Today I'm going to share my tips for creating a colourful capsule wardrobe! :)
I have been absolutely loving this little "Capsule Experiment" I've been doing over the past few seasons and I'm completely hooked!
Just in case you're not really sure what I'm talking about - here's my definition;
A capsule wardrobe is a well edited, "mini wardrobe" - a small collection, made up of carefully chosen, versatile pieces you LOVE to wear, and that can be mixed and matched to create a myriad of different outfits.
There are heaps of different blogs that discuss the benefits of a capsule wardrobe, and how to make one, so instead of going over those "basic steps" again, I figured I'd approach this from a slightly different angle and talk about how to incorporate colour into your capsule. (If you're just starting out though, check out Un-Fancy, Project 333 and Light By Coco. They give a great rundown on how to get started).
The problem I had when I was first getting into this was that a lot of the capsules that people were talking about and showing, either on their blogs or in youtube videos, were more geared to having a monochrome, neutral based wardrobe. That's fine if you love that look, it's versatile and makes it super easy to mix and match...but for me, I wanted some colour!
If you've read my blog for a while, you know I do love my neutrals (floaty white tops are my thing) but I also love to wear bright colours and patterns, especially when the weather is so sunny and warm (like it is a lot of the time where I live) - it just doesn't feel right wearing really dark shades in that kind of weather!
So, seeing as there weren't that many blogs with tips on making a colourful capsule that I could follow, I just sort of played around to see if the colourful, patterned capsule would work for me - and it did!
So these are my tips that I would suggest giving a try if you like a little colour in your clothes!
Of course, this is what has worked for me, you might not agree with some of them, but hopefully they can provide a little inspiration if you're not sure where to start!
Here we go...
1) Start with what you have - don't go out and buy a bunch of new clothes to create you're capsule.
I think it's really important to experiment with what you have first, because over the course of a few months of living with a smaller wardrobe, it really makes you think about your style and helps you to define it. You'll realise what works for you and what doesn't, and often this is quite different to what you originally thought. A lot of the time when we go shopping, we end up buying pieces that are more suitable for a "fantasy life" (for me, this might be a pair of beautiful killer heels that I will never actually wear), and the whole point of a capsule is for it to be filled with clothes you can actually wear, not ones that you wish you could wear. As you live with a smaller wardrobe, you realise what you do and don't need, and that makes the shopping process much easier and more effective, so leave that for later on!
2) Choose a colour palette.
Seeing as a capsule wardrobe is made up of a limited collection of pieces, you want to make sure they work well together, so you're not limited when trying to pair items together. You might already have a pretty good idea of the colours you love to wear, but if you're not sure, just have a look through your wardrobe and pick out the pieces that you feel the best in, or the ones you already know you wear all the time. You'll likely start to notice a theme emerging when you pick out these pieces and that's a good place to start!
For me - I have always gravitated towards either pink or white (whenever I go shopping these are the ones that always grab my attention), so these are the two key colours in my wardrobe. Another colour I wear a lot is navy so that also features heavily.
Now, this doesn't mean that you can only wear these main colours, just that these are the ones that you base the rest of your wardrobe around when choosing accent colours that will (for the most part) go with any of these main colours.