What Is a Capsule Wardrobe + How To Create One

The craze that’s been taking over the fashion world is a little confusing to understand at first. Is it a lifestyle? A new way of living? One of those millennial trends? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. I’ll let you be the one to decide that, once I explain what a capsule wardrobe is, of course.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

It’s a closet full of clothes.

Just kidding! Well, technically it is just a closet full of clothes, but it’s a curated selection of garments. Capsule wardrobes consist of about twelve to forty individual pieces that all correlate together with coordinating colors, like neutrals. That way, your outfits always look cohesive.

These pieces are also casual, practical and some are for the seasons.

Why should I create one?

Imagine waking up in the morning. You wake up by the buzzing of your alarm clock, you roll over, peeking through your covers and read the time. It’s 7:55! You set your alarm to wake you at 7:30! You quickly toss the covers off of you, scrambling out of bed and to your closet to pick out something to wear. Instead of fussing over having too many clothes, you pick out a white crop top, your favorite high-waisted jeans, tan booties and to top it off you grab your fedora and sunglasses. You get dressed, spray your hair with some dry shampoo and off you go!

The ease of knowing you have a closet full of coordinating items makes it much easier to get ready for the day. No more staring aimlessly at your clothes thinking of different outfit pairings; all the items work together, no matter how you pair them.


Capsule wardrobes are also great for people who like to live a minimalist lifestyle because you own less but also get the full potential out of your closet and the items in it.

Convinced? Read on for how to start a capsule wardrobe of your own!

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How to create your own capsule wardrobe

  • Start by purging your closet; taking everything out of it and evaluating what you need and don’t need.
  • Pick out the basic pieces; versatile ones that can work for multiple seasons, weather and that look great on their own or layered.
  • Limit your pairs of shoes; think practical- sneakers, heels, boots and sandals. And yes, you only need (at least) one pair of each! For example, you can have a pair of riding-esque boots and a pair of rain boots because if you live where it rains a lot, you don’t want to ruin your leather boots!
  • Pair down the accessories; invest in high quality, well-made jewelry, one sun hat, one winter hat, one scarf and so on.
  • Neutral colors work best; think of blacks, greys, caramels, cognacs, forest greens, shades of pink and whites.


+ What do you think of the capsule wardrobe? Is it something you’re wanting to try? Let me know in the comments!


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