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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe to Simplify Your Life


I’€™ve been on a simplification kick in every aspect of my life. I’€™m doing everything I can to scale back and simplify everyday tasks that take up meaningless head space so I can have more time and energy for the things I really love. This includes wardrobe simplification.
I’€™ve done a lot of reading about wardrobe systems and tried a bunch out, but none of them really worked for me. I need a wardrobe capsule system to suit my specific storage and seasonal needs. There are a few important points I focus on to create this wardrobe capsule:

  1. I live in a city with extreme summer and winter seasons.
  2. I don’€™t want to switch my closets over so all my clothes need to live in one place throughout the entire year.
  3. I only want to inventory my closet twice per year.
  4. I want to account for every single piece in every category of clothing in my closet’€”if I leave out certain categories in my wardrobe capsule like loungewear or intimates, those categories will just build up.
  5. I want a simplified wardrobe with choice.
  6. My days are spent mostly in smart casual clothing.
  7. I want to do two big shops per year but keep my options open to browse and pick things up as I see them if I want to.

You can download the wardrobe list I came up with here.

There are 133 items listed in the wardrobe capsule above not counting jewellery and silk scarves (which are jewellery to me). When I thought about including jewellery in my wardrobe capsule I felt constricted so I left them out.

In addition to the pieces above I’€™ve given myself 10 ‘€˜play pieces’€™ to work with. These are pieces that I feel are works of art and I’€™m so drawn to I can’€™t pass up, but might not fit very well into the categories of this wardrobe capsule. I’€™ve also given myself 10 stored pieces. For me, these are vintage and designer pieces that no longer fit but I don’€™t want to get rid of, and a few maternity pieces.

That makes the total number of pieces in this entire wardrobe capsule system 153.

A little note: I wear loungewear for pajamas. If you don’€™t, you’€™ll want to add two pairs of pajama’€™s to your capsule wardrobe.

I believe that the greatest styles and wardrobes evolve as the women who wear them do. I have no doubts that this wardrobe capsule will evolve as I gain experience with the system. I can feel in my bones that I will likely shave the listed number down by at least ten, and I think that change may even happen this year.

It’€™s really important to allow yourself this flexibility as well.

Currently, I have 114 pieces in my closet of the ‘€˜ideal’€™ 153 listed above. I don’€™t know if I will ever actually have 153 pieces in my closet as I ebb and flow through the seasons. Of the 114 pieces I own, I have too many in some categories (mostly shoes!) but I’€™ve decided that I will keep them until it feels right to let them go and move forward only shopping for what I need to fill my capsule wardrobe.

Making a wardrobe capsule of your own? Could you use the system I’€™ve designed exactly as it is in your own wardrobe or tweak it a little to work for you? Are you starting with a few less pieces so a smaller wardrobe capsule might work better for you to start’€¦or forever? If you sat down and thought about it, what are the 3-5 things that matter to you when it comes to creating a wardrobe capsule? I highly recommend writing these motivations down so you have them in front of you as you decide what direction you’€™d like to take your wardrobe.

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