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How to Curate Your Capsule Wardrobe

Being part of the slow fashion movement, the capsule wardrobe is a concept very close to our hearts here at Psylo. The term was first coined by British designer Susie Faux back in the ’70s and refers to a wardrobe built from a collection of essential clothing items, which do not go out of fashion and can be mixed and matched to dress you for all occasions. Believing that one doesn’t need many items or an endless wardrobe to look stylish 24/7. In curating the RIGHT clothing, you can mix&match to achieve various looks.

Following this concept, you can dress with minimum items for every occasion, while expressing your unique style. Perfect for travelling light! Beyond minimalism, this concept goes against fast-fashion trends that require you to update your entire closet every season. It’s aimed at decluttering your closet from unnecessary clothing which you never wear. As well as focusing your consumption on clothes you truly love and need, and that will last you for years to come…

To help you curate your unique collection, we've compiled for your this guide:

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3 Guidelines for Curating A Winning Capsule Wardrobe

Before jumping into the bullet-proof 4x4 method, there are 3 basic guidelines to follow when building your winning capsule wardrobe. Your goal is a selection that answers your daily life needs while expressing your unique style. Here are the 3 useful guidelines for achieving the right capsule wardrobe for you;

 

· WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS? ·

The main idea of a capsule wardrobe is choosing a collection of 25-50 items, which you love and are also practical and versatile. So to start building a collection which works for you - consider first what do you need from your wardrobe?

  • Do you need to wear work clothes?
  • Do you work out a lot and need workout wear?
  • Do you love going out much and need more clothing to stand out?

The balance of your capsule wardrobe should be reflecting your unique lifestyle needs.

 

· ADAPTABILITY ·

Having versatility in your smaller collection will guarantee it answering better a wider spectrum of occasions and needs. It gives you options for creating more wonderful looks. There are 3 styling techniques which we love for making the most of an exclusive collection;

Multi-ways of wearing. Psylo's designers lived out of their backpacks for long enough to learn that versatile clothing is useful. Having 2-in-1 options for wearing a certain item helps minimise space, and get more out of each item. Our Le Skirt is the ultimate 2-in-1 piece. This classic design can be worn as a skirt, or as a dress. Either way you wear it, there is extra play with how you can position it on your chest or hips. Our Billy Top is another great example: wear it with the braiding on the back shoulders - and you might get away with wearing it to work. Wear it back-to-front - and you're ready to party! While our Tilted Sweater is a great example of how subtle details can have a big effect. This jumper is designed with a zipped turtleneck. Wear it closed and folded, for a tidy impression. Or half-open for an edgy, more unique look. We must also mention the Skirted Pants. These linen pants are designed with a tie-up closure along the calves. So you can wear them as long trousers, or tied-up as 3/4 shorts. These are a few examples of our fave multi-ways-to-wear styles.

Layering. How we love the art of layering, and the almost indefinite options it brings to a wardrobe! Using your creativity and imagination you can use layering to mix unique cuts, accentuate different silhouettes or textures, and maximise your wardrobe for interesting combinations. 

Accessorising! A capsule wardrobe is not complete without them. Accessories can adapt or add to your outfit's style. Like a final finishing touch - they can make or break your outfit. On the plus side, accessorising is where you can celebrate your personality. From your hairstyle, makeup, jewellery or shoes, to upgrading your look with gloves or other wristwear, hats, scarves, belts or bags, and even leg warmers

 

· BALANCE & HARMONY ·

The key to building a successful capsule wardrobe to enjoy for years is choosing the right balance of tops, dresses, bottoms, jackets and accessories. Usually, you will need more tops than bottoms, and fewer jackets to be able to create versatile outfits to carry you throughout your unique lifestyle and everyday life. According to your needs, you’ll need to also balance your capsule wardrobe between clothes you can wear every day, to your more specific activities, and outfits or accessories to dress when you want to stand out or look smart.

According to your needs, you’ll also need to balance your capsule wardrobe between clothes you can wear every day, to your more specific activities, and outfits or accessories to dress when you want to stand out or look smart. For your everyday Psylo capsule wardrobe check out our basics collection - perfect for easy-going looks you can wear with minimal effort. For extra special pieces to add the wow-factor to your capsule wardrobe, explore Psylo’s designer line. Balancing your everyday selection with more unique pieces to stand out.

To bring harmony and have the freedom to mix-and-match your capsule wardrobe, go for styles, colours and even patterns or fabrics you can combine. That's why choosing Psylo as part of your capsule wardrobe is an easy choice for creating many unique outfits. Many of our designs are extra versatile, and can be worn in several different ways to create a new look every time! While all Psylo’s clothing is created in an earthy, minimalist colour palette which is easy to match to each other, and other classics in your collection. To find out more about our colours - the meaning each carries and the best colour combos, check out The Psylo Guide to Your Outfit's Colours.  

 

Now that we've covered the 3 fundamental guidelines for curating a capsule wardrobe that works for you 24/7, let's dive into some practical tips and the 4x4 bullet-proof method.

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The 4x4 Method for Curating Your Capsule Wardrobe

 

 

FOR HER FOR HIM

(with examples!)

 

 

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How to Curate A Capsule Wardrobe for Her

 

Learn the 4x4 method for your winning collection!

 

Building your capsule wardrobe is easy once you learn to match your clothing four-by-four.

Scroll or click below to find our dedicated guides for mastering this simple 4x4 method:

 

 

STEP #1

Choose 2 tops & 2 bottoms, all in the same neutral colour.

 

For example:

New Lay Harem PantsNew Lay Pants in Olive
Billy organic cotton TopBilly Top in Olive
Kali bamboo-organic cotton leggingsKali Leggings in Olive

 

 

STEP #2

Choose another 2 tops & 2 bottoms.

Take 2 in the same colour as step #1, and 2 in a second neutral colour.

 

For example:

Venus organic cotton Top Venus Tunic in Olive
Hi5 organic cotton Asymmetric SkirtHi5 Skirt in Olive

 

 

STEP #3

Choose 4 tops (as you need a top per day!), in any colour, matching the first 8 garments you chose.

Introduce prints, patterns, or a third neutral colour.

 

For example:

Luke printed organic cotton long sleevess Top Luke Top in Black
'Kuan' 100% Bamboo Unisex Hooded Wrap TopKuan Top in Cement
Eka Zip Asymmetrical TunicEka Tunic in Teal
Lampu SweaterLampu Sweater in Charcoal

 

 

STEP #4

Choose 2 tops with maybe a dress, or another bottom, or an extra layer.

At this step, consider body parts to conceal or reveal.

 

For example:

 

 

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How to Curate A Capsule Wardrobe for Him

 

Learn the 4x4 method for a winning selection!

 

Building your capsule wardrobe is easy once you learn to match your clothing four-by-four.

Scroll or click below to find our dedicated guides for mastering this simple 4x4 method:

 

 

STEP #1

Choose 2 tops & 2 bottoms, all in the same neutral colour.

 

For example:

Off short sleeves tee Off Tee in Olive
Groovy Pants Skinny JeansGroovy Pants in Olive
’Gauda’ handcrafted short sleeves teeGauda Tee in Olive
Razor Bermuda edgy cargo shortsRazor Barmuda in Olive

 

 

STEP #2

Choose another 2 tops & 2 bottoms.

Take 2 in the same colour as step #1, and 2 in a second neutral colour.

 

For example:

 

 

STEP #3

Choose 4 tops (as you need a top per day!), in any colour, matching the first 8 garments you chose.

Introduce prints, patterns, or a third neutral colour.

 

For example:

Sus Short Sleeves Tee Sus Tee in Cement

 

 

STEP #4

Choose 2 tops with maybe a dress, or another bottom, or an extra layer.

At this step, consider body parts to conceal or reveal.

 

For example:

Nomad Hoodie Cardigan Light Coat Nomad Hoodie in Black
'Long & Wide Leg Necka PantsLong Necka Pants in Forest
'Dayak' Tattoo-Inspired Printed TeeDayak Tee in Cement
Moli Hoodie Vest - Sleeveless Zipped JacketMoli Vest in Black

 

 

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Got more tips for curating a unique capsule collection? 

Feel free to share them in the comments below!

 

Already grooving with your capsule wardrobe?

Find out how to care for your collection to make it last here

 

1 Response

Jodie
Jodie

October 31, 2022

Absolutely love ❤️ your clothing range

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