How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe This Summer

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Creating a capsule wardrobe requires dedication to committing to a more focused and minimal selection of trans-seasonal clothing, which you can then sprinkle with trend pieces.

By selecting the most important, versatile and wearable, yet stylish items you can build a wardrobe that enables you to dress for any occasion in an instant.

Alongside the many benefits of opting for a capsule wardrobe, we’ll take a look through the pieces that need a little more investment.

These are the key essential items that can be worn with everything else in your wardrobe, making it easier and faster to select a stylish outfit.

Just in time for summer, we’ll look at some seasonal items you could add to your capsule wardrobe to make sure you’re ready to dress for the summer.

This will also allow you to stop you over-shopping and buying fashion items you’ll never wear.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

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A capsule wardrobe should be at the very center of your clothing collection season after season.

As the seasons go by and fashion trends come and go, your capsule wardrobe will remain in place, as stylish, versatile and wearable as ever.

The term capsule wardrobe was first coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London-based fashion boutique in the 1970’s.

The phrase means a curation of essential pieces within your wardrobe that can be worn and styled with many other things.

This ensures that you are never stuck for something to wear.

How Has the Capsule Wardrobe Evolved?

When this buzzword really took off, fashionistas over boasted about the idea of a small, compact capsule collection of clothes.

Within this collection, everything matches and can be interchanged with one another to create several outfits.

This is useful and gives us fewer options so, therefore, less decision-making pressure on choosing outfits.

However, most women who love fashion prefer to have more than just the essentials in their closets.

Now, a capsule wardrobe has come to mean the essentials that we all need in our closets.

For example, the perfect fitting pair of jeans, but we aren’t expected to only have these essentials in our closets.

By keeping a capsule of classics and interspersing with the seasonal trends of “right now”, you can always ensure a stylish, yet on-trend look.

What Are the Benefits of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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Having your very own capsule wardrobe helps with many of the “nothing to wear” dilemmas.

With your essential pieces, you will now have the assurance of having something to go with a new trend top.

Alternatively, you can keep it minimal and go top to toe capsule for an eternally stylish vibe.

As well as easy and stress-free decision making, there are also a few other fabulous benefits of having your own capsule wardrobe.

It Helps You to Cleanse

Deciding to invest in a capsule wardrobe is exciting, you know you’re going to treat yourself to some new pieces and, by the nature of the exercise, they’ll be beautiful, stylish pieces that you will love and wear for a long time.

However, this is not the only great thing that starting a capsule wardrobe will do for you.

Planning and arranging your own capsule wardrobe will also encourage you to cleanse your closet of unwanted, unworn and, let’s face it, uncool, items, that you’ve been stubbornly hanging on to.

Before you implement your new capsule wardrobe with these essential items, you need to be strict with yourself and go through your current closet collection, ridding it of items that are no longer bringing their A game.

A trend that’s been and gone?

Bin it. An old jumper that’s had one too many wears?

Bin it.

You’ll feel much better afterward.

You’ll Shop Better

Starting a capsule wardrobe not only highlights your favorite styles and colors and the things you get the most wear out of.

It also points out the pieces missing from your wardrobe that you’re really craving.

Both of these factors help you to shop better, smarter and more efficiently.

Something most of us needs some help with.

Instead of impulse buys that sit in your wardrobe with the tags on for a year, you’ll find yourself really assessing if it’s worth it and what you can wear it with and if not, don’t buy it.

How to Choose What Pieces to Invest In

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The capsule wardrobe is trans-seasonal, so investing in higher quality, longer-lasting pieces, made with beautiful fabric will serve you best.

Each person’s central investment pieces will be different depending on their individual style.

However, there will also be classics that should fit seamlessly into almost every woman’s capsule wardrobe.

How to Start Your Capsule Wardrobe?

The first thing you want to do is assess what you have already.

This small amount of home-research will set you up for making your capsule wardrobe choices.

Try to rid yourself of closet fillers, the items that you never or hardly wear and make space for the pieces that will really take you through the seasons.

Next, you’ll want to assess which pieces in your capsule wardrobe should be investments.

The point of a minimal capsule wardrobe is choosing essential items that will last.

So, the more pieces you can afford to invest in at a higher quality, the better your overall capsule wardrobe will be.

Leather Jackets

Lady wearing capsule wardrobe essential lather jacket with dress outdoors

Every capsule wardrobe should include a classic leather biker jacket.

When it comes to bikers, there are thousands to choose from, so you can guarantee that you’ll find the perfect style and fit for you.

With brands out there like All Saints and Maje, you can buy beautifully soft and durable leather jackets that will last upwards of a decade and still look phenomenal.

Plus, a classic leather biker goes with literally everything.

From denim to evening wear, you can’t go wrong.

Jeans

Skinny jeans can be turned over and replaced quite easily and quickly.

However, finding the perfect pair of relaxed-fit jeans is make or break.

This is an essential item for your capsule wardrobe because they are wearable in every season.

You can dress them up with a lace camisole and heels or down with a tee and sneakers.

However, there is something effortlessly fabulous about the perfect pair of high-waisted, relaxed-fit jeans.

Shoes

Investing in good shoes will always stand you in a good place.

There is nothing worse than having a fantastic and glamorous outfit and throwing on an old pair of scuffed up shoes to completely ruin the look.

When it comes to your minimal capsule wardrobe collection, you need a pair of white sneakers, black ankle boots with an all-day heel and smart flats.

The white sneakers you can wear with anything from summer dresses to cigarette pants and a shirt.

The black ankle boots go with denim, leather trousers, and any length skirt or dress.

Finally, the smart flats, either a brogue, loafer or mule, are a more formal option than the trainers, but can be dressed down with denim for ultimate style points.

What Are Some Summer Essentials You Need in Your Capsule Wardrobe?

Summer dressing means you need some critical items within your capsule wardrobe to ensure you stay cool, stylish and flawlessly chic at all times.

Maxi Dresses

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A maxi dress can take you from the office to dinner and out on the weekend.

So, you certainly need one in your capsule wardrobe.

Don’t go for a maxi with too much print but a soft, nicely spaced floral will work.

If you can imagine it with a denim jacket, a turtleneck underneath and with both heels and sneakers, you can add it in.

Midi Skirts

Midi skirts are on-trend, there’s no denying.

However, this “trend” is also a classic and the perfect addition to your summer capsule wardrobe.

Opt for high-waisted, wrap styles, which can be dressed up or down and work with heels and flats.

Try to avoid midi skirts that can’t we worn with flats because you’ll end up pushing them to the back of your wardrobe and “saving them” for something formal.

Denim

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Summer denim is lighter and looser, in general.

You want a denim jacket in your summer capsule wardrobe.

Cropped, yet oversized often look the most expensive in terms of shape.

But, remember to roll up your sleeves to check how it looks when you try it on, as you’ll almost always wear it like this after you’ve bought it.

A denim mini is also classed as an essential item as it can be reworked in so many ways.

Wear it to the beach with a bikini top and flip flops or wear it with sneakers and your favorite hooded sweatshirt.

Even wear it with your dressiest top and highest heels for a night out with the girl’s outfit.

Trench Coat

The trench is a forever classic.

If it’s not already at the top of your essential items shopping list for your capsule wardrobe then add it in for the summer.

A neutral color works best here, so opt for classic beige or turn to khaki.

These palettes work with anything from denim to an all-black look

This will allow you to throw it on and smarten up any look in an instant.

Creating your own capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to feel like a punishment.

With the benefits of easier future shopping and fewer closet panics when getting ready for work, surely, it’s worth it tenfold?

Start with a good old-fashioned clear out and allow yourself to invest in some fashion pieces that will last you years to come.