Anyone who’s studied abroad or lived out of a suitcase for a while knows what it’s like to build an entire wardrobe with just a few pieces. There’s a fine art to making each outfit seem fresh.
And, it all comes back to defining your signature style. The latest trend forces you to do that by developing a capsule collection (or wardrobe) instead of sifting though enough clothes to fill a second bedroom. If you’re looking to go tiny like this, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Stick to the items you love.
Whether it’s something you bought last week or two years ago, the items you love will always be a part of your outfit rotation. They tend to sneak into all your best looks for two very important reasons: you love the way you look in them and they’re comfortable. Making these pieces part of that oh-so-trendy capsule wardrobe will ensure you stay within its mini capacity all season long.
2. Go with “evergreen” jewelry.
You’re going to make multiple outfits with just a fraction of your wardrobe ,so choosing the right jewelry will be of the upmost importance. Does that geometric statement necklace really go with EVERYTHING you picked? What about that new black choker? You want to select each piece of jewelry with intention. Evergreen or classic jewelry will be the most beneficial. I suggest picking out a pair of classic studs, bracelets or rings in mixed metals as well as one to two trend pieces such as an ear cuff or drusy ring. Mixing these items properly should help each look come off as chic, complete and fresh.
3. Keep trend pieces to a minimum.
There’s a reason why I said one to two trendy earrings or rings in the last section. Keep in mind that whatever you choose for this capsule should be appropriate for both work and the weekend. Do you really plan on wearing that pink, lace, crop top more than once? Probably not. Go for something like a reimagined button down, short block heels or those pair of striped Adidas you’ve turned into your new signature piece. All three can be dressed up or down for ultimate use in that new collection.
4. Pairing down shoes may be the hardest part.
If you’re like me, it’s very easy to accumulate too many shoes! They’re all so cute and you love to rotate between them. (I have a few bins full..). Focus on your favorites that are versatile. Black and brown styles as well as a cool print should be your go-t0 options.
5. Don’t forget the weather or possibility for major events.
Your capsule collection for spring should include shorts as well as a rain jacket/light coat. This month has already jumped from a chilly torrential downpour one day to sunny and 70 degrees fahrenheight the next. Be prepared to wear layers.
Have a big party of gala coming up? Include a cute shift dress or skirt that can be dressed up for special occasions.
6. Choose a number that works for you.
Some people say the best number for a capsule collection is 15, others say 37. (Lucie from Refinery 29 even pulled a Steve Jobs and tried creating a standard uniform for herself with just 5 pieces!) It all depends on what works for your lifestyle. If you have a walk-in closet, it may be a little hard to choose just 20 things for the season.
Pick a number that works for you and try to stick to it. If you end up breaking from this mini wardrobe, no need to worry. It’s just an exercise after all. And, like any trend, it’s only good if it works with your personal style/needs.
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