Turning Individual Pieces in your Wardrobe into Outfits

We all know that old saying “A wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear” – it might be what faces you in the morning. It’s not a disaster though because often all that’s needed are a few wardrobe basics that tie the pieces together.

Lets say that you have several pieces in your wardrobe that you love – you’ve maybe picked them for the colour – for example a salmon coloured jacket and a bright blue skirt, both very on trend this year. You’ve also got a spring/summer must have breton striped top, a pair of smart linen trousers and two other printed tops that you like the style and pattern of. Finally a great summer crinkle dress in a mixture of blues and turquoise. Cleverly you also found a pair of bright blue sandals, a salmon bag and a pair of neutral flats.

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These pieces make several outfits but you end up wearing them the same way all the time.

how to create a capsule wardrobe

how to create a capsule wardrobe

What’s missing here to really stretch the wardrobe and make many more outfits are a few basic pieces in plain colours. A pair of navy trousers, a plain navy top and a cream lace top immediately increases the number of combinations by at least 9; wearing the navy trousers with all of the tops, wearing the navy top with the skirt and the linen trousers and wearing the cream lace top with the 3 bottoms.

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I’ve also added 2 cardigans – a bright blue and a terracotta and neutral navy and white sandals and 2 more bags. Suddenly you have endless combinations – here are just some of them:

how to create a capsule wardrobe

how to create a capsule wardrobe

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To extend it even further this wardrobe could have a pair of white jeans.

So if you have several pieces you love but nothing to go with them see if you can pick out a common colour that would pull them all together like navy in this example.

Where to buy:

Salmon jacket Great Plains, Stripe top Betty Barclay, Floral print top Joules, Linen trousers Jaeger, Crinkle dress Sandwich, Navy/white print top Whistles, Bright blue skirt Boden, Salmon bag Wallisicon, Blue sandals Boden, Neutral flats Carvela.

Bright blue cardigan Boden, Cream lace top White Stufficon, Navy trousers Phase Eight, Terracotta cardigan Joules, Navy top Mango, Navy Sandals Boden, White sanda, Bright blue bag Wallisicon, Navy/white tote Michael Kors,