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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

If you feel like everyone on social media is going capsule crazy, you’re not alone. Here at Blue Bungalow, we’re always discussing the beauty of a capsule wardrobe, and we thought it was time we shared our secrets with you.

If the idea of less stress, more time and saving money sounds good, keep reading to learn more about the illustrious capsule wardrobe.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

Def. Capsule Wardrobe (According to the Blue Bungalow Dictionary)

A wardrobe of easily interchangeable pieces, that are functional, timeless, and ever so flattering. The items can be seamlessly styled together to create an array of outfits suitable for any occasion.

How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe?

The idea of creating a new wardrobe out of what you already have might be a little daunting but we’re here to help. Now, you’re going to have to bear with us, the first step is to clear out your current wardrobe. You don’t have to go full Marie Kondo, just start by looking at what you wear often and what makes you feel special. Once you know what makes you feel like YOU, it is time to say adieu to the no-noes (we understand if you need a few minutes to part with the old favourites that aren’t quite right anymore). It doesn’t have to be goodbye forever, why not donate your old clothes to a local charity or pass them on to a friend!

How Many Items Are in a Capsule Wardrobe?

Now that you have an idea of what you like, you are probably wondering how much to include. Our talents at BB lie more in fashion than maths, so we don’t have a magic number for you, however, we recommend sticking to 30-40 items. This allows for the perfect mix of tops, bottoms, dresses, and outerwear! This is not a hard and fast rule, so feel free to chop and change depending on the season. Remember this can include things you already own, you don’t need to go out and buy 30 new items (but you are more than welcome to!).

Keeping your wardrobe limited to the essentials makes it easier to formulate a capsule wardrobe planner. We recommend making sure your items contain comfortable and classic basics with a smaller mix of feature pieces. This will make planning what to wear a breeze!

How to Shop For a Capsule Wardrobe?

The next step is to dream up (maybe even quite literally, cleaning can be tiring!) what styles, shapes, and colours you want to focus on in the coming season. For this step, we recommend checking out the Instagram accounts of your favourite influencers, Blue Bungalow’s own Pinterest board, or even our BB live videos.

We make shopping easy at Blue Bungalow with fabulous filtering tools like our Outfit Finder quiz. Simply tap through a few questions and see what our super smart online stylist recommends for you!

If you’re after a more comprehensive approach why not talk to some friends about visiting us in-store for a Styling Session Not near Brisbane, no problem! Our lovely stylists are also available for virtual styling sessions.

Are There Rules For a Capsule Wardrobe?

How you organise your capsule wardrobe is ultimately up to you but here are three rules to follow if you want to build the wardrobe of your wildest fantasies!  

1. Only include styles you love!

Getting dressed for the day becomes so much easier when you love everything you have. If your trusty jeans are no longer bringing you joy, it is time to say goodbye. You wouldn’t keep hanging out with a friend that makes you unhappy, so why let your clothes hang out in your closet!

2. Mix and match

Pick items that pair together well. While a wardrobe of 30 statement items may be fun, you’ll soon feel like you’re running out of options. By choosing styles that are easy to mix and match the outfit possibilities are endless. This doesn’t mean you can’t stand out - try playing around with bright and loud accessories to let your personality shine.

3. Keep it fresh

Your capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to last forever. At the end of the season, if an item is no longer making you feel your best, it is time to swap it out for something else. The aim of a capsule wardrobe is to have clothes that you want to wear. Swapping items out will help you feel fresh and fabulous!

What Do We Suggest Including?

We’re glad you asked! Our ultra-stylish team has come up with some outstanding capsule wardrobe essentials. Pair these pieces together for endless comfy and fashionable outfits.

Tops

White Milan 3/4 Sleeve Top

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Carla Black Micro Modal Top

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Keira Black Cotton Tank

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Dorian White Linen Cotton Top

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Navy Maui Tee

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Danya White Stripe Bamboo Top

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Bottoms

Reed Navy Stretch Cotton Pants

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Reed Black Stretch Cotton Pants

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Zadie Distressed Blue Stretch Jeans

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Olympia White Straight Pants

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Black Bamboo Maxi Tube Skirt

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Dakota Denim Jogger Pants

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Dresses

Travel Oat Crinkle Cotton Sleeved Dress

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Dempsey Black Bamboo Midi Dress

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Tiffany Black Bamboo Tee Dress

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Black Maui Dress

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Milana White Crinkle Cotton Dress

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Kendal Navy Long Sleeve Dress

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Outerwear

Amy Black Wool Blend Poncho

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Light Denim Stretch Jacket

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Meryl Black Wool Blend Drape Jumper

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Summer Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

Tulip Navy Micro Modal Drape Dress

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White Bamboo Maxi Tube Skirt

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Micah Beige Linen Scoop Neck Top

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Fraser White Linen Shorts

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Libby Navy Spot Midi Dress

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Black Micro Modal Scoop Singlet

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We hope you have fun cleansing your closet and shopping to create the perfect capsule wardrobe! Our wonderful customer experience team is always happy to give a hand with personalised shopping recommendations. Find out how to contact the team here!

Have you built a capsule wardrobe before? Let us know what your must-have pieces are in the comments below!

BBxx

 

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