Building a Capsule Wardrobe

capsule wardrobe

capsule wardrobe by rachel-the-hat featuring high rise jeans

Dress, $165 / Mango black blouse / Zara coat / Capri, $160 / Zara high rise jeans / Zara skirt / Short Sleeve Breton, $36 / Zara high heel sandals / Color block shoes, $98 / Michael michael kors handbag, $365 / River Island hat, $36 / Christian Dior pink lipstick / OPI nail care / Dorothy Perkins Black Stone Collar

The whole #100shoppingban has got me thinking about fast fashion v’s classic pieces. I have to say i am a culprit of buying into something if i’ve perhaps seen it in a magazine or on another blogger.
Normally my thought process is;
“Oh wow that looks amazing, ooh oh ooo i must try that and look totally awesome and my life will be complete and all will be right with the world”, or something along those lines. Then once purchased I find it does not fill all my hopes and aspirations, I feel a bit meh about it and it goes to the back of the wardrobe…So it goes.
The amount of times i’ve thrown things away/given to charity new or barely worn items is actually quite scary. The spoilt brat syndrome of the modern world is not a good quality i hold and I’m not afraid to admit that.
So with nearly 100 days of no shopping nearly under my belt (27 days left and counting), it got me thinking about what i will buy once D-day (or S(hop)-day) finally arrives.
The simplicity of a timeless, classic capsule wardrobe appeals to me. All the pieces above are interchangeable, to make different outfits which would be suitable for any given occasion.
As a ‘style blogger’ just having the same few items may get a leetle boring after the first initial few blog posts and i know i’m definitely not ‘cured’ from ever buying the latest this or that, but i think when the time comes i will be buying key pieces, items that can be worn and remixed and worn again.
To me those things are:
Classic red dress
Trench coat
Good quality & size black bag
the perfect Breton top
Floral trousers
Chiffon Skirt
Simple black shirt
Boyfriend jeans
Statement necklace
Black Statement shoes
Leopard print pumps
Statement necklace
Red lips & Nails

What do you think about capsule wardrobes? 

What would you have in yours?


  1. March 20, 2014 / 7:10 am

    Really great post, I think we're all guilty of buying things then barely wearing them, I know I am! I so need to build myself a capsule wardrobe too!

    Don't worry, if you run out of new clothes you can always become a food blogger or something? 😀

  2. March 20, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    I aspire to this but will never attain a capsule wardrobe, there would always be just one more piece needed to make the collection completel. I love the blogswap you've been doing, a great way to wear more but pay less. I may start this idea among my friends…

  3. March 20, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    I think if Gok (Buy less Wear more) comes to my closet, he would probably chuck out half of the content. I think capsule wardrobe is what we all need and buy what ever pieces that could compliment it along the way.

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades

  4. March 20, 2014 / 3:19 pm

    Oh Rachel – you are SO right! I have been digging to the bottom/back of my wardrobe and trying to get away from the pieces I wear ALL of the time and I am finding I am really wishing for just more classic, QUALITY pieces. It wasn't such an issue when I'd have a new shipment of clothes every couple weeks, but now I am seeing the need to fill out some areas of my wardrobe!

    • March 20, 2014 / 3:27 pm

      Exactly hun! I think its come to my attention due to the lack of constant new stuff! It's eye opening isn't it! Plus it really does make me think classic good quality is the way forward. Its kind of exciting though right? A little liberating! xx

  5. March 20, 2014 / 7:21 pm

    Great post, doll! Love a classic trench coat- I get so much use out of mine in the spring and summer!


  6. March 20, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    100 days no shopping — you are a brave woman!! i don't think i could live without skinny jeans, structured dresses and a white t-shirt. i love the idea of capsule wardrobes, but not sure i'd have the discipline to scale down my closet that much.


  7. March 21, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    LOVE your ideas!
    Dawn Lucy

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