How to build your own capsule wardrobe

Aug 16 23:53 2019 arun kumar sharma Print This Article

Overwhelmed with closet chaos? A capsule wardrobe will help you de-clutter effectively.

Does capsule wardrobe sound alien to you? Fret not,Guest Posting it’s one of those millennial concepts which is taking over the world. Before you tune away, stay with me for a bit and you’ll see that it’s a life-changing idea which you need in your life! Without any further ado, let’s dive into the what, how and why of a capsule wardrobe.  

What is a capsule wardrobe?

Essentially it’s a small and functional wardrobe with only stuff that you certainly wear and absolutely need. Most would think this concept is absurd but once you take the leap, you’ll be on board.

The ideal number of clothes in a capsule wardrobe ranges from 28 to 37. It’s a  realistic number because there are plenty of clothes and bottom wear for women in our wardrobes which we dream of getting into one day - those need to go!

How to build a capsule wardrobe?

There are no hard and fast rules - the only broad rule to follow is surviving with as little as possible. Start by:

  • Cleaning - The first big step toward a capsule wardrobe is cleaning. Chuck out all the old bottom wear for women and make room for newer better ones.


  • Sort out - Including your bottom wear for women, start diving your wardrobe into small chunks:
    • Yes - This pile includes bottom wear for women, clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. which you love
    • No - Ones which you’ve never used, never worn or the ones which are as good as new mark the ‘no’ pile.
    • Maybe - Maybe it’s a favourite colour, design, fit or memory, only you know why a certain bunch of clothes fall under this pile.
    • Seasonal - The last heap includes raincoats, winter clothes, swimming shorts, etc.


  • Call to action - It’s time to take action.
    • The love it pile will probably be the biggest. Give it a second look before moving on.
    • The no pile need to go so donate it away.
    • You can store you ‘maybe’ pile away for a rainy day.
    • Store seasonal clothes separately.

If trashing clothes gives you anxiety, just store your bottom wear for women and other stuff away and make room in your closet. Over time if it’s an out-of-sight-out-of-mind scenario, you know what to do with it!

Checklist for your capsule wardrobe

From bottom wear for women to winter clothes, a checklist will give you exactly what you need to survive.

  1. Summer capsule wardrobe

Pick comfortable and light clothes for the summer including:

  • Bottom wear for women like jeans, skirts, shorts
  • T-shirts
  • One-piece dresses
  • Flip flops, flats and sandals
  • Hats
  1. Winter capsule wardrobe

Winter is all about layering up and staying warm. You need:  

  • A bunch of sweaters
  • Couple of jackets
  • Scarves
  • Sneakers
  • Thick bottom wear for women like jeans
  1. Work capsule wardrobe

You don’t need a different pantsuit to work, instead, choose the smart dressing approach. Use one piece of clothing and mix and match it with two or three others. 

  • Bottom wear for women like formal pants and pencil skirts
  • Shirts
  • Blazers
  • Formal shoes
  • Silk tops for layering
  • Accessories and scarves
  1. College capsule wardrobe

Your college wardrobe is the easiest because there are no hard and fast rules as long as you follow the etiquette.

  • Bottom wear for women like jeans and shorts
  • Printed t-shirts
  • Plain tees
  • Sneakers and sandals
  • Tank tops
  • Dresses
  1. Activewear capsule wardrobe

Depending on the physical activity you indulge in, pick your clothes.

  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Track pants
  • Gym bag
  • Loose shirts
  1. Daily wear capsule wardrobe

A few essentials which you need for running errands, going to the grocery store, etc.

  • Comfortable bottom wear for women like loose track pants
  • Loose t-shirts
  1. Footwear capsule wardrobe

You need more than a handful of shoes to keep you going. Here’s what you need:

  • Workwear shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Ballerinas and flats
  • Flip flops
  • Partywear

Building a capsule wardrobe is easier said than done. But although it feels impossible in the beginning to get rid of your bottom wear for women, in the end, it’s worth it! If you’re considering a capsule wardrobe, do it at your pace. Remember, it’s not just about de-cluttering your closet but your mind and life as well.   


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arun kumar sharma
arun kumar sharma

I am a fashion & beauty blogger currently working as a freelancer. I had completed my studies at the University of IGNOU, Dehi. I am also a marketing influencer and worked for many e-commerce brands as a freelancer.

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