How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

May 04, 2016


The easiest and most affordable way to build a work wardrobe that works for you is by creating multiple capsule wardrobes; work, casual, seasonal, etc.
Wardrobe pieces can work within more than one capsule collection for example, a sophisticated dress from your casual capsule could be layered to form your work capsule by pairing with more conservative pieces.

Here are my top tips for creating a capsule wardrobe with ideas to help create your business collection.

Top tips for work capsule wardrobes:

▶ Start with a neutral color as a base – black, brown, grey or navy would be good options.



▶ Build your wardrobe in 3’s. For example if you have 3 skirts make one a pattern, the second a neutral which incorporates your neutral color and the third a complementary color. Then add 3 tops, again neutral pattern and colour that mix and match with the skirts. Spend the most money on the neutrals you will wear most often.

▶ Once you have the basics add in other colours that mix with your existing capsule – maybe a colour of the season or that is in trend (like the red blouse in the illustration below), but make sure you love it and it suits you.


▶ Just because you are creating a capsule collection does not mean you should use boring pieces in your wardrobe to complement. When you buy a new piece for your wardrobe ask yourself, “does it suit me, does it work with what I already have, and will I love wearing it and feel great in it?” If you can’t say yes to all of these, move on and save your money for something that does.



▶ If you find something perfect consider buying it in two colours.
 

▶Imbibe a few maintainance habits towards your wardrobe items. When you have spent hard earned money on your wardrobe, make sure you follow the following cleaning instructions;
⚫Hang things on decent hangers.
⚫Store your clothes in an orderly form - according to type, colors, season, etc.
⚫Fold used papers or knitwear in ypur shoes and bags so it doesn’t pull out of shape.
⚫Lastly, give everything enough room in your wardrobe.

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