How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

And still be a fashionista

Is your New Year’s resolution to finally save some money, but you just so happen to be a serious shopaholic? Well you’re in the same boat as me. (Read More: How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions) I am constantly making plans to travel the world and telling myself I WILL save money, just after I buy these shoes… that go perfectly with this dress. Yes, it happens every time, and of course I still haven’t made enough for my dream trip.

Well this New Year is going to be different and it can be for you too – whether you want to save to travel to paradise or buy yourself that one designer handbag you’ve had your eye on. You just need to get yourself the perfect Capsule Wardrobe and your goals will be met in no time.

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

In simplest terms, a capsule wardrobe is an extremely downsized wardrobe made up of versatile staple pieces. The idea originates from 1970s London, when boutique owner Susie Faux coined the term. Designer Donna Karan then brought the idea to the U.S. a decade later with her “seven easy pieces” collection. Traditionally, capsule wardrobes include approximately 30 items or less, with Faux recommending less than 12. The wardrobe can be added to a couple times a year.

The definition of a capsule wardrobe has evolved over time thanks to ideas from style bloggers like Un-Fancy, whose capsule wardrobe includes 37-pieces rotated every three months.

At its core, a capsule wardrobe is ultimately meant to promote a minimalist style and save money, time, and space — things I’m all for! To me, a capsule wardrobe should include ever-lasting clothes and reusable accessories that will take you from the office to the dance floor without your friends hearing you say, ‘but I haven’t anything to wear – I need a new outfit’ for the 100 billionth time!

I’ve been busy collaborating with Betabrand.com to come up with the essential wardrobe I believe every woman needs to save them time, money, and hassle for every morning and every event.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

To save money, time and effort you want your wardrobe to be full of gorgeous items that can be everyday wear for the office and can easily be accessorised to take you through to the after work drinks and spontaneous night-time dancing. If you love the items you’ve chosen, you will always enjoy wearing them over and over again, styling them in new ways.

 

These are the 6 essentials you need to own and can easily purchase online to complete your capsule wardrobe.

  1. PantsMy pick: High-waisted dress pant yoga trousers £61.50, Betabrand.com
  2. SkirtMy pick: Nude faux leather pencil skirt £13.32, Choies.com
  3. Crisp White Shirt My pick: Fitted white shirt £12.99, H&M
  4. Statement Necklace My pick: Statement silver necklace £29.97, humblechic.com
  5. Black Handbag My pick: Black zip handbag £25.99, New Look
  6. Boots My pick: Knit-trim black ankle boots £20.33, charlotterusse.com

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The most versatile item on this list is definitely the Betabrand pants. I love these pants because they are the ideal office trousers – comfy, stylish and smart – yet totally multi-functional. The stretchy material gives you the flexibility to still do yoga after work or in your lunch-break and the skinny leg gives you a flattering shape when paired with heels and sparkles for a night out.

Hallelujah to the 2-in-1 amazing trousers! They also come in every style to suit your body shape including Cropped-leg for petites.

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Black is a great colour to opt for because it goes with everything but I also love the dark grey yoga pants too which are just as everyday.

Once you’ve got your comfy trousers in a classic shade you need one more option for work – a simple and smart pencil skirt. I chose this faux leather midi because it’s a fab neutral shade to pair with a crisp white shirt for work or crop tops for the evenings. Find the pair of women’s pants you love most here.

How to Build Your Own Stylish Capsule Wardrobe

These are my steps to curating your own capsule wardrobe, without sacrificing style or the joy we all get from fashion.

Step 1 — Clean Out Your Closet

Firstly – do you really need everything that’s in your wardrobe? We both know the answer is No. So don’t wait until Spring — have a wardrobe clean out today and get on Vinted or eBay to make some extra money. Those poor clothes that still have their tags on need a caring home. It’s just plain clothes cruelty! Check out my Vinted page for cheap dresses, tops, jumpers, trousers and skirts for sale in great condition.

Step 2 — Pick Your Essentials

Once you’ve gotten rid of what you know you don’t want, it’s time to sort what’s left into three categories:

  1. Currently love / wear
  2. Seasonal
  3. Other

Guess what happens to the “other” category? That’s right — go back to step one and get rid of those clothes!

Make sure you do this for each piece of clothing — bottoms, tops, accessories, and shoes.

Step 3 — Compromise

Now, building a capsule wardrobe can be an unexpectedly emotional and difficult process. That’s why I think it’s important to compromise and give yourself a little wiggle room on your favourite part of fashion, meaning allow yourself to have a little more in this area. For me, that’s accessorizing.

When i’m planning what to wear, accessories are often the favourite part of my outfit and can even be the main asset to show off (that’s why classic clothes are always good to help them stand out!)

If you’re like me and accessories are your thing, think bold statement but neutral shades of additions that can easily be paired with your essential outfit. Sparkly jewels, chunky black boots and a sturdy tailored handbag (big enough to fit all of your daily necessities!) are just what you need to tick off all the essential items on your shopping list.

Step 4 — Make Outfits

Once you have your essentials, start pairing them with each other to make sure you can make a number of outfits with them that will keep you excited and happy. Did you know that with just 27 pieces you can make 100 outfits!? The possibilities are endless, so bring your creativity and imagination with you.

Step 5 — Continue to Reassess

Set a schedule that works for you when it comes to refining your capsule wardrobe and going through the above steps. This can be the well-known 3 month rule, or more or less often, depending on how you feel. Again, we don’t want to take the joy out of the fashion we love, so figure out what works for you. The number one rule is that you LOVE what you own and wear. The moment you don’t, it’s time for a change!

I hope this blog post has given you some New Year inspiration to get yourselves a Capsule Wardrobe.

Love Leeanna xo

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Purchase of the day: Bargain skinny jeans

As soon as I saw online that Warehouse was having a sale, I just couldn’t resist darting to the store in my lunch break to have a quick nose around…and what do you think happened? Well I was trying on all sorts of items in their amazing end of winter season sale.

I knew I couldn’t spoil myself too hard but I thought a new pair of ripped skinny jeans can be a one off cheeky treat…I was ill at start of this week after all! I told myself I deserved it as the cashier scanned them through the till. 🙂

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£25 reduced from £42 now I couldn’t ignore that great bargain could I?! They fit so perfect too and are bang on-trend for Spring/Summer 2015. They’re a great asset to my wardrobe I think as they complete everyday off-duty looks or can be glammed up with heels, a sparkly top and clutch for a night out.

If you’re looking for a bargain, here are my favourite picks that will take you from winter into the spring season with style:

Borg collar denim jacket £20

Mono texture print trousers £20

Metallics colour block torque necklace £5

Spaced floral kimono jacket £18

Statement shield ring £4

Poppy print trousers £25

Grey high neck side split jumper £18

Red sparkle tweed skirt £18

If you haven’t checked out the sale yet… there’s an extra 20% off online for 24 hours so I’d get shopping if I was you!

Love Leeanna xo

Friday Favourites- Co-ordinates

Friday Favourites- Co-ordinates
Since booking  holidays for this summer, I have been dreaming of the perfect outfit to match some sun instead of the not-so-gorgeous English weather we are currently having over hear. Turkey and America sounds to me like I need an outfit for some hot hot hot weather and  I thought the matchy matchy tend would be the key to what I NEED.
All three outfits I put together are great looks the summer- day to night. The Boohoo red and white floral co-ordinates is also perfect for workday wear, paired with white peep toe heels and subtle rings.
My favourite look is the bright and colourful Topshop co-ords which would look great with the top tucked into the high waisted and belted with a pastel ASOS belt (which even more fab because it is on sale at under a fiver!)
I am loving all off the shoulder looks at the moment, I just bought a grey ASOS off the shoulder top and I’ve been trying it on with different looks to get its full use.  This blue and white co-ords number is from Motel and I think it is one of those looks that would look casual for a summers day by pairing it with a floaty hat (to protect any head sun burn- not just to look stylish) but can be glammed up for the evening with a clutch, heels and a statement necklace.
If you’re loving the co-ords look, get shopping!
Love Leeanna xo

Topshop pink tee
topshop.com

Motel off shoulder top
$82 – motelrocks.com

Boohoo woven top
boohoo.com

Topshop wrap skirt
topshop.com

Stiletto shoes
$42 – newlook.com

River Island hat
$47 – riverisland.com

Asos belt
asos.com