What Is A Capsule Wardrobe?

The concept of a capsule wardrobe has been trending on social media in recent years even though the concept isn’t novel as it emerged several decades ago.  

A capsule wardrobe consists of a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces, often in neutral colors, that complement each other. These are often classic pieces that don’t go out of style and can be easily mixed and matched together to be dressed up, down, and anywhere in between.  

A capsule wardrobe often consists of a set of tops, bottoms, outerwear, dresses, headwear, shoes, and accessories that can be easily mixed and matched together.  The concept of a capsule wardrobe allows you to create a variety of different outfits with a small selection of clothing items.

What you’ll find in a women’s capsule wardrobe are often a black skirt, a pair of black pants, neutral-colored t-shirts for women, a couple of camisoles, one or two pairs of jeans, a cardigan, a sweater, and a black dress that can be easily dressed up or dressed down.

A capsule wardrobe for a lady typically consists of a plain colored t-shirt and denim jeans, and these two pieces can be mixed and matched with other pieces.

A capsule wardrobe allows you to create a variety of different outfits with a small selection of clothes. Your closet will have fewer in-vogue pieces that will only be worn for one season but more high-quality ones that stand the test of time and can be worn for many years.

Once you get the hang of a starter capsule wardrobe, you can curate and swap from season to season.  Packing up and taking out clothes for the current appropriate season will be easy and every time you pull them out, your clothing items will still be in style as they were at the time you purchased them.

The ultimate goal of a capsule wardrobe is to avoid having a section of clothes in your closet that you hardly touch because they no longer spark joy, they’re ill-fitting, uncomfortable or they’re out of style. A gown that you’re going to wear to your best friend’s wedding and then never wear again doesn’t have a place in a capsule wardrobe.  Instead, you want a high-quality classic black spaghetti strap slip dress that you know you’ll going to wear again at another wedding dinner a few months from now or to your company's annual dinner. 

Building a capsule wardrobe will allow you to get dressed easier and quicker, spend less money and make smarter shopping decisions. Are you game for that?