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…


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.


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.

Photos by Lauren Shipley