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Capsule Wardrobe: Basics

The capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe where everything can be cross-matched to create multiple outfits with very few items. With a week’s worth of tops and 3-4 pairs of pants/skirts, you should be able to have a unique outfit for each day of the week. With the need for fewer items, you can purchase higher quality classics that will last you longer.

Besides the essentials, keep a few dressed up options on hand for special occasions, as well as layering options to make the most of your capsule no matter the weather.

The benefits of the capsule wardrobe are many:

  • Minimalist/Eco-friendly: Buying fewer, higher quality pieces is great for the environment. The amount of pollution created by the fast fashion industry is distressing, and if you can find a way to avoid contributing to it by improving your shopping habits, do so.
  • Organizational: Capsuling allows you to stay completely organized. You’ll be shocked at how neat your closet stays. Every item has a category that it fits into.
  • Wallet-Friendly: With a capsule wardrobe, you are automatically forced to buy less and of better quality. This serves your wallet in the short-term and the long-term.

How much do I need for a capsule wardrobe?

  • 5-7 tops
  • 3-4 pair of pants
  • 2 dress-up options
  • 2 outerwear options
  • 3 pairs of shoes: sneakers, casual, and dressy

When building your capsule wardrobe, consider your professional and seasonal needs. You may need to build out a capsule for each facet of your life, including a professional capsule and a winter capsule. The same rules of cross-matching, quality, and minimalism can be applied.

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