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How To Build a Capsule Wardrobe: Suggested Reading

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When it comes to information regarding how to make a capsule wardrobe, there is a wealth of reading and viewing material online. There are print-out PDFs, step-by-step how to’s, books on the subject, videos of people showing you through what theirs looks like – it can be pretty overwhelming. Ever since I dipped my toe into the whole thing around two years ago I’ve seen a lot of stuff.  I’ve practically watched every video on the topic and read a good handful of books – just on capsule wardrobes. Yep they exist! I’m now at a point where I feel like I’ve absorbed quite a lot of information on the topic, which is why today I’ve posted a video about how I recommend going about making your own capsule wardrobe from scratch. Have a scroll down to see the video and the tips that I share in there, but today I thought I’d fill the blog with suggested reads around the subject that I’d fully recommend you get stuck into before you start…

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BLOGS. A great place to start is with the blog Un-Fancy, which is by a lovely lady based in the U.S called Caroline. Her blog is the whole reason I got down the capsule wardrobe rabbit hole in the first place and I think she does a really good job of showing how versatile pieces can be and how you really don’t need that many items to have a wardrobe that looks and feels fresh everyday. I really like to visit weekly to see what she’s been up to and I feel like her relaxed approach is the foundation for what I’ve based my current outlook on minimal wardrobes on too. In terms of capsuling, I’d say that this is my one and only stop, however I also like to have a read of blogs from people who I just adore their style. Have a read of this post to see who my current style inspirations are. Although it might not be so helpful in terms of downsizing, blogs are just a really good tool in general to test your tastes to see what you like and what you don’t.

VIDEOS. There are so many videos out there, it’s hard to know where to start. So I’d recommend beginning with one of these and then clicking on the related videos down the side until you end up at a person’s channel whose style you really connect with and whose outlook you feel aligns best with yours. It’s a long, but enjoyable process and once you find those channels that you click with there’s always a new upload to help you get your capsule juices flowing again. I’ve mentioned Lizzy Hadfield a million and one times now and although she’s not necessarily a capsule wardrobe warrior, I find her ‘Testing Basics’ series a really clever way of seeing what items in your wardrobe it’s best to invest in. Mademoiselle is super chic and has a slightly softer style that what I usually go for, but I always love to see her seasonal edits. I’ve recently found Use Less, a channel by Signe from Denmark. Her style is so fricking cool and she’s really into the ‘fluid capsule’ idea, which is right up my street.

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BOOKS. Reading a whole book on the topic can be pretty heavy, but Anuschka Rees’ ‘The Curated Closet’ kept my attention. If you’re completely new to the world of capsule wardrobes then this is what you need to pick up. If you’re not, then the first half will probably keep you attention – but only just – however, the second half is really where things get juicy. I feel like it taught me so much; especially in terms of colour palettes, categorising key pieces, basic pieces and statement pieces to give my wardrobe a bit of variety and also how to assess the quality of a piece. Read more about my love for it here. If you’re going to go for just one suggested read though then I’d point you in the direction of this. You won’t be confused about the concept anymore once you’ve read this cover to cover.

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  • I’ve just started reading The Curated Closet and loving it so far! Can’t put it down!
    Vicky x
    http://www.dalton-banks.co.uk

  • Nimra Imran

    Im planning on starting a capsule wardrobe soon, so this post is such an amazing starting point for me! I’ve been following your blog for years Anna and I love the variety of your content. Thank you for another amazing post! x

    http://www.nimraimran.com

  • Oh, The Curated Closet looks promising! I have never bought a fashion book in my life, maybe it’s about time to change that! X

    Kristine | http://www.callmekristine.com <3

  • The Curated Closet is sitting on my Amazon wish list already. My wardrobe is basically capsule in terms of amount of things, but not structured in any way or form, and the clothes are starting to fall to pieces. An overhaul is dearly needed, but I figured I would take a more consicous approach this time.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • That book sounds so so good, I definitely need to pick that up! x

    http://www.bymillie.co.uk
    http://www.bymillie.co.uk

  • hanan abdi

    The book sounds great…. will deffo try and read :p xx

    A Girls Journal
    http://girlsjournal95.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’ve been thinking more and more about a capsule wardrobe and it’s something which I am genuinely interested in trying! Definitely going to have a read of the blogs and look at the videos you’ve listed here and knowing me I’ll get the book as well because I adore books and can’t say no to them hahah Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

  • Emily

    Thanks for linking to Mademoiselle and Use Less, love their style and videos!
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • Susan Young

    I’ve been doing some version of a capsule wardrobe for the past year and I love it. The only component which I have discovered I am missing is an awareness of the colors that I tend to gravitate toward. I am definitely going to purchase The Curated Closet to further educate myself. Thanks Anna!

  • Great video, I remember watching your last one and they’re always so helpful! x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • Once I move into my own place I’m definitely going to try to put together a capsule wardrobe… saving this post! I’m loving this series 🙂

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • Love the leopard jacket!
    http://www.flareaforte.com

  • The Curated Closet is definitely on my reading list!!!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  • Claire

    Anna you HAVE to check out Lee’s blog at http://www.stylebee.ca It’s SO GOOD

  • Lena

    I loved your blog post Anna! I also highly recommend the curated closet book

  • I love Un-Fancy for inspiration of how to style a minimal wardrobe and get the most out of it, and you’re right Lizzy Hadfield’s Testing Basics are the best! The Private Life of a Girl is also a favourite of mine. I really need to read the curated closet.

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • stephaniestraveldiary

    I just watched your capsule videos and they made me think about my own wardrobe. I have two closets full of clothes, but never anything to wear. I think now that I have grow out of my clothes….the clothes I have do not represent who I am today. And that is probably because most clothes are at least 2 years old LOL… I realised I havent bought much clothes lately.
    Thanks for all your tips!

    x

  • lisafeedsducks

    Here’s how to have a ‘curated closet’: Only buy things you really like (and know you’re going to wear) and regularly get rid of the things you don’t wear anymore. Done.

    Also: After having a look at several clips on youtube, I found that a capsule wardrobe usually yields outfits that consist of neutrals pieces only. Which is fine, but far from inspirational and you certainly don’t need a ‘method’ to get there.

    Sorry to be negative, but I’m so ready for this hype to be over.

  • Un Fancy is such a nice blog and her outfits are perfection. Great tips Anna!
    Alina
    http://www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

  • Signe Hansen

    You’re awesome Anna, thanks for recommending me alongside other absolutely amazing women. Including yourself, I’m a huge fan of yours! Wish you a wonderful easter.

    Love from Denmark!

  • I would love to try a capsule wardrobe! The idea has always interested me but I’ve never been brave enough to take the leap.
    -Maddy
    cheers-maddy.com

  • klyan slater

    I have been following Lizzy Hadfield and Signe Hansen on youtube even before you mentioned them in your posts. Use Less is a good channel if you are into capsule wardrobe. Her current wardrobe is goals! On the other hand Lizzy has great street style. Nice post Anna!

  • Anuschka Rees’ website and Blog are awesome to read as well! I have just picked up a book on capsule wardrobes by Wendy Mak and “how to get dressed” which both look promising!

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

  • elisha mae

    Desperate to read The Curated Closet after seeing your rave reviews! Definitely sounds like a good one to curl up with over the Easter weekend 🙂

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • Thehandbagdiary

    I bought The Curated Closet and can’t wait to start reading it. I have to finish The life-changing magic of tidying up first ;).
    Marine | http://www.thehandbagdiary.com

  • Thanks for the tips Anna! I much prefer reading so have saved Curated Closet to my wishlist.

    Besma | Curiously Conscious

  • I have just finished reading the curated closet and already love Lizzies blog but thank you for the other recommendations!

    Charlotte | http://www.shoestringchic.co.uk

  • This is such a helpful post! I may get few of these books myself! Even though I already have capsule wardrobe but we can all improve right? Thank you for sharing!
    Kinga xx
    http://rockthisrunway.com/

  • I’m working on a capsule wardrobe as well – so it’s super handy to have all this reading material to buy!
    Sharni // http://www.agirlandgrey.com

  • I loved your blog post Anna! Women’s Bota Cuello Vuelto Chukka Boot

  • Emily McGee

    Ohh, I need to check out the book you recommended! I’ve finally lost the baby weight and I’m ready for a capsule wardrobe.