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How to Create a Wardrobe Capsule Around a Patterned Hero

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport

how to create a wardrobe capsule around a patterned hero garment

One of the easiest ways to plan a wardrobe capsule is to take a multi-coloured patterned hero garment and use the colours in it as inspiration for your color scheme.  I have a real life example of one such capsule in this post about how to pack 72 outfits into carry on luggage where my skirt is the hero that created the color scheme for my capsule!

Create a Capsule around a Hero
Create a Capsule around a Hero by imogenl featuring Acne Studios

A hero garment, like this patterned coat, can help you discover colours that work together and have your create a cohesive wardrobe capsule.  This capsule wardrobe would be ideal for travel or just for daily life.  You have pieces that are more casual for more relaxed dressing and pieces that are more formal for those occasions you need to look smarter.

Don’t forget to add a variety of accessories and shoes to your wardrobe capsule.  You can choose colours outside of those in the capsule to help you feel like you’re wearing a different color to the other colours in your capsule.

My formula here will create 84 outfits:

7 x tops + 4 x bottoms + 3 toppers = 84 outfits

Remember that all your tops, bottoms and toppers must mix and match with each other. But of course the tops don’t need to work together, nor do the bottoms!  Though of course you will have even more scope for outfits if your tops do mix as you may be able to layer them as well.

beauty bundles
beauty bundles by imogenl featuring a suede bootie

Beauty bundles of different coloured accessories are a great way to add interest and detail plus variety to your wardrobe capsule.    Each coloured bundle of accessories doesn’t have to be able to be worn with every outfit or even every color within your wardrobe capsule.  Their aims is to make you feel like you’re not just wearing the same old thing all the time but something different as we notice colours changing much more than neutrals.  This is why it’s good to base more of your capsule around more neutrals than lots of colours and then spice things up with your coloured accessories.

Don’t forget you can download my printable wardrobe capsule guide here and also my weekly wardrobe planner which can really help you get your wardrobe under control.

If you haven’t already downloaded my ebook 5 Step Formula for a Fabulous Wardrobe on a Budget please do so here as it also contains lots of great information on creating wardrobe capsules around your hero pieces!

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