I was never a true believer on the concept of “capsule wardrobe” — just the idea of cutting my whole wardrobe to a few items is already killing me. However, there’s one scenario in which I do believe in these “capsules”, and that is, of course, travelling.
So here it is, my experiment on a capsule wardrobe perfect for your summer vacation in a not-so-hot destination, like in my case, the Nordic countries (as a side note, I will share my unforgettable experience and a few tips during the trip later on the blog, so stay tuned). This entire wardrobe consists of 9 items, 3 pairs of footwear and 2 purses. You can absolutely fit in everything in a carry on luggage. Though here I’m demonstrating only 12 outfits, there is still more space to explore within this wardrobe.
One reason I used to resist the idea of capsule wardrobe was that it was always related to mostly basic items/hues. What is the point of switching outfits if they all look the same? So, when it’s time to create my own version of the capsule, the first question came into my mind was how NOT to sacrifice the fun part of styling while minimizing the number of items in use. To me the answer was straightforward: to find the balance between “versatile pieces” and “statement pieces”.
What is a “versatile piece” then? A white T-shirt obviously falls into the category, so does a pair of ripped-knee jeans which goes with everything. Shall we take a step further? Let’s say…that striped sleeveless mini dress! It could work as it is, while throw on a jumper it becomes a skirt, or pairing with any bottom it is a lovely top!
When it comes to “statement pieces”, my picks could be items with fun prints (e.g., the camisole), bold colors (the metallic pleated skirt in this case), or the ones with unexpected cuts (hence the pink waistcoat/dress).
For actual styling, my motto is “one more piece”. Trust me in this, layering adds so much possibilities within such a limited number of choices to begin with!
So here’s my two cents on the idea of “capsule wardrobe”. What is your take? You’re more than welcome to share with me!