Hey everyone! When I started this fashion thing, trying to figure out what looked good on this middle-aged body, I kept reading about “capsule wardrobes”. I didn’t really get what it meant until it talked about “orphan” pieces, meaning an item of clothing that only goes with one thing. “What?”, I thought, “Isn’t that all of my clothing?” Oh no. A capsule wardrobe means a few items of clothing that all go together and can be mixed and matched interchangeably to create a lot of outfits.
So, I’m definitely not starting out anymore, but if you are, this is a great way to build a foundation wardrobe and keep the costs in check. Here I’m showing a capsule wardrobe with only 10 items (not including shoes and accessories). Be prepared at how many outfits we can create from 10 items!
The first decision you have to make is whether to base your wardrobe on black or brown. My wardrobe is based on black because it goes well with my coloring, but for many of you, brown may look better. If you’re not sure, look at your shoes. If you have more brown shoes, go with brown or if more black shoes, go with black. As you can imagine, this wardrobe has to be pretty neutral. So, since I chose black, gray and white would go well. Then if I want to add some color I just need to think about what would go with black, gray and white. I added blue and green. If I had brown, I’d probably choose maroon, khaki, olive and navy blue. Color is one of the most important considerations when starting out.
Anyway, let me show you in pictures. Let’s start with the white jacket with the green skirt in the picture above.
Now change out the skirt for a gray dress, but keep the white jacket.
Change out the white jacket for a black long sweater.
Wear the blue dress with the black sweater now.
Pull out a black top with black pants and top with a blue jacket.
Trade out the black pants for a black skirt.
Now, back with the green skirt and a black and white print top.
All told, this wardrobe consists of:
- one black pair of pants
- one black skirt
- one green skirt
- one black top
- one black and white print top
- one blue dress
- one gray dress
- one white jacket
- one blue jacket
- one black sweater
As you can see, with these few items there are lots of possibilities. In fact, besides the seven outfits above I can still think of more. Like:
- the white jacket with black top and black skirt or the black pants
- blue dress with the white jacket or the blue jacket
- black and white top with the black skirt and the black sweater or the white jacket
- black pants with black and white top and white jacket or black sweater
- green skirt with black top and blue jacket or black sweater
That’s 17 outfits there. Over 3 weeks of work clothing! Then imagine if you threw in a black leather jacket and white jeans! The possibilities are blowing my mind!
So, if you didn’t know what a capsule wardrobe was or how it worked or how to get started, I hope this explained it and made you feel like you don’t need to spend a lot of money to rock every outfit because, yeah, we rule!
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