How do you set up a capsule wardrobe you love and on a budget?

lifestyle Apr 08, 2021

In this week's Guest Interview Esther catches up with Naomie Benjamin and they are talking about all things capsule wardrobe, style personality, body shape and why it pays to invest in yourself to discover your personality style. Let's get straight into answering some of your very important questions about how you can set up a capsule wardrobe you love and on a budget?

 Listen to the full podcast episode below

 

 

Tell us about yourself, who you are and what you do, your passion for styling and why women need to consider a capsule wardrobe. 


Hi, I am Naomi Benjamin and I run
NB Style Consultancy also known as Naomi B Style.  I love everything about personal styling, especially how It makes women feel. I am all about #Look good to feel good #Feel good. The women  I help are mums or women with busy lives. This is why having a capsule wardrobe is an important way to save time and money when it comes to your wardrobe.

What have been the common challenges women face with their styling and wardrobe?


The most common challenges women face when it comes to their wardrobe is identifying with their wardrobe. Your wardrobe should give you joy when you open it and it should make you feel happy. You should also be able to see yourself in your wardrobe.  Women tend to find they get stuck with a wardrobe that doesn’t represent them and they can't identify with the items in the wardrobe and just see these items of clothing as a necessity.



What is a capsule wardrobe? Why should we consider having one? How many pieces should we have? Is there a specific number to get started with and build on?


A capsule wardrobe is having key pieces of clothing that have a relationship with each other and can all be worn together. You can have a 7, 10 or 15 piece wardrobe. For example, a pair of boots, a blazer, jeans, 2 tops and pencil skirt, heels, boots and trainers. All of these items can be worn together. Your clothes should represent who you are and bring out the confidence you already have about who you are inside. 

If I could sum up the three most important things to keep in mind when thinking about your style and capsule wardrobe it would be: 

  1. Knowing your body shape
  2. Knowing your style personality 
  3. Knowing your budget

 

How do you get started with creating a capsule wardrobe? Share a 1-7- step guide on getting started. 


You should start by discovering what your style personality is. Here are some ideas below. You may have more than one personality style and this can change from one season to another. 

 

  • Streetwear Natural/Relaxed/Casual 
  • Artistic- Unconventional and bold bright colours
  • Vintage/Classic/Traditional
  • Bohemian/Free spirited/ Patterned/Prints/Natural fabrics
  • Oversized/Baggy/Ripped/Dramatic/Edgy. 
  • Romantic/Feminine/Soft/Drape
  • Sexy/Miniskirts/ Bodycon/High heels
  • Classy/Modest/Modern/ Blacks and Whites/Modern/Chic
  • Punk
  • Tomboy
  • Sporty 



Get started with a 7 step guide to building a capsule wardrobe. 

  1. The very first step is to empty your wardrobe. Take everything out and place it in front of you; this will make things easier. Remove anything that does not fit or is not your style personality. Then by looking at your clothes, select a basic colour. It may be a colour that you own a lot of or one of the basic colours; navy blue or black.

  2. After selecting your colour, you need some neutral coloured clothing pieces with a solid colour such as white, grey, black. An example would be a solid white-coloured button-down shirt. These neutral colour pieces should be for example a white shirt. A black dress or skirt along with a great fitting pair of jeans.

  3. Then you need some accent colours in your closet, like some colours that you wear sometimes and are okay with them being in your closet. This can be done via accessories such as shoes, jewellery, handbags and scarfs and fun items of items in your wardrobe such as a blazer in pink or purple instead of the classic black or blue.

  4. Now you need to add some of your very much liked or favourite items that have patterns or are just a staple in your wardrobe for me its skirts.  If you love them and they suit your body shape then build your wardrobe around them.

  5. You will then need to include a blazer or a jacket, along with staple footwear such as trainers, boots or flats. I, myself, wear the same skirts throughout the season because it goes with everything, which makes it an easy choice. For you, it may be one or two jackets or a favourite style of jeans that you have a few pairs of so that you have the option of switching things up if you get bored. 

  6. Now, all that’s left to remember is that your capsule wardrobe can be as big or as small as you need it to be. It just that all items work together. They are all part of your wardrobe family and one item can be swapped out for another.

  7. And as a bonus, you don’t need to spend lots of money to create a capsule wardrobe that works for you. You can be inventive by shopping preloved or having items of clothing altered or customised also.


What should be in a capsule wardrobe- Give us ideas for spring, summer, autumn and winter- Include images or links to other sites- even better images of you in the clothes. 

The key items you have across each season may change based on what is the current trend of that season. But I am the type of stylist that doesn’t really follow trends.

During spring you could have a great flower dress or top and some classic white trainers. You can pop a denim jacket over the top or a nice cardigan for the chilly days in the spring.

 

During summer, you could have a denim jacket and a classic white t-shirt along with scandals and a smock dress. 

   

During autumn, you could have a pair of your favourite jeans with a trend coat, and layer up with a cardigan or a jumper. Or even popping the denim jacket under the trend coat and the white trainers. 

   

 

How do you save money on clothing? Can you share any wardrobe saving hacks?


I am all about shopping on a budget, I buy everything in the sale, It’s just what I do. But I understand this may not be the case for everybody, but some quick tips are:

  1. Leave things in your basket and come back to them.

  2. If you see something that is outside of your price range, then look around on sites like eBay, Depop and Vinted because it’s likely someone's forgotten their receipt or no longer in love with their item of clothing. 

  3. Don't buy something just because somebody else's got it all over Instagram - that doesn't mean it's for you to shop. 


It’s a wrap


As someone who is an advocate for wellness it's important to remember that you must feel good to look good and look good to feel good, the two go hand in hand. Personal styling is about you and fashion stylists are about clothing. Now that you know more about personal styling and building your capsule wardrobe you can get started with your initial 5 pieces using the 7 steps within this article and then build from there. 

If you need help with discovering your style personality, get in touch with Naomi on Instagram @naomibstyle and  Facebook @NBStyleConsultancy and share with her what you think your style personality is and send any questions you have about clothes shopping on a budget.

A personal stylist is for everyone so don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Remember that to feel good is to look good and to look good is to feel good. 



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