Is a Capsule Wardrobe right for you?

is a capsule wardrobe right for you

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately; about wardrobe minimalism, capsule wardrobes, and what it all means to me. For the uninitiated, capsule wardrobes are a carefully curated sub-section of your wardrobe generally limited to the 30 item mark, designed to cater to a specific season, or in some cases, seasons. As much as I’ve enjoyed having a capsule wardrobe, and overall found the experience to be incredibly rewarding, I’m not quite convinced that it’s a wardrobe approach that’s going to suit everyone.

A lot of the things I hoped to achieve with a capsule wardrobe such as a wardrobe that is entirely complementary and cohesive, wearing the things that I love a-l-l the time, and making more conscious and thoughtful purchases, could all have been achieve without going down the path of building a capsule wardrobe – for two years, no less! – though for me, this approach seemed to be the most practical. For others, limiting your closet to a mere 30 items might be completely impractical for your lifestyle.

While a capsule wardrobe was right for me, I wanted to share four reasons why you should think twice about building a capsule wardrobe, if you’re currently sitting on the fence…

If you’re the type of person who is very conscious about what they buy, and as a result has a small selection of clothing to choose from on a daily basis as it is, then there’s no real benefit to try and cut that down further just for the sake of a capsule wardrobe.

As an example, my wardrobe typically sits around the 80-100 mark; I usually operate a loose one in one out policy so I’ve always got a closet filled with pieces that I love. Narrowing it down to 30-40 pieces for a season isn’t an issue, as my wardrobe splits up pretty naturally across seasons. If your wardrobe comprises of only 30-40 pieces as a whole, I would imagine that reducing this further just to have a capsule wardrobe would be extremely limiting.

Coming from the girl who used to avoid ever wearing the same outfit twice, a capsule wardrobe can seem limiting at first. Repeating outfits comes with the territory (but it also means you’ll be wearing your favourite things all the time), and if you enjoy having options, it’s going to be a real shock to the system. If this doesn’t sound like something you’d be happy with – hey, it isn’t for everyone! – then it’s probably worth giving capsule wardrobes a miss.

Going into my first capsule wardrobe challenge, I had a pretty good sense of what my personal style was, and the experience really only helped to further amplify and reinforce this for me. If you’re the type of person that opts for boho one day, rocker chic another day and preppy the next, you’re going to have a hard time not only selecting the pieces for your capsule, but also expressing yourself through your clothing.

Capsule wardrobes as a concept are hugely popular at the minute; it’s a carriage on the minimalist train that a lot of people are ready to get on board with (which is great!), but I think it’s important to look at what’s driving you to compartmentalize your wardrobe. Are you wanting to simplify your life? Reduce the number of items in your wardrobe? Or is it purely because you’ve been reading so much about the concept, that you figure you might as well give it a go? Pinpointing your intentions can help to really understand if this is something that will be a rewarding experience for you, or whether it is purely for the sake of it.

For many, the idea of limiting yourself to an arbitrary number – be it 15, 30 or 37 – doesn’t seem logical. Why restrict yourself when you don’t need to? Getting to a place of balance; a sort of wardrobe set point which you organically maintain, is possible without a capsule wardrobe, it just involves taking a different path to get there…

Tartelette In Bloom Palette Review and Swatches

tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches
tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches

Tartelette ‘in bloom’ eyeshadow palette

I know… I’m a little late to the party. I’ve been keeping this palette to myself for the last few months, but I really wanted to make sure that it was worth its salt before I shared with you just how good this is. I was dead set keen on nabbing their latest offering, the ‘in bloom’ palette (or Amazonian Clay 2), as along with a decent array of mattes, it included three shimmer shades, something which felt a little lacking from Tarte’s original Amazonian Clay Palette.

tarte tartelette in bloom palette review and swatches

In the palette, you get 12 shades; 9 mattes and three shimmers:

  • Charmer (off white)
  • Jetsetter (warm taupe)
  • Rocker (shimmering taupe)
  • Smokeshow (black brown)
  • Flower Child (peachy nude)
  • Smarty Pants (tan)
  • Firecracker (bronze copper)
  • Activist (dark brown)
  • Funny Girl (champagne)
  • Sweetheart (peach)
  • Rebel (chestnut brown)
  • Leader (aubergine)

Just like the original, the pigmentation is excellent, overall. Funny Girl is probably the only shade of the lot which takes some work to get a decent colour payoff, however I think it works best layered over deeper shadows to add a little bit of sparkle. The shadows do kick up a little bit of powder, however they blend out beautifully, and the formulas themselves are incredibly smooth. The wear time on them is also excellent; my eyelids are on the oilier side, but with a primer I find that these shadows last all day on me and then some.

For me, this has become one of those palettes that I reach for frequently, as the shadows range from cool to warm, and it’s incredibly versatile – you can make it work for day and for night (and the HUGE mirror makes it very travel friendly). What really surprised me about this palette wasn’t how good it was, but the scent. It’s a little bit of a cross between Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Palette and a fresh marshmallow plucked straight from the bag, and makes the whole palette seem that much sweeter (as long as you have a sweet tooth like me, that is!).

My favourites in the palette are hands down Flower Child, Smarty Pants and Sweetheart, plus I love a little bit of Leader packed onto the lash line and smoked out for a little bit of depth.

Personally, this definitely sits within my top three favourite palettes; it’s fairly neutral, high quality, and has a large enough variety of shades to keep me coming back to it on a daily basis. Have you added this palette to your collection yet? x

The sweater I’ll be reaching for all winter long

hope grand sweater mademoiselle
hope grand sweater mademoiselle

Hope grand sweater (lighter option here OR similar more affordable option here)

If there’s one thing that you can bet your boots that I’ll be wearing all winter long, it’s this oversized ‘grand’ sweater from Hope. I don’t deal well with the cold (says the girl who wants to spend three weeks in Scandinavia during their winter…) so anything warm and snuggly has been alllll I’ve wanted to reach for these days, even if that means showing up to work looking like a peach coloured marshmallow.

Typically, I’ll throw it on with a pleated skirt and a pair of heels for the office (case in point), but when I’m just lounging around at home, I’ll wear it on its own (it’s just long enough to wear as a tunic) or with some dark wash skinny jeans. Bold red lips are optional.


mademoiselle everlane trench coat twill zipper tote valentino tango pumps

Everlane cashmere crew sweater, Karen Walker skirt, Everlane trench coat, Everlane twill zip tote, Valentino tango pumps

It feels like it’s been a while since I posted anything that even closely resembles an outfit post – sorry! – so I thought I’d share this forgotten photo from my autumn capsule wardrobe. Even though I took this snap just a short few weeks ago, the idea of strutting out the house without a pair of tights on chills me to my core, and in all honesty, I feel like I’m been living in nothing but my Hope grand sweater – the perfect antidote to winter, in my opinion.

Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

why build a minimal capsule wardrobe

From Project 333, to the 30×30 Wardrobe Challenge, to my own take on a seasonally curated wardrobe – the fluid capsule – minimal closets and capsule wardrobes in particular have been two words on everyone’s lips recently. I’ve spoken a little bit about why I decided to build my first capsule wardrobe in my recent Q&A video series, but I thought it was worth elaborating a little further on all the positive benefits that I’ve encountered while on this journey of living with less.

Before I really started to consider what I had, my closet was overflowing with pieces I seldom wore, and most days I would find myself struggling to find something to wear that I actually like, or felt good in. I was stuck in a cycle of buying clothing only to wear it once or twice, which left me with more items that I can count that I really could have done without (and if I’m being honest, that I didn’t really like all that much).

What I’ve found throughout my own experience is that having a carefully curated selection of garments allows you to focus on the things that are really important. It could be as simple as having more time to get through that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read for months, using that time to learn a new language or even just spend it with your loved ones. I’ve found that these days, my energy is focused much more on enjoying my free time, and using that effectively to lead a much more fulfilling life (as cliche as that sounds!).

When faced with the prospect of wearing the same 30 pieces for 3 months, the last thing you want to find yourself stuck with is a closet full of pieces that don’t give you enjoyment. My own process has always been to include items of clothing that I really, truly love, and that I would wear every single day of the week, not only if I had to, but also if I wanted to.

With a capsule wardrobe, there’s no reason not to choose your favourite pieces, and no reason why you shouldn’t be wearing something that makes you smile every time you pull it out of your closet.

Going hand in hand with wearing what you love every day, is that the pieces that you absolutely, cannot, and will not be without, are typically the ones which you feel the best in and that are the most flattering styles for your figure.

You might have less to choose from, but what you do have should be pieces that make you feel confident, and really help to set the tone for your day.

One of my primary motivations behind building my own capsule wardrobe was that I wanted to shop less. I was stuck in a cycle of shop, buy, wear and sell and it was eating away at my time and costing me a lot of money. With a capsule wardrobe, I found myself being a lot more practical; opting to splurge (read: invest) in undeniably classic pieces that would stand the test of time, while also being extremely versatile.

When you start to ask yourself the question: will this go with my capsule wardrobe? can I wear this more than three ways? and will the quality see me wearing this in six months time…? then I think you’ll find yourself on the right track to making those purchases that you find yourself reaching for all the time. For me, it’s things like my Acne Studios leather jacket, my Dries van Noten simple white cotton shirt, and my impractically practical velvet kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia.

Finally, narrowing down your closet to the things that you love can really help you to define and understand your own personal style. You’ll start to get a sense for the silhouettes that flatter you, the proportions that you feel most at ease wearing, and the go-to combinations that you can reach for on those days where you just don’t want to think about what you’re going to wear.

I think it also challenges you to experiment a little more with the little that you are wearing on a daily basis, giving you an opportunity to truly find out what works, and what doesn’t.

Why would you build a capsule wardrobe?