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When I travelled to Paris almost ten years ago, I was captivated by the French way of selecting and purchasing clothes.
Because most citizens of Paris live in apartments, their closets are small. They focus on buying a few quality pieces (such as Chanel, etc.) which they can then mix and match, creating a variety of outfits.
This has always inspired me and establishes the concept for “THE CAPSULE WARDROBE.”
In this post, I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to create a capsule wardrobe in Fall 2022.
I want to first describe the benefits of the capsule wardrobe:
1) Overall, it saves money! You are buying a few quality pieces, which you can then pair for a large assortment of looks.
2) It saves SPACE in the closet! More room for your husband’s clothes – he will be very happy! I’m including a picture of my capsule wardrobe in my closet (below), which demonstrates what a tiny amount of space this occupies.
3) It is stylish – it is the Parisian fashion!
4) It’s amazingly portable – fewer clothes to pack for vacation!
Now, I’m going to show you – step by step – how to create this capsule wardrobe.
Step 1 – Choose your base color.
This base color is a neutral color upon which your entire palette is built and grounded. It is usually black or navy. I personally prefer black as it offers more versatility. More colors compliment black than navy, but you could use either.
Step 2 – Choose your accent color(s).
You will need to select 1-2 bold colors (non-neutral) to serve as your accent color(s). I personally chose red, but you could choose green, blue, etc. – the list is endless. This will serve as a “pop” in your wardrobe and will stand out.
Step 3 – Choose your tops.
Now that you have chosen your base color and your accent color, you will need to select 2-3 tops. Ideally, you should have some neutral colored tops (such as black, cream, etc.) as well as at least 1 top the same color as your accent shade (red, green, blue, etc.). It is also an advantage if you purchase a basic top which can serve as a casual top and a dressy top. You can dress up these tops with jewelry, a scarf, etc., and can dress down the blouse with blue jeans.
Step 4 – Choose your pants.
I usually advise sticking to neutral colors (black, cream, navy, denim) for the pants, but it’s not wrong to choose a pop of color for your pants as well. Blue jeans are essential to “dressing down” a look, or rendering it more casual.
Step 5 – Choose your dresses.
Like the tops, it is recommended to select 2-3 dresses to serve as a base garment. I do recommend that at least one of these feature the accent color. In particular, I love a little black dress. Plus – if there’s anything that is better than a little black dress, it’s a little red dress! Both are stunning and so versatile.
Step 6 – Choose your layers.
Layers are essential for fall. In many places around the country, the temperature may be 30 degrees (F) in the morning and 70 degrees in the afternoon. With layers, you can strip off or wrap up, as the situation requires. The ideal layers are cardigans, boleros, denim jackets. You can also “dial up” a look by layering with a blazer.
Step 7 – Choose your accessories.
Accessories are crucial for dialing a look up or down, rending it more sophisticated or more casual. Scarves and jewelry (such as pearls) tend to glamorize an outfit. A belt would also take a look to the next level.
I’m going to show you my own capsule wardrobe below, including all the looks I’ve created. You will shocked to see how many outfits you can create using this method:
Possible Outfits – White Top
Possible Outfits – Black Top
Possible Outfits – Red Top
Possible Outfits – Black Dress
Possible Outfits – Red Dress
SHOP THE LOOK
***Please note: These blouses run large.
Little Black Dress:
Little Red Dress: