How to create a capsule wardrobe

Wear more from less. That’s the whole concept of the Shop What You Got Challenge.


There are a few of you thinking of joining the challenge for the first time this year – so I thought I would share my process for creating a capsule collection of just 30 items.

The first year it was all an experiment and my focus was on just passing the challenge. There wasn’t a whole lot of pre-thought in it. So the next time around, I wanted to focus on creating really great outfits. To achieve a put-together look, I focused on ensuring I had the polish layer sorted – that extra item to an outfit which gives it that ‘complete’ look. It was so handy, and something I’ve tried to incorporate into my everyday outfits. I felt like the polish layer takes me from ‘stuff I put on’ to an ‘Outfit’.

This year, I’m selecting my collection based on a colour palette. I tend to rely on black a lot in this challenge… Well, not this year! My collection will be (almost) free from black as I try to pull together a collection that is bright, beautiful and interesting, without relying on black to pull it all together.

create a capsule wardrobe collection using a colour palette

What started as a personal challenge (not relying on black) has actually become one of the biggest assets in pulling my capsule collection together this year. My long list is all items which can be mixed and matched together because they all fit into my colour palette. It’s been a great way to create my long list.

Now I’ve got to cull it down to my final 30, which will focus on a variety of items and the practicality of the pieces – but with the knowledge that pretty much everything goes with everything else!

To guide me on the basic essentials of what I need, I’m using the following list by A Blissful Mind although I’ll be using plain items instead of black:

  • Tank Top
  • Short Sleeve Tee
  • Long Sleeve Tee
  • Blouse
  • Sweater
  • Black Dress
  • Cardigan
  • Blazer
  • Jeans
  • Black Skirt

That gives me a solid base of items, with 20 items left to add interest. I’m still sitting at around 35 items… How are you going with your 30 item list? Are you using a colour palette, or any other hints or tricks you’d like to share?

8 thoughts on “How to create a capsule wardrobe

  1. One thing that helped me last year was the rule of light and dark. Have one item of clothing that is dark and one that is light and everything will work together. I think I went with a light tee, dark tee, light pants, dark pants and light blazer, dark blazer and went from there! I also loved your polish layer tip, that helped a lot too! =)

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