How to build a capsule wardrobe
Building a capsule wardrobe is a clever way to streamline your closet and make getting dressed in the morning a simpler process. You can also save money by reducing your need to constantly buy new clothes. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you build your own capsule wardrobe.
1. Assess your current wardrobe
The first step to building a capsule wardrobe is to take a good look at what you already own. Go through your closet and identify your favorite clothing items.
What are some staple pieces and must-haves that make up your current closet? Perhaps a reliable pair of high-waisted pants, a plain white t-shirt, or a trench coat with a classic silhouette? Or some timeless shoes and accessories that go with any outfit?
Pull out anything that you no longer wear or that does not fit you right. Here are some tips on how to sell your items on the second-hand market.
Make note of the items that you wear the most, as well as those that you wish you had in your wardrobe.
2. Discover your personal style
Your capsule wardrobe should reflect your personal style, so it's important to take some time to think about what that is. Think about which favorite colors, patterns, and textures make you feel confident and comfortable. If you're not sure what your personal style is, turn to online quizzes, style blogs, or fashion magazines for inspiration and outfit ideas.
Building a well-curated wardrobe should not hinder your creativity or mute your personal style. It is simply a pursuit to be more conscious about the long-term life of your wardrobe rather than constantly shopping based on impulse or the latest trends.
It's entirely possible to take this concept and apply your own sense of style to it. Your capsule wardrobe doesn't have to be a collection of interchangeable clothes. Never be afraid to fully embrace your own style. Play with colors and patterns and combine different materials to create contrasts while keeping the idea of buying your clothes with intention.
3. Choose a color palette
A color palette is a great way to ensure that the items in your capsule wardrobe will be able to be mixed and matched. Choose a base color (such as black, white, navy, or beige) and add a few accent colors. You can also add some neutral colors like white or gray for versatile options. Choose colors that you love and look good on you.
4. Select your wardrobe essentials
Once you have a sense of your personal style and color palette, you can begin selecting the items that will make up your capsule wardrobe. These should include a mix of easy pieces that can be dressed up or down, such as a little black dress, a classic white blouse, and a pair of well-fitting jeans. The goal is to have a versatile wardrobe, where a few items can create many different outfits.
Here are a few examples of items that could go into a capsule wardrobe:
2–3 pairs of pants (jeans, chinos, dress pants)
2–3 skirts (a pencil skirt, a-line, and a maxi)
3–5 tops (blouses, tees, and sweaters)
2–3 outerwear (a raincoat, a jacket, and a trench coat)
2–3 dresses (a little black dress, a shirt dress, and a casual dress)
2–3 pairs of shoes (sneakers, heels, and flats)
A pair of sunglasses