Collecte’s Guide To Building A Capsule Wardrobe

Recently we've had a few customers who are starting to build a capsule wardrobe, seeking to curate a collection of enduring, high-quality pieces. To assist anyone else on in this journey, we've crafted a guide to help you start your own capsule wardrobe and identify which items are truly worth the investment. Versatility is key when considering staple pieces, ensuring you receive ample wear from each item. While capsule wardrobes should be personalised to one's style and lifestyle, here's an excellent starting point:

Step 1: Define Your Style - Before you start building your designer capsule wardrobe, take some time to define your personal style. Consider the types of clothing you feel most comfortable and confident in. Do you prefer classic, minimalist, bohemian, edgy styles? Understanding your style preferences will guide your wardrobe choices. There’s no point in spending lots of money on something that you know you wont feel truly comfortable wearing.

Step 2: Set a Budget - Designer clothing can be expensive, so it's important to establish a budget that suits your financial situation. Determine how much you're willing to invest in your capsule wardrobe and stick to it. Remember, quality often comes with a higher price tag, so be prepared to prioritise quality over quantity. Also keep in mind the cost per wear of an item!

Step 3: Create a Checklist Make a list of essential items that you believe should be part of your capsule wardrobe. These items typically include, but are not limited to...

  1. Tops: Classic white button-down shirt, black and white cotton tee’s, silk blouse.
  2. Bottoms: Well-fitting jeans, tailored trousers, a versatile skirt.
  3. Outerwear: Rain jacket, blazer, denim jacket.
  4. Dresses: Little black dress, versatile day dress.
  5. Footwear: Comfortable sandals, versatile heels, high-quality boots.
  6. Accessories: Designer handbag, sunglasses, jewellery.

Step 4: Invest in Timeless Pieces - When buying designer clothing, focus on timeless pieces that won't go out of style. Classic cuts, neutral colours, and high-quality fabrics are fundamental. Look for versatile items that can be mixed and matched easily to create various outfits.

Step 5: Prioritise Quality - Prioritise fabrics like silk, cashmere, possum, wool, and high-quality cotton. Pay attention to stitching, craftsmanship, and the brand's reputation for durability, this is super helpful for resale value. Quality pieces may cost more upfront but will last longer, ultimately saving you money in the long run. Items that can stay in better condition can be resold for years to come.

Step 6: Shop Mindfully - Don't rush into purchases. Take your time to find the perfect pieces. Keep an eye out for designer items on sale and explore second-hand and consignment shops for gently used designer items at a lower cost.

Step 7: Build a Coordinated Colour Palette - Ensure that the pieces in your wardrobe can be easily mixed and matched by sticking to a cohesive colour palette. Neutrals like black, white, grey, and navy are versatile choices, and you can add a pop of colour with accessories.

Step 8: Maintain and Care for Your Wardrobe - To make your designer clothing last, follow care instructions carefully. Dry clean when necessary, store items properly, and mend any damages promptly. Regular maintenance ensures that your investment pieces stay in excellent condition.

Step 9: Re-evaluate and Refresh - Every season or year, take the time to reassess your capsule wardrobe. Donate or sell items you no longer wear or need, and consider adding new designer pieces that complement your existing collection.

Step 10: Stay True to Your Style - Remember that your capsule wardrobe should reflect your unique style and needs. It's important to prioritise pieces that make you feel confident and comfortable. For example, If you travel a lot for work, take into consideration items that pack well. Or if you’re a Mum on the go, choose pieces that are easier to wash.

Building a designer capsule wardrobe is a long-term project, so be patient and make thoughtful choices. Consider it an investment for your future self. Over time, you'll assemble a collection of high-quality, timeless pieces that compliment your own personal style.