What Are The Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Examples?
So you are looking for the best minimalist capsule wardrobe examples? So what are they? The answer to this question is; whatever you want them to be. I know that might not be the answer you are looking for but read on because this post will help you discover for yourself what they are. There is lots of info out there with lists of the best items for a capsule wardrobe or a minimalist wardrobe, and whilst that can be helpful to get you started, those lists will not work for everyone. Why? Because we all have different tastes, reside in other parts of the world and have different lifestyles. All those elements must be in place to make a minimalist capsule wardrobe work for you. The first element of any capsule wardrobe is to pin down the colours. A minimalist wardrobe will not work if there are too many colours at the beginning. You can use all of the images below as inspiration, or click on them for where to buy.
Choose A Minimalist Colour Palette
A capsule wardrobe, whether minimalist or otherwise, is always about a collection of clothes that mix and match and enable the owner to create outfits easily. When wanting to create a minimalist capsule wardrobe, most clients will stick to mainly canvas / neutral colours. I always advise that choosing canvas colours means that outfits mix and match more easily. In a minimalist capsule wardrobe, this is even more important.
Minimalist colours usually come in beige, stone, ivory, white, black and cream. All of these colours work well together. Like for example this classic style linen wrap dress from H&M will not date and go with lots of other items in your wardrobe. Choose minimalist capsule wardrobe examples in these neutral tones, which will immediately represent that minimalist aesthetic.
Think About Your Lifestyle
Your minimalist capsule wardrobe will be different to mine. After considering the colours, next, you should look at your lifestyle. There are five elements that are important to the success of a minimalist capsule wardrobe;
- The climate you live in
- Your budget
- Your lifestyle
- Your colouring
- Your personal style preferences
To learn what works best for you, ask yourself the following questions;
- What items do you like in your current wardrobe and why?
- What do you wear to work?
- What do you need for hobbies or leisure activities?
- Where do you tend to go on holiday? Is that regular? What do you need for that?
- Do you need clothes to be with the kids?
- Are there any special events you attend each year?
- What is the environment like where you live, and how do you need your clothes to protect you?
- Are there seasons?
- If you have seasons, do you want one capsule for the whole year, two for autumn/winter and spring/summer or four for all four seasons?
- What style do you admire?
- What’s your authentic style?
- Is there something in between the two, and does it meet your practical needs?
- How long does it take you to get ready?
- How do your clothes make you feel?
- How do you want to feel?
- What types of clothes do you need? Exercise, work, formal, etc pr a variety of different styles?
- What clothes make you feel good and why?
- What clothes feel comfortable and why?
- What do you buy and never wear and why?
- What do you wear over and over again and why?
- Are there fabrics that you find uncomfortable?
- Do you prefer ethical brands?
- Do you have a strict budget?
Work Out The Numbers For Your Minimalist Capsule
Next, to make your capsule as minimalist as possible, work out how many of any given items you need. Look at your lifestyle and divide everything you do over one month into percentages. Your lifestyle might look something like this;
60% at work
20% with family (or kids)
10% out with friends or on date nights
10% doing yoga/ spin class etc
Once you break down your lifestyle like this, you can start to think about which items of clothing you need for each occasion.
Finally, think about how regularly you do a wash cycle or visit the dry cleaners. By thinking about this, you will also be able to determine how many you need.
Once you have built your minimalist capsule wardrobe essentials, the most important thing you should stick to is focusing on how you want YOUR wardrobe to look. By all means, use others for inspiration, but ultimately your wardrobe should reflect your loves and lifestyle. As soon as you try to squeeze your wardrobe into someone else’s idea of what works, it will NOT work. No capsule wardrobe will be the same, and nor should it be. And finally, think carefully about every purchase you make. If it does not fit, do not buy it. Your purse, new wardrobe, mental health and the planet will thank you for it.