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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe Around Your Personal Style
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by Mimi Droeshout 5-minute read January 22, 2024

Your wardrobe, your rules.

Embracing your authentic identity is the guiding principle in crafting a capsule wardrobe that truly allows your personality to shine through. Understanding and owning your preferences is key; a wardrobe flourishes when it's a true reflection of your lived aesthetic, embodying the styles you naturally gravitate toward. This isn't about a reinvention of self but an affirmation of your inherent style.

My personal style journey is a testament to this. Growing up as a tomboy, my attire often mixed masculine elements with a touch of femininity. Think soccer shorts and the delicate touch of a hairband with a bow on it, a flirty dress with combat boots, or a rugged denim jacket with ballerina flats. This blend of tomboyishness with a hint of twee preppiness is a look that's unmistakably me, and these seemingly disparate elements define my comfort zone today.

The essence of building a capsule wardrobe lies in recognizing and embracing your inherent style preferences because a capsule of key pieces forms the building blocks of your entire wardrobe. From this foundation, you can take your style in a multitude of directions while still retaining the essence of self in each look. One way to begin identifying your core style is to reflect on your past to uncover the styles that have consistently resonated with you. Another is to assemble the muses who have influenced your life and pick out the things about the way they dress that you most admire. Drawing inspiration from these elements, you’ll be able to ensure your capsule wardrobe is not just a collection of clothing but a true representation of your unique style and identity. This requires you to be both the curator and the critic, constantly refining and defining your wardrobe. 

With the steps below, you will not only streamline your closet but also carve out a style that is uniquely and unmistakably your own.

1

Analyze

Your Existing Wardrobe

Begin with a thoughtful analysis of your current wardrobe. Examine each piece not just for its actual appeal but for its emotional resonance. If an item doesn't “spark joy” or doesn't align with your style narrative, consider letting it go. Replace it with something that feels more you, like trading an unloved plain sweater for one with hand embroidery that you'll truly cherish. Remember, the goal isn't to start from scratch but to refine and evolve what you already possess in alignment with your personal style.

2

Track

Your Go-To Outfits

Keep a style diary for 30 days. This isn't about dressing to impress on a daily basis but about identifying your go-to pieces. What do you reach for when you're in a rush? Which shoes do you find most comfortable? Noting down your daily outfits will reveal patterns in your style preferences. This incredibly telling exercise offers insights into your most authentic self.  

3

Define

Your Colors

Your wardrobe's color palette is a reflection of your personality. Take stock of the colors you frequently wear versus those that stay untouched in your closet. If you find you have a wardrobe full of bright colors, consider balancing them with classic, versatile shades like black, navy, or dark green. On the other hand, if your wardrobe leans heavily on dark or monochromatic tones, experiment by introducing a couple of primary colors or prints that flatter you. For those hesitant to embrace color, start small with vibrant accessories – a statement shoe, a bold handbag, or even playful earrings can add a pop of color without overwhelming your look.

4

Versatility

In Your Pieces

When adding new pieces to your wardrobe, think of versatility. Each new acquisition should be a multi-tasker, capable of being styled in at least three different ways. This approach not only ensures a more cohesive and functional wardrobe but also encourages you to be a bit more creative when it comes to styling yourself, making sure each piece in your wardrobe is worth it. 

Staple

Tops

From a feminine going-out top and a simple button-up to a classic white t-shirt, these are the staple shirts you should have in your wardrobe. 

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Drôle De Monsieur Graphic T-Shirt aed458 at FARFETCH
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Allude Wool Cardigan aed2,275 at NET-A-PORTER
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Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Linen Shirt aed817 at NET-A-PORTER
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Matteau Satin Halterneck Top aed1,204 at NET-A-PORTER
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Staple

Bottoms

These should be the most versatile, hard-working pieces in your entire wardrobe. From day to night, from indoor to outdoor, these staple bottoms can be worn in dozens of different ways. 

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Alexander Wang Straight-Leg Jeans aed1,985 at NET-A-PORTER
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7 For All Mankind Wide-Leg Jeans aed675 at FARFETCH
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Sleeper Maxi Linen Skirt aed861 at FARFETCH
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Levi's Straight-Leg Denim Shorts aed304 at FARFETCH
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Staple

Dresses

A little black dress, a beach dress, your go-to evening gown- these are the six staple dresses you need. 

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Pucci Scallop-Trim Maxi Dress aed5,870 at FARFETCH
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Lanvin Gown aed13,780 at NET-A-PORTER
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Taller Marmo Feather-Trimmed Mini Dress aed6,400 at NET-A-PORTER
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Outerwear

When it comes to outerwear, function is just as important as form, but when it comes to both these six looks have you covered (literally) for every occasion.

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JW Anderson Deconstructed Denim Jacket aed2,900 at FARFETCH
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Ulla Johnson Jacquard Jacket aed2,260 at NET-A-PORTER
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Ferragamo Padded Shell Jacket aed13,070 at NET-A-PORTER
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KASSL Editions Tied-Waist Trench Cat aed3,493 at FARFETCH
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Staple

Shoes

A mule, a sneaker, a boot, and a heel. You don't need much more...

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Gucci Horsebit 1963 Loafers aed3,600 at NET-A-PORTER
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The Row Combat Boots aed6,240 at NET-A-PORTER
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Dries Van Noten Mules aed1,580 at MYTHERESA
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Asics GEL-1130 "Kale Green" Sneakers aed977 at FARFETCH
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Birkenstock Cannes aed1,179 at BIRKENSTOCK
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Accessories

Your everyday bag, your going out bag, some great jewelry and sunglasses that work with every outfit. 

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Gucci Rectangle Frame Sunglasses aed1,600 at FARFETCH
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Bottega Veneta Andiamo Bag Large aed22,290 at SELFRIDGES
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Cartier 1990 Panthère Joaillerie aed74,350 at FARFETCH
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Coperni Swipe Patent Tote Bag aed1,700 at FARFETCH
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Burberry Double B Buckle Belt aed2,350 at OUNASS
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