How to create wardrobe capsules that work

by Sylvia

How to create wardrobe capsules |

In my last article in the closet editing series I spoke about creating a versatile wardrobe and how you can create a wardrobe that is consistent and fits together perfectly.

Today I will get even more practical and show you how to create wardrobe capsules that work.

Identifying the gaps

If you have done your editing correctly, you will have ended up with a wardrobe that is organised and full of items you love to wear. Now it’s time to identify the gaps. Have a look at some of your major capsules like your ‘free time capsule’ or ‘work capsule’. Did you identify items that needed to be replaced during your edit? Which items would really enhance your capsules? Do you need more bottoms or tops? Are you happy with the amount of colour or pattern in your wardrobe?

Wardrobe capsules colours

If I take myself as an example I have identified that I need more colour. You could argue that I need more pattern also, but I prefer to add that with accesories. Essentially I like combining solids and then enhancing them with statement jewellery and nice belts. But having sorted all my clothes by colour, it is clear that neutrals and softer colours dominate, whereas I feel that I look better with more striking colours now.

My main wardrobe capsule is ‘smart casual  wear’.  This is what I like for most occasions whenever I go out so this is the wardrobe capsule that I will be concentrating on.

Here are some of the points that I will be paying attention to:

  • I like to use white as a base for both my colours and neutrals and I identified that I have a need for some new white pants.
  • Black is another great basis, but I have plenty of bottoms already.
  • One of my favorite colours of the moment is green and I don’t yet own any tops in this colour. All the other colours are covered.
  • I like adding accessories to my outfits but do not yet own a really great black and white textured belt that would go well with many of my outfits and the planned colours. This would be a good investment.
  • I like to add a leather element to my wardrobe, since this a trend I like and will continue for next summer as well.
  • I prefer to add pattern with black and white. This will go with anything and I will not tire of this so easily. The black and white trend remains huge for some time to come as well.

So my main casual smart wardrobe capsule would include the following:

  • Patterns in black and white. This could be in tops (already in my closet) and dresses. Patterned trousers remain very fashionable and that is a good option too to add more patterns. Another great option for adding pattern is accessories like scarves, belts and bags.
  • Tops in the colours above. I like high quality tops which have an interesting design element.
  • Bottoms in black, white and red.
  • Belts in several colours of the colour palette but at least 1 striking one with a black and white pattern
  • Bags in these colours (which I can actually do with my new versatile bag which lets me create bags with all 3 colour elements).

I already have most things needed for this wardrobe capsule, although I like to replace my white pants, add a garment with a leather element or even a full leather skirt.

Have a look at your main wardrobe capsule and identify what you would like it to be. What is missing from it to make it current for this season? Or what essential is still needed to give you even more outfit options?

ps. This article is part of my wardrobe editing series. Earlier we discussed a minimal wardrobe,  how to edit your clothes,  how to find out if a garment should stay in your closet), how to store your clothes and accessories and how to create a wardrobe that will always give you something to wear.

If you like to find or refine your style and create a wardrobe you will love, I recommend my style course.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Greetje

Lovely item today. Lots of things I relate to.
But what is with the black and white belt? You have the leopard skin one which I am jealous of. Or do you want one that is even more striking?


2 Sylvia

Thanks Greetje. I can’t wear my leopord with everything and I really wanted a statement belt for all my coloured and black and white outfits. I found one and will wear tomorrow!


3 Marianne

I really want a green top and I am looking online all the time. But I can not find one. I need a long, warm and elegant one. It certainly keeps me busy. Your item is a very clever one now you can shop with a goal, how to obtain articles from your wishlist.


4 Sylvia

All the looks can be shopped online Marianne! Good luck with your search.


5 Jean at Dross into Gold

Sylvia, I’m always blown away by all the information and ideas you provide on your blog. Have you considered doing a book? I would buy it. Your style is right in line with my alter ego, which I have to indulge when I get tired of too many boho looks, craving clean lines and sharp colors. Love all your suggestions.


6 Sylvia

Thank you so much Jean for the nice compliment. An e-book is actually one of the things I am considering. Just have to find the time!


7 Heather Fonseca

I need to pull everything out of my closet and give it a good look over. It’s time to pull my fall winter clothing to the front and pack my summer things away for a while. I did buy a number of basics earlier in September for the fall season, which I’m only now beginning to wear! Honestly I’m not really sure I need anything to round out my wardrobe any more, but I do think my shoes need a good overhaul. Lots to think about!


8 Sylvia

Good luck Heather!


9 Buckle Button Zip

I like the way you’re thinking about this and it makes a lot of sense. Most of us are working within budgets, so this helps make the money and outfits go farther.
x Laura


10 Sylvia

It certainly has helped me to get a lot clearer on what I need to buy. I’m also less tempted by anything beautiful that I see in the stores….


11 Sarah P

I am stumped. I am a health and fitness coach so my main capsule is fitness clothes. The problem is that I go from appointments with clients to volunteering for my son’s school to lunch with friends etc. Help !?
Btw I love your tips and suggestions; they are very realistic, pragmatic and yet modern.


12 Sylvia

Thanks Sarah. I think you will need to keep it practical. Go for clothes that you can pack and don’t wrinkle too much. Trousers and a blazer will always look chic!


13 Claudeen

Lovely, wardrobe capsules indeed!


14 Claudeen

Lovely wardrobe capsules indeed! Love them all.


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