So what is a capsule wardrobe anyway? Acquiring a capsule wardrobe is a chic approach to help make your busy lifestyle more simplified but still fashion forward. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is simple. Keep a smaller amount of closet inventory, that solely consists of good quality options and essential pieces of clothing. These pieces should all be versatile and comfortable allowing you to wear them on a day to day basis. This lifestyle gives you the ability to put together different looks efficiently and fashionably. Owning a capsule wardrobe can ultimately benefit anyone. I had the opportunity to chat with local custom designer, Kiya Tomlin to talk all things capsule wardrobe. Kiya gave me all the tips and tricks on ways to start a capsule wardrobe and how to make the absolute best of a wardrobe.

Kiya is the founder of the clothing brand Kiya Tomlin which is produced right here in Pittsburgh. Her pieces are beautiful, functional, high quality and makes for the perfect staple pieces to start your own capsule wardrobe.

Capsule Wardrobe
Image via Kiya Tomlin

What are capsule wardrobes?

A capsule wardrobe is a curated selection of clothing pieces that mix and match to maximize their impact as a stand-alone wardrobe.

Why are capsule wardrobes so popular now?

Life is busy! And we want to spend our time living it, not standing in our closets deciding what to wear or constantly changing clothes throughout the day. Women, especially. We work, take care of children/elderly parents/households, and we still want to let loose and enjoy socially activities. We need clothing that multi-tasks as much as we do.

What are the most beneficial aspects of having a capsule wardrobe?

Time and money are our most precious resources these days. A good capsule wardrobe will save in both of those areas by being versatile, effortless, comfortable and easy to care for.

How do you start your own capsule wardrobe?

Good fitting, quality basics are most important, so definitely start there. A good pair of pants and well-fit stylish blazer.

What are popular capsule wardrobe items?

A blazer is super versatile in that it can be styled for business or evening wear.

How many items items of clothing should be in someone’s capsule wardrobes?

We have found that around 8 items provides enough versatility to have any event covered. Our capsules consist of 3 tops, 2 pants, 1 skirt, a jacket, and a versatile clothing accessory.

What brands make for the best / are your personal favorites for capsule wardrobes?

My personal favorite is my own brand, Kiya Tomlin, of course! There’s nothing better than wearing a sweatsuit everyday, everywhere– from casual to cocktail! Another noteworthy brand is Le Cloud, by Amy Schumer for their focus on plus-sizes. Tech-inspired brand, Pivotte, offers capsule pieces that  aren’t so much fashion-forward styles, but are good for women wanting simple, classic staples in technical fabrics.

How often do you shop after containing a capsule wardrobe?

Once you have your capsule wardrobe down, there’s really no need to shop unless you like to, or want to spruce up the collection with something new or trendy. Capsules are great for people that do not like to shop or do not have time to shop, as well as for fashionistas on a budget because it allows you to get creative coming up with new ways to style your few pieces.

What is the best way to make your everyday looks look more unique and not consistently being repeated?

Layering pieces and a creative use accessories will keep a capsule collection looking fresh. You’d be surprised at all the things you can do with a cool brooch or scarf!

Shannon Daly

Shannon Daly is the founder and content creator of the social media platform, PittsburghPlates. Her personal and professional life revolve around everything food. Whether she is entertaining, or trying a new local eatery, Shannon loves to use her passion for food and photography to bring together a food focused community, who equally share her passion for all things delicious.

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