I like my money right where I can see it: hanging in my closet! There’s one thing we can all agree on: your clothing should be an investment. By carefully selecting a few choice wardrobe items, you have the ability to create several unique, stylish ensembles. How do you do that? Simple, create a Capsule Wardrobe!
A capsule closet should consist of a few basic wardrobe essentials that are versatile and adaptable to any event or season based on your lifestyle. Think of them as the bare bones of your wardrobe.
The idea is to invest in a handful of high quality items that can surpass all fads and trends. Coco Chanel said it best: “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance”. Look for basic essential pieces based on your color palette of your choosing. Make sure these pieces can be easily be mixed and matched to create several outfits. Ideally, you want your capsule wardrobe to save you time in getting dress in the morning. Come rain or shine, your wardrobe basics should remain classic and timeless.
How do you tell if you have a good quality Basic Essential? Consider these three points:
Is the fabric of a durable, high quality standard? Organic materials such as linen, cotton, wool and silk will last a long time; just be sure to adhere to the care instructions.
Does the item match with the rest of the clothing already hanging in your closet? Remember, you are aiming to create a blank canvas on which to base several other outfits.
Lastly, consider your lifestyle. Can you genuinely see yourself re-wearing the item over again? You need to feel truly comfortable in the clothing, meaning it should fit comfortably without any pulling or tugging.
When shopping for your capsule wardrobe, don’t be afraid to examine each item thoroughly. It’s no use spending money on an item that will simply disintegrate after a few washes. You want to aim for quality vs quantity! There is nothing wrong with examining your pieces prior to purchasing. Just make sure that all buttons and zippers are sewn on properly and that all stitching and seams are finished precisely and sturdily. Over time, you will find yourself developing capsule wardrobes by season and your lifestyle. Your capsule wardrobe will become your go-to aesthetic that’s unique to you. True elegance doesn’t get any simpler!