The Right Approach to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

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Standing in front of your wardrobe every morning and deciding what to wear today can be exhausting. That is why a lot of people are shifting to a capsule wardrobe where they keep selected clothing and accessory items for routine use.

The term “capsule wardrobe” was introduced by London boutique owner Susan Faux in the 1970s, later publicized by Donna Karan. It describes a small collection of useful clothing that never goes out of style.

Once you have a capsule wardrobe, dressing becomes easy and your hours of mental ordeal turn into a few seconds decision. Every piece of fashion item becomes a value-add and something you can mix and match easily to suit your style and personality.

Why do you need a capsule wardrobe?

Well, the answer can vary from person to person. A major chunk of customers these days seems to be impulsive buyers and go on hoarding things they might not even need. Shifting to a capsule wardrobe coaxes such people to stick to only a few basic items and become creative with them.

It is strange to see how few people consider capsule wardrobe as restrictive. For me – it gives me immense freedom. You are no more stuck to your wardrobe for long and can concentrate on better things in life. Deciding what to wear becomes easier for you and your decision fatigue is reduced to a bare minimum.

The best part about having fewer clothing options is that whatever you have are your favorites. You don’t have to try multiple outfits every time as everything you own looks and feel good on you.

How do you create a capsule wardrobe?

First and foremost, there are no rules to start your capsule wardrobe. The only rule is to survive with a minimalistic and tiny wardrobe.

To build a capsule wardrobe, you need to sort your existing collection of clothes and other items. You do that by putting all of your clothes, accessories, jewelry, and shoes on your bed or some other clean surface. Seeing what you already own is a crucial step to have your perfect capsule wardrobe. Look what all you have purchased till date and what you need to get rid of. You will probably be surprised to find that what you like and what you wear are entirely different. You keep investing in stuff that you won’t even wear.

You can also curate your capsule wardrobe according to seasons. You just need to pen down a checklist of things you need that season to survive gracefully and use it as a guideline to work your way and have the best wardrobe for yourself.

Following are some go-to items that you must have in your wardrobe-


  • Pair of well-fitted jeans
  • Trousers
  • White t-shirt
  • Button-down shirt
  • Tank top
  • Short/long dress
  • Sweater
  • Blazer
  • Beach dress



  • Sandals
  • Pair of heels
  • Running/walking shoes
  • Winter boots
  • Flip flops




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