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Making your own capsule wardrobe


You may or may not have heard about the concept of Capsule Wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing that is put together with the purpose of maximising the number of outfit combinations. It can be created with those items and then wearing only that collection of clothing items for an entire season. Each shirt should match each pair of pants, and so forth, and the range of possible combinations should cover the complete wardrobe needs of the person it was created for. This collection of clothing then forms the owner’s exclusive wardrobe for that period. All other clothing items in that person’s closet are boxed, or donated.


The main purpose of a capsule wardrobe is to reduce the dissatisfaction of owning too many clothing items by curating a highly intentional, versatile clothing collection of a specific size. This collection consists only of everyday clothing items such as shirts, trousers, jackets and shoes while excluding accessories and specialty clothing such as underwear, accessories, and workout clothes. It’s a minimalist approach to dressing, and it’s a perfect way to refocus on quality over quantity.

The concept of a capsule wardrobe has been around since the 1970’s when a London boutique owner coined the phrase.

Why you should go for a capsule wardrobe?

If you fit in any of the below group capsule wardrobe is just for you:

  • You own a closet full of clothes but frequently feel you have nothing to wear
  • You spend more time choosing what you will wear than you want or need to
  • You rarely feel satisfied with the selection of clothes in your closet
  • You wear the same things over and over again, despite having many to choose from
  • A large portion of your wardrobe goes unworn for months at a time (not counting seasonal clothing)
  • You own multiple similar pieces, such as 2 navy blazers or 6 pairs of jeans, but none are “just right”

How to start?

As per the data an average man, woman or kid buys 64 new pieces of clothes over an year as we are so obsessed with the culture of fast fashion.

First of all, instead of of going for the trend of the moment your wardrobe should contain classic, iconic pieces which you can use over years.

1. Closet cleanse

Start your style journey by taking a good look at your current closet. What do you like about the clothes you wear and what needs to change? Do you want to curb impulse buys and improve your shopping habits? Step out of your comfort zones and discover what types of clothes give you confidence? Build up a versatile work wardrobe for your new job?

The first thing to do is cleaning your current wardrobe. You certainly will find a lot pieces you don’t even remember that its there. Took all the clothes out of your closet, threw them on your bed, and make three boxes:

  • Save box. The clothes you love wearing. These go back into your closet.
  • Donate box. The pieces you never wear. Maybe you keep them because there’s a sentimental attachment. Thank them for serving you well and then pass them along.
  • Archive box. The clothes you rarely wear, and half-like. Box them up and put them in storage. The rule is you can retrieve a piece within six months but after that move it to Donate box.

2. Your style

Now the important part, as you finish putting the save pile back into your closet you will confront with an in-cohesive wardrobe. If you never thought about what your style is, but to make a functional capsule you have to. The best way to discover your personal style is to expose yourself to as many different aesthetics as possible, to get a feeling for what types of clothes you are naturally drawn to. Get creative, collect a ton of inspiration and save them. Consult a personal stylist or read style blogs and create a unique style that you believe will fit and boost your personality. Of course you need to consider your day job, your aspirations as wise man said you dress up for what you want to be. Once you form an idea about your style you need to focus on below two areas:

  • Colour Palette. Define a palette of three or four colours you love wearing, that work in harmony across shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, etc. That ensures the wardrobe is mixable, maximising the number of potential outfits.

wardrobe color

  • Patterns. Incorporating patterns into your style adds complexity, and to create a cohesive capsule they need to be smartly mixed in with your palette. Keep patterns simple at first before you evolve. Select from solids, stripes, checks, plaids to add some dimension, texture, and visual interest to whatever you’re wearing.


3. Pick a number

To keep a capsule wardrobe under control you should set a number. There are various opinions on how many pieces should be in a capsule: project 333 says 33 pieces that can be cycled every 3 months (to coincide with the seasons). there are others who suggests 37 or 40 . There’s no right or wrong number, the point is to choose one and then maintain it. Or else you can instead of picking a number and working towards it, strategically fill the gaps in your wardrobe until you feel you created a small yet versatile wardrobe.

This process took can many months so stick with your plan by unsubscribing unwanted shopping newsletters and browsing though end of season sale offers. You decide you will only buy those things you really wanted not the brands want you to buy.

Once you done with creating your capsule wardrobe this will be the ideal pieces in there.

  • 10 – 12 Long Sleeve Shirts
  • 5 – 6 T-shirts
  • 3 – 5 Polo Shirts
  • 4 Jackets
  • 3-5 suits
  • 2 – 3 sweaters/cardigans
  • 8 – 10 Pants
  • 3 -4 Shorts

To maintain the piece limit you set for yourself you can follow the rule of “one in, one out”: any new clothing purchase requires an existing piece goes.


Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe

After fully adjusted to your capsule wardrobe I may feel the benefits many others have realised: more time because it’s more efficient, better decisions because it reduce the stresses, and of course more money because you only buy what you want.

  • You choose to buy an item in advance of looking for it, rather than stumbling across it.
  • Each wardrobe piece has a purpose within your wardrobe
  • You take clothing purchases more seriously
  • You may not spend less money on a capsule wardrobe, but you are likelier to be happy with your choices
  • You bring down the cost per wear of key pieces, helping you get the most out of your investments
  • You stop settling for clothing items that are just “ok”
  • You learn how to better use less expensive accessories to create different looks
  • You need significantly less wardrobe space.

So, start making your minimalistic yet

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