Are you tired of staring at your closet full of clothes and feeling like you have nothing to wear?
Or maybe you’re just overwhelmed by the idea of putting together stylish outfits every day.
Well, fear not! Developing a core capsule wardrobe could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
So, how can you create a core capsule that not only simplifies your style choices but also makes you feel confident and put together? Let’s dive in and uncover the secrets to curating a wardrobe that works effortlessly for you.
1. Understanding Your Body Shape and Proportions
Have you ever wondered why certain clothing items just don’t seem to flatter your figure? It all boils down to understanding your body shape, proportions, and variations. Start by identifying your shape – I use letters and numbers to describe them rather than fruit, as these give you a guide to the silhouette you’re after, an H shape needs a straighter silhouette, whilst an X needs a fit and flare shape. This knowledge will guide you in selecting the right silhouettes, design lines, and fabrics that complement your physique. Want to figure out your body shape? Try my quiz here… Remember, when your clothes fit your body well, you automatically exude confidence and style.
2. The Power of a Thoughtful Color Palette
Imagine opening your wardrobe and instantly knowing that every piece you pick will effortlessly match. That’s the magic of having a thoughtfully curated color palette (check out the 9 ways knowing your best colours will change your life). Begin by examining your natural features: your hair, eyes, and skin tone. These elements are your best guides to choosing your base neutrals. Build your core capsule around these neutrals, ensuring that you have versatile tops, bottoms, and layering pieces that seamlessly blend together. I’ve written in-depth about how to select colours for your wardrobe here in my ultimate guide to planning a colour scheme for a wardrobe capsule.
Your signature colours (you get them as part of my personal colour analysis – find out more below) are the next step in building your core capsule wardrobe as they’ll always make you look, great plus they will work seamlessly together making it easy to mix and match garments in your wardrobe to create more outfits from fewer pieces.
3. Building on Neutrals: Basics and Hero Pieces
Once you’ve established your neutral colour choice, it’s time to focus on your basic garments, the neutral pants that you’ll wear week in, week out, the jacket that goes with everything . These are the foundation of your core capsule, the essential pieces that form the canvas for your daily outfits. Invest in well-fitted tops, versatile bottoms, and layering options that can easily accommodate jackets or cardigans. Having a balanced ratio of tops to bottoms ensures that you’re always prepared to mix and match.
But what about those standout pieces that express your individuality? These are your hero garments and accessories that add personality to your outfits. These could be bold-colored blouses, patterned skirts, or statement necklaces. By layering these hero pieces over your well-chosen basics, you effortlessly elevate your style while maintaining a cohesive and versatile wardrobe.
4. Adapting to Seasons and Personal Comfort
As the seasons change, your wardrobe should adapt accordingly. Consider your climate preferences – are you someone who tends to run cold or hot? This knowledge will help you make informed decisions about the fabrics, layers, and accessories you need for each season. Remember, comfort is key. A core capsule that supports your individual comfort needs will empower you to face any weather with style and confidence.
5. Putting It All Together: Your Core Capsule Wardrobe
Creating a core capsule wardrobe isn’t about limiting your choices; it’s about making your choices work for you. Start by understanding your body shape body variations and proportions, which will guide your choice of silhouettes and design lines. Then, build your core palette around your natural coloring, allowing for versatile mixing and matching.
Invest in basics that fit well and create a strong foundation for your outfits. These basics will seamlessly blend with your hero pieces – those standout garments that express your style personality. And don’t forget to consider seasonal needs and personal comfort preferences as you curate your core capsule.
With a well-crafted core capsule wardrobe, you’ll be amazed at how effortlessly you can put together stylish and polished outfits every day. So, let go of the overwhelm, embrace your uniqueness, and start building a wardrobe that truly works for you. Your journey to a confident and empowering style starts with your core capsule – the heart of your fashion story.
6. Need Some More Help?
You may be feeling overwhelmed about where to start, you’re not really sure of your shape and features, or you want some guidance on your best colour palette and your signature colours? If this sounds like you then I’d love to invite you to join my 7 Steps to Style program that leads you step-by-step to finding out everything you need to know to develop your style and build a wardrobe that truly reflects who you are and works for your life.