazer, but if you wear it once a week for a year, that’s about 52 times. That’s less than $4 per wear; that’s definitely worth it! You can spend less on accessories, like scarves and jewelry that you may not wear as often
- Make sure no two items are the same. When you find a piece you like, it’s tempting to buy it in several colors; however, when compiling a capsule wardrobe, you want each piece to be unique to help you achieve outfit diversity.