Ever since the idea of creating MERCER7 came about, my main goal has always been to curate collections around the capsule wardrobe concept; keeping my shopping edit consistent with a single aesthetic, and keeping my selection focused. By doing that, my aim is 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 months ago I was invited to film the first episode of the SheerLuxe Show. Georgie, the founder of SheerLuxe, and I were chatting about the CAPSULE WARDROBE concept and the benefits of having one, so I thought I would share it all with you here…

 What is Capsule Wardrobe?

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 is no longer new, and it’s common to either go through a serious detox process by hiring a personal stylist or to do your own clear out before the start of each season.
  • A capsule wardrobe consists of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion and are interchangeable in order to maximise the number of outfits you can create.
  • A capsule wardrobe should be predominantly in a monochrome colour palette to ensure a simplicity in styling.
  • When building your own capsule wardrobe, always ask yourself if you can style a piece of clothing in multiple 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 will last after multiple wears and washes.

Your collection should 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 / detox, by editing your wardrobe and only keeping high-quality essentials that you can wear over and over again. That way you’re not filling up your wardrobe with items you hardly ever wear and free 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 the same or similar outfits everyday. This might sound a bit boring to some, but 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.” – Erna Leon

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.