I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe. A handful, usually 40 or 50 pieces, of mix and match items you can pretty much wear for just about any occasion. Simple, functional, affordable, organized and stress free. All the things that really click with me. You can tailor your capsules by season - Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter equaling four capsules or you can do Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter and do two capsules. The idea being that the season you aren't in goes into storage and only the current season is in your closet.
|Basic pieces to mix & match|
Black & gray slacks with black, gray & magenta sweaters
Three tops - 2 print, one solid
While that all sounds wonderful the idea of rotating clothing and putting things into storage doesn't work all that well for me. I honestly do not have the time or the inclination to put that much effort into my wardrobe. I need it to be really easy. So my capsule is a four season wardrobe - Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter. That is just how I roll.
|Same pieces mixed give me three more outfits|
|I swapped out the orange top with a solid black one|
and mixed again to make three more outfits
To make a four season capsule wardrobe work I layer my clothes. I work in an office environment that is pretty much freezing all the time. The heat is never warm enough and the A/C works overtime so I'm always cold at work. I literally wear my sweaters year round. But since I'm not always at work layering makes the most sense for me.
|The versatility by adding in two more tops and a blue sweater|
|Mix it up and 2 more outfits are created|
I start with the base, from the waist down. Since I have difficulty distinguishing between navy and black I don't buy anything navy and stick with black. It's my favorite color anyway. I have two pair of black slacks, one pair of gray slacks, two pair of blue jeans and a pair of gray casual pants. I wear black dress socks to work and sport socks on the weekends. I have a good pair of solid black leather work shoes and two pair of sport shoes - walking and cross trainers.
|Another top and a red sweater along with my black top and a hot pink sweater|
All of my color is from the waist up. I have a variety of solid and patterned sleeveless and short sleeved tops. I pair my tops with a set of colored sweaters - red, purple, fuchsia, black, gray, royal blue and magenta. I can mix and match the tops and sweaters to get a ton of different looks, which I love. Accessories are limited to a handful of earrings and a few scarves. I keep it pretty minimal.
|More mixing creates more options|
I own a black suit that I wear to funerals and job interviews. Fortunately I don't need to wear it very often. I also have a little black dress and a pair of heels for dressy occasions.
|Layering pieces gives me variety and allows|
me to dress seasonally with all of the same clothing
I think capsule wardrobes are a fantastic idea. The keep things simple and they are very thrifty as it doesn't take much to put one together. I encourage anyone to give it a try. Whether you do a four season wardrobe or one for each season, capsule wardrobes can be a great way to pare down an overstuffed closet and add some simplicity to your life.