Did you know that the average American woman owns over 100 items of clothing at any gven time? Since we live in a world obsessed with consumerism, this figure is hardly surprising. However, in despite having tons of garments, many of us frequently feel as if we have nothing suitable to wear. The reasons for this are many. Some find shopping therapeutic and buy lots of clothes they don’t necessarily need. Others are prone to purchasing things in the spur of the moment, without thinking whether they are practical or not. Still others get tempted to buy certain items simply because everyone else seems to be wearing them. Yet whatever the cause, no one can deny that going through your entire wardrobe without finding the right outfit is incredibly frustrating. Luckily, there is a solution – the capsule wardrobe!
Practical, minimalistic, chic – the capsule wardrobe will change your life!
What is a capsule wardrobe?
The capsule wardrobe, as its name suggests, is a small selection of clothes, shoes and accessories. It can contain anything from twenty to fifty practical items, which can be combined in hudreds of different ways. Usually, the garments are neutrally colored and feature minimalistic designs, making them extremely versatile and easy to mix and match. Classic blue jeans, plain t-shirts, a little black dress and a pair of fromal trousers, are only a few of the items, essential for creating a capsule wardrobe.
A winter-themed capsule wardrobe
How do I create a capsule wardrobe?
The first and most important step is to declutter your wardrobe. Yes – this can be a lengthy and boring process, but we promise that the end result will be extremely rewarding! To get started, take out all of your clothes and divide them into three piles – to sell/donate, to keep, and to throw away/recycle.
In the first pile, put clothes which are new or in good shape, but you never wear, or no longer need. You can sell these online on eBay or Poshmark. This way, you will not only free up space, but will also earn some money towards your new capsule wardrobe. If you prefer, you can donate your unwanted items to a local church or a charity of your choice.
In the second pile, put clothes you love and wear very often. Be realistic and try not to go overboard – they shouldn’t be more than 20. Finally, if you have any old or worn out items, place them in the third pile. Too many of us keep torn and washed out garments simply because we feel attached, or have fond memories of wearing them. However, in the end of the day they just clutter up our homes and gather dust. If you feel bad about chucking them, consider recycling – this way they will be given a new, useful life!
Minimalism = style
What do I need to create my own capsule wardrobe?
Since clothes are largely a matter of taste and personal preference, there is no “one fits all” solution. However, the classic fall/winter essentials pictured bellow are an excellent place to start. They are extremely versatile, and will make a great addition to any closet:
- Black (faux) leather biker jacket – edgy and chic, this lovely item can be worn with jeans, dresses and smart trousers. What’s not to love? Every woman should own one!
- Classy and timeless black clutch bag – great for every day wear or special occasions. Enough said.
- Colorful sweater – great for spicing up a boring fall or winter outfit
- Smart button up shirt
- Beige trench coat – a true classic
- Warm turtleneck sweater – perfect for cold winter days!
- Little black dress
- Smart black trousers
- Jumper in a neutral color
- Cute black mini skirt
- Comfortable winter boots
- Stylish blazer
- Simple leather belt
- Black ankle boots
- Blue skinny jeans
- Wide brim felt hat
- Basic black turtleneck
These are just a few suggestions, try them out and see whether they work for you. It is important to choose items that make you feel comfy and confident!
Start creating your own capsule wardrobe by buying some essential items:
Great video with cool fall capsule wardrobe ideas:
A classic combination
Don’t underestimate the power of simplicity!
The smart white blouse – another wardrobe staple
4o different outfits from only 13 items!
Don’t forget the blue denim jacket!
The LBD – every woman’s bets friend
A classy blanket scarf is a must for fall and winter months
The tote – another essential accessory
When it comes to shoes, you should always have a pair of classic black stilettos…
… as well as a pair of nude pumps
Plain white sneakers for a more casual look…
… and compfy, yet stylish, ballerina flats
Black leather ankle boots go well with almost any winter outfit
And for when it’s really cold, you should have a pair of comfortable boots
Capsule wardrobe – summer holiday edition:
Travel light with these essentials:
Is there a capsule wardrobe for men?
Capsule wardrobes are not only for ladies! Gents can use the same principles to create a more pratical and classy closet. Begin by purchasing several t-shirts in basic colors (white, black and grey), two or three smart button up shirts, two pairs of trousers, three pairs of jeans, and two to three jerseys/hoodies. Then invest in a quality black leather biker jacket, a stylish coat, a denim jacket and a parka. Finish by buying three pairs of sneakers, and two pairs of smart shoes.
Capsule wardrobe tips for guys
Bye-bye clutter, hello style!
We love this handsome, timeless outfit
How about this casual suggestion?
Capsule wardrobe in a suitcase
Create your own capsule closet with these nifty style pyramids:
Every gent must have at least two pairs of smart shoes!
What are the advantages of having a capsule wardrobe?
Many celebs and millionaires swear by the capsule wardrobe. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, always opts for a simple t-shirt and jeans, claiming that it saves him tons of precious time. Rather than spending valuable minutes digging trough a seemingly bottomless closet in search for the perfect outfit, he simply throws on a few basic essentials and starts his day. Think about how much more productive you will be, and how much more time you will have to pursue your interests and hobbies. A few minutes every day might not sound like much, but they add up! In addition, capsule wardrobes are also more environmentally friendly – the less you buy, the less you throw away.
That being said, capsule wardrobes are not for everyone. If you can’t bear the thought of ever repeating an outfit, and live for the sweet thrill of shopping, they might not be your cup of tea. Not to worry though – wahetever you choose, you can find more excellent style tips and lots of inspiration in our fashion section.
Nothing beats a classic trench coat!
These items can be combined in hundreds of ways!
A lovely casual capsule outfit
Wear a different outfit every day of the month, without any husstle
A lovely selection of closet essentials in neutral colors
Capsule wardrobe ideas for the office
Some ideas for the gents:
Less clutter = a happier you!
More gorgeous little black dress ideas:
Mix and match fun
More gorgeous outfits in neutral colors
Stylish and cozy!
A wide brim felt hat – a must-have accessory for fall!
Have fun curating your capsule wardrobe!