How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe: The Modular Approach

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Capsule wardrobes seem to be the epitome of a well-curated and well-presented personal style. There’s something so freeing about knowing that everything in your wardrobe mixes and matches seamlessly and it certainly makes getting dressed in the morning much easier.

Starting a capsule wardrobe can be a daunting experience. There’s a lot of information circulating about a golden number of items that will magically help you curate the perfect capsule wardrobe. Those magic numbers are usually far from magic and the task of condensing your wardrobe into a prescribed number of pieces can easily become overwhelming. When it comes to the capsule wardrobe instead of the anxiety inducing magic number, I prefer to think in terms of magic modules.


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What is a module?

A module is a set outfit build, consisting of options from various categories that can be combined together to create several killer outfits, like a mini capsule if you will. A basic module consists of:

1 x Outerwear

2 x Bottoms

3 x Tops

3 x Accessories

I prefer to expand the core module to include shoes and accessories as two separate categories. So my core module looks like this:

1 x Outerwear

2 x Bottoms

3 x Tops

3 x Shoes

3 x Accessories

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Building your wardrobe module

There are many ways to build a strong wardrobe module, however there are a few things you should keep in mind when building your first module.

  1. Proportions

  2. Statements pieces/prints

  3. Colour Palette

I think it’s easiest to build a wardrobe module around 2 - 3 key proportions to help you pick the pieces within your module. You can then use statement pieces/prints to add some interest and harmonise the whole module through a consistent colour palette.  

Is the modular approach for you?

I love the modular approach because it gives some structure to the capsule wardrobe concept, making you to think deeply about how each piece fits into your whole wardrobe. The best thing about the modular approach vs traditional capsule wardrobes is that you have the flexibility to keep it minimal by restricting yourself to two or three modules or you can keep adding modules until infinity. Nonetheless, the modular approach encourages slower, more thoughtful consumption and creates a more cohesive wardrobe.

Will you be trying out the modular approach?

Martha xo

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