The ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe 2023
Capsule wardrobe 2023: Are you the one who spent 10-15 minutes staring at the wardrobe, swimming in the piles of clothes, expecting to find a treasure, and still coming out saying, ‘pehenne ke liye kuch hai hi nahi’ (I have nothing to wear)? Well, welcome to adulthood! This is just not yours, this is every woman’s story and another gender will join us soon. ‘I wonder why I even bought them at all in the first place,’ looking at the wardrobe here comes another agony.
Definitely, this process is time-consuming and our soul doesn’t allow us to pick the garment we just wore a month back. In this pace of fast fashion, most of our clothes are left abandoned in our wardrobe, either unused or might have been worn only once. Therefore, to save you from getting sunk in the piles of clothes, we are here with a capsule wardrobe which is the only way out.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
It is a collection of pieces that help you create different interchangeable outfits with a small selection of clothes. It will help you create multiple versatile outfits that are:
- Better for the planet
- Help you to take Quicker outfit decisions
- Save money that you can invest in long-term timeless pieces.
How can you create a capsule wardrobe?
Step 1: Declutter
If there’s anything in your wardrobe that does not fit properly; you don’t like; or a duplicate; doesn’t complement your complexion or your body type; either get rid of it, recycle it, or thrift it off.
Step 2: Categorise
After the first step, if you are left with anything in your wardrobe (chances are pretty less) then you don’t need to step out to shop. There will be at least 10 to 20 pieces that can be part of your capsule wardrobe in 2023.
The key to creating a good capsule wardrobe is picking up clothing that is functional and versatile.
Meaning, combinations that you can wear multiple times in different ways for different occasions and different seasons.
Let us help you to categorise your wear.
Make sure you choose those that fit you well, are comfortable and can be paired with different types of jackets, sweaters, tees or sweatshirts. Also, neutral colours are always more versatile than bold prints or bright colours. Make sure you have these:
- Black pants
- Neutral trousers (white, off-white, beige)
- Denim shorts
- And a neutral-coloured skirt.
We tend to buy types of denim that look similar and we never realise it at the time of shopping. But now, it is time to get rid of those duplicates. Make sure you have a few different varieties in your collection of capsule wardrobes just like:
- A skinny jeans
- A wide-leg jeans
- And a pair of black jeans
Also, find a brand that fits you best and a style that flatters your body type.
Tees & Tanks
Look for t-shirts and tops that can be worn at ease but can also be layered under jackets, sweaters, or sweatshirts during the winter season.
Point to be noted that short sleeve tops are way more versatile than long-sleeved ones because you can wear them both in summer and layer them with your winter clothes as well. In this category, you should have,
- A black tank top
- A white tank top
- A black tee
- A white tee
- A solid colour tee
- And a graphic tee
Dresses & jumpsuits
Remember solid colours will always be more versatile in this category. Pick out pieces that you can dress up and dress down in different ways.
There are four dresses everyone should have in their cupboard:
- A black dress: It could be a little LBD. If you are not comfortable with it, that goes for a longer one.
- Light flowy dress: You should have a light mid-length knee-length dress as well which is perfect for summer.
- Maxi dress: You can opt for a maxi dress too that you can wear in winter as well as in summer.
- Solid A-line dress: You must have a classic mid-length a-line dress.
You need to pick out shirts that match the bottoms you already have in your capsule wardrobe 2023, easy to dress up and dress down for different occasions. Four basic main shirts are:
- White button-down shirt
- Floral blouse
- Seasonal button-down which is bright in colour or different from white or black.
- A neutral-coloured bodysuit like black will be great to have.
There are four types of jackets you need to have:
- A denim jacket
- A versatile blazer
- A winter coat
- Lastly, a leather jacket
We tend to gravitate towards those 3-5 pairs in a show collection which is why there are 6-7 pairs that are the maximum you will ever need.
- A white pair of sneakers
- Athletic sneakers for workout sessions
- Nude heels
- Strappy sandals
- Flip flops
- Slip ONs with casual wear
Step 3: Build outfits
Pinterest is a great place to get some outfit inspiration. Once you do this you will know what’s missing from your capsule wardrobe 2023 and what you need.
Honestly, there is no right or wrong formula to do this. You need to create a wardrobe that fits your personal style. So, you are free to style it the way you like.
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