Are you lazy? Are you pressed for time in the mornings? Do you have trouble putting outfits together? Are you on a budget? Are you indecisive? Well, a capsule wardrobe may be just the thing you need to help simplify the daily task of picking an outfit and getting out the door on time!
If you ever had the fortune or in many cases, misfortune, of having to wear a school uniform, you pretty much know what the far less fun version of a capsule wardrobe is. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. So if you wore a uniform, you had perhaps the five colored shirts, that went with the skirts, pants, and shorts, and dresses, which went with the jacket or sweater or other pieces that made it possible for you to get dressed without having to match things up or spend a lot of money.
Well, throw that uniform aside and opt for the adult version of a capsule wardrobe which relies on the same concept, except you are of course picking your go-to pieces. Just like the uniform of yesteryear, the idea is to save you both time in money. Here's how (see men's examples at bottom).
Go into your current wardrobe and pick out standard pieces like jackets, pants, shorts, blouses, accessories, etc. in neutral colors...your blacks, whites, greys, khakis, navy's, and jeans. These items will literally, as you know, go with just about everything.
Pick a few pop colors that work well with each other (see pic below for examples of great color combos). You don't want to shy away from prints, but you don't want so many different prints/patterns that they defeat the purpose of things being able to easily combine with everything else in your wardrobe.
If you don't already have them, purchase a few pop color items in skirts, leggings, shoes, tops, scarfs, etc. in your combo colors. For example, you would purchase tops, accessories, a few bottoms all in your pop colors like a coral and a teal color. The idea is to stick to a few pop colors which you will then change as the season changes, or your mood changes, or both.
Begin composing a capsule wardrobe. Combine your neutral items, with your pop color items for a wardrobe where it won't matter what pant/shirt combo, or dress/scarf/hat combo, or jacket/jean/blouse combo you pick, everything will automatically match.
Since it's much easier to see than to explain, here are some great examples of only using a few neutral pieces, a few pop colors, and getting easy to match and put together outfits for any occasion. It really lets you see how few items you really need per season, to look put together and fashionable. It is also great for going on vacation and not having to pack a lot of extra. And again, when you tire of the color combo, just find another few new coordinating pop colors to either mix in or start over with.
And for the Guys...