A capsule wardrobe for the holidays is a mini-wardrobe consisting of clothing items that mix harmoniously with each other in color and style. The main difference from the familiar “randomly picked” wardrobe is that a capsule wardrobe is carefully planned and tailored for your vacation.
For starters it would be necessary to understand what outfits, what style and quantity you need to bring on your vacation. Write down all the activities you’re planning to do. Think about how many sets you might need for each activity. For example, if you’re going to spend six evenings in some fancy restaurants, you need to take from three to six elegant outfits.
If you like planning as much as I do, you can also write down outfits formulas for each day.
The next step is to revise all items you have left from the previous vacation and to select some or all of them for this capsule. Try to use them to create as many sets as possible for any activities you wrote down at the beginning. If you find a perfect mix, memorise it and think of a situation you can wear it to. Can you wear it to a fancy dinner? If yes, mark down that one set for dinner. Continue to create various outfits for your vacation.
If you decide to go shopping and get new clothes, don’t rush. Try to create your new outfits on “paper” first. To do this, copy the pictures of items you like from different online stores to any text editor and try to create as many outfits as possible. Remember that all things in your capsule should mix with each other in style and color. When choosing things, don’t be shy and try different styles, colors, shapes and fabrics. Your vacation is the time when you can relax and dress as you wish.
Your capsule is ready when the number of outfits you created matches that desired number you put in your plan, and all sets are perfectly mixing with each other. Of course, you can just order everything online and save yourself a tiring shopping trip completely. Or on the contrary, you can go shopping and have the peace of mind of trying everything on. The choice is yours. It’s absolutely not necessary to buy everything in one day, shopping can be divided in parts: first, buy sets for the beach, then sets for parties, sightseeing and other activities. Just try to not get lost in shops and get distracted by the clothes that you don’t need. If you go out to get a swimsuit, don’t come back home with pair of jeans. Focus on your capsule and enjoy the shopping process.
Photo: Edita Vilkeviciute by Cass Bird for WSJ Magazine April 2016
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