7 Tips Every Curvy Girl Needs To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

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Every woman needs a great capsule wardrobe. Those quintessentially stylish items – that work in every season, no matter what the whimsical fashions of the moment are – see us through every eventuality in life, whether it be work meetings, family reunions or important dates.

With minimalism and decluttering being all the rage right now, there’s never been a better time to clear out that wardrobe, get back to basics and make sure you’re only keeping – and buying – clothes you absolutely love.

But where to start? Here’s a step-by-step guide for creating the perfect capsule wardrobe...

1. Organise the Clothes You Already Own

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Before going wild and splashing out on a brand new coat or an expensive pair of winter boots, take a look first at the clothes you already wear. How many truly timeless items do you own? Are you ever going to wear the baggy combat trousers in the future? Is the red canvas blazer really going to be fashionable again?

Be brutal and get rid of anything you haven’t touched or thought about for a year. If you already own some capsule pieces – essential items of clothing that will never go out of fashion – put them to one side and appreciate them. They’ll always be there for you when you have no idea what to wear.

2. Do Some Fashion Calculations

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Once you’ve been brutal and donated the clothes you haven’t worn in ages to the local charity shop, or made yourself some spending money by flogging them on eBay, it’s time to assess the capsule pieces you already own.

Have a great LBD, white shirt and tailored black blazer already? Then you’re halfway there. You just need to figure out what else you need to buy to complete your capsule wardrobe. Consider which items you’d rely on most that will never go out of date, whether that’s cashmere jumpers, flattering pencil skirts or comfy ballerina flats, and make a note of what you need to buy and how much you have to spend.

3. Make Sure Your Capsule Wardrobe Reflects You

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While a capsule closet should always be ageless and timeless, that doesn’t mean all the clothes you pick have to be in varying shades of black, beige and white. It’s also important to make sure your wardrobe reflects your own personality and style. While picking bright yellow boots, for example, may not work with every season, you can inject colour and personality into the capsule clothes you select, whether opting for a floral sundress that you know will still suit you in 10 years’ time, choosing a pair of bright heels with a quirky design, or picking a cute patterned clutch bag that would go with a whole host of smart outfits.

4. Figure Out the Core Things You Need To Choose

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Think about your lifestyle and the things you typically do before rushing online to indulge in some retail therapy. Do you work from home and rarely attend meetings?Then you probably won’t need a pencil skirt or smart tailored trousers as much as a corporate lawyer would.

Do you often wish you were taller and always opt for heels rather than flats? Then it might be worth spending a bit more money on the perfect pair of stilettos rather than splitting your budget evenly between flats and heels.
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5. Think About Your Body Type

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There’s no point investing money in a perfect capsule wardrobe if you won’t be comfortable wearing the clothes you choose. Capsule items are all about making you feel chic, fashionable and stylish at all times and, most of all, feeling confident, too. So before splashing out, think about which of your clothes make you feel most fabulous of all.

If you find that a great fitted shirt helps to emphasise your waist and show off your bust, invest in shirts in different textures: Cotton for smart meetings, denim for weekends and a plaid shirt for dressed-down casual. If you feel that boyfriend jeans don’t flatter your figure, find a style that does and buy it in several different colours – for example black, khaki and blue – to avoid those ‘I don’t know what to wear!’ moments.

Most of all, don’t forget that in order to make a capsule wardrobe look absolutely perfect, the right underwear is key. Invest in a couple of perfectly-fitting bras for a streamlined look, and don’t forget to buy a trusty pair of Spanx, too – you never know when you’ll need them.

6. Consider All Sorts of Occasions

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When most people think of capsule wardrobes, they think about workwear, but your capsule wardrobe should cater for all other elements of your life as well. Try on several little black dresses to find out which type is most flattering for your figure. It’s also worth considering which other events you may need capsule items for: Long gowns for weddings or parties, classy sunglasses for holidays and smart silk scarves for layering in the spring and autumn. Being prepared with a key capsule wardrobe in place will help you look elegant every single time.

7. Don’t Be Scared To Adapt Your Wardrobe

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If you find it hard to find the perfect items in stores, don’t forget that tailoring is always an option, and it’s definitely not as expensive as people tend to think. If you’ve found perfect trousers that flatter your bottom but are far too long, or you’ve found a camisole that looks great around the bust but is baggy at the waist, snap them up and take them to a tailor who can make them look absolutely perfect for your body shape.

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