In recent times, there has been a lot of misconception to certain Fashion terms, these terms are misconstrued from its originally meaning. One of such terms is the “Capsule Collection/Wardrobe” terminology. The term Capsule Wardrobe was coined by Susie Faux, she was the sole owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in 1970. Faux described a Capsule Wardrobe to be a collection made up of few crucial clothing items, that were practical and never went out of style, such as trousers, drench coats, and skirts.
These clothing items could be paired with other seasonal pieces. In the 1980s, Donna Karren(DKNY) popularized the name Capsule collection when she released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work wear pieces. The idea of a capsule collection is to make ensembles that are most essential in the wardrobe of a person, things you can not do without, it can also be seen as a limited edition of a designers vision.
Lets break all this down in a lay mans term, the real meaning of capsule collection is having clothing pieces that can be worn irrespective of any season, Autumn/Winter, Summer/Spring, Fall, what ever season it is, these clothes can be worn, and there are so versatile that it can be interchanged with other outfits in the collection. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for all occasions without having a lot of clothes, and these can only be achieved by buying “staple” items.
Since that is out of the way, lets establish a few rules as regards having a Capsule wardrobe; First off, choose a color scheme that goes with almost everything and anything, such as grey, black, white, navy, or brown. Once that is achieved, you can go ahead to get other brighter colors that work with this base colors. Afterwards, you would want to consider your body shape and complexion as this is very important, the right colors of clothing on your skin makes you more flattering and also your body shape determines how long an outfit would last in your wardrobe, study shows that women with broader hips should wear clothes with cap sleeves as this makes the shoulder appear wider and more proportionate to the hip.
Last but not the least, make sure you choose high quality fabric and classic pieces, what these means is that irrespective of the season these pieces will always stay true to you and can even help out in times of recession when you can no longer afford the designer clothes you normally purchase.