Imagine a minimal wardrobe where you randomly pull out clothes and everything just magically works together. This is what we tried to create with Marsplay’s third official Look book “Capsule Wardrobe edit”.
The term ‘Capsule Wardrobe’ has been used frequently in the past few years, what does it mean? How do we achieve it? Let’s see what Google has to say.
“Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London Boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.This idea was popularized by American designer Donna Karen who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.”
Thanks to Susie Faux and Donna Karan we have a practical approach to fashion.
There are many benefits of having a capsule wardrobe:
- To not think what you have to wear every day: this is an everyday drama for me, owning too many clothes and not able to see everything I own always lead me to the same point ” I have nothing to wear but my bank balance disagrees”
- Maintain your personal style: As we grow up we get more in touch with the person we are and our confidence is reflected in the choices we make. It gets easier with time to make better choices. Having a capsule wardrobe does not mean owning a boring wardrobe but it helps in setting up the foundation to succesfully bloom our fashion choices.
- Sustainable: Space for limited clothing items in your wardrobe helps you have a better budget for your everyday coat, well built bags and good sophisticated shoes. Indulging in fast fashion frequently means you are contributing to industries who are violating human rights. Shop for what you need and limit your carbon footprint.
- Save money: This is always a good idea.
- Stop wasting time and focus energy on other things: how about that passion project you always wanted to work on? It deserves more love.
I planned this look with our super blogger Jyoti.
She goes by Vagavogue on Instagram, she is a free spirit. Wanderer is the perfect word to describe her, you will always find her traveling.
In our three days of extensive shooting time she was always ready and excited for the next shot even when it became dark outside and heels were becoming an enemy.
Here is a checklist to get you started. Keep in mind you don’t have to buy everything at once, it defeats the purpose of minimalism.
Remember that you have to collect perfect peices to build your wardrobe, so you may have to kiss many frogs before finding your prince.
We all are well aware of the tough journey it takes to find our perfect nude lipstick, why do we put so much time in it?
Because finding that nude is like hitting gold, it goes with everything and saves time every day. Similarly, it’s important to find a perfect nude for your wardrobe, the same goes for jewelry (gold for a warm-toned person and blue for a cool tone).
While creating this lookbook, I followed a color palette with tones that paired well with Jyoti’s skin-tone. The nude pumps were so perfect that it made every outfit shine, we were lucky to find a nude dress in a similar tone and the pastels shined on her tan skin.
Below is the full LookBook. There is something very satisfying about seeing a visual representation of pre-planned outfits.
In our three-day shooting schedule, we could shoot only 15 outfits but the combinations are endless! I can cover the whole month with different outfits.
Tips to someone building their own Capsule Collection:
- Find your style:
- As I mentioned before, capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean monochromatic mundane looks. Jyoti’s style is very simple but I did make her fall in love with the fabulous yellow wrap skirt. She was really unsure about some pieces but after trying everything she had her own list of favorites. Never think of a capsule collection as a limitation but it should be an opportunity to try new things and even if you a fail there is a bed of comfy outfits to fall on.
- Investment pieces: A good watch, structured bag, shoes and a good quality coat to keep you warm in winter are somethings to invest on
- Research: There is a lot of content available on internet to help you shop. Always invest some time on doing your research you will be helping yourself and others as well.
- Breaking the shell: Here is fun exercise, challenge yourself to make 8 looks with 5 clothing pieces, 3 pieces of accesories and one pair of shoes, this will help you kickstart your brain to start buzzing with million possible combinations.