Fashion, Lookbook

This is how to build the perfect capsule wardrobe

These are some easy pieces of advice that can help you build the perfect summer capsule.

Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to put together your summer capsule! While capsule wardrobes may be in vogue online, it can be so challenging building one from your own closet. While capsules seem new and trendy right now, they follow the basic principle of wearing what you love most and fits your life best. 

According to a study done by ClosetMaid of 1,000 American women, the average woman has 103 items in her closet but she considers 21% to be “unwearable”, 33% to be “too tight” and 24% to be “too loose”. That’s a whole lot of clothes that you’re not wearing. Intentionally choosing the clothes can help make dressing easier, more functional, and more sustainable.  I have tried (with varying degrees of success) to make myself a the perfect capsule wardrobe and learned a couple tips and tricks along the way!

What even is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is when you pull a smallish number of clothing items that seamlessly work together that you can wear for a period of time. For example, some people choose thirty-three items (clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.) to wear for three months. This is commonly referred to as 333. But thirty-three might be too big or too small a number for you. Caroline from Un-Fancy does thirty-seven pieces in 9 pairs of shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses and 2 jackets/coats.  The idea behind the capsule is that you can eliminate some of the difficulty of dressing every day by having a set number of things that seamlessly work together to make you look and feel amazing.

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Where do I start?

If you’re completely new to fashion-with-less, you can start getting some inspiration from online style blogs and Pinterest. I start by taking every single piece of clothing out of my closet. Yes, I do this three or four times a year. And while it may seem like a really arduous, messy task it helps you evaluate the clothes you have and what you may need. I sort my clothes into three piles: love, kinda like, dislike and seasonal. The “love” pile generally is incorporated into my capsule. The “kinda like” pile is usually put back into my closet. And the “dislike” pile is sorted into sell and give a new home or put into a box in my closet. The dislike box is taken out the next time I clean out my closet and either goes into the kinda like pile or is sold. The “seasonal” pile has things like down jackets, snow boots, and sandals– things that are only functional in the right season. I keep them in my closet and wait for the right capsule to incorporate them into. Reassessing your closet can help you get rid of items that no longer serve you.

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How do I pick my clothes?

I generally start by choosing a time frame that could specific dates, seasons, or whatever you want. Generally I look at the weather of the time period, my plans for that time period whether it be school or work, and any special occasions. This can help you choose shoes, outerwear, and give purpose to your clothes. I only choose pieces that are comfortable, fit well, and serve my needs.

After I have sorted my clothes, I pick out three major color, four minor colors, and a couple of accent colors for my capsule. This allowed for most of my wardrobe to be worn together and look put together together.

I wore my capsule from the end of January to mid April. My main colors were black, white and red. My accent colors were grey, denim, maroon and navy blue. And I chose leather, gold, and stripes as my accents  And I chose thirty winter pieces: 3 pairs of shoes, 7 bottoms, 5 sweaters, 2 dresses, 10 tops, 3 jackets and 1 scarf. I did not count underwear, socks, or workout clothes in my capsule. I am currently not wearing a capsule right now, rather taking time to reassess my clothes and wear some of my dislikes, kind of likes, and plan for my summer capsule.

Why I capsule:

Ultimately, I capsule because I like doing more with less. Before I capsuled, I was often overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices. I felt like I wasn’t taking risks with my clothing and was wearing the same thing everyday. With a capsule, I intentional create style risks that I feel comfortable taking, plan my outfits on my Stylebook app, and know that my clothes make me look and feel great. And I hope a capsule can do the same for you!

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Grace Wong

Grace Wong

Storyteller and content creator studying Political Science at Wellesley College. Inspired by creative-community building, where ideas become reality with authenticity and kindness. Working towards equality, empathy and kindness, daily.

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