What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?
To begin with we need to understand what a capsule wardrobe is, which can be best described as a selection of garments which all fit into a select colour palette and coordinate with each other. They are designed to be small, lightweight, and most importantly in this case, portable. To create the most functional capsule wardrobe we have put together some helpful tips to save you time when it comes to packing.
Begin With The Basics
The basics are simple and straight-forward with most making the fundamentals of any outfit. Remember it is important to have coordinated clothing to make the most efficient travel wardrobe.
- 2 Bottoms (Casual & formal)
- 4 Tops
- A Cardigan/Sweater
- Waterproof Jacket
- Walking Shoes
A pair of trousers is must, just in case the weather happens to take a turn for the worst, that case you know you are protected. If you are crafty or want to put your own unique touch on your capsule wardrobe you could add a design of you own by visiting Banana Moon Clothing or you could even give it a go yourself if you have the touch!
Researching before you plan your outfits is essential, as it will give you a good idea of the type of garments you need and the ones you can leave at home. The weather forecast will be a real help, if you are in for a trip filled with sunshine you can pack short sleeved and items made of lightweight materials, but if the weather is going to bring some rain you may want to opt for more coverage with more waterproof items.
Plan Your Colours
As your capsule wardrobe is made up of coordinated items, colour is a focal point and avoiding clashing colours means more flexibility when wearing your outfits. This also applies to patters, and plaid shirt and spotted bottoms may not be a good look. Take the weather into consideration here also, in sunnier weather dark colours may not be the most comfortable.
Add Extras & Accessories
By now you should be well on your way to having completed you travel capsule wardrobe. You should have a selection of interchangeable coordinated outfits suitable for the weather you will be travelling in, so now it is time to accessorise. Be mindful of not going too over the top here, just a little touch to add some pizazz to your outfits will be more than enough.
- Clutch Bag
- Shoulder Bag
Before you zip up your suitcase and head off on your trip it is always beneficial to give your capsule wardrobe a second check. Make sure everything is coordinated and be sure to check the weather forecast once more, it can rapidly change, and you don’t want to find this information when you step off the plane!
How you pack your wardrobe is just as important as what you put in it, and this starts with what you are going to pack it in. There is a wealth of different luggage options available nowadays so finding the best for your needs is usually straightforward. Make sure your suitcase is manoeuvrable and easy to transport and having external pockets to keep and last-minute extras is always beneficial.