While minimalism has been around for many years, it has gained even more popularity in the last decade or so. It’s hard to scroll through social media feeds or watchlists on streaming services without seeing a message about decluttering home and the many benefits doing so comes with. Most of us have closets full of clothes that don’t get put to use. If you can relate, a capsule wardrobe might be that solution.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe consists of a handful of essential items that don't go out of style. These are shirts, pants, shoes, and other must-haves. It all depends on what you enjoy wearing and what items are needed for your lifestyle. These items will be easy to mix and match to create a variety of outfits using the same pieces.
Capsule wardrobes tend to be seasonal. This means you will have a handful of items you will switch out every few months based on the season.
A capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to consist of a certain number of clothing items but typically ranges between 30 to 40 pieces. You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of new pieces to make the perfect capsule. It’s likely you already have plenty of items that will fit right in. It’s easier to fill in a few new items over time as you notice them missing from your wardrobe.
How will you benefit from a capsule wardrobe?
Having basics that fit you well and make you feel confident will save you lots of time when getting ready. It will help you live with more intention and ensure you are investing in items that you can wear for years to come. This will eliminate any chance of you buying into fast fashion making this minimalistic practice good for the planet. It even saves you money in the process. Having a capsule wardrobe will also allow you to get more done each day and lead you to become more productive.
Just because capsule wardrobes are simple does not mean they need to be boring. If you pick out items you love and think creatively you should be super satisfied with your decision to invest the time and energy into clearing out your closet and creating a wardrobe you love.
Whether you hold onto items due to their sentimental value or you have simply put off dealing with your cluttered closet, finally taking the time to get rid of items you don’t use and to pick up a few new or gently used pieces you know you’ll wear often is worth it.
1. Start by sorting your clothes
An ideal method is to pull everything out of your closet and carefully assess each item. As you look at each piece of clothing ask yourself, "Do I want this?" Go with your initial gut instinct, yes or no. Separate your clothes into a few piles: a pile to keep, a pile to resell or donate, and a pile for items that need to be trashed.
Also consider what patterns, fabrics, and textures you like as well as how often you wear certain pieces. If some of your clothes don’t ever get taken out of your closet it might be time to get rid of them.
2. Choose your base and essential colors
Your base color will either be black or navy and your essential items should be neutral colors such as white, beige, blue, gray, or black. These should all work with your base color. For example, if you choose navy as your base color you want to pick out essential items in colors that compliment navy well.
Now you’ll choose any accent colors you may want. There really are no limitations here but be sure whatever you choose also works with your essential and base color items. It’s recommended to choose a few patterns as well. Patterns will be your items that have stripes, polka dots, floral, plaid, etc.