Building A Minimalist Wardrobe Using Color Analysis

January 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm  •  Posted in Color Analysis by  •  0 Comments

Do you often have the feeling that you have nothing to wear, yet your wardrobe is full of clothes that you just don’t seem to use? Building a minimalist wardrobe using seasonal colour analysis is a new way to organise your clothes and plan your shopping. Less is more, and you will be surprised when just a few key items can combine in a variety of stylish, fashionable outfits. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of pieces that are chosen to be easy to match with each other, allowing you to build many different looks through accessorising and clever combinations.

Seasonal Color Analysis and Minimalist Beauty

If you are tired of wasting money buying things that you never use, or use just a handful of times, embracing minimalist beauty can be the answer. With seasonal color analysis you will be able to understand your natural colors and use this knowledge to only buy pieces that make you look great. At the same time, learning about how to build a minimalist wardrobe means you will become a master at combining those pieces for versatility and style. Less time spent shopping and less money wasted means you will never again look at your closet and think “I have nothing to wear!”.

Why You Will Love Capsule Wardrobes

A great capsule wardrobe is based on key pieces in neutral colors that act as a foundation, and accent pieces that make each outfit different and show your fashion personality. Instead of a lot of outfits, you have a few pieces that can be combined to build many different outfits.

capsule wardrobe challenge: all the outfits

sample casual capsule wardrobe  (Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama)


For example, a work capsule wardrobe would have a few basic items such as jackets, shoes and bottoms, and a larger number of accent pieces: tops, accessories and jewelry.

  • 5 tops
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 jackets
  • 2 trousers
  • 2 skirts

You can build: – 4 outfits combining the jackets and the dresses – 30 outfits combining jackets, trousers and tops. – 30 outfits combining jackets, the skirts and the tops.

64 outfits, using only 9 pieces of clothing. And since every piece on your capsule wardrobe matches the others, building a look for work every morning is as easy as just grabbing anything from your wardrobe.

What is there not to love?

Using Your Seasonal Color Palette

The colours in your seasonal colour analysis palette are perfect to build a capsule wardrobe, because they look good when combined with each other, and they suit your natural colouring. The neutral colours that make the basis of your capsule wardrobe are different depending on your season, and the black suit that makes your boss look stylish and powerful may make you look small and diminished. This is because black is on the deep winter color palette which suits your boss, whereas your own soft summer colour palette suits lighter colours and lower levels of contrast, even if both of you suit cool colours.

When choosing the basic foundational pieces of your minimalist capsule wardrobe start with looking at the neutrals on your seasonal palette. Depending on your season you will suit higher or lower levels of contrast, and this should influence your choice of accessories and accent pieces. For example, if you are a low contrast season you probably want tops and bottoms in similar colours and levels of darkness, whereas a high contrast season will look for colour blocks and a suitable level of contrast, either through the clothes themselves or using accessories such as scarves and belts.

Make a Capsure Wardrobe That Suits Your Lifestyle

If you are a busy mum that spends a lot of time on her knees chasing after small ones, having a wardrobe full of floaty dresses and fancy clothing may not be very practical. The same goes if you need to wear smart casual clothes for work, but love jeans. When building a capsule wardrobe you need to take into account:

  • What sort of clothes you need to use more often
  • How often do those clothes need to be washed

For example, you will most likely need more tops than bottoms, as tops are washed more often. If you spend 75% of your time dressing in business attire and only 25% in casual clothes, make sure the proportions on your wardrobe follow that and get three smart business bottoms for each pair of jeans. Choosing tops that can be accessorised up and down makes your wardrobe even more versatile. For example, smart dark jeans that can be dressed up with a pair of heels and a smart blouse instead of ripped, light blue jeans which are exclusively casual wear.

Some pieces are, by nature, more versatile than others. For example, mid-heel black or tan shoes are a staple on a business capsule wardrobe, but they are also casual enough to be worn with jeans for a day out, or with a dress for a night out.

In Defense Of Good Value Clothes

It is worth investing in the key pieces of your capsule wardrobe that you will use as a base for your outfits. Good materials and a good cut that suits your body type and lifestyle will last for longer, and can be updated with minimal effort to stay current with fashion trends, if you so choose. It is often more fun and rewarding to incorporate trends and colour through cheaper, seasonal pieces instead of having to go shopping for yet another pair of black trousers because the cheap ones you bought can’t keep up with heavy use.

This is particularly important with workwear and business attire: well tailored, high quality clothing will make you feel more comfortable and professional, and will tell the world that you mean business. Even if you need to spend a bit more on them. If you use seasonal colour analysis to build your work capsule wardrobe you will be able to buy timeless pieces that make you look your best and make their cost per wear negligible.

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