Five years on, and we thought it time to catch up with the capsule wardrobe guru for a refresher course. Times change, trends move on and so do these tidy solutions—and it turns out, maybe we took the capsule wardrobe approach too literally, and could do with easing up a little. “Before I started my capsule, I’d noticed that I had a bad habit of going shopping when I needed to jolt myself out of a bad mood. Hard day at work? Shopping! Not feeling very pretty today? Shopping! Frustrated with my family? Shopping!” explains Caroline, who has since curbed her emotional spending habits, created enforced shopping “fasts,” and focused her attention on seeking out top-quality, long-lasting pieces. These factors have meant that all the while she’s really found her style. “I’m much better at dressing for the life I have, rather than a fantasy life,” she says. “My closet matches my lifestyle now.” It’s more about mindfulness, then having some majorly strict rules you feel bad about breaking.
Does that sound like a stylish setup you’d like for yourself? Thought so. Then read on to get Caroline’s top capsule wardrobe-building tips.