What is a capsule wardrobe?

When a wardrobe is considered a ‘capsule,’ it generally means having a carefully curated collection of items that complement each other. This ensures that every piece gets used and worn. Traditionally, a capsule wardrobe consists of about 10-20 pieces in mutual hues, making it easy to coordinate outfits. These pieces may include staple jeans, versatile T-shirts, classic trench coats, blazers, dresses that can be dressed up or down, and comfortable knitwear. However, a capsule wardrobe can look different for everyone based on lifestyle and personal preferences. While I love fashion and enjoy having a diverse wardrobe, I think a capsule wardrobe of 20 pieces can still offer a lot of versatility and allow me to create outfits for any occasion.”

We all have those few pieces of clothing we wear repeatedly, regardless of our closet’s size, and we must be encouraged to build around them. Instead of creating a wardrobe based on what we believe to be a classic capsule, we should focus on building around these pieces that we wear frequently. A capsule wardrobe should be an edited collection of pieces you can rely on all the time and work together for you. It will look different for everyone since we all have different jobs, lifestyles, and climates.

How do I begin?

To create a capsule wardrobe, you don’t necessarily have to get rid of everything you already own. Instead, you should focus on identifying the pieces you wear often and want to keep and any items missing from your wardrobe.

If you find that your wardrobe is overflowing and challenging to manage, don’t worry. There are steps you can take to detox your wardrobe in a smart, effective way. Setting aside a few hours and committing to the process is essential. Start by separating your clothes by season and removing items from the previous season. Then, consider each item and ask yourself: Do you love and wear it? Is it a timeless classic? Does it still fit you? You can determine what you truly need in your wardrobe and what can be removed from this easy process.

If you need help deciding whether to keep an item of clothing, you can use the hanger trick to help you clear out your wardrobe. To start, place all your hangers in the same direction at the beginning of each season. Each time you wear an item, turn the hanger the other way. In no time, you’ll be able to see which clothes you wear often and which you don’t, making it easier to decide what to keep and get rid of.

Blue jeans, dark-washed

Denim jacket

Navy blue blazer

White button-down shirt

Striped shirt

Denim shirt

Black pants

Trench coat

Cardigan

Cross body bag

Pullover sweater

Little black dress

White tee

Striped sweater

Print blouse