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Timeless, elegant, put-together: what is a capsule wardrobe, and 5 easy tips to curate one for yourself.
It's easy to fall under the spell of new clothing trends and seasonal collections. The feeling of refreshing your wardrobe is quite addictive! But what if you only needed 30 to 40 items, including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes in your closet to create put-together looks?
That’s where the capsule wardrobe comes in! It’s a concept that greatly simplifies outfit choices, while offering effortless, minimalist style that's just as sought-after!
WHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?
The idea, adopted by more and more women, consists in prioritizing a minimalist and ethical selection of interchangeable clothes. The goal? That all the pieces you own are timeless and essential, in addition to corresponding to your personality, appealing to you, and allowing you to match them easily to create harmonious ensembles.
While pieces may evolve according to trends, the concept of a capsule wardrobe is that its volume remains more or less the same.
WHAT IS IN THIS WARDROBE?
· Seasonal basics
· Colourful pieces made for you
· Clothes adapted to your body type and style
· Clothes you really wear and feel good in
SAVE WITH A CAPSULE WARDROBE
Because the clothing assortment has been carefully selected, getting dressed in the morning becomes much easier and more enjoyable!
In the long run, investing in versatile, high-quality clothing saves your wallet. Because, yes, buying new clothes on a regular basis in order to be fashionable is expensive!
A minimalist wardrobe relies on conscious buying to limit waste and the consumption of fast-fashion items.
WHERE TO START?
1. SORT IT OUT
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Assess the state of your current wardrobe, take stock of what's there, and then sort out what you wear regularly, what you don't, and what you really want to keep.
2. FIND YOUR STYLE
Take into account your lifestyle, activities, body type, and preferences when selecting the clothes that will make up your wardrobe.
3. CHOOSE TIMELESS, WELL-MATCHED PIECES
It's important to favour neutral colours (black, white, navy, beige) and classic cuts (jacket, pants, sweater).
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4. LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ITEMS
A capsule wardrobe normally consists of 30 to 40 items. However, it's possible to target 50 or even 60. The important thing is to diminish the number of items gradually in order to get used to this new way of doing things.
Australian stylist Wendy Mak, author of the book The Capsule Wardrobe, suggests going with 30 pieces, which she describes as ‘terrific thirty.’ With this key number, she suggests up to 1,000 different combinations! Quite impressive.
5. INVEST IN QUALITY AND ETHICAL COMPANIES
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When creating your own capsule wardrobe, it's important to keep in mind that quality outweighs quantity. In other words, buy from ethical companies that make sustainable pieces.
A FEW EXAMPLES OF KEY ITEMS TO GET YOU STARTED
· Tops: classic white shirts, lightweight sweaters with different sleeves, etc.
· Bottoms: pants and skirts in casual colours, classic jeans.
· Dresses: for everyday wear and a black dress for special occasions.
· Outdoor jackets: versatile jackets or coats (leather, blazer, etc.).
· Shoes: chic, sporty (boots, sneakers, etc.)
Watch fashion creator @beingjulia showcase the 10 classic items she has in her closet:
@beingjulia The 10 pieces you need to have in your closet to achieve a classic style! #classicstyle #classicfashion #fashiontiktok #fashionhelp #styletok #styleupdate #styleupgrade #fashioninspo ♬ vampire - Olivia Rodrigo