Anyone else a capsule wardrobe convert? Never heard of it? In full disclosure I am NOT a fashion blogger, nor would I consider myself to be fashionable. This method works for me because it’s more about minimalism and buying clothes that are versatile. I thought it would be fun to share my experience since I always benefit from reading these posts on other blogs.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
So if you aren’t familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a method for leaning out your closet each season leaving only the items you wear often and really love. The things that you can wear in multiple ways to change up your look effortlessly (aka not that sequined dress you’ll never wear because you’re not going to the club anymore lol).
This basically is my dream. I would rather have 10 pieces that fit perfectly than 100 pieces that are just so-so. I hate having to pick out clothes (honestly, I wish I had a stylist!) so this makes it so much easier with less to pick from. Clearly when I first learned about it I pretty much ran to my closet and organized it the same day (this was pre-baby of course when I had unlimited time for stuff like this haha).
I’ll do a super basic, surface level overview of how to do it and share the pieces I kept in my fall capsule for inspiration. I would describe my style as “minimalist athleisure” so I know that doesn’t work for everyone.
I’ve worked from home for the last two years so I don’t really have any office-appropriate attire anymore. And even most of my “nicer” clothes are on the more casual side (and almost all neutral). The great thing about this is you can make it your own based on your own style!
How-to Build a Capsule Wardrobe
If you’re interested in creating your own capsule, here’s how you do it:
- Pull everything out of your closet and divide it into three piles: hell yes, just OK, & donate.
- Decide how much stuff you want in your current rotation. Some people get really specific and choose something like “30” items. I don’t get too caught up in the numbers and instead just focus on the things I will actually wear and love that also work for the season. Note: this doesn’t include things like workout clothes or PJs. Just your everyday stuff.
- Put the seasonally appropriate “hell yes” items back in your closet
- Go through the “just OK” items and ask yourself if you’ll wear each, if it’s functional (example: you might not love something, but if you know you need it for work you’ll want to include it of course). If you’re not sure, put it in storage. You can always pull it back out (or re-evaluate) later!
- Fill in the gaps. Think about staple pieces that you’re missing and scour the internet for good deals.
The goal is to simplify.
For my fall capsule this year, things look different because I’m not really going “out”. I chose fewer items this time around, but you’ll still get the idea.
What I Included:
- Madewell denim (my favorite jeans ever)
- LOFT black skinny
- Athleta Salutation Joggers (pictured below – obsessed with these! finally found petite joggers that don’t look like parachute pants on me)
Tanks & Tees
- Striped t-shirt (linked similar)
- Banana Republic fitted ribbed tanks
- Banana Republic modal crew neck tees
Sweaters & Sweatshirts
- Athleta Mindset Sweatshirt (the material is insanely comfy)
- Lululemon All Yours Terry Hoody
- LOFT cardigan
- LOFT demin jacket
- Patagonia grey vest (I wear this constantly in the fall/winter months)
- Lululemon Reversible Non-Stop Bomber
And just for fun, here are a few items I either recently bought or would love to snag to “fill in the gaps”:
- Dark wash skinny jeans (just purchased these at 50% off!)
- Sherpa jacket
- Casual crew neck sweatshirt
- Long sleeve henley
- White sneakers
Share a fall clothing item that you are loving in the comments!
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