There’s really no right or wrong way to do a capsule wardrobe. Just start, and start reaping the rewards. You can change your approach overtime to suit you and your lifestyle.

It’s not about rules or numbers. It’s about trying something new, having fun, and being open to a different way of thinking about what you wear and all your stuff in general. It’s about the benefits of dressing with less and simplifying your wardrobe.

We each have different bodies and lifestyles. One perfect capsule wardrobe will not work for everyone. Let it be messy and you figure of what works for you, your body and your lifestyle.

If you like rules and numbers then use them. Use the 7 of everything rule, e.g 7 tops, 7 pants, 7 outerwares, 7 other. Or the 10-item wardrobe rule (10 basics, plus 10 extras), or the 33-item wardrobe rule (Google Project 333). There are so many options to choose from. Have a google and choose what feels right to you to start with. Remember you can change your approach over time.

 

7 Steps to Create Your Own Capsule Wardrobe

 

1. Empty your closet onto your bed. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.

Gather all your clothes from spare closets, downstairs closets, boxes, bags, etc. and put them on your bed too. Having every item of clothing you own in once space is the key here.

Look at what you’ve acquired over time, how much money you’re spent and what you never wear. Laugh. Cry. Never do it again.

2. Hold each piece of clothing and ask yourself if you love it.

Really truly ask the question out loud. Be ruthless. Most of your clothes will probably end up going. If you have something hanging in your wardrobe that annoys you every day, for any reason, get rid of it once and for all. The mental clutter of that alone will be liberating.

3. Create these piles

 Yes, love it Maybe Donate Trash
I love these items. They fit me and my lifestyle I want to keep these items but I don’t know why. I don’t often wear them, they don’t quite fit properly. I am emotionally attached to this item.

Use this pile to clarify your wardrobe in a later step. Put broken, torn, at the end of its life clothes in the clothing bin for recycling.

These items don’t fit my body or my life.

 

If you’re up for it, sell some pieces.

 

Donate good quality pieces to charities such as Dress to Impress  (women getting into work), Hospice, and other local charities.

 

Bag them up and do it today. Get them out of sight immediately.

Put broken, torn, at the end of its life clothes in the clothing bin for recycling.

 

Bag them up and do it today. Get them out of sight immediately.

4. Work with your YES and MAYBE piles. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Will I actually wear it this year? If no, donate it
  2. Have I worn it in the past year? If no, donate it
  3. Does it fit me now? If no, donate it
  4. Would I go to the store and buy this today?

5. Remove all the clothes that don’t fit your lifestyle.

Embrace your life stage. If you are a stay-at-home mum now you do not need your work suits anymore. Dress for the life you have NOW. You need to be able to move, play, breastfeed, bend over, squat etc. The suit you might wear when you go back to work can go into storage for now (but I bet you never bring it out! Or when you do, you decide it’s gone out of fashion and wear it once before giving it away).

Bag these clothes and get them out of sight immediately. Donate. The hardest part is letting go.

6. Now remove all the items that don’t easily mix n match.

For example choose colours that compliment each other and patterns that you can mix and match. A capsule wardrobe is easiest if all of your clothes complement each other.

7. Cull everything down to just 3 or 4 items in each category.

This will depend on your personal preference to organise your wardrobe. For example; I want 7 of everything, or I want a total 33 wardrobe. It will also depend on what types of clothes you like to wear. For example I run hot so love singlets, and I don’t really wear skirts or jeans so can make up for that by having more pants. I also wanted a full season wardrobe as opposed to separate summer and winter wardrobes (because I dont want to store clothes away and I want to use everything I have).

My first capsule wardrobe looked something like this:

Tops Bottoms Dresses Jackets Accessories
2 singlets
2 t-shirts
2 long sleeve
2 jumpers
2 shorts
2 culottes
2 straight leg
2 wide leg
2 winter
2 summer
1 leather
1 summer cardy
1 winter cardy
1 winter jacket
2 earrings
2 necklaces
2 bracelets
Workout clothes Cocktail Dresses PJs Underwear Shoes
1 shorts
1 tights(tops included in tops category)
2 timeless classics
(otherwise borrow them from friends!)
1 summer set
1 winter set
1 robe
5 undies
2 bras
1 summer sandal
2 summer shoe
1 winter shoe
1 boots
1 running shoe

You will be left with a small collection of clothes, jewellery, accessories and shoes that encourage you to wear your favourite things every day. Not the trendiest things, not the most stylish things, or the perfect things. YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS.

You don’t have to give up the remaining items in your love or maybe piles if they didn’t make your first capsule wardrobe. Box them up and hide them for a while. Find them at a later stage and see how you feel about them.

Remember it is an evolving experiment and you can change the way you minimise your wardrobe until you find a way that suits you best. Work in progress. Just have fun, minimise and clear your conscience.

Read 10 Reasons to have a Capsule Wardrobe.