How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe

Do you regularly stare at your wardrobe, filled with clothes, and not know what to wear? You are not alone.

In a survey conducted by HYPE among 125 youths, 66 percent of respondents have difficulty styling an outfit. Many own many clothes, but that doesn’t always translate into greater outfit combinations, extra room for creativity, and elevated style. But one thing is clear: the pressure to impress is stressful.

This is where the capsule wardrobe enters the scene.

This compact closet, typically comprising 30 or fewer high-quality and versatile pieces in complementary colors, will allow you to save money, closet space, and time.

”A capsule wardrobe enables you to dictate your own lifestyle, and not let wave after wave of trends and fads rule your shopping habits and outfit selections,” says Ms Sharon Tan, 35, a freelance fashion stylist.

More importantly, there’s no reason to sacrifice comfort for style. Here are the steps to make it work.

1: Empty your closet, create your capsule

According to, the first step in building a capsule wardrobe is to thoroughly clean out your current one.

2: Categorize, organize

Lay out every single item on your bed or floor and divide them into these categories:

I Dig This! These items suit you perfectly, and you love them. If you cannot get rid of them, put them back where they belong.

Meh—Apparel that may have only seen the light once or twice because you may not really like it. Put these into an accessible box, but if items remain untouched for three to four months, it’s time to bid them farewell.

Nuh-uh – If it’s a buyer’s regret, find a way to give it away or earn extra cash by selling it on e-commerce platforms like Carousell or Depop (You know what they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure).

Seasonal/Travel – – Store travel staples like winter jackets at the back of your wardrobe for use when you need them.

3: Find your style

Now that you’ve sorted out your wardrobe assess what’s left from the pile of clothes you want. These clothes should indicate what colors or silhouettes flatter you while ensuring your style’s originality.

Compare these items to our list of fashion essentials (read on for the list!), and you may realize some things are missing. Shopping for additional items will be easier with a clearer idea of what fits you best. Every purchase should complement your own clothes to maximize outfit combinations and cost-per-wear.

4: Set a budget

Since a capsule wardrobe maximizes your dollars, don’t overspend on buying new essential items.

Amanda Tan, 28, a shopper from Club 21, recommends spending $500 – $700 depending on how many supplementary pieces you need to buy. She advises mixing and matching from different stores to get the best bargains.

Good clothes don’t have to cost a fortune or have a prestigious tag on them—Uniqlo, for example, offers a good selection of affordable and quality items.

5: Shop

Amanda recommends starting with a key item like a vibrant printed top that best reflects your style. From there, start thinking about what colors look good, what bottoms to pair it with, and how to dress it up and down.

If you’re still unsure about your style, our fashion experts recommend a palette of neutrals and earthy hues that suit most skin tones and occasions. Think white, grey, camel brown, or moss green.

Make a precise list of items you intend to buy, as it helps you to focus when shopping. Don’t be swayed by sales promoters or advertisements. If you dont need something, don’t buy it.

Putting the look together

Basic items may not be exciting or unique, but they are the pieces that will lose neither style nor appeal. With the help of fashion experts, we’’ve curated a list of easy, universally flattering, and comfortable essentials for your capsule wardrobe.

These guidelines are not an inflexible set of rules, and what goes into your capsule wardrobe is ultimately up to you. As clothes should be selected based on your specific lifestyle, fashion sense and body type, there is no one-size-fits-all capsule wardrobe. The main idea here is to increase cost-per-wear and encourage creativity while balancing practicality and luxury.

3 basic T-shirts
3 button-down shirts
1 dress shirt
1 statement shirt
1 flannel shirt
1 polo shirt
1 jacket (bomber/leather/denim)
1 cardigan
1 sweater
1 formal blazer
2 pairs of slim fit trousers
2 pair of well-fitted jeans
1 pair of khakis
2 pairs of bermudas
1 pair of neutral joggers
1 pair of brightly colored/patterned sneakers
1 pair of brogues/oxfords
1 pair of sandals
2 belts
1 bandanna
1 cap
1 fedora hat (unpatterned)

3 basic T-shirts
2 tank tops
3 button-down shirts
1 statement blouse
1 formal work dress
1 little black dress
1 little white dress
1 jacket (bomber/leather/denim)
1 cardigan
1 hoodie
1 formal blazer
1 pair of well-fitted jeans
1 pair of slim-fit trousers
1 midi skirt
1 denim skirt
1 pair of joggers
1 pair of athletic leggings
1 pair of neutral flats
1 pair of closed-toe heels
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of sandals
1 statement necklace
1 scarf
1 bandana
1 cap or fedora hat (unpatterned)

Fashion Trends to Look Out For

By Regine Chong
As 2016 slowly edges toward its end, what are some fashion trends that we can expect to last into 2016, and what are some new trends that you may see in 2017? Here are some trends that many people have been rocking recently.


Throwing on a slip dress or pinafore for a female to give the outfit a feminine touch.

Female Layering Trend.


Keep your classy style while losing those heels and shoes for a pair of comfy sneakers instead.

Male Atheleisure
Female Atheleisure Style

Loose Pants/Culottes

Forget the pains of tight skinny jeans; let your legs breathe with loose pants.

Male Loose Pants Style featured in Giorgio Armani S/S2017 collection.


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