How To Make a 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe

How To Make a 10×10 Capsule Wardrobe

Whether you’re travelling or want to push your capsule to the limit… 

A 10×10 capsule wardrobe? You’ve heard this schtick from me before. 10 items freshly picked from your wardrobe that you fashion into 10 different outfits. A concept originally started by Style Bee, that I’ve really got into over the past year. Fancy giving it go? Here’s my guide on when to do it, how to create your own in just five simple steps and some examples if you need a helping hand…

The obvious use here is for travel. It’s perfect for a long-weekend city break or a hot weather holiday where you’re going to melt in your bikini half the time anyway (it’s not so fab for longer breaks in colder weather where you need ALL THE LAYERS – 10 items just ain’t going to cut it). I’ve used it to pack for my last few trips and it’s worked really, really well. It’s practically impossible to overpack and it means that you end up wearing every single thing that you take with you. It doesn’t always have to be for a holiday though, it’s also a great method to whack out when you’re feeling uninspired with your wardrobe. Why not create yourself two week’s worth of a working day wardrobe? Or use a free afternoon to put some ideas together for party outfits so you’re not stumped next time you get an invite to leave the house post 8pm? Overall it’s just a good skill to hone to strengthen your styling capabilities and expand your outfit repertoire.

Your 10 items can include whatever you want. There ain’t no rules here! However I tend to stick to shoes, trousers, skirts, shorts, jeans, dresses, jumpsuits, tops, shirts, jumpers and cardigans, all being part of my core 10 items. Anything else I class as an additional add-on; a non necessary item if you will, that just serves a more functional purpose to the whole thing like bags, jewellery and hosiery. If I’m creating a winter capsule I tend to include a coat or jacket as part of my 10 items, but if it’s a summer capsule I’ll just throw a denim jacket in as an additional item because it’s there purely incase the A.C in somewhere is too high and therefore really isn’t the focus of the whole thing. You see – no rules. Feel free to adapt the idea to you and your needs, but incase you need a starting point here’s how I usually set mine up…


2 x Shoes
2 x Jeans
1 x Dress
1 x Cardigan
3 x Jumpers
1 x Coat


2 x Shoes
1 x Shorts
1 x Lightweight Trouser
1 x Skirt
1 x Dress
3 x Tops
1 x Lightweight Shirt

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