How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe In Six Simple Steps

Ah. The Wonderful, Space-Saving Capsule Wardrobes. I have always been a fan of minimalist style and simplifying your life. Downsizing, downshifting, and sustainability have become increasingly desirable key words in our modern, hectic society. This also applies to our wardrobes and style. 

What is a capsule wardrobe? Simply, it is a wardrobe in which all the clothes and accessories can be easily paired with one another. At its best, a capsule wardrobe is fully thought-through and will make your morning dress up ritual admirably effortless. You do not have to go as far as Steve Jobs and wear the same pair of jeans and the same shirt every day – but most of us can benefit from a little bit of extra synchronization, to reduce decision fatigue. Hereby a few tips to help you create the wardrobe of your dreams.

“When we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future… As a result, we increase the number of unnecessary possessions, burying ourselves both physically and mentally in superfluous things.”
    - Marie Kondo

1. Choose a color theme.

Pick a maximum of three main colours and a maximum of two accent colours, depending on the capsule wardrobe size. Even better, pick just three main colours and one accent colour. You can have one capsule wardrobe for each season, or just two: Spring/Summer, and Autumn/Winter.

2. Choose the style. 

Stripes, dots, or floral prints? Smart casual or tailored suits? Think of what kind of clothes you need the most. Jeans and T-shirts, or blazers and pencil skirts? Naturally, a kindergarden teacher will need a different wardrobe than a lawyer. The point is to make sure that all the pieces fit well together.

3. Throw Away Everything That You Did Not Wear in One Year. 

There is a reason for why you never, ever wear that dress. There is a reason why you never pick those boat shoes. Yes. They would look good on you, if only… (If only you lost weight / If only you wore more red / If only you went to the opera more often). Be honest to yourself – Is that piece of clothing just going to hang in your closet for the next year, too? Get rid of it and make space for something that you really enjoy wearing. Sell or give away anything that is still wearable and could bring joy to someone else.

4. Does The Item Bring You Joy?

One of the key questions in Marie Kondo’s KonMari concept is: Does the item give you pleasure? Does it spark joy into your life, and do you cherish it? The method encourages people to let go of redundant possessions and to be mindful about what they buy and own.

Less is more, also when it comes to what you wear. Do you need to have the same T-shirt in twelve different colours? Do you actually wear all of them? And why do you possess seven pairs of heels if all you ever wear is sneakers? You can read more about the wonderful KonMari philosophy here.

5. Browse Some Capsule Wardrobe Ideas.

A classic capsule wardrobe should have at least some of the following items:

a white shirt
a pair of boyfriend jeans
a high-quality pullover
a trench coat
a classy skirt
a pair of flats
a pair of leather loafers
a black dress
a simple v-neck
a nicely fitting blazer

In general, a capsule wardrobe should consist of no more than 24 – 33 items at maximum. And this will be your whole wardrobe, all year long. You can find a lot of cool capsule wardrobe ideas in Pinterest, for example. Check out these ones where I have pinned loads of stylish ideas: Capsule Wardrobes and Minimal Chic

6. How Do You Start a Capsule Wardrobe?

First things first – Go through all the clothes, shoes, and accessories that you currently own. Which ones do you want to keep?  Which ones are you unsure of? And which ones can you donate or trash, immediately? Start from this, and make a few rounds, in order to really get rid of everything that does not fit into your new, improved wardrobe and lifestyle.

The next step is to think of what items do you need to buy to complete the capsule wardrobe. Do not be too hasty with this step either. Carefully decide which items you really need and which ones you can live without. Do not buy things that you already guess might end up hanging in your wardrobe, gathering dust – wasting money, time, and space!

Have You Created Your Own Capsule Wardrobe?

I would love to hear how you did it and what inspired you to let go of extra clothes and accessories. Please share your stories below and help others to take the step, too!


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