A capsule wardrobe is defined as "a small collection of clothes that can be put together in different ways and includes everything you would normally need to wear" per the Cambridge Dictionary. Susie Faux coined the term capsule wardrobe back in the 1970s when she owned a boutique in London called Wardrobe. Her definition of a capsule wardrobe was "a limited number of essential or staple items that you can wear for multiple seasons."
Although the idea of a capsule wardrobe has been around for decades, it wasn't originally created for the intention of traveling. But you could see from these two definitions why it would be beneficial for it, especially when trying to pack light. They help you save space, time, and even money when traveling! You save space in your bag (maybe to bring home some souvenirs?), you save time by not having to waste time waiting at baggage claim, and you save money by not having to pay to check a bag or even worse, the airline loosing your luggage and then having to replace everything!
If you're having trouble paring down your wardrobe choices for a trip, a travel capsule wardrobe might be just what you need! So how do you go about creating your own?
Create Your Own Travel Capsule Wardrobe
Settle on one color palette with 3-6 colors in it including neutral colors and accent colors. Make sure they're colors that all coordinate and mix and match easily. Check out this post for more information about choosing your color palette. An example of a travel capsule wardrobe color palette would be: black, gray, navy, olive green, maroon. Choose whatever colors would suit you and that you'd be feel happy and confident wearing while traveling.
After you have your color palette, start putting together clothing, shoes, and accessories that are all in these color families that can be easily mixed and matched and layered to create a variety of looks. Make sure these items will be appropriate for the weather and culture of your destinations. If you will be traveling to multiple climates, make sure your choices can be layered to keep you warm but also light enough to keep you cool when it's hot.
The last and hardest part of this process is paring it all down so you have just enough outfits without overdoing it and making sure you don't pack something unnecessary that you don't actually end up wearing! The best way to make sure you only pack what you need is to limit your bag size to only a carry-on size or if flying, whatever your airline allows. Practice making outfits with what you have chosen and seeing how many combinations you can make and how they fit in your bag when packed. Only the most lightweight and versatile choices that you can use to make a variety of looks and wear again and again if needed should make the cut!
Remember to pack garments you can mix and match, dress up or down, and wear with nearly anything. Some things your travel capsule wardrobe could include are:
- a comfortable basic tee in a neutral color
- a pair of pants/shorts that are cute and comfortable
- something to keep you warm on the plane or if it gets chilly
- something that makes you feel put together and confident
Increase the Versatility with Reversible Clothing
Your travel capsule wardrobe goes even further when you pack reversible clothing because it can double, triple, or even quadruple the amount of outfit options you have. Plus everything is functional for travel, easy to mix and match and SPLICE clothing Capsules even come with an automatic discount!
Customize the sizes and colors of each item in a chosen Capsule to have outfits that coordinate with each other and combine for different looks and will fit into any carry-on. You can start your capsule wardrobe with SPLICE clothing & then build on it with other items of clothing or accessories to make it completely your own style. Your travel capsule wardrobe is basically your adventure uniform, so create one that you love & that will work for nearly all of your travels.
Packing a travel capsule wardrobe means you'll have tons of outfits at the ready with just a few versatile pieces. SPLICE clothing can help you create the perfect travel capsule wardrobe for you and simplify your packing overall. Start building a Capsule for your next trip and see what a difference it will make to help you pack light and adventure easy.