Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a Londonboutique 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 popularised by American designer Donna Karan, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.
The term is widely used in the British and American fashion media, and has been the subject of several popular television series. The term has come to refer to a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximise the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing. This is usually achieved by buying what are considered to be “key” or “staple” items in coordinating colours.
I love the idea of a few essential items that can be worn with other things. I was inspired by Betabrand to share their infographic with 5 steps to a capsule wardrobe.
For help building your capsule wardrobe, please see Betabrand’s women’s pants page and for men’s, please see Define Sleek page. If you’re looking for something more than pants, you might visit their Work-It Collection page that features a wide range of women’s business clothes.