Can I build a Capsule Wardrobe on a Budget?
You sure can and if you've only got the minimum to work with, it'll still work.
It's far more about good planning and 'restraint' than big spending. You don't need an expensive or expansive wardrobe.
If you've only got the basics then this is for YOU!
All it takes is a bit of planning so you know what you need for your day to day activities and you can plan to dress accordingly.
And it will save you TIME and MONEY!
You'll be surprised how far just a few items can go and you'll look far more closely at any accessories you already have.
It'll also help you to develop your own STYLE as you learn to mix and match.
So you've edited your wardrobe; cleared the chaos, donated to charity, moved stuff to the back
bedroom - if this is all you've got left - DON'T PANIC!
'Boring' separates in neutral colors are the best thing to give you mileage and begin co-ordination. It's said that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe the majority of the time. This may be what you're existing on anyway.
It doesn't matter whether you have pants, skirts or a mix of the two; casual sweats or a smarter garment you'd wear to work. As long as you have tops and bottoms then you can start to mix and match.
From humble beginnings you can create a Capsule Wardrobe on a budget. All you need is a few 'link' items to bring it to life!
The formula for any outfit with separates is always the same. You take a TOP and a BOTTOM and 'LINK' them together! A link item could be: Tee shirt; vest; camisole; blouse, shirt, polo shirt or a sweater.
Of course you can wear just a tee shirt and a pair of pants together but the real TOP LAYER, a simple cardigan or jacket, makes it into an outfit. This is what we call 'the third piece' and it pulls everything together!
If you've had a good sort out you've probably got enough bits and pieces to pull this look together. If not, then a few little additions will quickly add some life.
All I've added to the basic 5 garments initially is 4 'link' items. Straightaway you have 12 different looks.
If you're wondering how 24 looks turned into 25 outfits - look carefully and you'll see that I've used the striped shirt as a jacket in outfit 25!
You might not be able to spend big on your accessories but you can spend CLEVER!
1. Shoddy accessories are a waste of money because they will make your outfit look CHEAP and will soon need replacing. Buy the best you can.
2. A few quality items bought at the keenest prices will last longer and lift the look of your whole outfit.
3. Classic choices allow you to mix and match for maximum outfits.
4. Add color with inexpensive tops in colors that suit you.
5. Take care with grooming - an inexpensive outfit with good presentation can look a million dollars!