How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

You may have heard the term “capsule wardrobe” before. In fact, it is gaining a great deal of attention in fashion circles of late. But what exactly is a capsule wardrobe and why should you consider creating one for yourself?

The idea of a capsule wardrobe is not about limiting the number of clothing items in your closet. There is nothing wrong with owning beautiful clothes! Rather, the concept involves distilling your closet down to pieces you love to wear and learning how to combine items in new and stylish ways.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of interchangeable clothing items that can be augmented seasonally. Typically clean, classic lines in a mix of solid, seasonless colors like black, gray, taupe and navy, the components are meant to be interchangeable to maximize the number of outfits that can be created.

Whether you are still in the working world or enjoying retirement, a capsule wardrobe can be the foundation for simplified dressing. By augmenting your attire with patterns and pops of colors, you can still be creative in dressing while maintaining consistency in style. Benefits also include ensuring that the clothing you have invested in gets worn and reducing impulse buys that clutter your closet but don’t get much play.

Here are components we suggest for capsule wardrobes:

Foundation pieces such as: tailored trousers, jacket or blazer, white shirt, cashmere sweater, pencil skirt, LBD (Little Black Dress), trench coat, and denim jeans.

Accessories in your capsule wardrobe should include: flats, boots or booties, clutch handbag, tote handbag, and a lightweight scarf.

Here at Dovecote, new fall essentials have just arrived to help you build or fill your own capsule wardrobe. Choose a crisp white shirt from Lareida or P. Taylor, QL2 trousers, a weightless hand-printed scarf from Suzi Roher and a cashmere topper from Kinross. That’s only one example of all the fresh fall options we have in store!

Visit Dovecote soon to see what’s new, and be sure to ask one of our stylists to show you how, with basics and fresh accessories, you can create a multitude of fabulous looks!

– Carolyn, Dovecote Stylist

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