How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe with Colour

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Last Updated on February 24, 2022

Check out the video above for some examples of colorful capsule wardrobes!

There’s a common misconception that capsule wardrobes need to be neutral coloured. Many examples are all neutrals or have a single accent colour but this doesn’t mean your capsule has to be white/grey/black as well. This misconception is also part of the confusion of minimalism as an aesthetic vs a lifestyle – you don’t need to look like a minimalist to live minimally.

My main tips for adding colour to your capsule wardrobe are:

  1. Keep colour to one area, ie. tops. You can have whatever colours you want because you won’t be wearing them together.
  2. Use prints that combine your colours in other areas of your wardrobe. This way you can wear those pieces with all the different colours.
  3. Design your capsule around a colour palette (Pinterest is great for inspo) and assign colours that work well to different areas, unless you prefer monochromatic outfits.
  4. Wear your favourite colours! The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is regularly wearing the pieces you love and feel good in, so your focus should be on how to make your favourite pieces work well instead of having a really cohesive colour scheme. It doesn’t matter if it looks pretty sitting together on the rack, only the pieces you actually wear together need to work well with each other.

If you love colour and that’s been holding you back from trying a capsule wardrobe, I really encourage you to challenge yourself to try it out! You can always go back or adapt things if it’s not working for you.

Do you have a colourful capsule wardrobe?


5 Responses

  1. C
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    I know this post is a few years old, but I just discovered it, and I thank you immensely!! I love certain colours that don’t always go together, and I am not a fan of most neutrals, so I didn’t think I would ever be able to minimize my wardrobe. However, I have lost a TON of weight during the pandemic, and now have almost nothing that fits! I was searching for some inspiration to help me consider minimalism while not losing my style, and came across this video. A fantastic yet simple explanation that makes perfect sense 🙂

  2. Lani
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    Thanks a lot, it’s so nice to see capsule wardrobes that aren’t all black, white and grey. Really inspiring!

  3. Laura
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    Thanks for this video! I’ve always thought I can’t do a capsule wardrobe because I love color so much. I was talking with a friend today about it and decided to find some resources online and there you were! Thank you! I’m going to purge my closet tonight and keep your tips in mind!

    • Verena Erin
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      Oh that’s awesome! Good luck! And also remember that you’ll learn a lot as you wear it, so don’t be afraid to tweak or adjust your capsule to suit your needs 🙂

    • Anna McElfresh
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      Ditto! Thanks for the tips. I love to layer so my go-tos are tanks with a long or short sleeve cover but most capsule wardrobes examples show only 2 to 3 of these that are grey and black. But I love a yellow or red!

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