How to Create a Capsule Collection

How many times have you opened your closet only to think that you have nothing to wear? Not being an outfit repeater takes more than a big bank account. It also takes a keen eye for putting outfits together that are multi-functional and fashionable. Being on a budget doesn’t mean your wardrobe needs to suffer. Here’s some of the best ways to build a capsule collection and stop being an outfit repeater.

What is a Capsule Collection?

A capsule collection are wardrobe pieces that never go out of style. These are the pieces you can mix and match, dress up or down and last a long time. They’re also pieces that you actually like wearing, not ones out of necessity.

Start with the Basics

When it comes to building your wardrobe, you need to start with the basics. You should have at least 20 to 30 staples pieces that you can use throughout most of the year. These should include jeans, dress pants, luxury tees and lounge wear. These pieces should come in a variety of colors and textures, so you can wear them most of the year. Pick pieces that allow you to curate casual but stylish outfits so that you are not stuck with only one way to wear each piece.

Analyze Your Closet

Before you start adding, you need to take inventory on what you already own. Do you wear most of what you have or do they remain untouched? Having a closet full of clothes doesn’t always equate to having enough staple pieces for even a month. You also need to think about your lifestyle. Do the clothes you have fit that lifestyle? If not, you need to box them up and donate them to charity. Also consider the seasons and how to prepare your closet for a new season, sometimes this means packing certain garments away, while other times it means getting rid of things you did not wear which is a sign that you likely will not wear them when that season comes around again.

Choose Wisely

Once you’ve gotten rid of clothes you know you’ll never wear, it’s time to go shopping. However, just like any kind of purchase, you need to shop around. Think about how you would make another purchase, such as for a vaporizer. You would buy the first one you see. You would review different collections online and probably go with one that’s backed by a satisfaction guarantee. This rule should apply when buying staples pieces for your wardrobe as well. You only want to purchase pieces that offer money-back guarantees and ones that have positive reviews. Keep in mind that doesn’t mean they need to be the most expensive. They do, however, need to be of good quality and durable.

Create a Color Palette

You also need to create different color palettes for different seasons. These should complement your personality and the time of year. The colors you choose should be versatile and easily transition from one season to another. Spring and fall garments should be similar in both color and texture. Meaning you can wear the same piece in spring when it gets cool at night and early fall when you only need lighter weight pieces. Summer staples always need to be lightweight and lighter and brighter in color. These not only fit the seasonal shift, but also the hit temperatures that go along with it.