A Maximalist Capsule Wardrobe

A Maximalist Capsule Wardrobe

Contrary to popular belief, it's not impossible to have a capsule wardrobe with a maximalist style! Although sticking to an intentionally chosen colour palette will make styling outfits much easier, having a capsule wardrobe doesn't mean only wearing neutral tones.

A maximalist capsule wardrobe might seem like an oxymoron as maximalism is about having an excess while capsule wardrobes are about having less... But capsule wardrobes don't have to be boring! It is possible to keep a small wardrobe that is expressive and colourful.

A capsule wardrobe is simply a collection of versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched to create as many outfits as possible. It can consist of whatever clothes you want—in as many different colours, patterns, and styles as you like!

Those who enjoy a maximalist style may find creating a capsule wardrobe a lot more challenging but it's certainly not unachievable. The "more is more" philosophy of maximalism can make putting together outfits challenging—although perhaps a lot more creative and fun.

Unlike a typical capsule wardrobe, which can look very similar from person to person due to the limited colour palette with neutral shades and minimal patterns or prints. Personal style plays a much great role in maximalist style making an incredibly unique capsule wardrobe as a result.

So if you find typical capsule wardrobes are boring, sticking to neutral colours doesn't inspire you, and you're keen to explore your personal style, try experimenting with maximalist outfits!

A Maximalist Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Dramatic Trench
  2. Oversized Coat
  3. Statement Cardigan
  4. Bold Shirt
  5. Patterned Shirt
  6. Dramatic Shirt
  7. Sleeveless Dress
  8. Statement Dress
  9. Neutral Maxi Skirt
  10. Statement Bag
  11. Statement Shoes
  12. Classic Loafers
  13. Arc Earrings
  14. Enamel Necklace
  15. Fidget Ring

This is an example of a maximalist capsule wardrobe created using my current wardrobe. This capsule is intended as inspiration for minimalists who want to experiment with a more eclectic style and serves as a guide for creating maximalist outfits using what you already own.

How to dress like a maximalist?

Maximalist fashion has a bold aesthetic with an eclectic style that incorporates bright colours and bold prints with statement garments and fun jewellery. The maximalist style will appeal to anyone who enjoys wearing bold and playful clothing in unique ways.

To dress like a maximalist, adopt the philosophy of "more is more." Embrace outfits that combine vibrant colours, bold patterns, and interesting textures. Along with unique vintage finds, statement jewellery, and playful accessories. Maximalism is all about self-expression and breaking fashion norms so don't be afraid to wear garments you wouldn't normally pair together.

A Maximalist Capsule Wardrobe

How To Create a Maximalist Capsule Wardrobe

A maximalist capsule wardrobe requires a strong sense of personal style in order to create bold outfits you feel confident and comfortable wearing. You're much more likely to regret buying a statement item than a neutral wardrobe basic, which is why having confidence in your style is essential for creating a maximalist capsule wardrobe.

If you're not ready to commit fully to a maximalist wardrobe, an easy way to experiment with a bolder style is to focus on a specific colour and keep everything else neutral. For instance, statement tops with neutral bottoms. Having a clearly defined colour palette will help create a more wearable capsule wardrobe with outfits that can easily dressed up or toned down when required.

This is how to embrace dopamine dressing by creating a maximalist capsule wardrobe with an eclectic style.

Create a Foundation

Every capsule wardrobe should start with a solid foundation of reliable basics within a specific colour palette. The basics for maximalist style outfits will feature interesting details in the fit or style but should still be versatile enough to pair with every other item.

Although maximalism is about excess balance is essential. Having a good mix of versatile basics to pair with bolder, statement pieces will ensure harmony within an eclectic wardrobe. Colour is the easiest way to maintain cohesion within a wardrobe so make sure to stick to a clearly defined colour palette.

Incorporate Statement Pieces

Statement pieces are the focus of a maximalist wardrobe. These are the standout items that create a point of interest and draw attention to an outfit. Think bold colours, loud prints, textured fabrics, playful accessories, and statement jewellery.

Maximalism is all about celebrating the interesting and unconventional. One-of-a-kind pieces and vintage finds are well-worth hunting for to create a truly distinctive capsule wardrobe with lots of character. Thrift stones, secondhand apps, flea markets, and vintage boutiques are the best places for discovering unique items.

Find a Balance

There is an art to mixing colours and prints that requires more consideration than dressing in neutral tones. When shopping for items to include in a maximalist capsule wardrobe, pay very close attention to how each garment can be combined to create different looks.

It's really easy to miss the mark when putting together a maximalist outfit. The result can leave you feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in what you're wearing. Avoid outfit flops by striking a balance between stepping out of your comfort zone and following your personal style rules.

Rotate and Update

Unlike a monochromatic capsule wardrobe where every piece can be worn together without much consideration. A maximalist wardrobe requires more care and attention. Statement pieces are very noticeable when worn frequently and there's often fewer ways to style them.

To keep a maximalist wardrobe fresh and exciting, rotate through the pieces regularly by creating seasonal capsule wardrobes. Taking breaks from statement pieces in this way will help maintain a maximalist wardrobe that always feels fun to wear. Don't forget to thrift for new statement pieces to add into your outfit rotation!

Build Confidence

A strong sense of personal style is essential for a successful maximalist wardrobe. As is the confidence to pull off daring outfits! Only through experimenting will you discover your unique maximalist style and become more comfortable wearing it.

Don't be afraid to experiment and try new combinations. The maximalist style is expressive and encourages creativity—it's all about having fun and just seeing what happens! A great way to keep track is by creating a wardrobe inventory and documenting outfits.