Capsule wardrobes are somewhat of a debate for fashionistas – whilst it saves you time and money, can you really use timeless pieces to reflect your ever-changing personality? No one stays the same, and the pieces that may have totally summed you up last year may not do so now.
It’s a tricky one, fashion-fanatics from all over the world have covered this topic, some have even written books about it. It seems like everyone is insisting on a capsule wardrobe, but let’s face it, we all are impulsive buyers at times. We may already have one black biker jacket but what if we want one in the color of the season? Or something with a bold print? Does that mean we have to limit ourselves?
Though it’s good to have a few essentials around which your wardrobe can evolve, I don’t believe in restricting yourself. Mix and match! Life is too short to limit yourself - if you feel that those printed pants will go with that classic white shirt you have, then go for it! That doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t be sensible, with any bold purchase, you need to take the time to think:
- Do I normally wear this/these color(s)?
- What do I like about it?
- Have I already got something similar to this in my wardrobe?
- Think of outfit ideas – does the outfit in mind involve buying more than just the piece in question?
- Then, your budget – can your outfit idea fit into it?
More recently, people have thought of capsule wardrobes as restricting yourself. This obsession with consumerism, and impulsive buying, has made it into something it actually isn’t. Capsule wardrobes are about buying less items, I agree, and making sensible decisions based around your favorite essentials/basics, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat yourself to a few trend-driven pieces from time to time.
When the capsule wardrobe was made a thing in the 1980s, designer Donna Karan launched her “Seven Easy Pieces” collection. Even up until she stepped down from her role, she created outfits around her iconic bodysuit. That was when the term capsule wardrobe was created and has stuck around in the fashion industry.
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How To Take Advantage of Capsule Wardrobe
At the start of every season, be it spring or fall, you need to have a sort through all your clothes. Of course, according to the weather, your basics will need things added or removed – you need a good cream knit in the winter, and a fluid white tee in the summer. Either can be dressed up or dressed down. This is also the perfect excuse to add those recently added trend-driven pieces, and remove those that you won’t be wearing into the season ahead.
1. Take all your pieces, even those that aren’t in your actual wardrobe, and put them on the bed. We are using the term pieces here because a classic black handbag could be seen as a basic, gold or silver jewelry, a nice tan leather belt, etc.
2. Separate the basics – your black cupro tee, cigarette pants, things that you feel are timeless and that you could never grow bored of. These pieces will go straight into your wardrobe.
3. For the rest, try and remember the last time you wore it. If it was within the last month, and you still love it, then add it in. If you can’t remember, or you’re hesitant about the print, the fabric, or even the condition, it’s time to stock it somewhere else or give it away.
4. Think about outfit ideas with the pieces you have. I recommend making a folder on your computer with your favorite outfits from Instagram or Pinterest for inspiration, it’s something to aspire to style-wise, and will help you figure out what piece you need to invest in to get there, without buying just anything for the sake of it.
5. Now you have a basic structure, you will have a clearer vision of what to get on your next shopping trip. You will know for example not to over-indulge in handbags, because you already have 3 or 4 your wardrobe evolves around. Or perhaps not buying so many jeans, because you already have some that you had completely forgotten about.
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In the world of today, when even Facebook ads try to tempt you with your favorite online stores, it’s difficult to keep your wardrobe to a certain structure. I completely sympathize with you there, but once you ask yourself those all important questions before buying a piece, and you actually know what you have in your wardrobe, it’ll make it so much easier.
Also, you’ll know what color, what print, will need to be added to represent your mood or just your personality in general. If you are feeling daring this season, a bright wrap-round shirt or a printed thin knit may be the ones to add into your wardrobe!
The Rebel Basics
If you are lacking in basics, then She Is Rebel have got the perfect selection of them for you to choose from.
She Is Rebel - Lace Bodysuit in Black
Like Donna Karan has proved, the bodysuit is the ultimate basic. It can be worn with jeans, or with a skirt for dressier occasions. In monochrome, you can’t really go wrong. Our Lace Bodysuit in black is perfect for layering under loose, opened-up shirts or with plunging v-necks, and can be even worn on its own with cigarette pants.
She Is Rebel - Girls Do It Better T-shirt
If you want to spice up your white tee collection, then the slogan tee is the way to do it. Our “Girls Do It Better” t-shirt may have a slogan but it is discreet, yet still adds a little edge to your outfits. It will look cute this summer with cut-off denim shorts, or if you want to be the ultimate #Girlboss, with a pastel pink blazer!
She Is Rebel - High-Rise Mom Fit Jeans
Making sure your denim collection is up to date is very important – you don’t want to be reaching for your favorite jeans and realizing they have lost their shape. Our High-Rise Mom Fit Jeans are the comfiest, yet most versatile jeans yet. They can be dressed up with a lace shirt and heels, or made sporty with an oversized sweater and sneakers. You will never tire of them!
Who knows? Maybe one day whilst looking for outfit inspo, we’ll find you guys wearing a bit of She Is Rebel? Get sorting fashionistas, and be sure to tag us in your favorite outfits!
By Emma Philo - Editor at She Is Rebel