Capsule wardrobe: How To Build A Wardrobe With Only 5 Pants and 9 Tops!

Capsule wardrobe: How To Build A Wardrobe With Only 5 Pants and 9 Tops!

Do you love buying new clothes but still ended up wearing your old favorites? When you open your closet do you feel like you’ve got nothing to wear even though your closet is filled with clothes and accessories? If your answer is “Yes“(which I’m quite sure it is) you’re in need of a capsule wardrobe. Never heard about a capsule wardrobe? A capsule wardrobe is a cool-trendy name for a smart wardrobe comprised of only the items you really love.

Sometimes you can be happier with a lot less and that’s what a capsule wardrobe does for you. Every single wardrobe hanging in a capsule wardrobe is something which you’d love to wear right at this moment. A capsule wardrobe lets you simplify your mental space and turns your most feared morning-closet moment from a 15-minute ordeal to a 15-second decision. With a capsule wardrobe, you’re able to save a lot of money and your focus shifts from quantity to quality.

Wanna get yourself a capsule wardrobe? Here are the steps to get it done…

Step 1: Reduce

Open your closet and go through all your clothes. Don’t rush through. Allot at least 2 to 3 hours to do this task. First, pull out the things that you know for sure you’re not going to wear anymore. And then remove the clothes that don’t suit your personal style and your capsule wardrobe. If parting with your clothes makes you nervous, don’t get rid of all of them just yet. Lock them in some other room or put them in the garage. It’ll be a lot easier for you to set up your capsule when you’re working with fewer clothes. You can throw out or giveaway the storage clothes once you get used to your capsule lifestyle.

Step 2: Set up your base wardrobe

The base wardrobe comprises of the extra stuff that you’ll need day-to-day, like workout and lounge clothes. Your base wardrobe should comprise a maximum of 50 items which won’t change throughout the year and you must try to store your base wardrobe away from your capsule wardrobe. A maximum of 50 is recommended but you can alter the numbers slightly if you need to.

Step 3: Build your capsule wardrobe

The capsule wardrobe is going to contain your day-to-day outfits. In order to setup your capsule, you’ll first need to identify the primary outfit categories relevant to your personal style and lifestyle. That is, you’ll need to identify the occasions you’re going to dress for work, gym, dates, etc. Then you’ll need to decide the pieces you will be wearing on each of these occasions.

Once you’ve identified your primary outfit categories you’ll need to go the 5-9-5 way. That is, you’ll need to select 5 pants, 9 tops, and 5 shoes. You should choose these items based on the following 3 points:-

  1. Their usefulness in your lifestyle
  2. Do they fit you perfectly or not?
  3. The ease you can create an outfit using them

For example, while deciding whether you should make your blue jeans a part of your capsule or not, ask yourself whether it suits any of your primary outfit categories, whether it fits you well and whether you can wear it with just about anything. If it fulfills all 3 conditions, keep it. If not, it’s time to bid adieu to it.

Try choosing pieces that work in more than one category. For example, you can pick a pink t-shirt which can be put up both for office and outings. If you face any difficulties while choosing your 5-9-5, just ask yourself “Will I love wearing it right now?'” You’ll get your answer in a split second.

Step 4: Enjoy your very own capsule wardrobe

Most of all, keep your capsule flexible and buy new things only when needed. At first, you’ll have a tough time being friends with your capsule, but sooner or later you’ll start loving it.


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