How to Choose Fabrics for Your Capsule Wardrobe - Free Planner

Posted on January 15, 2021 by Lee Norris

A capsule wardrobe allows you to create endless looks with just a few classic pieces, an ideal scenario for the stylish gal on the go! But where does one start when it comes to building such a wardrobe? Mood's free Capsule Curator Planner and our list of basic fabrics will have you sorted in no time!

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How to Plan Your Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Discover & Define Your Personal Style
    1. Take a look at the pieces in your wardrobe that you reach for an wear the most.
    2. Find your style icons and pinpoint which aspects of their look caught your eye.
  2. Gather Inspiration
    1. Once you have a basic idea of the style you'd like your wardrobe to emulate, do some research on it! Gather as many of your favorite looks as you can and see which shapes, silhouettes, and colors begin to pop up more than others.
  3. Reduce Your Current Wardrobe
    1. Don't worry - this doesn't have to mean throw out your statement pieces! Simply, split your wardrobe in garments that fit into the capsule and those that don't and keep the statement stuff separate for those rare times you'll need them. (Although maybe donating a few things wouldn't hurt!)
  4. Build Up Your Basics
    1. Once you have your vision, figure out which garments you still need and build on your basics: tees, tanks, solid blouses. Everyone needs a nice pair of trousers and jeans, for example.
  5. Download the free planner above to help you gather your inspiration, organize your swatches, and sketch your ideas!

What Fabrics are Best For a Capsule Wardrobe?

Chiffon

Chiffon is lightweight and sheer, making it great for both the warmer months and for layering in the cooler seasons. Since it's so thin, chiffon is often used for flowy blouses and dresses.

Crepe

Known for its textured feel, crepe is almost like more opaque step up from chiffon. Similarly, it's versatile in its use for blouses and dresses, depending on its weight.

Double Cotton Gauze

Double cotton gauze should be your capsule wardrobe's best friend. Lightweight and breathable, this comfy fabric is perfect when you want some solid basics with a bit of texture. Because this fabric is made up of two gauze layers fused together, it creates a gorgeous grid texture and bouncy drape that's unique to double gauze. Create blouses, dress, and jumpsuits with this textile!

Shirting

This may seem like a no-brainer, but shirting is a great textile to use in your wardrobe planning and it comes in a deceptively varied amount of grounds. Oxfords are perfect for your standard crisp button up, while pima cotton can be great for anything from shirts to blouses to dresses.

Voile

A slightly more translucent sibling to shirting, voile can be used for everything shirting can and more! It's light weight makes it ideal for flowy summer dresses and blouses as well as layered staples. Take advantage of its unique drape by creating voluminous puff sleeves and ruffles!

Lining

Despite hardly being seen, linings are an integral part of any garment! Be sure to pick the right weight and ground for your project. For assistance, check out this guide here!

Twill

Twill is one of those universal fabrics that can do it all. A soft, flexible tencel twill can make the most beautiful blouse or luxurious lining, while a cotton twill can take the form of denim or a similarly strong textile perfect for pants.

Linen

Another versatile fabric, linen can be fashioned into sleek trousers like the Nasrin Pants in the outfit at the top of this post, as well as dresses and blouses. In addition to being adaptable for garments, it's drape can vary depending on the silhouette as well. Keep things simple with an a-line dress or dial it up to full volume and gather it into ruffles!

Knit Fleece & French Terry

I'm placing these two in the same category because, in a lot of ways, they're incredibly similar. Both are super soft, thick, sweatshirt-like materials and are perfect for cardigans, activewear, and athleisure alike. Even if athleisure isn't the main vibe of your capsule wardrobe, we all need a decent pullover to throw into the mix!

Will you be making a capsule wardrobe? Let me know what fabric and pattern combinations you're thinking about in the comments below!

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