Introduction – What Is A Colorful Capsule Wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux in the 70s, which describes a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion. It’s great for sustainable fashion because it relies on a few items to create many combinations, and avoids high consumption, high waste practices like fast fashion. It’s also perfect for people who like to keep things simple, but still want to look stylish and pulled together. In this post we’ll show you how to create your own colorful capsule wardrobe and get started on having fun with fashion.
Essential Items Make For Many Combinations
The idea behind this movement is that if you have fewer pieces in your closet, you’ll be less likely to buy things impulsively because you already have them—and thus waste less money on things you don’t need. It also encourages you to mix and match your items rather than stick with closets full of one-offs for every occasion.
How Many Outfits Are In A Capsule Wardrobe
The number of outfits in your capsule wardrobe will depend on how often you wear clothes. If you’re a professional who wears a suit every day, then having one or two suits is probably enough. But if you’re like most people and wear jeans and t-shirts most days, then having ten or so casual options is the way to go.
It can also be helpful to have some pieces that work together because this makes it easy for them all to go with each other. For example, if you have two pairs of pants that look good together, then one shirt can go with both pairings and make three outfits (two tops + two bottoms = three looks). This means that instead of buying six separate pieces (three tops + three bottoms), which would force you into making more combinations than necessary, now there are only four combinations needed! This significantly reduces the number of choices needed on any given day—and therefore reduces stress when getting ready in the morning!
Make Color The Basis Of Your Colorful Capsule Wardrobe
Color is the basis of a capsule wardrobe and it makes it easy to mix and match. You can use color to add variety, create a theme, or create a cohesive look. Instead of focusing on certain patterns or styles that each piece must have in order to qualify as part of your capsule wardrobe, you will build a wardrobe around colors that inspire you and make you feel good.
First Step: Pick One Neutral Like Black, White, Cream or Navy
Neutral colors complement any color you choose to add to your capsule. Neutrals are the easiest colors to pair with other colors and can be worn in any season. They’re versatile enough that they go with just about anything – from jeans and a t-shirt to a sustainable dress or a formal dress for work.
You might be wondering how many pieces of each color type you should have in your closet? We recommend starting small by adding 1-2 new items per week until you build up a wardrobe that suits your lifestyle and style preferences!
Second Step: Consider What Colors Look Best On You
For the other colors in your capsule, consider what colors look best on you. Do you have a warm or cool skin tone? What about your hair color? Eye color? Body type? There are plenty of ways to find out what colors complement your natural coloring and make it pop.
Start with a questionnaire like this one from Color Me Beautiful or try this quiz from The Fashion Spot. If you’re still not sure, check out sites like Colourlovers, which has tons of inspiration boards by category (e.g., “Warm-toned browns”). Or if you’re into it as a hobby—and who isn’t these days—try learning more about color theory!
Third Step: Pick Colors With Variety In Depth And Lightness To Mix And Match Easily
When you’re picking out colors for your capsule wardrobe, make sure to choose ones with some variety in depth and lightness so that you can mix and match them easily. For example, I have a pair of leggings that are a deep red color; they go well with many different tops. I also have a pair of black leggings that go perfectly with my navy coat. These two pairs are great examples because they both have enough contrast between their colors (the red is deeper than the black) but not so much contrast as to be jarring when put together—they’re both still fairly dark colors.
When Choosing Clothes, Pick Timeless Styles That Suit You
Key is to pick things that don’t go out of fashion quickly. You’ll find it easier to build up a capsule wardrobe when you have fewer choices to make each time you shop for new clothing.
Also, pick clothes that fit well, flatter your body type and are comfortable to wear. When selecting items from your capsule wardrobe, think about the different ways in which they can be worn together as a whole; this will help keep everything looking fresh and interesting all year round.
Items To Include: Workhorse Basics For Any Occasion
We mean items like a great pair of jeans, a blazer and t-shirts. In your capsule wardrobe, you can include the following:
- A blazer: a great blazer is a workhorse item that can be worn for many occasions. If you want to add some color to your outfit, pair it with a bright t-shirt underneath.
- T-shirts: all colors and patterns can be found in this category of clothing and they are very easy to match with other items in your wardrobe.
- Jeans: jeans are one of the most versatile items when it comes to creating different looks. You can wear them with everything from dresses and skirts to shorts or pants and they make any outfit more casual or relaxed looking.
Add Accent Pieces Like Jewelry Or Bags For Flexibility
Accessories are a great way to add color and personality to your capsule wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for something fun or something understated, there’s an accessory for every occasion. You can add a pop of color with a bold scarf or tie, like this bright orange number from Nordstrom. If you want something more subtle but still colorful, try this delicate coral necklace from Anthropologie.
If you want something even more subtle (and who doesn’t?), try adding some statement jewelry like these earrings from ASOS that look amazing paired with simple black tops and jeans (or leggings).
Conclusion – Colorful Capsule Wardrobe
The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to make it easier for you to create great outfits, so don’t be afraid to experiment! If you’re not sure what colors look good on you, find some pictures of celebrities whose skin tone and hair color are similar to yours. Then pick out clothes similar to ones they wear in their outfits and see how they look on yourself too.