Capsuling 101: Building a capsule wardrobe

Cool or warm palette: Mine is a warm palette (I’m a “Spring” in the Color Me Beautiful seasonal typing system).

The Color Me Beautiful 4 season color typing system. I'm a Spring.

The Color Me Beautiful 4 season color typing system. I’m a Spring.

Choose 3 base colors: either Cool: Black / navy / white / grey (neutral) OR Warm: Brown / tan / soft white /grey (neutral).

Choose 2 – 3 accent colors: Red / pink / blue / green / orange / purple.

Pattern: Top OR bottom? Choose one, not both – unless you REALLY know what you’re doing!

Accessories: Ring OR bracelet (cuff) OR necklace OR scarf OR hair decoration.

Other tips

Seasonal typing: Learning your “season” in the Color Me Beautiful system can be a useful tool in working out how to look great, and how to create a wardrobe that truly mixes and matches. Check out Color Me Beautiful’s website or Lora Alexander’s website Pretty Your World.

Accessories: Make them worthwhile! One is enough per outfit (don’t wear a jewelry store!)

Not everyone needs a crisp white shirt in their wardrobe! Accept that some things simply don’t suit everyone. For me, accepting that I look truly awful in black and pure white was a hard lesson to learn.

By the way, black and pure white only suit a “winter”. They’ll age everyone else and make you look faded and even sickly.

Let your fashion mistakes go. It doesn’t matter how much it cost, or how much a fashion “expert” tells you that you must own it, if you don’t wear it or it looks awful on you or it makes you feel ugly, let it go.

Some fashionable colors will look horrible on you! This year, neon chartreuse is all the rage. It looks revolting on me. I’m not buying anything in that color – I don’t care how trendy it is!

Invest in “classics”, but only if they suit you. For me, a brown motorcycle jacket is a brilliant investment. But a black bomber jacket – ugh! Horrible on me. Some classics will look great on you and other’s won’t. No matter how “classic” a style is, some just won’t suit you. Don’t buy if they don’t look great on you.

An awesome black bomber jacket. It's a great jacket, but I know enough about my own coloring and body shape to know it's great - for someone else. Some styles, no matter how "classic", just won't suit us. Building a capsule wardrobe means selecting the best styles for our own body shape and coloring, not for someone else. Be discriminating.

An awesome black bomber jacket. It’s a great jacket, but I know enough about my own coloring and body shape to know it’s great – for someone else. Some styles, no matter how “classic”, just won’t suit us. Building a capsule wardrobe means selecting the best styles for our own body shape and coloring, not for someone else. Be discriminating.

3 thoughts on “Capsuling 101: Building a capsule wardrobe

  1. I’m really enjoying your blog. I ran across it when googling Project 333. I’m currently working on my first capsule wardrobe. My biggest issue right now is that I work in an office setting three days a week. On the other days, I’m chasing around a 1-year-old and 6-year-old at home. I’m a little worried that what I’ve chosen is a little heavy on the work side (I prefer to wear dresses and skirts to work). It also means I need more shoes because my work shoes and casual shoes are pretty different. I’m guessing I’ll learn a lot during this first round!

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    • Hi Julie – Maybe deal with your work / homelife situation the same way I deal with my regular wardrobe / gymwear clash – I have two capsule wardrobes.

      I do a lot of gym and also a lot of farm work, and the problem I had was I was wearing gym clothes around on the streets and looking too casual and sloppy. So now I keep my gym clothes in a separate capsule wardrobe (it has about ten items all up) and then I have my proper wardrobe – my 33 items – separate to that.

      The two don’t mix. I wear gym clothes for farm work and the gym ONLY, and my regular capsule wardrobe for everything else. For you, maybe have one capsule wardrobe for work, and another, completely separate wardrobe for home. And don’t mix the two. It’s up to you how many items work best for each wardrobe. In my case, like I said, I’ve got about ten items for my gym wardrobe which includes gym shoes, hoodies, t-shirts and track pants. My proper wardrobe is 33 items.

      Just have a play around, and see what works for you. But Courtney Carver has a section on the Project 333 website about breaking the rules – here’s a link: http://theproject333.com/practice/. Hope that’s useful.

      Good luck with your own Project 333 – I look forward to checking out your blog and following your progress! 🙂

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