If you want bang for your fashion buck, a capsule wardrobe is the way to go.
As you can imagine, a capsule wardrobe is fabulous for travelling and is also the way to go if you’re in the process of losing weight, or are pregnant, or just want a versatile wardrobe, but don’t want to break the bank to get it.
To see how easily it could be done, I decided to set myself the challenge of creating a capsule wardrobe from the current fashion range of Emerson at Big W (a leading Australian discount department store). From bold brights and fine prints to go-faster stripes, the Emerson range of clothing and accessories is right on trend.
- The 12 garments I chose came to just $104!
- I added 2 pairs of shoes for a total of just under $38
- And 2 necklaces, 2 bracelets and a pair of earrings which came to $54
So this wardrobe capsule that will easily create 72 outfits came to a grand total of $196! Cha-Ching all right!
Now I imagine that you’re keen to know how to choose the right 12 garments for your wardrobe capsule? I’ll share with you my thinking on how I put this one together.
1. Neutral Colour – I chose navy as my base neutral colour. You can choose any neutral as your base colour, we don’t notice neutrals like we notice colours, so you can easily wear the neutral garments loads of times, without drawing attention to them.
2. Accent Colours – My accent colours, bold and bright pinks, green and shades of blue all work back beautifully with the navy base, plus work well with each other.
3. Patterns in tops only – plain jacket and cardigan, plain skirts and pants, makes it much easier to mix them all together.
4. Versatility – the styles of tops and bottoms I chose allowed me to dress them up and down. From a pencil skirt to a pair of cropped jeans, a jersey jacket to a navy cardigan, the range allowed me to go from smart casual to casual very easily.
5. No 2 garments are the same – it would have been very easy for me just to choose one of the tops and get it in 6 different colours, but then you tend to feel like you’re wearing the same clothes over and over. I’ve chosen a variety, longer and shorter sleeves, different fabrics, cuts and necklines to give me the maximum ability to change up the look of each outfit.
So let’s put them together – here I’ve created 21 different outfits out of the capsule (of the possible 72+ outfits).
Want to see the 21 outfits I’ve photographed from this capsule? Well click over the page!