Building a Capsule Wardrobe

stocksnap_z8i6ol37oaWHAT IS A CAPSULE WARDROBE?

The definition of a capsule wardrobe can vary depending on the articles or blogs you read. According to Susie Faux, who coined the term, it is a collection of classic items that won’t go out of style that can be enhanced by a few seasonal pieces. The intent behind a capsule was to curate a chic and effortless wardrobe with quality items.

More and more, the blogging community has expanded the term to include a specific number of items, provided worksheets and planners to help narrow down your pieces, and promoted a somewhat minimalist intent or mindset.


I already use the concepts of capsule wardrobes for travel. When I pack for a week at the beach or in the mountains, I select only my favorite items that I know can last through a few wears without being washed. I then pair them with items that compliment a majority of the pieces I’ve chosen. When I take the time to really plan out my packing list, I always feel comfortable and confident on my trip. When I just throw several pieces together that I THINK I should wear, without putting thought into comfort or wearability, I almost always end up buying clothes on my trip to supplement whatever I’m actually wearing.

So. Thoughtful selections = spending less money, and as I’ve already mentioned, spending less money is top of mind for me lately.

I also just really like the concept of only owning things you love. A capsule wardrobe is going to help me edit my clothes. What pieces am I going to choose to wear for three months? What pieces will I miss and be excited to wear again in July? And what am I actually missing in my closet?


As previously mentioned, I’ve been reading about minimalism for years. Here are a few of the blogs that inspire me and keep my motivated.

Be More with Less – Project 333: I think Courtney Carver is THE name in capsule wardrobes these days. She has a plethora of tools and resources to guide anyone interested in trying out a minimalist closet.

Un-Fancy: Caroline Joy Rector’s blog is like a dream – gorgeous photos, beautifully simple clothes, and a very breezy writing style.

Anushka Rees: Previously titled INTO MIND. Anushka’s was the first blog I ever came across that provided a step-by-step guide on how to really curate a wardrobe, including how to define your style and discover your uniform.

The Vivienne Files: Janice creates capsule wardrobes almost daily, and has tons of planners and guides. Also, the dresses she finds give me heart eyes almost 100% of the time.

stocksnap_1u68pk9dj0WHAT’S NEXT?

Well. I’m still in the process of cleaning and decluttering, but I’m starting to think about the structure of my capsule and what pieces I will want to wear in Georgia, in the “spring”, from April through June. I’m also trying to determine if I want to make my capsule wardrobe professional only or multi-functional (weekend and travel wear included). I already have some pants and shorts in mind that I’d like to have on hand, and some tops that I wear regularly. I’ll probably throw in some skirts and a couple of dresses, and I may need to buy at least one new pair of shoes for work.

I’m excited to get started!

3 thoughts on “Building a Capsule Wardrobe

  1. Never heard of this but am totally into it! I hate my closet full of clothes I don’t wear and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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