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It’s sustainable. It’s practical. It’s frugal. You know all this about the capsule wardrobe trend, but you’re still reluctant to sign up for an overhaul of your entire closet. You wouldn’t even know where to begin!

The Trick to Making an Effective Capsule WardrobeWorn in more than one way and that cater to different occasions. Image source: Unsplash
 
Fortunately, the whole process is easier than you might think. We’re about to explain everything there is about capsule wardrobe and help you figure out how to create your own.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

When you get up in the morning, how long does it take to put together an outfit? Can you get dressed in five minutes? Or do you have to carefully plan every outfit in advance if you want to look good?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of garments that all coordinate well with each other. Basically, it’s an organised, elegant approach to getting dressed that doesn’t leave much room for error. Instead of waking up to a chaotic closet full of mismatched pieces that you don’t know what to do with, you’ll have a little more order in your life.

A capsule wardrobe is not meant to stifle your creativity, it’s merely meant to be practical. Instead of stuffing your home with a lot of unnecessary garments that you rarely get to wear, you’ll save both time and money by having things that can be.

Where do I start?

We’ll give you some suggestions on what you might need:

● Good pair of skinny or straight-leg jeans
● Tailored trousers

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● Plain cotton t-shirts
● Cardigans

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● Black ankle boots

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● Little black dress
● Trench coat

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● Pencil skirt or A-line skirt

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● White blouse

These are some good basics that you can start with. The aim is to have around 50 pieces of clothing that are easy to mix and match and that always look good on you.

Another thing you might want to think about is how easy it is to maintain a specific garment. For example, does it wrinkle easily, how complicated is it to clean, do you need a special clothes hanger for it — these are things you need to consider if you want to fill your wardrobe with lasting items that don’t require too much maintenance.

The Art Is In The Accessories

Instead of a cluttered closet full of things that you don’t even remember buying, embrace minimalism. Just because your outfit is simple doesn’t mean it’s boring, and it doesn’t mean you can’t make it insanely glamorous with a few accessories.

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If you want inspiration, take a look at Aussie women. They don’t bother with fussy outfits with too many tacked-on details. Those ladies rely on their gorgeous beach tans, sunny smiles, light clothing, and fun statement pieces to show off their carefree, effortless elegance. They find gorgeous jewellery online in Australia and rely on it to bring some sassiness to their look.

And it’s not just jewellery. You can spruce up your plain white tee and jeans combo with a floral scarf and a cute hat. You can wear those same jeans and tee with a leather jacket and ankle boots for a whole different vibe. Fashion is art. You don’t always need crazy cuts and wild colours to stand out. You need skill.

Here are a few suggestions that will make any outfit pop:

● Colourful scarves

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● Big statement necklaces
● Print headbands
● Huge handbags

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● Cateye sunglasses

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● Black heels

Cheap Clothes Are Expensive

Here’s a crazy thought: the best way to save money is to spend more of it. Initially, at least. While this sounds insane, hear us out. When you go to a sale, you usually find a bunch of cheap garments that you can buy in bulk. T-shirts, pants, skirts, sweaters, the whole lot. But since these garments are so cheap, most of them tend to be of very poor quality.

Those shirts might be only ten bucks a piece, but they look a little misshapen and they fall apart after only a few months of wear. You’re basically buying stuff that doesn’t even look all that good on you and that won’t last through the summer. Then you re-buy. Then they fall apart again. And the cycle continues. You waste a ton of money on clothes that look bad, feel scratchy against your skin, and that you have to throw away after a few seasons of wear.

The idea is to invest in high-quality pieces. The idea is to invest in clothes that make you happy. Instead of buying ten shirts just because they are on sale, buy a single one that makes you feel great and look great when you wear it.

Does everything need to be in neutral colours?

Nope. Colours such as black, navy, brown, and beige are simply easy to combine, but you are more than welcome to add some fun to it. Perhaps you’re a redhead that looks stunning in jewel tones, or maybe your bubbly personality can’t do without bright shades of yellow. Maybe you just look good in red.

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The best way to go fill up your capsule wardrobe with effective basics is to have a good selection of neutral pieces and then add a few colourful items that can break the monotony.

You Decide What Your Base Wardrobe Is

You are unique. Your fashion is an extension of your personality, and you shouldn’t fit yourself into a box. Basics such as plain black slacks might work for one person, but what if you’re the kind of gal who mostly wears skirts and dresses?

Everyone’s capsule wardrobe basics are different, because our fashion styles are different. If you don’t like our suggestions, that’s totally okay. Here’s how you can decide what kind of basic garments are right for you: try each and every single item from your closet on. Consider what kind of clothes makes you happy. Consider what looks good. Look at the colours that draw you in.

Once you’re done, you’ll get a pretty good idea of what kind of items you should stick to, and what you need to throw away and refrain from buying in the future.

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The Philosophy Behind Capsule Wardrobe

We love our shiny, pretty, impractical pieces of clothing. We love our sparkly disco dress even though we only wore it to the New Year’s party two years ago. We love our six-inch stilettos even though they make our feet hurt if we wear them too long. We love our skin-tight leather pants even though they always make us sweat and make a weird squeaky sound every time we sit down.

Our delicate pastel suede shoes that can only be worn when the weather is dry, our crop top knit sweater that doesn’t even keep our midriff warm, our chiffon blouse that can only be dry cleaned — these are our babies. They make us look hot. But damn, are they a hassle to wear sometimes.

When you’re rushing to work, when you’ve got to take the kids to school, when you realise your closet is basically falling apart under the weight of all your clothes — this is when you start realising capsule wardrobe might be a good idea.

Not to mention how you could reduce the enormous environmental footprint of fast fashion. With the threat of global warming looming over us, finding more ways to enjoy fashion sustainably is the key to helping our ecosystem survive.

This doesn’t mean you have to throw your old clothes away. Merely consider them. Go through your garments and see whether they are actually of any use to you and whether it makes you happy to wear them.

Final Thoughts

If you’re tired of trying to figure out your outfits every morning, if your closet looks depressingly chaotic, if you’re trying to find an easy way to look great without hassle — capsule wardrobe is right for you.
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Lara Lavine

Lara Lavine is an up and coming Irish luxury brand, committed to quality, and creating unique, one of a kind pieces, individually designed garments and limited-edition prints.

Lara’s target market is the affluent professional woman, who likes to dress herself and her home in sheer luxury, art, colour and originality. Her designs are unique, with a cultural context, not only rich in tradition, but made with integrity and passion.

Lara Lavine creates durable, flexible and functional wear scarves, made out of luxury silk and a combination of interesting fabrics and materials, inspiring longevity and sustainability. The scarves are designed in different colours and folds, so the scarf can be used for a variety purposes, (tops, headbands, belts, and one-off garments), these pieces are individually designed, one of a kind and limited editions.

The brand Lavine hopes to inspire a feeling of glamour, chic elegance, divine luxury, and style to the customer, while providing them with the wearable art experience! People invest in art, and will pay millions for a one of kind piece of art or a collector’s item, and Lavine’s designs are just that! Wearable art. No one will ever have the exact same scarf or garment, just like an original masterpiece.

Say No to massed produced items. Rather, buy well, waste less and be kind to our Planet!

www.laralavine.com

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Desree & Sabina London

Desree & Sabina London brand is inspired by the hues of nature, merging the bold and the delicate.

The brand came together through two friends who studied fashion textiles at the university of the creative arts in London. Although their styles are very different, they complement each other through their love of fashion and creating pieces that inspire. All the patterns, prints and final designs are done in-house giving them a personal touch.

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Black Friday Beauty Deals just for you!

Black Friday is just a week away and we have some amazing offers available to you all.

Nature Republic

The bestselling K-Beauty brand have just opened the first ever standalone K-Beauty store in the UK, welcoming huge discounts on your favourite beauty buys.

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25th- 2nd December 2019, 
www.naturerepublicuk.com

·         Buy Ginseng Emulsion + Toner and grab a FREE Silk Foam Cleanser worth £27

·         20% off ALL Beauty tools

·         Buy 1 Love Me Bubble Body Lotion £19.50, Get 1 Free Love Me Bubble Body Gel £18.00

·         Hand & Nature Hand Cream, £7, Buy 2, get 2 FREE


Grab 30% - 40% off the Cell Power Collection:

·         Cell Power Day Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell power Watery Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell Power Night Cream WAS £43/ NOW £30

·         Cell power Eye Cream WAS £43/ NOW £25.80

·         Cell power Emulsion WAS £33/ NOW £23.10

·         Cell power Essential Toner WAS £30/ NOW £21.00

·         Cell Power Essence WAS £43/ NOW £25.80


Sensationail

 The UK’s #1 Selling LED Gel Polish brand offer salon worthy manis in the comfort of your own home, with up to two weeks of non-chip wear, no smudging and zero drying time.

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22nd November – 2nd December 2019, www.boots.com

Better than half price! Grab the NEW Limited Edition All Star Rose Gold Starter Kit, was £79.99, now £39.00

Sheamoisture

Award winning and family owned US loved hair and body care brand used by millions, SheaMoisture offer beauty goods suited for everyone, minus animal testing or any nasties – a better way to be beautiful.

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18th November – 2nd December 2019, www.feelunique.com

Save up to 1/3 off your SheaMoisture favourites across the range, including Argan Oil & Almond Milk Smooth & Tame Blow Out Créme, £10.99 – which tames unruly frizz and flyaways, controls and improves manageability all whilst protecting against heat damage.

Only Curls

The 5 star UK Curly Girl bestsellers offer a range of styling, washes and accessories to keep your curls in perfect condition.

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29th November – 2nd December 2019, www.onlycurls.com

15% off EVERYTHING including Hydrating Gel Crème, £16 Nourish your curls with this hydrating curl creme that smoothes curls and minimises frizz. Our special blend of Shea Butter, Marula Oil and Aloe naturally replenishes moisture and restores curls back to their original curl pattern.

TRR NUTRITION – The new advanced collagen supplement developed for Andy Murray

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29th November – 2nd December 2019, www.trrnutrition.com 

Offering an incredible 50% off with code TRR50 at checkout, picking up the product for £19.49, instead of the usual £38.99 for a 10-day supply 

Showcase Beauty

 The Home of Undiscovered, Unique Beauty Brands delivering to Ireland, Showcase Beauty feature the latest and innovative independent beauty and grooming brands, with an eco-friendly/ethical approach.

Black Friday www.showcasebeauty.com

  • NEOM: Free 1 wick candle (worth £32) when you spend over £30 on Neom

  • Madara: 40% off range

  • MEMI: 30% off the full range + free lip gloss on orders over £25

  • Elizabeth's Daughter: Buy one get one free

  • Lumity: Free Mini cleanser with every supplement ordered 

  • Albus & Flora: 20% off tinted lip balms

  • Cle Cosmetics: Free Apricot Tinge cushion when you buy 2 lip melts

  • 31st State: Free Face Wash when you buy any 2 products 

  • Evolve Beauty: 15% off 

  • Heath London: 25% off range 

The Fragrance Shop

The UK’s largest independent fragrance retailer offer hundreds of your classic scents and new time favourites, all at amazing prices

Pre Black Friday 22nd-28th November, Black Friday 28th November – 3rd December 2019, www.thefragranceshop.com 

·         Offering 20% when you spend £60 or more

·         15% off beauty – £60 min spend

·         15% off gift setsIncluding Gucci Bamboo Gift Set 30ml EDP, £48.50 A woody and floral fragrance, Gucci Bamboo is soft and intense at once, blooming with notes of exotic Casablanca Lily and Tahitian Vanilla. Sandalwood and Grey Amber balance the fragrance’s femininity with a resonating woody contrast

·         Also offering 70% off pre-Black Friday on scents such as Marc Jacobs Dot EDP 50ml, £52 to £30

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