Building a Capsule Wardrobe {Fashion + How-To}

This year I have really been trying to purge a lot of excess stuff in my life, and clothes have been a big one! Before becoming a mom I used to get dressed up for work almost everyday. Now days a pair of jean shorts and t-shirt do the job just fine, or even workout clothes. I do still try and get dressed everyday, it just helps me mentally to be more productive. But I have a lot of dressy clothes that I just don’t need anymore, or at least I could put some away for now. Then I heard about the Capsule Wardrobe and I was intrigued!


If you don’t know what a Capsule Wardrobe is, here is a great explanation from the creator Caroline herself:



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There are some fun rules as well, but I wasn’t doing this to follow rules per-say.I just wanted to have a less cluttered closet, with less stress on finding what to wear, more room to be creative for what I have, and stop spending money on clothes I don’t need. I love Carolines quote:

I remembered why I do it: So I can do more meaningful things with my time and energy. So I can avoid emotional purchases, avoid overspending. So I can build an intentional wardrobe that makes me want to do a happy dance.

I decided to go with the number 50 and maybe eventually I will scale down from there. I was very pleased at how my closet turned out. I love patterns and color, so my capsule closet is a bit brighter than most peoples, but hey what can I say I am just not a black and white girl.

So here is my before closet (the bottom is all workout tops, that’s for another day):



And after: 




Side by Side: (I promise there are about 50 items less)


I am donating a ton to goodwill and friends. The stuff I wasn’t 100% sure about a put in a box and will take out in three months and see if I even missed it. I also stuck with all white hangers and that helps the de-clutter look a lot!



As far as pants and shorts, I narrowed them down to just a few.



I put up four dressed that I know I will wear this summer and about eight pairs of shoes (not including running shoes, those are in the garage).



My goals for myself are to pair down even more as well as not shop for three months for a single item. If I feel like I don’t have anything to wear, then it is time to get creative! The hardest part of this challenge is just finding time to do it. It takes time to sort through everything, but in the end it is quite freeing!

Question: Do you think a capsule wardrobe is something you could do or are doing? 







6 responses to “Building a Capsule Wardrobe {Fashion + How-To}”

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Bobbie, and linking to Caroline’s site. When I first started reading I thought, “No way!” but now I’m inspired! I think finding the balance between work clothes and casual will be my toughest challenge. I am opposite of you: I recently changed jobs and am now required to dress up a lot more often. I’m a jeans and T kind of girl so having a solid work wardrobe has been a challenge.

  2. Katie D. Avatar
    Katie D.

    I have a problem with the per season guideline. I wear 90% of my clothes year round, so I guess I should focus on just eliminating what I don’t love.

  3. Wow, I love this idea too. I’m already a bit of a minimalist when it comes to clothing, mostly because I’m awful at defining my style, so I stick to what I’m comfortable in/clothes I like, which isn’t much. 😀

  4. I feel like my wardrobe is un-intentionally capsule-ish just due to changing sizes and I feel like my clothes just wear out quickly (holes, stains, etc.). I went through and did a capsule (with 37 pieces) this spring, but never really transitioned properly to summer. Like you, I’m less about rules and more about less. 🙂

  5. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe! I’ve realized that I wear the same 10 or so things over and over anyway, so this makes a lot of sense. I have a hard time getting rid of some perfectly fine dressier clothes that fit, just because I don’t wear them as often. I always think it’ll be a lot of money to replace down the road if I need it!

    1. Holly Chappell Avatar
      Holly Chappell

      So, it’s per season? What do you do with your other clothes. Do you store them or just push them back in your closet? My closet needs a makeover something fierce!!