How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe

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How to build a capsule wardrobe

We’ve all been in a situation where you can’t find an outfit to wear yet your closet is full of clothes. When you build a capsule wardrobe it alleviates this issue. It may be hard to admit but you don’t wear all the clothes in your closet. If you find it difficult to find something to wear every morning yet you have a closet full of clothes then a capsule wardrobe might be for you. A capsule wardrobe is curated with outfits and clothes that you love making it easier to prepare in the morning yet still look amazing and stylish.

Here’s a complete guide on what a capsule wardrobe is, why you need it and how to build one;

What’s a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a set of interchangeable clothes like tops, pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, shoes, accessories, and outerwear that you can mix and match with ease. This means choosing more neutral pieces as compared to trendy colorful pieces. It means trading in your clothes for high-quality outfits that never go out of style. A capsule wardrobe will give you more leeway to create a variety of different outfits with a small selection of neutral pieces.

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Why You Need a Capsule Wardrobe 

Mastering a capsule wardrobe has multiple benefits.


When you are creating a capsule wardrobe or you have a capsule wardrobe, you tend to invest in quality pieces because you are aware you’ll be wearing the outfit for a longer period. This is very sustainable as compared to fast fashion. Quality pieces from select designers are very conscious of the environment. Fast fashion is not sustainable which is why it’s cheap.

Save money in the long run

When you build a capsule wardrobe, it may be expensive for starters but as time goes by, it saves you a whole lot more money. Fast fashion is cheap at first but expensive in the long run. Quality pieces don’t wear out as fast as cheaply made clothes. If you buy fast fashion, chances are you replace your clothes very often because of how fast they wear out.

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Decision Fatigue

Having a capsule wardrobe eliminates the decision process in the morning when deciding what to wear. It’s why Mark Zuckerberg wears the same outfit every day. Our brains are programmed to make a select number of decisions a day. Eliminating what to wear in the morning will reduce your decision fatigue.

Save Time

When you invest in a capsule wardrobe, you save a lot of time. When shopping whether online or physically, you know exactly what you want. So shopping becomes a faster process for you saving you tons of time. We all know how easy it is to get into a rabbit hole when browsing outfit websites online. You also save time because selecting an outfit in the morning becomes easier.

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How to start a capsule wardrobe

The first step to starting a capsule wardrobe is to assess and analyze your wardrobe. Take out all your clothes and start assessing what should stay and what should go. Figure out what your style is by assessing your wardrobe and the staples that you have. You can figure out your style by assessing your lifestyle i.e. do you go to the office, are you a freelancer? what do you do in your free time? what have you worn in the last 30 days?

After assessing your style, you can now clean out your closet based on what you don’t wear or what you haven’t worn in a long time. Define your color palette and have a list of essential items to have in your capsule wardrobe. When shopping for clothes, choose quality over quantity.

Staples to have in your capsule wardrobe


Bodysuit, Silk Top




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