How to... build a capsule wardrobe

With holidays on the horizon we’re full of ideas on how to build a capsule wardrobe for getaways at home or abroad. 

The capsule travel wardrobe is one of those things we’re all supposed to aspire to and know how to create, but it’s not always that easy. And what is one, anyway?

The idea of your capsule collection is to get maximum wear from the minimum number of pieces. You want flexibility for weather, occasion and mood . All in a handful of items, which can be a tall order.

Five top tips

  1. Colour

Choose three colours that will work well together, however you decide to combine them. Try selecting a couple of neutrals and a bright to inject a flash of energetic colour. Denim and khaki with a dash of hot pink? Or perhaps navy and ivory with this season’s favourite zingy green.

  1. Layering

Items that layer well are capsule-friendly. Layering adds interest to your look, but it's also the best way we know to defend against unpredictable weather.

  1. Basics

Build on your basics and classics, rather than choosing statement styles. You can always dress everything up with accessories, and it’s much easier to mix and match.

  1. Jackets

You need some kind of jacket, and we’d go for a cropped, jeans jacket either in traditional denim or a twill or cotton. Or pick an oversized shirt instead, which can also work as a layer, or even a dress or tunic over cropped pants.

  1. Star item

And remember, there’s always (well, usually!) room for one more piece in that suitcase. This year for our star we’d pick a floral or paisley print midi or maxi dress to dress up or down – trainers and a basket-weave shopper for day, or espadrilles and a special clutch for an evening out. 

BA&SH Hevi Cardigan £230

Pom Amsterdam Indigo Denim Jacket £169.99

Vero Moda Hotsoya Jacket £28

Bella Dahl A-line Shirt Dress £165


Great Plains Cordell Stripe Zip-neck Dress £85

 Part Two Persille Shirt £59.95 

Red Button Bibi Joggers £59

Paige Anessa Raw Hem Jeans £255.99

Charli Alizee Polo Sweatshirt £59.99


BA&SH Siam Knitted Tank £210


Colorful Standard Organic Crew Neck Sweatshirt £50

Charli Oriane Dress £59.99

Jessica Russell Flint Seville Maxi Ruffle Dress £349

HOFF Toulouse Trainers £99

Coccinelle Beat Woven Handbag £245

Colorful Standard Organic Women's Socks £9