The term 'capsule wardrobe' was invented 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 do not go out of fashion and you can wear season after season.
In order to build an effective capsule wardrobe, your wardrobe essentials have to be classic, timeless pieces that can easily be matched with your other items of clothing to create stylish outfits that work for your individual lifestyle needs. As a professional, curating a capsule work wardrobe is the most effective way to ensure that you look and feel beautiful and confident at work everyday.
The Purpose of a capsule work wardrobe
The main purpose of building a capsule work wardrobe is to create chic work looks that not only make you look but also feel professional but will give you confidence to deal with your day-to-day work life.
Your clothes should be comfortable and functional, so you can concentrate on your work without worrying about whether your blouse is too revealing, your skirt is riding up or your straps are showing. Most importantly, it should align with your company's culture but still remain true to your personal style.
Create a Separate Work wardrobe
The key is to focus on buying a few classic, timeless, high-quality pieces that will form the basis of your capsule wardrobe. You should purchase clothes that are tailor in flattering silhouettes that flatter your body shape. These should include tailored trousers, shirts, dresses, blazers and good quality shoes. The detail, fit, materials and color should be right for your body shape and work environment. Resist the temptation to select any old dark suit and instead ensure the fabrics and silhouette is flattering.
Follow the 40/40/20 Rule
It means 40% of your work wardrobe should be everyday workwear. This means the suits, dresses and separates you wear most often and these items should be machine-washable to save you time and money on dry cleaning. The other 40% should be day and night looks, so those extra special items that will take you from the office to after work events such as networking, social events or drinks with friends. The last 20% will be your 'Va Va Voom' items when you need that something special to impress during interviews or major meetings.
Use accessories to personalize your work wardrobe
Accessories are great ways to add some of your personality into your office look, without going against your company's dress code. This could be elaborate jewelry, a statement necklace, a belt, a fab watch or pretty nail polish.