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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

In today’s fast-paced world where fashion trends come and go in an instant, putting together a stylish and practical wardrobe can be challenging. This is where the concept of a capsule wardrobe comes to the rescue. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential and timeless items that you can mix and match with seasonal pieces to create a range of outfits that are both versatile and fashionable. By investing in high-quality, classic pieces that can stand the test of time, you can simplify your wardrobe and make sure that you always have something to wear, without compromising on style.

Building a capsule wardrobe offers many benefits. By curating a collection of versatile pieces that you genuinely love, you’ll find yourself shopping considerably less. With fewer pieces in your closet, each item becomes more valuable and adaptable, allowing you to create a variety of outfits from a limited selection. As a result, you’ll shop more intentionally, no longer succumbing to impulse purchases. Moreover, when you break the cycle of mindless shopping, you can redirect those saved funds towards purchasing timeless pieces that are built to endure.

A key strategy is to keep the majority of your essential pieces in neutral colors. This ensures that they can effortlessly mix and match with one another, giving you countless outfit options. Neutrals include classic options such as black, navy, gray, brown, camel, taupe, cream, and white. By taking a moment to assess your closet, you can identify which neutrals complement your skin tone the most, allowing you to curate a selection that enhances your natural features. Once you have your neutral base, the fun begins with adding statement pieces to the mix. By keeping your essentials neutral, you’ll create a versatile canvas upon which you can showcase your individual style through bold items, ensuring that your wardrobe remains fresh and exciting.

It’s important to consider how each piece fits into your overall collection. You’ll want to ensure that each item is functional, versatile, and able to withstand the ebb and flow of fashion trends. Classic staples such as a crisp white button-down shirt, a little black dress, or a well-fitting pair of jeans are examples of timeless pieces that can be styled in different ways to suit various occasions. Think about how often you’ll be able to wear a particular item and whether it can be repurposed in different seasons or worn to different events. By focusing on the practicality of each piece in your capsule wardrobe, you’ll create a collection that adapts to your evolving needs.

When it comes to the size of your capsule wardrobe, there is no one-size-fits-all rule. Instead of fixating on a specific number, it’s more important to focus on building a collection of pieces that truly resonate with you and allows for some flexibility. Trust your instincts and build a collection that makes you feel confident and inspired.

Keturah Moody
Keturah Moody
Keturah Moody is a guest columnist from St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the Fashion Editor for The Campus Chronicle from 2017-2020.


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