A capsule wardrobe consists of essentials that can easily mix and match.  Pieces are usually higher quality items in neutral colors and timeless styles.   The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to minimize the number of clothing pieces with items that mix and match together – creating multiple outfits without the need to purchase additional clothing.   The Washington Post covered the trendy topic mentioning that in order for a capsule wardrobe to work for the long term, you’ll need to spend some time and money upfront to find high-quality items that fit well.  This type of wardrobe usually consists of around 30 pieces but as the idea increases in popularity the variety of capsule wardrobe options increases.


Is a Capsule Wardrobe Right for You?


If you find yourself thinking about a capsule wardrobe here are some things to consider.


Capsule Wardrobe Basics…  

  • Reduces the number of items in your closet = saves time and $

  • Eliminates decision fatigue – less to select from = faster decision making

  • No two capsule wardrobes are identical – depending on your lifestyle the needs and items will be different

  • Everything must fit – items in the closet that don’t fit must be discarded

  • Items should be interchangeable and can easily be mixed to create a variety of outfits

  • Quality over quantity is a must

  • Pajamas, undergarments, workout gear and swim attire are not included


If you are trying to simplify you have probably read that a capsule wardrobe is one way to achieve this.  Luckily the requirements for a capsule wardrobe can be individualized.  You can implement this idea however it works best for you.  Be mindful of the items in your closet and start by donating anything you are not wearing.  If you have been exploring the capsule wardrobe idea but aren’t sure about it you don’t have to go all in.

Make it work for you!  


Remember that everything you own is taking up your time (and closet space).  Keep the pieces you love and feel good in.  Let go of the clothing that isn’t being worn.  If an item isn’t serving you, get rid of it.  Maybe a good closet clean out is all you need.  Follow these steps for a complete closet purge and you will be that much closer to a minimal wardrobe without taking that capsule wardrobe leap….just yet.


What do you think?  Is a capsule wardrobe in your future?


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