Ever since the idea of creating MERCER7 came about, my main concept was always to curate collections around the capsule wardrobe concept; keeping my shopping edit consistent with a single aesthetic, and keep my selection focused. By doing that, my aim was to simplify shopping for busy women who don’t have hours on end to scroll through thousands of  product pages and websites that are saturated with  way too many options.

A few weeks ago I was invited to film a SheerLuxe Show episode 1. Georgie, the founder of SheerLuxe and I were chatting about CAPSULE WARDROBE concept and the benefits of having one, so I thought i’d share it all with you here…

The idea of a capsule wardrobe started to be popular when it got re-introduced in the 80’s by American fashion designer Donna Karan, who released a seven piece collection that seamlessly worked together. Now the concept of it is no longer new, everyone we know aims to either go through a serious detox process by hiring a personal stylist or do their own clear out before the start of each season.

A capsule wardrobe consists of few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion and are interchangeable in order to maximise on how many outfits you can create. The collection is predominantly in monochrome colour palette to insure the simplicity in styling. Always ask yourself if you can style it multiple different ways, or if it’s something you will wear on repeat. The pieces you decide to include in your capsule wardrobe need to be well-made, so they could last after multiple wears and washes.
Your collection will include timeless tailoring, such as blazers, trousers, great denim, perfect tops, iconic bretons, and layering basics, which can then be styled with seasonal pieces. These core wardrobe staples are there to stay season after season no matter what the trends are doing.

 So, what is the first step?

Start with a clear out / a detox, by editing your wardrobe by only keeping high-quality essentials that you can wear over and over again. That way you’re not filling up your home with items that don’t serve you as often and by doing that you’ll free up your closet of all of the clutter, which often makes choosing an outfit in the morning complicated and time consuming. That’s why I’m also a big fan of having a uniform which essentially means that you wear same or similar outfits everyday, to some it might be a bit boring so having a versatile capsule wardrobe is a great place to start.

Capsule wardrobes are also all about making sure that you always step out looking your best. So by only keeping pieces you absolutely love, will not only save you time, but also help you look effortless and more confident.

By committing to this method, you don’t only save time and money on the long run, but you also help the world by being more sustainable; only investing in timelessness rather than fast-fashion trends and throw away fashion.

In terms of fabrics, I personally don’t ever iron, unless I absolutely must. So naturally, before buying anything new – I make sure to examine the fabric to insure it doesn’t crease as much. I tend to stay away from linen for example, purely because it creases too much for my liking.
I love lyocell, good quality crepe, wool blends, knits, denim, leather and fabrics that are more durable and easy to travel with.