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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

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Have you ever said you have “nothing to wear” while staring back at an overcrowded closet? Does getting dressed cause you anxiety in the morning? Do you buy trendy pieces from the sales rack only to find that you still only rotate between the same three shirts? If you answered yes to any of these questions and are ready to simplify your morning routine, then you need to begin building a capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe allows you to reduce decision fatigue, save money, reduce stress, and focus on the more important things in life, like spending more time with family, pursuing hobbies or self-care.

Though the capsule wardrobe has become synonymous with minimalism, that doesn’t mean we are asking you to whittle down your wardrobe to 37 pieces or less. We are revamping the capsule wardrobes of yesteryear to bring you a capsule wardrobe that operates on the principles of “living with less” without compromising style. While we are not advocating, never shopping again, we are encouraging more quality in your wardrobe, by choosing clothing pieces that look good and make you feel good.

What is A Capsule Wardrobe

We’ve all seen the incredibly chic, perfectly curated Pinterest capsule wardrobes, but what exactly are they?

The term capsule wardrobe was coined in the late 70s by a boutique clothing store owner in London, Susie Faux. According to Faux, “a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don't go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces”. Today’s modern capsule stems off of this same basic idea. At  heart of the capsule wardrobe are essentials wardrobe items that work together interchangeably to create an entire seasonal wardrobe. While the number of actual pieces in a capsule wardrobe varies from person to person, many people choose to stay within the 37-50 piece realm.

Let’s Get To Work: Building Your Capsule Wardrobe

There are a ton of resources, blogs, books,you name it, on how to create the best capsule wardrobe. However, many operate on the same basic principles. Below you’ll find some of the tips we've found to start your very own capsule wardrobe, as well as additional resources to inspire and encourage you along the way.

  1. First things first, purge! Be ruthless as you clean out your closet and create keep, donate, and trash piles for all of your clothing. Your keep pile should consist of items that you love and would wear right now. If you just haven’t worn it because it’s a seasonal item but you love it, keep it. Everything else that doesn’t fit the criteria of the keep pile? Needs. To. Go.
  2. Establish Your Base Wardrobe. Blogger, Lindsey from a Pinch of Yum creates her capsule wardrobe using a “base wardrobe”. Basically these are the clothes you need beyond, day to day dressing. Think items such as workout clothes, lounge wear, layering, accessories, formal wear, etc.
  3. Creating your Capsule. Now it’s time to build your capsule wardrobe. Some people choose to fit their capsule wardrobe items to a set amount of number. For instance, Caroline Rector, of Un-Fancy designs her capsule with the rule of 3.  For example, 9 pairs of shoes (3 flats, 3 boots, 3 heels), 9 bottoms (3 skirts, 3 jeans, 3 shorts), 15 tops (three sweaters, three t-shirts, three button-up shirts, three tank tops,three vests)- you get the idea. Alternatively, you can choose 3 different categories (daily, work, fun) to build your wardrobe from. The most important thing to remember when building your capsule is that the purpose of the capsule wardrobe is to edit your wardrobe for your lifestyle.
  4. Enjoy the new freedom you’ve created by having a capsule wardrobe that is aesthetically pleasing, flattering, and liberating.


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