Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

by - June 23, 2018

Do you want to look fashionable, but don't have the time or the money to make it happen?

Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

Try a capsule wardrobe. It's not exactly cheap, but when you invest in high-quality items that last and you refrain from buying the first thing you see when you enter a store, you will save money in the long run.

As for fashionable, after I found my colors, I received a lot more compliments than I used to. Plus it takes less time to look effortlessly stylish.

You are probably on the edge of your seat, ready to save time, money, and look more fashionable.

Capsule Wardrobe 101

The first step to creating your capsule wardrobe is to pick a base.

Base Colors


Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

Black, white, or cream, works best.

How do you decide?

Ask yourself these questions.

  1. Which of these colors do I look best in?
  2. What color do I tend to buy?
  3. Which color do I wear most often?
After you have found your base color, it is time to find your sub colors.

Sub Colors
Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

Sub colors are the other colors in your wardrobe. 

My base color is black so for my sub colors I picked light pink, navy blue, forest green, and garnet red.

Pick three or four sub colors.

To decide what your sub colors are, ask yourself the following questions.
  1. What colors are my favorite?
  2. What color am I wearing when I get compliments?
  3. What colors do I look best in?
  4. What colors look best with my base color?
  5. What colors look best with my other sub colors?
Looking at the diagram, you can see that forest green and navy blue go together, and light pink and red would match, but the forest green and the light pink might not match. 

That's okay. Not every single color has to match all of the other colors.

Each color should match with at least one of the other colors, not including your base color.

Now you have all of the colors in your capsule wardrobe.

Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

Next, it is time to decide on the pieces in your capsule wardrobe.

My formula is...
  • 12 tops
  • 5 bottoms
  • 3 dresses
  • 4 pairs of shoes
  • 3 purses
  • 10 accessories
Using this formula you will be able to make over 252 outfits!

Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

So how do you choose the pieces you want?

Start with the basics.

Below is a list of must-haves.
  1. a white or black tee (maybe both! :) )
  2. a high-quality pair of jeans which fit perfectly
  3. a jean jacket of the color of your choice
  4. one pair of high heels
  5. one pair of fashion boots (ankle or knee length)
  6. an everyday dress
  7. a formal dress
  8. a button-up shirt
  9. a blouse 
  10. something floral (most likely a blouse)
If you need more help on finding your must-have items, check out this post called Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves Part 1.

Start with this list and you will be on your way to a sturdy capsule wardrobe.

More capsule wardrobe posts will be coming soon!

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Capsule Wardrobe 101 + a List of Must-Haves

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