Capsule wardrobes are all about finding your personal style and sticking to it. However, sometimes we all need to push our style boundaries and step out of our style comfort zone. After all, that’s how we grow and develop our style. So how do you push your style boundaries when you have a capsule wardrobe? This is something I’ve been working on this summer, slowly adding a little more colour and pattern to my wardrobe.
I thought I would share a couple of tips I’ve picked to help you push your style boundaries and try new things even if you have a minimal wardrobe.
I’ve been taking my time and slowly introducing change to my wardrobe. The reason I’m taking my time and introducing new styles slowly is I can incorporate one piece at a time into my wardrobe. Once this one piece starts to feel like it belongs then I can look at other pieces. If you suddenly add lots of colour to your monochrome wardrobe it will a big shock to your system. Your wardrobe will no longer feel like it belongs to you. Whereas if you add one piece at a time and let them become part of your everyday wardrobe it will feel more natural.
If you want to add more colour to your wardrobe try picking one or two colours to incorporate at a time. Think about all the other colours in your wardrobe when picking these colours. Your new colour scheme should work perfectly with your existing wardrobe. When shopping for these colours look for pieces that feel familiar. For example, if you wear a lot of white blouses try buying a coloured blouse. This is easier to incorporate into your wardrobe than a bright colour skirt, especially if you don’t wear many skirts.
If you want to try new shapes then look for fabrics and colours you are familiar with. If you’re trying something like a jumpsuit for the first time look for one in a colour you’re used to wearing. The new shape will make it feel different. This summer I finally bite the bullet and added a jumpsuit to my wardrobe. I’ve admired them on other people for a few years now but never thought they would work for me. I decided to go for one in a colour I’m comfortable wearing (blue) and a fabric I always enjoy wearing (organic cotton). This made pulling on the different shape a lot less intimating.
If you buy something outside your usual style boundaries and it doesn’t feel quite right once it’s on try altering it. Obviously, if you feel really uncomfortable or it clearly doesn’t fit then you’re probably best to return. But you’ll be surprised at what a difference a couple of minor alternations can make. It might be you need to take up the hem on those wide leg culottes or shorten the straps on that cute top. Get your sewing kit out to create your perfect fit
It’s sometimes useful to remember that it’s only clothes and it’s OK to have some fun with them. As long as you are purchasing from responsible sources (second hand, ethical brands etc) then it’s fine to play and add something different to your wardrobe.
* My jumpsuit was kindly gifted to me by People Tree. As usual, all thoughts and opinions are my own