How To Create The Perfect Capsule Wardrobe?

As a personal stylist, my clients often ask me ‘What is a capsule wardrobe?’. Once they know the answer, the next inevitable question is ‘How to create the perfect capsule that will stand the test of time?”. With fairly seasonal weather like in London (and most European cities), this is a relatively easy task for a stylist.

For those who are not familiar with the term, a capsule wardrobe is a concept of dressing. Having a capsule means using a minimum amount of items that allow you to create a maximum amount of looks.  A great capsule is comprised of 15 to 20 key pieces such as smart jackets, well fitted jeans, a pair of tailored trousers and statement accessories. You can mix & match to achieve multiple outfits. Having a capsule wardrobe has become a preferred choice for many of my clients. It’s the perfect solution for those with dynamic lifestyles and little time to shop.

I’m going to share with you some styling insights which I learned through my practice as a personal stylist on how to create the perfect capsule wardrobe.

The Color Palette

Keeping your clothes selection within a color palette is key for a capsule wardrobe. This little trick is like a formula which makes everyday dressing and outfit choices easy.  A color palette is usually comprised of main colors (the example below shows red & blush pink) and basic colors (black, white, beige, grey etc). You can also have complimentary colors which work in harmony with the main ones (pastel blues, peach or lilac). A color palette must be carefully planned in line with your complexion, skin tone & lifestyle. In an ideal scenario, one should be able to blindly pick two items out of a capsule rail and they would work as a magic. How amazing is that!

A color palette is key for a capsule wardrobe.

The All Time Classics / Essentials

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Even if you are not a fan of classic style, you should not underestimate the power of classic pieces to elevate a look. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day and some of the all time classics such as a well tailored blazer, smart fitted jeans, white top or strap camisole will never fail to make you look effortlessly elegant.

It’s great to have the timeless pieces you can always rely on for the moments when you ‘don’t know what to wear’. These are the ‘top essentials’ and make the bedrock for a great capsule wardrobe.

Our client Amandyne wears a look which is an example of an outfit made out of essentials – well-tailored blazer, smart jeans and classic nude pumps.

The Investment Pieces

The investment pieces are the items which add personality to your style. When it comes to accessories, I recommend investing in a designer bag, chic shoes or a pair of stylish sunglasses.

We have all seen that super stylish lady dressed in a basic white tee, well-fitted jeans and an amazing handbag. Accessories show your attention to detail and have the power to elevate a look from 7 to 11. For instance, you can add a luxe feeling to a simple black dress with a statement pair of sunglasses. Or style a designer bag from summer to winter with ease. These statement accessories are a trans-seasonal and their level of detail will always pay off.

Investing in the right clothing pieces can extend the overall lifespan of your entire capsule. A show-stopping top textured skirt and a lace-trimmed blouse are some worthy investment items. Because you already got the essentials, your statement items will get worn a few times per week which will extend their overall lifespan.

Capucines BB has beautiful timeless design that will stand the test of time. This ultra-elegant LV handbag can be styled from summer to winter with ease.


A colour theme, selection of essential classic pieces and key statement accessories are the three key steps to create the perfect capsule wardrobe.

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Have a wardrobe that reflects your personality, lifestyle & unique needs

Too many clothing choices could be as overwhelming as too little. My job as a stylist is to show you the right amount of pieces. My various personal styling services are designed to help you make an informed decision about your shopping. A capsule wardrobe must be styled in line with your lifestyle, occupation, body shape and unique personality. You can book a free initial consultation with me to get personalized styling advice tailored to your needs.

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by Deni Kiro

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