Hula’s Guide to Building a Capsule Wardrobe

by Marga Cheng , July 15, 2022

Even with a closet full of clothes, there are many times where it just feels like you have nothing to wear in your wardrobe. There are times where you can’t help but change outfits multiple times before heading out of the door – whether you’re heading to work, a party or even just a quick bite of food. One solution to your problem: a capsule wardrobe. 

Photo courtesy of Aure Studio
What is a Capsule Wardrobe? 

A capsule wardrobe is a carefully selected number of items, typically somewhere below 50, which are meant to comprise versatile pieces that can easily be mixed and matched. This means that you narrow your closet down to a minimal number in order to make it easier to throw on an outfit. It’s also a great way to refine your style and invest in items that really matter! 

What are the Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe? 

Curating your wardrobe to a certain number of key pieces saves not only time, but a lot of brain power in the mornings. Plus, capsule wardrobes are more sustainable. Rather than picking out items you’re only going to wear once or twice, a capsule wardrobe will encourage you to pick out timeless items which can be more over and over again. 

How to you build a Fool-Proof Capsule Wardrobe

When building your capsule wardrobe, It’s important to keep your personal style in mind, being realistic about the type of clothes you’d actually wear! It’s also recommended that you buy high-quality pieces, which will last you longer than fast-fashion (one-time wear) items.

According to Caroline Rector, the modern day queen of capsule wardrobes, it’s best to adhere to a golden number of 37 items to last you around three months. Also, Rector suggests finding a good balance between adding in new items to and selecting key pieces from your current collection of clothes. 

If you’re looking to build that chic minimal capsule wardrobe now, check out some of Hula’s recommended items!

1. Jackets 
CHRISTIAN DIOR COMME DES GARCONS
PRADA CARVEN
2. TOPS
CHANEL MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA
PRADA MARNI
3. Denim 
J.W. ANDERSON RE-DONE
CHLOE ALEXANDER WANG
4. Dresses and Skirts 
MUSIER NANUSHKA
GUCCI CHRIS RANLIN
5. Shoes 
VALENTINO HERMES
TODS RUPERT SANDERSON
6. Handbags 
CHLOE CHANEL
GOYARD GUCCI

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