1. Define your style and lifestyle. Before you start decluttering your closet, you need to have a clear idea of what kind of style and colors suit you best, and what kind of clothes you need for your daily activities. You can use online quizzes, mood boards, or style icons to help you find your personal style. You can also take note of the outfits that make you feel confident and comfortable, and the ones that you rarely or never wear.
2. Edit your closet. This is the most challenging but also the most rewarding step. You need to go through your entire wardrobe and decide what to keep, what to donate or sell, and what to toss or recycle. A good rule of thumb is to only keep the items that fit you well, flatter your body shape and skin tone, match your style and lifestyle, and make you happy. You can also use the hanger trick to help you identify the items that you actually wear. Our top tip? Turn all your coat hangers to face the same way, then every time you wear something, turn it around. By the end of the month, you’ll have a good sense of the wardrobe heroes that you can’t live without – be it a white shirt or straight leg jeans – as these are the pieces you should be basing your capsule around.
3. Choose a color palette. One of the keys to creating a cohesive and versatile capsule wardrobe is to stick to a limited color palette that works well together and with your complexion. You can choose one or two base colors (such as black, navy, gray, or beige) that will form the foundation of your wardrobe, and then add some accent colors (such as red, pink, green, or yellow) that will add some interest and personality to your outfits. You can also play with different shades, patterns, and textures to create more variety.
4. Select your essential pieces. Depending on your style and lifestyle, you will need different types of clothing items for your capsule wardrobe. However, some common essentials that work for most people are: a pair of jeans, a pair of trousers or a skirt, a dress or a jumpsuit, a blazer or a cardigan, a coat or a jacket, a sweater or a hoodie, a t-shirt or a blouse, and a pair of shoes or boots. You can also add some accessories such as a scarf, a hat, a belt, or a bag to complete your look. The ideal number of pieces for your capsule wardrobe is up to you, but most people aim for around 30 to 40 items per season.
5. Enjoy your capsule wardrobe. Once you have your capsule wardrobe ready, you can start enjoying the benefits of having less but better clothes. You will have more space in your closet and more time in the morning to get ready. You will also have more creativity and fun in creating different outfits with the same pieces. You will feel more confident and stylish in your clothes that reflect who you are and what you love. And you will also save money and reduce your environmental impact by buying less but higher quality clothes that will last longer.
Building a capsule wardrobe may seem daunting at first, but it's actually a very rewarding and liberating process that can transform not only your closet but also your life. So why not give it a try? You might be surprised by how much you love it!