Capsule wardrobes make life easier but can also be a little hard to commit to. Therefore, I’ve found myself creating mini capsule wardrobes. For trips, weeks/weekends, and occasions. Sharing how I do so..
look 1: oversized turtleneck sweater | c/o plaid midi dress | ivory wool rancher hat | c/o cognac leather booties | c/o metallic belt bag
look 2: oversized turtleneck sweater | demi-boot jeans | c/o metallic belt bag | ivory wool rancher hat | vegan leather sneakers (more sizes)
look 3: c/o plaid midi dress | ivory wool rancher hat | c/o cognac leather booties | c/o Neely & Chloe – similar style
In all honesty, creating mini capsule wardrobes wasn’t something I did initially. At least not at first. Really I did not realize I was doing so until Morgan mentioned it after we went on a few trips together. As well as a few of y’all mentioning something about it on a few instagram posts. Turns out mini capsule wardrobes are kind of my thing when traveling. Which has turned into my creating them for weekend life and special occasions.
Mini capsule wardrobes make life easier, packing lighter, and maximize the number of outfits you can create with the items you have! They’re honestly pretty darn great!
So let’s dive in on how I go about creating mini capsule wardrobes…
One: Decide on a color palette
This is the very first thing I do when packing or planning out looks for an certain period of time. Pick a few main colors and choose pieces within those color families. Ideally, going with 2-4 colors works best!
Examples: olive green, cream/white, blue, and brown.
navy, cream/white, brown, lavender.
black, white, and brown.
brown, mustard, ivory, and blue.
Two: Pick Key Pieces
Pick your key pieces that you will build your wardrobe around. With today’s mini capsule wardrobe that includes the midi dress, the olive turtleneck sweater, and the jeans. These key pieces are the base of every outfit.
Things to remember when picking out these key pieces..
opt for 1-2 of the pieces to be solid – this will help you mix and match better
pieces that can easily be layered will also offer up more outfit options
the colors should coordinate, for every piece
styles should be similar but also you want to have a mix. what I mean by that is, my three pieces are more on the casual side. even the dress is slightly casual thanks to the silhouette/pattern. however, it can be dressed up with accessories if need be.
Three: Have Fun with your Accessories BUT think about Functionality as well
Accessories are 100% the place to really have fun when it comes to capsule wardrobes. However, they can take up a great deal of space if you’re creating a mini capsule wardrobe for travel so they also need to be functional. Meaning they need to have the ability to be worn with multiple looks.
Examples: the hat with these looks is a really fun piece however I can wear it with all three looks. if I didn’t wear it with the midi due to wanting the look to be more dressed up I would have still worn it with two out of the three looks.
Same goes for the belt bag. That is a FUN piece!! Aka if you don’t have one you really do need one! They are so much fun to wear and to style. Plus they’re ideal when you’re on the go and want your hand free. But back to the capsule wardrobe, it was a fun piece to add but I was able to wear it with two out of the three looks and still create totally different looks!