How to Put Together a Capsule Wardrobe

One of my maon goals for this year and next is to finally stop having closet dissatisfaction. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a closet with only things you feel great in and love wearing? I want to be able to open my closet and want to wear everything in it. So why is it that a lot of us don’t have that closet feeling? Why is it so hard to achieve such a seemingly realistic thing?

Well, from what I’ve discovered with my own closet, it’s from a lack of planning and understanding. How can we all start to create that perfect wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a great place to start! This article’s goal is to share with you in five easy steps how to put together a capsule wardrobe. All the things I’ve learned from putting together mine and will be using for my fall capsule as well.

From what I’ve found, creating a capsule wardrobe is a great step and exercise towards creating a perfectly curated and thoughtful closet.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is the idea of having a set number of clothing to wear specifically over a set amount of time. For example, choosing 25 pieces of clothing to wear for six months. This capsule wardrobe will include all the clothing you will wear for that six months. This covers tops, dresses, shoes, coats, and pants. I think it’s important to note that the flexibility of your capsule is completely up to you. The goal of a capsule is to make your life easy and create closet satisfaction. This guide serves to show you how to create one that works for your lifestyle.

Things to Consider

What Are Your Goals?

Make sure you know why you’re starting a capsule wardrobe before you do. This will help you choose what to put in it and where to focus. A capsule wardrobe should be fun and intentional. Here are some example goals to get you started:

Save money and make fewer impulse purchases.

Learn more about my personal style and start creating my dream wardrobe.

Minimize and simplify my wardrobe. Be happier with less.

How Much Money Do You Want to Spend?

When you choose what to include in your capsule, you might not already own these items. So after you create your plan, decide how much you’re willing to spend. If the goal is to save money, like mine, you can try to create a capsule wardrobe only using items you already own.

How to Put Together a Capsule Wardrobe

1: Choose a Style

Part of knowing how to put together the capsule wardrobe is choosing a style. Casual, preppy, minimal, business casual, or classic. What is your personal style or what do you want your personal style to be? Choosing a style will help you choose a cohesive wardrobe that matches the way you want to look.

2: Pick a Color Palette

A color palette is important in making sure your clothes match each other well. Since you’ll only have around 30 items to wear, you want to get the most mix and match ability as possible.

3: Determine the Size & Pick a Time Frame

How many items do you want in your capsule wardrobe and long do you want to wear it for? My summer capsule wardrobe is on the small size with 24 pieces. I’m only wearing it for two months which is why I went smaller. If you want to try something longer, I recommend choosing at least 35 pieces to wear. A seasonal capsule wardrobe is also a popular option so you only have to plan your wardrobe one season at a time and hopefully repeat each year.

4: Choose Your Clothing

Now the fun part! What clothing do you want to wear for the next few months to a year? I’d first make a list of the number of items you’ll be including in each category. Here is an example item break down:

I started with the total at the bottom and played with the numbers until they reached 35 and I was happy with the amounts.

5: Assess what you own and what you will need to buy

At this point you know how many of each item you want and how long you’ll be wearing your capsule. What can you include from your current closet from each category? Does buying the rest meet your budget goal? If not, you can always change the size of your capsule wardrobe.

That’s it for how to put together a capsule wardrobe!

I use this process for putting together my capsule wardrobes and think it’s a good place to start for anyone thinking of trying one. I do hope to share a starter guide soon to deep dive more into the item selection.

I’d love to know in the comments what you find works for you when putting one together. Also, please let me know any other questions you’d like answered about starting a capsule I may have not mentioned.

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