Stylist Secrets: The Capsule Wardrobe

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Glamhive Stylist Naina Singla

Glamhive Stylist Naina Singla

Glamhive stylist Naina Singla is a Washington D.C. based fashion stylist, style expert, and founder of CAPSULE.  She also has a Doctorate in Pharmacy and currently works as a Senior Medical Scientific Manager in the Dermatology field.

Naina is a big believer in the ease and power of having a capsule wardrobe selected specifically for you. She shares answers to commonly asked questions in the Q&A below.

You can book Naina to create your perfect capsule here.

*Photo Credit: Chantal Li @chantal_li

What is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of high quality, versatile, and essential pieces that define your style and that you LOVE to wear. A capsule wardrobe varies from season to season; consists of 15-30 items; and can be tailored for work, travel, holiday wear, and more.

Does that mean you only have 15-30 items total in your wardrobe?

Definitely not. You may still have a closet full of clothes if you choose but this capsule is meant to be for your “go to” and in season items. The majority of us only wear about 20% of our clothes 80% of the time so the idea here is to identify and curate a mini wardrobe of essentially those items in the 20% category. Creating a capsule with these items will take the stress out of figuring out what to wear all the time. Also you can absolutely still wear other pieces in your wardrobe but these are the pieces you wear the majority of the time and these are the pieces you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe.

Does a capsule wardrobe really work?

I believe it does work. Some may view a capsule wardrobe as being restrictive and limited but it really isn’t designed to be that way. A capsule wardrobe should consist of beautifully tailored and versatile pieces that you love to wear.  And having a capsule wardrobe makes shopping easier and getting dressed faster so you can focus on the things that really matter to you.

I don’t have the budget to create a capsule. Can I build one without spending a fortune?

You can definitely create a capsule on a budget. The key step is identifying what you already have in your wardrobe that can be part of your capsule. Then all you have to do is fill in the gaps with items that are still high quality but fall within your wardrobe budget. And you can do this slowly over time-especially if you are unable to purchase several items at a time.

I like variety in my wardrobe. Can I still build a capsule wardrobe?

If you like variety in your wardrobe that’s great and yes you can still create a capsule. Your capsule may be a little more expansive or it may contain the foundational pieces and then you mix and match those with the statement pieces in your wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe shouldn’t feel so restrictive and limiting-instead it should be a fun way to organize and set aside all the pieces you love and wear most of the time.

How do I build a capsule wardrobe?

The process is simple and it works. The first step is evaluating what you have already and getting rid of the items you don’t wear or don’t like. After assessing what key pieces you already own and fit into your capsule you can begin to shape your capsule wardrobe and fill in the gaps by purchasing the missing items. You can create a capsule for work, the weekend, lounge wear, travel, or a capsule for the current season.

 

 

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