How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Many of us ‘suffer’ with bulging wardrobes but nothing to wear, and we’re guilty of buying things we will never wear. There’s a lot to be said for a capsule wardrobe!

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The Capsule Wardrobe is one of those fashion buzz phrases that we’ve all heard but far fewer of us truly understand. So what is it and why should we have one?

Put simply, it’s a collection of clothes comprising a limited number of separate pieces that co-ordinate to form various different outfits suitable for a whole host of occasions.


How many pieces make up your capsule is up to you, and there are suggestions varying from anything between seven and 50. It might fluctuate from season to season, too.

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Back to Basics

Start with well-made basics that fit well. Opt for classic styles in neutral colours because they will give you the greatest flexibility to add different colours and styles. Give yourself space by having a good clear-out to start with. Take all your clothing out and look at each piece individually while you consider when you last wore it. If you haven’t worn something in over six months, give it to charity, or store it if you might wear it when the season changes.

For more tips on creating the perfect capsule wardrobe, see the advice from Who What Wear.

Many people today are also motivated by sustainability, and sticking to a capsule wardrobe can support that. Recycle or donate anything that is surplus to your new regime, and enjoy your new fashion freedom. Spend less time and less money on fast fashion and still know you’ll leave the house looking great.

Introduce new pieces as you like, but don’t let the clothes grow beyond control again; repeat the clear-out regularly.

Choose your staples. There is flexibility with those, dependent on your personality, style and job, but they’ll probably include a good pair of jeans, a pair of tailored trousers, several cotton t-shirts, and of course a coat to go over the top. Our favourite is a classic trench coat. Add a little black dress and a couple of pairs of shoes and you’re almost there.

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