6 Reasons for Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

If you have ever stood in front of your wardrobe wondering what on earth can I wear, then you are in need of a capsule wardrobe! And let’s be honest there probably isn’t one of us who hasn’t at some point done that. Imagine instead how it would feel to get up in the morning and know you have the right outfit to wear whatever your plans are. But that’s not the only reason a capsule wardrobe can be “life changing” here are 5 more…

  • It saves you huge amounts of time. Instead of spending a precious Saturday pounding the shopping centre looking for the right dress and jacket for that important meeting on Monday, you just go to your wardrobe and you have not one but several options ready to pull out and wear. The morning time sucking “wardrobe stare” is eliminated for good.
  • It’s never boring. There is a misconception that a capsule wardrobe means wearing the same thing all the time. On the contrary a carefully designed wardrobe contains multiple combinations that you can stamp your personality on by the use of accessories and colour. It’s far more boring to grab the same black trousers every day or jeans and a T-shirt on a Saturday. Wouldn’t you like to look well put together every day?

capsule wardrobe, one dress 3 ways

One dress worn three ways, a capsule wardrobe gives you versatility.

  • An obvious one – it saves you money. Each item is carefully chosen so that it fits, flatters, works with other things in your wardrobe and gets worn! How many pieces do you have in your wardrobe that you just need to find the right jacket or top to go with, or the shoes you bought for that one occasion that you haven’t worn since. And as for party and occasion wear, who can afford to spend £500 on an outfit that gets worn once?
  • It gives you confidence. A big one that often gets underestimated. Knowing that everything in your wardrobe looks fabulous on you lets you hold your head higher, forget about what you are wearing and face the day with confidence. Why shouldn’t you look fabulous every day? Surely if you are putting your hard earned money into your wardrobe you shouldn’t put something on and think “that will do”. Who wants to spend the day feeling small? As Marilyn famously said “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world!” It’s true.capsule wardrobe confidence
  • You’ll be treated better. I know we don’t want to believe this one, but you are judged on your appearance like it or not. If you work, what you wear does have an impact on your career and your promotion potential. Being well put together shows an attention to detail, those around you will believe you give the same attention to your work. And if you don’t work there are still moments in every day where you want to be treated with the respect you deserve – ever been the last person to get served in a shop, overlooked in a busy restaurant or talked down to by your child’s teacher? You can discard this as fluff but do so at the risk of not being taken seriously.

Reasons for creating a Capsule wardrobe

See how a simple outfit on the left – fine for wearing around the house can be elevated for casual events with quality accessories and taken up another level with a blazer. A well planned capsule wardrobe will have all of these options.

If you would like me to create a capsule wardrobe for you, for just one or all of the reasons above, check out my online capsule wardrobe service. Or build your wardrobe gradually with the monthly capsule wardrobe service.

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  1. Kay Cobley
    October 23, 2015 / 11:03 am

    What is the best way for a ‘soft’ to build a capsule wardrobe if a good way for them to dress is ‘tonal’.

    • Maria
      October 25, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      Hi Kay
      Thank you for your comment. Start with a favourite neutral for example navy or charcoal grey then I’d suggest if you are soft and cool look for pieces in a range of blues or sea greens to create a blended look. If you are soft and warm choose a brown or olive green as a neutral then add other browns, greens and soft reds. Look for prints that are a blend of soft colours, maybe in a top then pick out a couple of the colours from the print for trousers and a jacket or knit. I hope that helps.

      • Kay Cobley
        October 25, 2015 / 2:40 pm

        Wow….thank you so much for your prompt answer.
        I am indeed a ‘soft and warm’ and have realised after all of these years that soft greens ( moss, olive, sage) do not appear in my wardrobe and do actually suit me.
        I have also seen some stone and grey combinations around whilst i have been looking – another combo that i hadn’t thought of but think looks fab.
        I now know where to start with my capsule building.

  2. kay cobley
    October 29, 2015 / 11:26 am

    sorry to be a nuisance……….I have been trying to sort my existing wardrobe so that I can start the basis of a capsule wardrobe.
    I have a lot of grey as my starting point…..but I keep finding myself drawn to the light shell and blush pinks that are around.
    as a soft would this be ok for me? I could expand then with taupe or stone?