What is a Capsule Wardrobe? Everything You Need to Know About Simplifying Your Wardrobe


What is a capsule wardrobe and how can I get one set up? A capsule wardrobe is the perfect way to simplify your life, and save money on clothes.

A recent study found that the longer we take to get ready in the morning, the worse we feel about our appearance. All of the nitpicking, putting clothes on just to take them off, and indecisiveness adds up and has a negative impact.

One way to cut down on your morning routine and guarantee that you’re going to love what you wear is to create a capsule wardrobe! 

What is a capsule wardrobe? What are some of the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe? How do you put one together?

We’ll answer all of these questions and more! Read on to find out.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a simplified, thoughtful version of what you probably have now. Are your closets and dressers stuffed to the brim? Are you buying new clothes all the time because they’re on trend for a season?

With a capsule wardrobe, you can kiss that lifestyle goodbye! The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to pair down your clothing to a handful of pieces that you know you love and you know fit well.

How does that work? The goal is to find pieces that can mix and match in tons of fun and creative ways. That way, even though you only have a dozen or so tops, half a dozen bottoms, and a handful of gorgeous dresses, you never get tired of what you’re wearing. 

What Is the Purpose of a Capsule Wardrobe?

We touched on the negative impact of having a long morning routine. When you have less clothing to choose from, there’s a lot less room for second-guessing your wardrobe choices! Let’s look at some of the other benefits of having a capsule wardrobe.

Feel Good

Because capsule wardrobes ask you to slow your roll when it comes to shopping, you can take the time to learn what cuts and styles flatter your body and bring out your confidence. Plus, you can also skip over all those “trendy” pieces that squeeze, chafe, or cut off your circulation! 

When you’re building a capsule wardrobe, ask yourself, “Could I wear this every week? Is it versatile and do I feel myself when I put it on?” If the answers are yes, you’ve found a great piece to go into your capsule wardrobe!

Shop Smart

There are a lot of alarming statistics about the way we’ve been shopping for the past ten to fifteen years. Did you know that by 2014, we were buying 60% more clothing items than we were in 2000? On top of that massive increase in purchasing habits, we send 85% of our wardrobe to the landfills every year.

Fast fashion is a word that gets thrown around a lot and it’s important to know what that really means. Fast fashion refers to the brands that pump out massive clothing lines each season, producing garments in a cheap and unsustainable way. It also refers to the constant change in trendiness that comes with that cheap, quick turnover of seasonal lines. 

If you want to help break the harmful cycle of fast fashion, developing a capsule wardrobe is the way to go!

How Do You Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

There are a lot of different schools of thought on how to build a capsule wardrobe. We suggest going with the 10-5-5 ratio, which breaks down to 10 tops, 5 bottoms, and 5 dresses. Let’s take a look at how you can select the perfect items to go into your capsule wardrobe.

Think About Your Style

Take a step back from the current trends. Maybe everyone is wearing crop tops and athleisure wear now, but will they in a year? Regardless, is the on-trend look what makes you feel most like yourself?

Even if you have a massive wardrobe now, there are probably some pieces that you constantly return to. Pull them out and see what they have in common. Think about the patterns or colors you’re attracted to and the cuts and styles you feel most comfortable in.

Note that a lot of people who use a capsule wardrobe go the full neutral route. That means greys, blacks, whites, tans, and browns–that’s it.

If you need a little more boldness and excitement in your wardrobe, go for it! Just make sure that you can mix and max your pieces in a way that suits you.

Find Durable, Sustainable Brands

Now, it’s time to do some research. Who is creating clothing that is built to last? Who is bringing ethics and sustainability to fashion?

These brands may be a bit more expensive than the fast fashion brands, but that’s because they’re selling products that you can wear for a long time. Plus, now that you’re sizing down, you can afford to spend a little more to get a much higher quality!

Tops and bottoms may take a little more work because you need to be able to change up the way you pair them together. Dresses, on the other hand, are our favorite part of our capsule wardrobes! Take a look at these boutique dresses to get some capsule wardrobe inspiration! 

Buy Less and Enjoy More

What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s a simplified way to live your life, a smarter way to shop, and a more positive relationship to build with your clothing.

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Arushi Sana is the Founder of Santerra Living and Co-Founder of NYK Daily. She was awarded the Times Power Women of the Year 2022 and Times Digital Entrepreneur of the Year 2023. Arushi is also a Sustainability Consultant for organisations looking to reduce their carbon footprint and also works with brands on social media to help them carve a presence in that niche. She holds a Degree in Computer Science Engineering from VIT University and a Diploma in Marketing Analytics from IIM Nagpur. Her interest in Sustainable Living and Interior Design led her to start a Sustainable e-Marketplace where customers can buy eco-furniture and eco-friendly products for everyday use. Arushi is a writer, political researcher, a social worker, a farmer and a singer with an interest in languages. Travel and nature are the biggest spiritual getaways for her, and she aims to develop a global community of knowledge and journalism par excellence through this News Platform.

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