How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes may seem complicated. Creating an entire season’s worth of outfits from a set number of items, not purchasing extra items during the capsule, and making sure everything can mix and match sounds overwhelming if you think of it all at once. However, creating a capsule wardrobe can be fun and easy if you approach it the right way.


Pick a Color Scheme

Start by choosing an overall color scheme for your wardrobe. Look at the trends for the upcoming season and choose some colors you love. Staying on-trend with colors will make shopping easier. This fall, rusts and blush pinks are hot trends, so you’ll see a lot of those colors in stores.

I decided to go with greys, blush pinks, and olives for my fall capsule. All of the colors are easily mixed and matched. I have a lot of great rose gold and silver accessories, which pair perfectly with this color scheme.

Use What You’ve Got

This is probably the most overwhelming task, but it gets easier with each season. Take everything out of your closet and drawers…and I mean everything. Next, you’re going to sort into piles. Put on some music, grab a drink, and dive in.

You should end up with several different piles: clothes going out of season (storage), donations/sell, and seasonally appropriate items. Go through the seasonally appropriate clothes and try them on. Do you love the item? If yes, place it to the side. If it’s not an immediate yes, into the sell/donate pile it goes.

Yes, it’s hard to get rid of a lot of clothes the first time, but I promise it gets easier each cycle. And you’ll feel a million times lighter once you open your closet and see only items you need and love hanging in there. Getting ready for your day will be a painless process. And you’ll save some money, too.

Sell What You Don’t Need

You’re most likely going to be purchasing some items for your capsule. Use those items you no longer need to fund your new wardrobe. Try consigning at a local store, going through an online sales platform like ThreadUp, or having a yard sale. You may not make a fortune, but every little bit helps.
Bonus: if your clothes aren’t eligible to sell on ThreadUp, they’ll recycle the items for you. If you use my ThreadUp referal link, you’ll also get $10 off your first order.

Make a Shopping List

Now that you have the starter items for your capsule, sit down and make a list of items you need to purchase. You’ll want to have at least two or three bottoms, a dress (or two), and tops. Write down an estimated cost for each item.
You can choose how many items you want your capsule to consist of, but try not to go too high with your number. Remember, we’re trying to simplify your life here. I try to keep my capsules around 25 items, including shoes and a purse. I do not count jewelry, workout clothes, special occasion items, or pajamas/lounging clothes.

Give Yourself Time

Ideally, you should start working on your capsule a few weeks before the season starts. My fall capsules start on October 1st, so I’m starting my creation process now. You could try and do it all in a weekend, but I don’t recommend rushing, especially if you’re new to capsules.

This also allows you to watch out for sales and see several different lines in stores. All of my fall capsule will be from Target (shocker, I know), and I know Target gets new arrivals constantly. If I did all of my purchasing at once, I’d regret it when new stuff arrives in a couple of weeks.

Roll It Over

Choose a few items you’ll want to roll over into next season’s capsule. For example, I have a couple of lightweight sweaters in my fall capsule I can use again in winter. Jeans are an easy choice for roll-over items as well. Again, you want to make this simple and have it save you money.

Bonus Items

Leave yourself a little wiggle room for one or two items. It may be against the official rules of a capsule to make purchases during the season, but it makes it less stressful for me if I know I can still grab that must-have item a month or so into the season.

With a little work and planning, you can create a fun, fashionable capsule wardrobe. You’ll spend less time wondering what to wear, have more money in your pocket, and feel great. Stay tuned as I share my fall capsule wardrobe items over the next few weeks. Have questions about capsule wardrobes? Leave me a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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  • Reply Ashleigh @Dash of Evans September 18, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Oh my gosh, I need to do this! I’m so over dealing with tons of clothes filling up my closet! I never wear half of it. I think I could totally handle 25 items.

  • Reply Dietta September 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Love this! I want to tackle this for the Fall. Thank you for these tips it now feels doable.

  • Reply Melissa September 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve totally got to do this for fall!

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