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Building Your Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobe has been popular for a few years now. If you haven't tried it yet, this might be a good time to dive into this change. It sounds scary when you say "change", but creating your own capsule wardrobe can make dressing up simpler and more joyful.

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What is a capsule wardrobe?

Caroline Rector popularized the capsule craze in 2014. Her "Capsule Experiment" sprang from a need to curb her bad habit of shopping every time she's having a bad mood. If you often find yourself shopping to make you feel better after having a rough day or if you're uncertain about your own style, a capsule wardrobe is something that you might want to try.

With a capsule wardrobe, you are challenged to limit your clothing pieces to 30-40 items including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes. The idea is to mix and match and stick to this minimalist wardrobe for at least three months or until the current season ends.

How do I create a capsule wardrobe?

Limiting your wardrobe to 30-40 pieces of clothing and not adding anything to it for a certain time period sounds tough. You may even think that you'll eventually end up with "nothing to wear" — but you have probably said exactly the same thing even when you had a closet brimming with clothes.

In building your capsule wardrobe, you only need to remember these things:

1. Keep only the clothes you love wearing. This is the ultimate rule when paring down your closet. If an item is just an "okay" or a "maybe" for you and you have worn them only a couple of times, it's time to let it go. Your wardrobe should consist of clothes that you actually love, clothes that you will actually wear on any given day. You don't need to get rid of everything, but your closet should only have 30-40 items in there. Take note: Capsule wardrobes do not include workout clothes, special occasion dresses, swimsuit, pajamas, underwear, purses, and accessories.

2. Ensure that you have the essentials. Once you have gotten rid of all the extras in your closet, it's easier to see which clothes are versatile. Basics such as plain white, gray, or black tees and tank tops can easily be paired with other types and colors of garments. You can dress it up or keep it casual. The Blissful Mind shows a list of the basics that you should have making it easier to build your capsule wardrobe.

*TipYou can also decide on a specific color palette and get your wardrobe essentials in those colors. This enables you to show your personal style as well.

3. Wear only the clothes you have chosen for three months (one season). It would be a great help to write down the items you have included in your capsule wardrobe and come up with possible outfits that you can create out of them. This will make day-to-day dressing up a breeze as you can simply refer to the combinations you have made.

4. No shopping. You can't add new items to your capsule wardrobe, and to be honest, you won't feel the need to buy new clothes because you already have a sufficient curated selection. You can only start shopping again when you're planning your next capsule, usually during the last two weeks of the season.

5. Less is more. There are no rules when shopping for your next capsule but always keep in mind that the goal is to have a minimalist wardrobe. It's totally up to you how many clothes you will buy or how much you will spend on new items. Carefully plan your capsule so you won't end up with garments that you won't be able to wear.

Sticking to a capsule wardrobe requires a great deal of self-discipline, but it is very attainable and low-maintenance. Also, if others can (sometimes with even less than 30 items), so can you!


Gladdys Garcia

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