How to Build A Capsule Wardrobe

How to Build A Capsule Wardrobe

Do you ever peer into your closet full of clothes and feel like you have nothing to wear? Would you like to update your wardrobe to create more timeless, fashionable outfits that express your unique style? Well, you're not alone. Many of us fall into the trap of fast fashion and impulse buying, resulting in a closet full of once-trendy clothes we rarely wear. Building a modest capsule wardrobe can help simplify your life, declutter your closet, and improve your style.


What is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. You can create a wide range of outfits by simplifying your wardrobe to a  limited number of high-quality pieces that can be worn in different combinations. Consider, with just two dresses, three tops, one jacket, one sweater, and two pairs of shoes, you can create up to twenty-four outfits if the items all work well together. The key is to focus on quality, versatility, and longevity to create a functional and stylish wardrobe.

Building a capsule wardrobe can not only improve your wardrobe, but it can also improve your life. A capsule wardrobe simplifies your life by reducing decision fatigue and saving you time and money. Instead of buying something new every time you want a new look, you can be more intentional with your purchases, mixing and matching the pieces you already have and investing in high-quality pieces that will last longer.

How to build a modest capsule wardrobe

Focus on the essentials

When putting together a capsule wardrobe, start with the basics. Classic items like plain-colored t-shirts and denim skirts are flattering on most people and go well with many different outfits. Choose colors and patterns that suit you well. This will help you to choose pieces that you love and that will flatter your body shape and skin tone. For most of your items, it’s best to stick to neutral colors such as black, white, beige, and navy as they are versatile and timeless, though you can add in an occasional pop of color or pattern.

This philosophy can extend to your athletic wear too. Choose a few staples that match well with each other and pair them with basics like a t-shirt or a unique jacket to look flawless even when breaking a sweat.

Mix and match

To make the most out of a capsule wardrobe, choose pieces that complement many other items in your wardrobe. This means varying color, pattern, length, and material. Mixing and matching these things while still complementing the rest of the items in your wardrobe is the key to creating a timeless capsule wardrobe that never feels repetitious or dull.

While mixing colors and patterns in your capsule wardrobe, it is important to pay attention to things like length, shape, and material that can help you create stylish options from just a few pieces.

To maximize the variety you can achieve with a capsule wardrobe, avoid choosing multiple items with similar silhouettes or styles. For instance, if you already have a maxi-length black dress, avoid adding a second item that is the same length, the same cut, or the same material. Instead, add a skirt that is midi length, made of a lighter material, or even patterned. Together, these two skirts could be the basis for dozens of different outfits.

Choose high-quality items

Choosing high-quality pieces is key to building a timeless capsule wardrobe. Buying fewer items gives you the freedom to choose higher-quality items that can be staples in your wardrobe for years to come. Quality pieces are often better fitting and easier to tailor, making it easier to match them with other pieces in your wardrobe. As your capsule wardrobe ages, you can mix in higher quality pieces over time, updating your wardrobe as you go, and mixing new pieces with quality classics that still look as good as new.

Remember, quality is always more important than quantity. It's better to have a few high-quality pieces than a closet full of clothes that will fall apart after a few washes.

Find your Curated Capsule Wardrobe Essentials!

Building a modest capsule wardrobe is a simple yet effective way to simplify your life, save time and money, and promote sustainability. By focusing on quality, versatility, and longevity, you can create a wardrobe that is functional, stylish, and sustainable. Remember, less is more. It's better to have a few high-quality pieces than a closet full of clothes that you never wear.

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Hello Madeleine,
You are so welcome and thanks for letting us know! Means the world to us.


Thank you! ;) This is always my goal when shopping and Inherit makes it easy with their timeless, high quality pieces.


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