Building a Capsule Wardrobe

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

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A capsule wardrobe is a small wardrobe made up of versatile pieces.

What Is So Great About It?

For me, I love the idea of looking good while spending less and taking less time to get ready. As a mom, I don’t have time to stare at my closet and pick something to wear.  I also have less money to spend on myself. I need to make what money I spend on clothes to go as far as possible.

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe

Step 1: Empty it all

Yes, that’s right. Take everything out of your closet and make a giant pile.

Step 2: Sort

Now that you have a giant pile of clothes on the floor, it is time to sort. Sort all the items into the following categories:

1. Love It

Items in this pile should be clothing that you love, wear frequently, and fit properly.

2. Like It

These are items that you don’t wear often if at all. There is some mystery reason as to why you are holding on to them.

3. Lose It

Items that you don’t like, don’t fit, or are no longer relevant to your lifestyle. Donate or sell clothes that are in good condition. Anything that is stained or has holes needs to be dumped. Pro tip: Cotton tees or tanks make great cleaning rags.

4. Seasonal

Coats, scarfs, swimsuits…. Keep seasonal items you love.

Step 3:Resort

Go through the Love It and Like It pile again.  Try everything on. Ask yourself if you would buy the item today if you were in the mall.  If no, put it in the Lose It pile. If yes, ask yourself if you think you will wear the item in the next few months. If no, put it aside.

Step 4: Build your capsule

The numbers to use for you capsule can depend on you. Typically a capsule wardrobe will have anywhere from 30-50 items. Think about your lifestyle to determine your number.

Also thinking about your lifestyle, identify a few primary outfit types that you wear the most often.

My categories are Out and About, Mom Life, and Church. Out and about for me would be anytime I leave the house without my children. Mom Life includes taking my kiddos to Gymboree, going to the park, and other similar activities. Church is pretty self-explanatory. Because my three categories are pretty varied, I have picked 35 to be my number.

Now that you have an idea of the outfit types you need and have your number,pick from the items you love and seasonally appropriate items to build your capsule.

Step 5: Put it away

Items that you love but didn’t make the cut for the capsule can be boxed up and stored along with seasonal items. You will pull from these items when you update your capsule for the next season.

Stay Tuned

I put together a sample capsule wardrobe list as well as picked out some options from my favorite stores.

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