Our goal today is to create a minimalist winter wardrobe that will be warm, comfortable, and still chic. To do so, we need to define the context more specifically, and identify the criteria this context calls for. What situations do we need the garments for? What do the garments need to do for us?
The next step is to start sourcing images that are inspiring and create a moodboard. This helps to identify preferred silhouettes, styles, and gives inspiration for complete outfits rather than individual pieces. We have reiterated this process until the moodboard felt cohesive and appropriately suited to our context defined above.
Now we will take note of colors, textures, and other qualities.
Once the context is identified and styles defined, now it is time to drill down into exactly how many pieces we need. In Dressed we cover in detail how to arrive at these numbers (and provide an easy formula and worksheet to calculate your own requirements and personal preferences), but in summary here is what we need for this particular capsule wardrobe:
With those requirements and numbers in mind, we’ll identified 8 garments that will meet our needs and provide enough variety for the months ahead.
Perhaps the most fun part of building a capsule wardrobe: planning outfits! We previously determined that we need at least 12 different combinations, but luckily these outfits will provide over 18 combinations:
Now that we’ve selected the patterns to sew and figured out how to style them all together, it’s time to finish the planning process by choosing what fabrics to make them in. Here we will refer to our earlier moodboard and context notes:
Of course, there is no reason to purchase all new fabrics if you don’t want or need to. If you’d like to repurpose items already in your closet or stash, refer to this post for some creative ways to make use of what you already have. Likewise, we did not touch on developing a color palette in this post, but you can find a full tutorial for that here.