Building A Capsule Wardrobe with Designer & Stylesmith Natalie Chong

Posted on March 28 2017

Our Spring Stylesmiths are renaissance women all kicking butt and takin names in their respective fields. First up is X Shape Natalie Chong, interior designer and founder of Nest Design Studio. You might recognize Natalie as a finalist from Canada's Next Designer competition. We were drawn like a moth to a flame to her dynamic energy and signature aesthetic.

That aesthetic was also reflected in the pieces she chose to take home with her and that makes for a perfect lesson in capsule wardrobes. Ready? 

A capsule is an edited group of pieces that have high mix & match potential so you can make at least a week's worth of outfits from 6-7 building blocks. When we asked Natalie what her top fashion challenge was, she explained her desire to simplify and streamline her closet with classic pieces in a minimalist palette that will give her tons of mileage. Challenge accepted! 

A successful capsule is made up of 1 layering piece, 2 bottoms, 3 tops and up to 4 accessories that help transform the combinations. Dresses are a bonus item that extend the life of your capsule. For Natalie, we built the following collection - note how you can draw a line in any direction through the pyramid and it makes an outfit. When Natalie adds a cool necklace or a scarf or statement bag, the looks get pulled apart even more. This pyramid approach to capsules is a trick from our friend and image consultant, Suzanne Colmer of Your Shop Girl

Layering Piece - Heath Cardigan

Bottom 1 - What I Like About You Skirt

Bottom 2 - Vegan Leather Jogger 

Top 1 - Perfect Stranger Sweater

Top 2 - Stir it Up Top 

Top 3 - Crisp Knit Tank 

Bonus Dress - Aberdeen Dress  (cut for easy layering)

Follow along on her feed to see how she styles her goods and to watch as she moves into and decorates her new home!! It's going to be a stunner. 

pssst. Love the idea of dressing for your shape but don't know where to start? Email us at to book a complimentary style consult in studio. Or sign up for a capsule wardrobe workshop here

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