Creating your “Capsule Wardrobe”
pair of jeans.” – Jamie Lee Curtis
doesn’t have a real French equivalent.The word that they use to describe this concept is barbarisme… is doesn’t translate with quite the harshness of the word in English.
best and the most versatile items, just like those impeccable globe-trotters who tour the world with a miniscule suitcase and manage to be elegant in all circumstances.Not so easy? Let’s go, shall we give it a try?
Dictate your rules
Let’s think about how many rules you might have. Given that there are literally millions of pieces of clothing available to purchase, and you’re only going to buy a handful – literally a half dozen or so – of items this season, you need a strict policy for why you don’t buy everything else. There are unwritten rules (for most of us!) about things that cost a month’s rent, or that don’t begin to fit, but the potential number of rules you have in your mind, or on your list, should be REALLY long… My list is just getting started!
Work on your coordination
the addition of simple accessories, serve as both casual and dressy.
I break their rules right from the beginning, because I include two accent colors that only work together in a few instances. But I think the idea of having an entire wardrobe with EVERYTHING that coordinates is pretty ambitious; having a wardrobe that reflects a consistent personal preference and aesthetic concept is more realistic for most of us.
Choose your Signature Piece
Pearl with gold or silver settings, and some Maltese cross motifs are my very favorite jewelry.
stud earrings in silver – Balenciaga; chain and pearl necklace – Lanvin; gold chain and pearl necklace – Miriam Haskell
I wear them every day in the cold weather, and as often as I can manage on warmer days. My core would have to include black with flowers, a black and white graphic, something black and gold, as well as 1 or 2 red scarves, and a pink one…
- Or, most likely, a core of solid black garments, over which I wear a variety of accessories, snazzy jackets or fun cardigans…
While I can’t wholeheartedly recommend that we all whittle our wardrobes down to a core of items that all go together, I think that this is a grand concept for travel; it feels a lot like the sort of travel capsule wardrobes that I build all the time.
But I DO agree with them that there needs to be a unifying thread in our wardrobes and our purchases that helps us visually define ourselves to others, and which helps us discipline and focus our purchases. As with so many of these cool French fashion books, there’s something interesting to be learned…