Are you ready to learn how to start a capsule wardrobe? You’re going to find out that it’s a lot easier than you may have thought! Stop stressing out over the “how” and let me show you some simple tips that will have you minimalizing your wardrobe while feeling like you actually end up with MORE outfit options!
Be sure to check out my explanation of What is a Capsule Wardrobe? as well! It’s good to get educated before starting.
The first thing to understand is that you don’t want to feel overwhelmed. Once you realize that starting a capsule wardrobe isn’t really a hard process, you’re going to feel so much better about doing it. Trust me. It’s a change in the beginning, but a good one!
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Are Capsule Wardrobes Realistic?
I think they are. You do have to be in a positive mind frame and want to make a change, but it’s a doable one.
Remember to be patient and kind as you’re starting the process because there can be a bit of a learning curve.
How to Make A Capsule Wardrobe Free Guide
How many Shirts are in a Capsule Wardrobe?
This is actually a super common question because people like to know what they need to give up in order to get started. The number of shirts that you’re going to keep for your capsule wardrobe will vary, but typically you’ll have anywhere from 10-15 shirts.
If you dress up a lot for work or events, I typically don’t count blouses in that number and have those as separate.
Does the Capsule Wardrobe include Workout Clothes?
Great question – and my answer is yes. I include my clothing, no matter what I use it for. That way, I make sure to stay on top of it all and wear it all without getting bogged down and having too much of any one thing. Many people though just keep a few workout basics separately. It really depends on the person.
If you are a person who wears quite a bit of athleisure styles you will want to include those in your capsule.
What are the benefits of having a capsule wardrobe?
The benefits of starting a capsule wardrobe will vary for each person. For me, I love being able to save time by not digging through my closet every day trying to find something to wear.
Since I have minimal clothing and love all the clothing that I have, it’s a fast and easy process that I actually enjoy doing.
I no longer worry about trying on clothes to see if they fit or if I like them. I literally just grab and wear. And I love it.
Studies show that women on average use one year of their life determining what to wear. Ack! I can think of many more things I would rather do with my time than pick out clothing. A capsule wardrobe can help you save this time.
Determining what to wear can also lead to decision fatigue. This is a real psychological condition in which a person’s productivity suffers as a result of becoming mentally exhausted from making so many irrelevant decisions. In other words, by stressing over things like what to eat or wear every day, you become less efficient and burnt out. When you use a capsule wardrobe getting dressed is easy and you don’t end up with decision fatigue.
Another huge perk of starting a capsule wardrobe is that it saves you money. You don’t have to stress-shop or feel like you have to go shopping just as something to do. I can’t tell you how many times I bought something at the store to only regret it two years later when I found it hanging in my closet with the price tag still on.
How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe
Now that you know some of the most popular questions pertaining to the creation of a capsule wardrobe, here are some quick tips on how to get one started.
You also can get inspiration from these Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Ideas.
Understand your goal
To create a successful wardrobe, you need to know and believe in why you’re doing it. This is as simple as creating the goal of decluttering your closet and then sticking to it to the end.
Be prepared to get rid of clothing items
Get mentally prepared to ditch some of the clothing items that are taking up your closet space. More than that, you may need to ditch a lot of them. Just be there mentally and make it happen. It might be hard at first, but it is freeing – I promise!
One easy way to reduce your clothing is to put the items that you don’t want or need in your capsule in a box or tote. If you realize you have a need for those items you can pull them out. If after a period of 3-6 months you realize you don’t even miss these clothes, it is time to donate them or sell them.
Don’t hold back
If you want to make your capsule wardrobe work, don’t hold back. Just tear off the bandaid and make it happen. It’s the first step in creating a clearer space in your closet – and your mind!