How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe


What is a capsule wardrobe and how do you go about building one that works for you? The hardest part of refreshing your look can be understanding where to start and separating passing trends from versatile capsule wardrobe essentials that have longevity. From the classic white tee to the little black dress, we show you how to build a transeasonal wardrobe that you can mix and match with our essential capsule wardrobe guide. Our capsule wardrobe Q&A is the perfect guide on how to create a capsule wardrobe you’ll love to wear!


What should be in a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe should feature the foundation pieces of clothing for any outfit and usually includes items that are unlikely to go ‘out of fashion’. Transeasonal clothing like skinny jeans and the classic white T-shirt or little black dress are great examples that can be worn easily during spring/summer, then layered with other pieces like knitwear, outerwear and boots during the colder months. Your capsule wardrobe should contain a collection of key items that coordinate well with statement styles, like a white shirt, striped top, tailored trousers, blazer and biker jacket. This combination means your capsule clothing collection can be worn from weekday-to-weekend and from day-to-night by mixing and matching tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories.

How many clothes should be in a capsule wardrobe?

Our capsule wardrobe essentials list features 12 stylish staples we think are key to nailing effortless dressing. With a mix of casual pieces and slightly smarter styles, you have the option to wear your capsule wardrobe for any occasion and, with the addition of some accessories, it’s easy to switch up your look.

How do I create a capsule wardrobe?

To create a capsule wardrobe, you need to choose key items of clothing that are stylish but also have longevity. Think of key pieces that you'll wear again and again that can be dressed up or down and paired with smart or casual items to ensure they're not just a one-wear wonder! Building a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be a chore, it's actually really fun! You might find you already have some of the key items to get you started like a denim jacket or blazer and some tapered trousers and a white shirt that you might wear to work. Now you want to add key items of clothing that are stylish but also have longevity. With sustainability at the forefront of a lot of our minds, it’s important to also consider this when it comes to your wardrobe. Think of key pieces that you’ll wear again and again that can be dressed up or down and paired with smart or casual items to ensure they’re not just a one-wear wonder!


How do you streamline a wardrobe?

When streamlining your wardrobe, it’s key to invest in long-wearing items that can be worn through the seasons and for a number of occasions. The main colour palette of a capsule wardrobe is quite neutral, so think black, white, grey, camel, khaki and navy, mixed with a couple of classic prints that don’t tend to date, like stripes, polka dots and florals. Don’t choose anything that clashes too much with other styles and also keep in mind that comfort is key. If you don’t instantly love an item put it back on the rail, as it’s more than likely you’ll never wear it. The same goes for your current wardrobe, so why not use these capsule wardrobe tips as an incentive to clear out any old clothes you haven’t worn in years and get rid of those items you’re keeping ‘just in case’. They could be perfect for someone else’s capsule wardrobe, so consider giving them to charity or selling them online to avoid them needlessly ending up in a landfill.

What should you have in your wardrobe?

To ensure your new capsule collection does its job, make sure you have enough items to suit your lifestyle. For example, if you work in an office or attend lots of meetings and dinners, you might need some smarter styles like a midi skirt, tailored blazer and printed blouse. Whereas if you work from home or have a casual day job, you could opt for more laidback items like a striped top, shirt dress and some boyfriend jeans. Layering and accessorising are essential to complete any outfits, so make sure you have a few pieces of outerwear and some shoes and bags to finish off your look. From our collection we’ve chosen some black biker boots for dress-down days and mid-heel strappy shoes for a more formal look. Plain white trainers are also a great addition to a capsule wardrobe, as they can be worn with midi dresses and biker jackets, as well as skinny jeans and your plain white T-shirt for a relaxed outfit choice. Again, it’s important to take into account your lifestyle and your personal style when you’re building a capsule wardrobe. We’ve chosen our must-have capsule wardrobe styles from the new spring collection, but you might want to browse our trend guide and Style Inspiration pages for some further ideas.


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