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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

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I am sure many of you have followed different clothing challenges from minimalist bloggers.  This post is not a challenge, but a guide to show how easy it is to create a minimal and versatile wardrobe.

I found inspiration for my capsule wardrobe from Pinterest with this pin for a business casual wardrobe.  This became my starting point.

The business casual wardrobe included (14 total pieces):

  • 2 pants
  • 2 skirts
  • 5 tops
  • 2 dresses
  • 3 layering pieces

What I loved about this was that I could choose tops that would function well for work and weekend.  My full winter wardrobe has 29 pieces that include my shoes.  I do not include my accessories in the count.  I do not have a lot of accessories but I like being able to change things up so that I still maintain some variety.

My 29 pieces:

  • 2 dress pants (1 black, 1 gray)
  • 2 skirts (1 black, 1 black & white)
  • 2 dresses (1 purple maxi, 1 black)
  • 4 sweaters (1 black, 1 pink, 1 gray & white, 1 red)
  • 4 tops (1 gray, 1 red plaid, 1 blue, 1 blue & white stripe)
  • 4 tanks (1 white, 2 black, 1 teal)
  • 2 versalettes (1 black, 1 gray)
  • 3 jeans (2 bootcut, 1 skinny)
  • 1 pair of leggings (black)
  • 2 layering pieces (1 black cardigan, 1 gray cardigan)
  • 1 pair black casual boots
  • 1 pair black dressy boots
  • 1 pair black tennis shoes

So, here are my recommendations for creating your own minimal wardrobe.

  1. Determine what you actually do everyday.  This wardrobe is not about what you wish you were doing or where you were going, but who you actually are.  I go to work in an office but I don’t have to wear a business suit, so I left a blazer out of the equation.  The rest of the time, I am usually home with my family, i.e. jeans and comfy shirts are best.
  2. Try to pick versatile pieces.  I highly recommend Seamly.co, a company in the U.S. making clothes in the U.S.  Four of the items on my list are from Seamly.co and those items allow me to have even more options since I can style them in different ways.
  3. Choose your style and avoid trends.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer to wear dresses and skirts instead of pants, or if you want to wear polo shirts everyday.  Know what you like wearing and what you feel comfortable wearing.  You have to love everything in your closet in order to make this work.
  4. Choose items that you can wear now.  You may be working toward losing 10 more pounds, but the jeans that are 1 size too small shouldn’t be part of your current wardrobe.  Don’t hang on to what might be.  Instead, focus on who you are right now.

I can’t stress enough that this is not a challenge.  It is a process.  I did not pare down my closet in 1 day.  It has taken months to really determine my style and how my life affects my style.  I hope you will use these suggestions to create your own capsule wardrobe.  I would love to hear feedback on your progress!

xo, Lauren

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