where to start with a capsule wardrobe

New Year, maybe a new wardrobe clear out? Or did you pick up some amazing pieces in the sale but you don’t have any room in your wardrobe anymore? Over the past year I’ve started buying less garments for my wardrobe and before you ask if I’m in a fashion rut; no I just have enough pieces that I can create endless looks without buying more. I had a clear out before the end of 2016 and managed to get a few bags to give to charity; my wardrobe has a new lease of life: I’ve found clothes that I didn’t know I had and I’ve been able to create new looks. So here I am to tell you all about you can start a capsule wardrobe. 
Tartan Brunette is an absolute star when it comes to a minimalist and capsule wardrobe. She does updates, outfit ideas and it is literally the best thing if you have a capsule wardrobe but don’t know how to transition from season to season (or if you want inspiration on how to get started). She wrote a great post on ‘why you should start a capsule wardrobe‘ and there are things you don’t really think about. It makes getting ready in the morning easier and you can save time browsing shops like Topshop or ASOS for the latest trend. Buying better quality (and ethically better) garments less often means you can buy some luxury pieces and it feels like a ‘treat yo self’ moment, without the added guilt because it will not become obsolete or lost in your wardrobe, these are thought out pieces that are not bought in the midst of your next Primark haul. Tolly wrote a great post recently about why ethical fashion shouldn’t make you feel bad, if you’re thinking about it and making yourself aware of the benefits of a capsule or ethical wardrobe then that’s a start and you shouldn’t feel guilty. 
That said, the amount of striped tops means I don’t have a  necessarily have a capsule wardrobe right now and I’m really not as succinct in the top department as I should be but I have nailed the trousers/skirts department – they can be worn for both going for a night out (on the rare occasion that is) or chilling with my friends at home. Slowly I’m working my way to a wardrobe that is equally capsule and that I love. 
Multiple use items are da bomb when it comes to a capsule wardrobe; but don’t limit yourself to only basics. I have a few statement pieces that I don’t wear all the time but when I do I feel totally boss – fashion is about feeling good and confident in your own skin and having a wardrobe with only 37 really doesn’t limit you to feeling the best version of you there is. 
What are my go to picks for a capsule wardrobe? 
We all need a nice pair of trainers for dancing all night or a woodland stroll, these common projects are perfect for both occasions. A striped top was inevitably going to be on the list, I’ve been crushing comme des garcons play top from farfetch for a while. Definitely a white top that can be worn under something or just on it’s own – layer up that thang (basic tops in different colours just add a little pop of brightness to an outfit that is perfect for all seasons). 

Skinny blue jeans, as I wrote about in my 2017 resolutions post, I am making it my mission to buy more ethically this year so if anyone can recommend some ethically made jeans the hit me up! A backpack that can pretty much fit anything in it is a necessity, I have a black one from Matt and Nat that is both ethically made and fits everything you might need. I got a gorgeous scarf for Christmas (my one is in grey) from & other stories and I can tell it will last me years, it’s big and not too long: I am obsessed. I’ve had my perfect navy jumper for a good two years and it’s my go to whenever I don’t know what to wear (it’s less handy when you don’t know what to wear on a night out). If you can’t buy the product ethically then make sure it lasts a long time and take good care of the garment. i couldn’t find the one from Gap that I bought years ago but I did find a lovely jumper from a new fashion brand I’ve found called Birdsong (I’m planning to do a post on their store soon as I am in <3. 

But really, a capsule wardrobe is meant to be 37 pieces that encapsulate YOUR style and whether that’s through the colours of choice of accessory then that’s what makes the wardrobe your own and it’s so personal. With the help of Farfetch’s online widget it’s even easier to curate your capsule wardrobe, especially if you don’t know where to start. Just to the quick quiz and voila! Your own personalised capsule wardrobe for you to shop and/or take inspiration from.  

Let me know if you do the generator and what would be your three top items that you just had to have in your capsule wardrobe – leave a comment below 🙂 Lots of love, Eleanor x


  1. Stephanie Jessop 5th January 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I'm not sure I want a capsule wardrobe as such – I love shopping and having variety in my life but I definitely want to hone in on my style – so that like you said, I don't forget what I own and things are quality made.

    I've definitely started working that out more, but I'm not quite there yet!

    Stephie xx


  2. Eleanor Pritchard 5th January 2017 at 3:54 pm

    That's great, even little steps are better than nothing! xx

  3. libbyjade26 5th January 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Oh gosh I really need to clear out my wardrobe, it's a mess! I have never heard of a capsule wardrobe before this, I'm not sure I particularly want one because I do like a variety but I definitely need to cut down a little!x

  4. Edie 5th January 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I'm very happy with my wardrobe right now, especially since I've become interested in ethical fashion. I find myself pairing an old dress from when I was 11 with a shabby old t-shirt and I'm constantly discovering how much I can wear what I have without getting bored. I really enjoyed this post, I can't get over how well you write!

    Edie x

  5. Dalal Tahira 5th January 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Although I'm not quite at the capsule wardrobe level yet, I have stopped buying excessive amounts of clothing. Ever since starting at a sixth form where I can wear what I want, instead of going out and buying completely new clothing, I've just been looking through the items I already have and restyling those. I have this skirt that my mum bought me back when I was in year 7 and I've recently started wearing it again (of course with an overall upgrade in style hah) nd ahh I love Commes De Garcons so much but I'm way too broke 🙁
    cool post thoooo

  6. Eleanor Pritchard 6th January 2017 at 7:33 am

    That's great! I'm glad this might help you to cut down your wardrobe! A capsule wardrobe is a lot easier than you think 🙂 x

  7. Eleanor Pritchard 6th January 2017 at 7:37 am

    Thank you so much Edie! Since I've started buying more ethically I love my wardrobe a lot more than I used to! x

  8. Eleanor Pritchard 6th January 2017 at 7:39 am

    I know, Comme Des Garçon just the dream! I don't buy many new clothes as I spend 5/7 days at school but I do think at a level I won't buy any more because I can just style what I already have in different ways!

  9. Siobhan Mac 6th January 2017 at 11:54 am

    I don't think I can ever have a capsule wardrobe and that is fine by me, but I think making sure I love everything I won, and wear it, and get a lot out of it is certainly valuable. As is buying less and buying better. That is what I take from the capsule wardrobe ethos – and there is no such thing as too many stripy tops in my book! Never!

  10. Eleanor Pritchard 6th January 2017 at 4:46 pm

    That's good that you love all your clothes – I think it's all about finding a balance and that's great! I love my stripy tops 🙂

  11. Laura Blossomofhope 6th January 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I really want to start moving towards a capusle wardrobe of clothes that compliment each other! I would love to see more posts on this topic of maybe how many outfits you can do with a certain amount of clothes xx

  12. Eleanor Pritchard 7th January 2017 at 9:38 am

    I'll definitely try to do some more in the future, I really want a balance between a succinct number of clothes in my wardrobe and an ethical wardrobe xx

  13. Lisa S. 8th January 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I´m so intrigued by the idea of having a capsule wardrobe. I´m not sure I could ever manage it though. I need that kind of variety in my life sometimes. However I´m definitely clearing it out more & more so that my wardrobe goes better together & I´m starting to think more about the brands that I buy from!
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

  14. Eleanor Pritchard 8th January 2017 at 6:39 pm

    That's so great Lisa! It's good that you're thinking about where you're buying from though, it's about being more conscious 🙂

  15. Hollie Thorpe 10th January 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I love the idea of having a capsule wardrobe but not sure i could commit to it, lovely post!
    Hollie xx

  16. Emma Verse 1st April 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Where are the boots in the first picture from? My life is partially an epic quest for the perfect pair of short leather boots 😛 xxxx

  17. Eleanor Pritchard 1st April 2017 at 4:02 pm

    They're from office! I've had them for three years and they are still in great condition, I love them! xxx


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