HOW TO CREATE A CAPSULE WARDROBE

                       
     ...building a sustainable closet
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A capsule wardrobe is by far one of the uncomplicated options in putting together a well-curated closet of essential items that compliment your shape and lifestyle, all intending to save you time, energy, and money.  

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The term “capsule wardrobe” was first coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” as far back as in the 1970's. 
According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that do not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.

HOW IT WORKS

A capsule wardrobe generally consists of a collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories ranging from 30 to 50 items. This collection is made up of clothing items you already own and love to wear, as well as new, quality items that you can shop for once a season.

The idea behind the capsule wardrobe is to save you from making multiple decisions on what to wear every day, by narrowing your wardrobe to thoughtfully selected essentials.

HOW TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN CAPSULE WARDROBE
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Before starting the journey of building your very own sustainable closet, you must pull out everything you have in your closet so that all you see left are the walls of your wardrobe.

This process is to a reasonable extent, the first of the first step that needs to be carried out.

Step 1: SELECT YOUR BASE COLOR

Two colors that are commonly used as base colors in capsule wardrobes are “Navy” or “Black”. 

Black is an all-around great base color because it is effortlessly compatible when paired with another color. If for any reason you would rather not use black, then use navy.
Navy goes well with so many other colors.

But if the above colors -Black and Navy- are not appealing to you, then a shade of brown could work as your color base instead.

Step 2: CHOOSE YOUR NEUTRAL-COLOR COORDINATING ESSENTIALS

Essentials in this context are known as tops and bottoms that have solid colors like white, black, gray, and beige, and are timeless classic pieces. Some examples of essentials are beige sweater, gray short-sleeve tee, black skirt, white pants, etc.

Note that, when selecting your essentials from the above list of neutral-colors, you must ensure they are compatible with the selected base color in Step 1.

Let us assume your selected base color is navy, choosing a black essential would be a very bad idea because navy and black don’t look good when paired together.

Step 3: ADD A FEW PATTERNED ITEMS AND LAYERS

In this step, you would begin to add one, two, or three patterned items to your capsule closet. These patterned items can be skirts, dresses, tops, or bottoms.

A good floral fabric dress is one essential item that would make your capsule wardrobe stand out. If you would rather add a floral top or pants to your capsule, make sure they both coordinate with your base colors and accent color.

Other patterns that will coordinate well with items in your wardrobe are polka dots, stripes, and plaid.
You can as well add a couple of jackets, blazers and/or coats if the weather permits. 

This is a good way of adding color and texture to your capsule wardrobe.


Step 4: SELECT YOUR SHOES AND ACCESSORIES

You can add a pair or two pairs of shoes that are in the same base color. You can also add a casual pair of shoes like sneakers and flats, add some boots. Lastly, add a nude-neutral pair of heels or flats.

The number and type of shoes you select solely depends on your lifestyle.

For accessories, select one or two handbags that will go well with your outfit. A beige or black handbag would also be a great addition to your capsule wardrobe.

Tie your capsule wardrobe up with a statement necklace and matching earrings.

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