I would not say that I’ve ever had a bursting closet, but I did use to have a lot more clothes. As part of my push to simplify my life, I started by trying to simplify my closet. I pared down and pared down, and then started researching capsule wardrobes. A capsule wardrobe is basically the bare minimum of clothing needed to achieve your style and lifestyle. My entire wardobe can fit in one carry-on suitcase. A capsule wardrobe doesn’t just fulfill my value of simplicity but also my value of efficiency. Some benefits of a capsule wardrobe are time and money, two commonly wasted things. When you’ve pared your wardrobe down to the essentials, you aren’t spending money on new clothes constantly, saving a significant amount of money. And you save time maintaining, selecting, storing, and caring for the clothes you do have.
The main goal of a capsule wardrobe is everything should match, so you aren’t struggling to find something to wear in the morning. The first step in setting up a capsule wardrobe is picking your colors. You’re going to want to pick a couple foundations, like khaki, blue, black, grey, or brown. These are the foundations of your capsule. These colors are the base on which you build the rest of your wardrobe. Everything should match these colors. Generally, the foundation colors are used for bottoms, like pants, shorts, skirts, or dresses. Then you select a few accent colors. These colors give your outfits pop and personality. These accents colors are used for shirts, blouses, dresses, or coats. By focusing on a few colors that you enjoy, not only will your wardrobe compliment you better, but you can also pare down your accessories to only those that go with your new color pallet. One word of warning, try to limit the number of accent colors and make sure they are complementary. The point is to make a wardrobe where everything matches. Other than that, there’s no right color palette to use to make your wardrobe. If you only want to wear black and slightly darker black. That’s great. If you choose red for your accent color and want a bright red jacket. Awesome! My capsule has a foundation of black and grey, and I use shades of blue and purple for my accent colors.
The next secret to making a capsule wardrobe is thinking about layers. If you have 35 shirts and one pair of pants, it might be still be difficult to dress yourself everyday. Layers is what allows you to make a variety of outfits with less clothing. Can you throw that blouse on over a dress and make an entirely new outfit? What about adding a jacket or sweater? Can that undershirt pass as a casual shirt? Your outfits should be able to dress up for work or down for hanging out just by changing the layers and accessories you own. Again, this comes down to your personal style and what your lifestyle. A person working in an office in Chicago is going to have very different outfit needs than a blogger in Florida or a construction worker in California. My favorite thing to do is turn my black dresses into skirts by adding a blouse over them.
Finally, if you need to fill in holes in your wardrobe, make sure you buy the highest quality you can afford. Save up and look for the perfect pieces. Don’t settle for Okay. Your capsule should only be the nicest, easiest to work with, and most comfortable clothing. You don’t have space to waste on anything less.
But I work in a professional environment, you say. I say then you definitely can’t go wrong with a capsule. Let’s say you have two pairs of black pants, one black skirt, and two simple black dresses. Now let's say you love how you look in green. Select five green blouses. And thrown in a couple sweaters, blazers, or jackets in complementary colors. We are currently at less than 15 items of clothing, and you can make approximately 50 outfits from just that selection. Make sure the items are all high quality and versatile and you’re looking at plenty of nice, professional outfits with room in your closet for some casual fun on the weekends.
Capsule wardrobes are simple, but that simplicity allows for flexibility. The flexibility to find your fashion niche. They save money by cutting back on buying new clothes. They save time by making it easy to get dressed in the morning, easy to put your clothes away, and you don’t have to worry about washing “laundry mountain”. Do you have a capsule wardrobe? What do you like best about it?