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What Is A Capsule Wardrobe? (Plus Tips to Create Your Own!)

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This post is all about a capsule wardrobe and how you can create one for yourself! 

Do you have a lot of clothes but find yourself struggling to find something to wear? I had the same problem until I created my capsule wardrobe. Here I’ll tell you what a capsule wardrobe is, how you can make your own, and why it is better than your typical overcluttered wardrobe!

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Why Are Capsule Wardrobes Popular?

Capsule wardrobes have been around since the ’70s! Although they’ve been around for a while, they have taken on a new wave these last few years! People have had a lot of time to themselves to take a look at their closets and reimagine their style. This has been motivating people to redo their chaotic closets!

These wardrobes are appealing because they give people the fashion staples that they wear every day. This ensures that you will have the basics to put together any outfit and be able to add in some trending, personal pieces.

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

Capsule Wardrobes have been around for a long time but what even is a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a collection of neutral, interchangeable clothing pieces that go well together.

These are practical because:

  • These clothes never go out of style
  • They can create a large variety of outfits
  • They can be paired with items that are currently trending
  • This helps you save money because you already have everything you need

These can also be used all year round by simply adding layers or a coat to your everyday outfits!

How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe

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How can you create your own capsule wardrobe

Start: Go to your closet and pick out the few pieces that you wear a lot and the ones that make you comfortable. These are the pieces that might be trendy or just your style! Set these aside to keep.

Next: Check and see if any of these clothes are good basic staples and add to your essential pieces!

Then: Find the clothes that you don’t wear and get rid of them! Start replacing the clothes you don’t wear with your new core items. 

Go here for more tips on how to declutter your closet!!

Here is an awesome video that is a great guide to start your own capsule wardrobe:


Some examples of clothes to make up your everyday pieces should be a small variety, like:

  • Staple jeans
  • Neutral t-shirts and tanks
  • Sweaters
  • Other layers

If you include every type of clothing into your core collection you will have everything you need to mix and match outfits!

Make sure you get clothes that can be swapped and used for all occasions, including:

  • Work
  • Leisure
  • Social Life

Keeping these interchangeable core pieces allows you to create many different outfits. It also allows you to add in some accessories or style pieces to enhance any outfit you put together with these items. You can make your wardrobe yours!

Why Capsule Wardrobes Are Better Than Traditional Wardrobes

Capsule wardrobes are so much better than traditional wardrobes!

Your core items never go out of style and can be worn during any occasion. You will also find yourself wearing clothes that you love every day! These clothes can also be rotated through every season by adding layers to your look.

This way of creating your wardrobe is also very sustainable and organized. You won’t have clothes you don’t wear laying around and going to waste. It will give you a new take on your style, and also give your closet a fresh clean look.

What you wear can also affect your mental state! Easily creating fun outfits, you look good and feel good in can give you that mood boost you need!


Capsule Wardrobe Benefits

There are so many benefits to this way of creating your wardrobe, such as:

  • The essential pieces can be mixed and matched and used in any outfit
  • Your closet will be more organized and compact because you will only have items that you actually wear
  • Laundry day will be a breeze with less clothing
  • You’ll spend less time and energy picking out outfits every day
  • Packing for trips will be easier and more compact
  • You can give yourself a new and refreshed style

You don’t want to waste time and get stressed out trying to get dressed in the morning. Picking out your outfit for the day should be a fun creative process that will make you feel good and confident for the day! Having an organized, easily interchangeable closet will make your morning more enjoyable and more efficient.

What To Avoid When Creating A Capsule Wardrobe

I’ve given you many “to-dos” when creating your capsule wardrobe, but what should you avoid?

Try to avoid buying too many new clothes. You don’t want to end up in the same boat you started in, with too many clothes to pick from, and a lot of clothes you’ll end up not wearing. Don’t blow your budget by finding your core pieces!

Don’t Forget To Make A List Of Clothes You’re Looking For…

This idea of creating your style is to be sustainable and practical. Your core pieces should be simple and neutral! Don’t go too big when picking out your new clothes.

Make a list of the clothes that you are looking for before you go shopping to avoid buying excess clothing. You want pieces you’ll wear and that can be used for any occasion!

 Avoid Emotional Attachment With Your Clothes

Try to avoid getting too emotionally attached to your old, unused clothes. If you haven’t worn something in a while, or you have those clothes you realize you never reach for, donate them! The clothing might not be with you anymore but the memories will be!

These clothes may have memories but they are creating stress when picking out something to wear and adding clutter to your closet.

Don’t Forget To Have Funnn!

Most importantly, have fun! Revamping your closet doesn’t have to feel like a chore! Don’t be afraid to create a completely new style or wardrobe that is all your own!

Your future you will thank you!

Lastly, capsule wardrobes are an effective way of creating your wardrobe and style for 2022 and on. This is a full-proof way to maximize your closet, get rid of those excess clothes, and save yourself the stress of putting together an outfit in the morning! Hop on the trend and refresh and revitalize your clothes with a new capsule wardrobe this year!

Before You Leave…

Hope you enjoyed this post!

If you feel ready to attack your closet and get started on a new, simple wardrobe check out these productivity planners to help you plan out your new wardrobe and maximize productivity.

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