Building Your Capsule Wardrobe From Scratch

Saturday, January 30, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-


Do you stare at your many clothes in the closet but have no idea of what to wear? Are you a student on a budget?  Would you love to be able to mix and match your closet items five minutes before departure time? Are you the girl who buys every single clothing that catches her fancy or because it is currently trending?  

Have you ever stopped to wonder why you end up picking from the old clothes you have been wearing? You just can't seem to have a perfect match for the brand new lemon skirt you just got from the store.  Worse off,  your poor shopping choices may be eating into your budget badly.  

None of these may be your real problem. What if I told you that the real reason why I began to build a capsule wardrobe was so that I could limit how many clothes I wore per day which of course would reduce the contents in my laundry basket.  Washing is horror for me, I must tell you. 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions this article is for you after all. 

First off,  let's give a quick definition to capsule wardrobe. 



A capsule wardrobe  is a mini wardrobe of a set number of pieces you would love to wear over and over for a specific period of time. 

I'll be totally honest with you.  Capsule wardrobe does not work for everyone.  An example is the model or fashion stylist who has to be able to impress with a fabulous image.  

For the stylish and image conscious student on a budget ,  there is the pressing need to look good at a very minimal cost.  This is where we talk about essentials. 

Now, for your capsule wardrobe,  you can pick a number.  Say, 30-50. This means that the total number of your clothing pieces excluding your footwear will not exceed this number.  In some instances,  you may choose to include your footwear in your capsule wardrobe. 

You may be a frequent traveller who doesn't want to be burdened with too many choices.  Mixing and matching when you need to prepare for a speech at a place miles away from home may not be comfortable for you.  And so having a limited number of footwear also speeds up decision making.  You don't have the exact set of people in your  different destinations anyway.  It may however not work for you if you take selfies and photographs every now and then. You might not want to be repeating outfits so frequently if you show off a lot. 

Below is an example of a student's capsule wardrobe of 35 units built from scratch. 

White shirt (1)
Bold coloured Tees (3)
Black pencil skirt
Little Black Dress (LBD) 
Plain coloured gown
Pair of Jeans
Black pants
Multicoloured pencil gown
Flare gown
Orange peplum gown
A-line skirt 
Blazers 
Black suit
Mercury suit
Detailed blue top
Tank tops (3)
Boyfriend jacket 
Traditional pieces (6 per time,  probably) 
Black flats
Leopard skin flats
Flip flops (2)
Sandals (1 black,  1 red) 
Nude pumps 
Black heels

Extra Notes 

1. You are not permanently stuck with these items.  You can choose to replace any of them when  you get tired of wearing any.  You  can also decide to switch up your style.  For example,  by getting a detailed white shirt to replace a basic white shirt. 

2. You may also decide to rotate on your colour pop. If for example,  red and blue are the main colour pops,  you may decide to go for pink and green after 3 months. 

3. It is also important to buy lasting pieces for your wardrobe.  You can always use them for a long time without having to worry about them wearing or tearing any time soon. 

4. You can build your capsule wardrobe around seasons.  E.g, harmattan capsule wardrobe,  rain capsule wardrobe.

5. To maintain your capsule wardrobe,  any new addition should replace an old one.  If your spouse surprises you for example with a  beautiful pencil gown,  you can decide to give out the old one.  Siblings and younger friends are waiting! 

6. You will make mistakes in your choices but that's what happens when you are transitioning into a new lifestyle.  

Are you considering building a capsule wardrobe?