How to start a capsule wardrobe a guide for beginners
Capsule wardrobes are a great way to keep your closet organized and streamlined. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched together in a variety of ways. Capsule wardrobes typically include anywhere from 25-37 pieces, including basics like jeans and tees as well as more sophisticated items like blazers and dresses. If you’re looking for some inspiration for building your own capsule wardrobe, consider these tips:
Define your style.
- Define your style.
This is the most important step for starting a capsule wardrobe because it helps you narrow down what you should be looking for. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at the clothes that make up your current wardrobe and ask yourself:
- What do I love most about these items? Is it a particular color or print? The fit or cut of an article of clothing? How they feel on my body? It’s likely there are specific qualities or characteristics that draw me to certain pieces or even brands; this is where I would start when creating my capsule wardrobe.
- What do I hate most about these items? Are there any items that don’t fit right, have poor quality fabrics, don’t go with anything else in my closet or give off an unflattering vibe when worn together? These are all things worth thinking about when building your new wardrobe!
Consider trends and colors.
You should also consider the colors you like and are good in. If you have a hard time pulling off certain colors, then it won’t be a good idea to include them in your wardrobe. For example, if you have trouble wearing black or brown because they make your skin look pale and washed out, then avoid these colors!
In addition to that, think about what colors make up your favorite outfits and whether or not those match with your personality (for example, if most of the clothes in one of your favorite outfits are blue but they don’t match your personality). You want to be able to build a capsule wardrobe that represents who you are as a person so keep this in mind when choosing what pieces go into it!
Look at your lifestyle and climate.
When you’re first starting out, it’s helpful to take a look at your lifestyle and climate. What do you do for work? For leisure? For exercise? Travel? Special occasions (like weddings)? Home decorating? Sleepwear? These factors will help dictate what kind of clothes you need in your capsule wardrobe.
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This is one of the most important steps to take when starting a capsule wardrobe, and it’s also one of the quickest ways to declutter your closet. To begin with, go through your entire wardrobe and throw out anything that doesn’t fit or isn’t in good shape. You should also go through each category of clothing—jeans, t-shirts/shirts/blouses etc.—and remove any items that are no longer worn frequently enough for them to be considered part of this “main” wardrobe (or whatever term you prefer). Lastly but definitely not leastly: don’t forget about accessories! It’s easy for us humans to get carried away when we see something beautiful online or in person…but don’t let yourself fall into this trap! Remember: less is more!
Purchase your core pieces first.
Buying your core pieces first will help you get the most use out of each item, and it’ll also ensure that you have a selection of versatile options in your closet. Don’t worry about having too many color-coordinated outfits—you can always mix and match with accessories like scarves and jewelry to add more variety.
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Make sure you purchase items that are comfortable, flattering on your body type, durable for everyday wear (think: thick fabric), and affordable since they’ll be worn frequently.
Limit yourself to 25-37 items.
The magic number is 25-37 items. The more items you have, the more likely it is that you will wear them. The more often you wear your clothes, the happier and more confident you’ll feel in them. And if there’s one thing that’s been proven to make us feel good about ourselves and get us out of those jeans we’ve been holding onto since high school: it’s a capsule wardrobe!
The best way to start a capsule wardrobe is to write down the number of clothes you have right now—no need for specifics just yet—and then reorder them from least favorite to most favorite (or whatever feels right). Next, keep only your favorite 15-20 items; this should be enough so that everything fits into two clean laundry loads. See how it goes for a few weeks; if life seems just as good without those other 10-15 pieces then great! You’re ready for step 2: tweaking the system for yourself.
Accessorize and expand when needed.
If you want to add variety and personality to your capsule wardrobe, accessories are an excellent way to do so. If you’re looking for ways to make your wardrobe more fun, look no further than these five options:
- Color. A colorful scarf can be a great way to add color and visual interest without having to buy new clothes. You can also try a bold necklace or pair of earrings for a splash of color that offsets neutral or basic pieces in your closet.
- Texture. Fur stoles, suede jackets and leather bags all offer different textures that help break up the monotony of wearing only one type of fabric at once (for example, cotton). This is especially important if you tend toward form-fitting clothes since it helps break up any unflattering folds or creases on the body’s surface area!
Start building your capsule wardrobe now!
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. The best place to begin is by assessing your needs and limitations. You may be tempted to go all-out with a capsule wardrobe consisting mainly of neutral colors and basic silhouettes that can be worn in any climate and season, but if you don’t have much money or live in a tiny apartment, don’t let those ideas stop you from starting small! Your first capsule should consist of items that are versatile enough to suit most situations and settings—and ideally won’t take up too much room in your closet or drawers.
For example: You could start with an easy pair of jeans; a long-sleeved top; a cardigan; the perfect pair of heels (or flats); an easy dress; some jewelry pieces (like earrings); and maybe even one statement piece (like this blouse). Build from there as needed depending on how often your wardrobe gets used up each month.
How many clothes should be in a capsule wardrobe?
The number of clothes in your capsule wardrobe depends on you and your lifestyle. If you live in a warmer climate, then it might be appropriate for you to have fewer pieces than someone who lives in a colder climate. If you’re prone to having babies, then having more pieces might be necessary because of the need for nursing bras and baby clothing.
If you’re trying to decide how many items should be in your capsule wardrobe, there are several methods that can help:
- Count out all the items currently hanging in your closet and see if that’s enough for what fits into the life you lead now (and into the future). Then add or subtract from this number depending on how long it has been since each piece was last worn, whether it still fits as well as it did when purchased, etc…
- Look at pictures online of people who seem similar to yourself, whether those people live locally or all over the world. See how many items they are wearing from head-to-toe at once—not just one pair of pants with one top but rather multiple layers together such as jacket over shirt over sweater plus scarf around neck plus hat on head. Don’t worry about color combinations because this will come later when creating outfits! We’ll talk about color theory next week…
- Consider hiring someone else (like me!) via Fiverr or Upwork; they’ll do all this work for far less than retail cost 🙂
How do I turn my wardrobe into a capsule wardrobe?
To begin, take a look at your current wardrobe and decide what you need to keep, what you need to get rid of, and what you need to add.
You may be surprised by how much unnecessary clothing (and accessories!) you have in your closet. Take the time to go through everything, looking for patterns or items you haven’t worn in years. Try on each piece and ask yourself if it’s something that fits well and makes you feel confident enough to wear out into public. If not, put it aside for donation or sale. If yes: keep! This should also give you an idea of what kind of things work best with your body type so that when shopping new pieces they’ll enhance rather than detract from your overall style goals (which we’ll talk about next).
How many items make up a capsule wardrobe?
As you can imagine, there’s no one answer to this question. Capsule wardrobes can range from as few as 25 items to more than 50. But what does matter is not the number of pieces you have in your wardrobe, but how many you need and use on a regular basis—and whether or not your capsule wardrobe helps meet those needs.
Some people keep their capsule wardrobes simple and streamlined by starting with just 20 items (or even less). If that idea appeals to you, give it a try! After all, it’s important not to get caught up thinking about having more options than necessary—the goal here isn’t really about having less clothing overall; it’s about surrounding yourself with fewer high-quality pieces that make dressing easier because they go with everything else in the closet.
Other people—particularly those who have been following this blog for some time now—may want something slightly more flexible for their day-to-day lives: 35 items is a good place to start if this sounds like you.*
If you’re still not sure if a capsule wardrobe is right for you, it may be time to experiment with one. Start by identifying the items that you wear most often and seeing how they can be combined into outfits. You may find that your closet doesn’t need to be as big as it currently seems, or perhaps there are some pieces that just aren’t worth keeping around anymore!