A Capsule Wardrobe is any collection of clothing curated for style and quality to maximize the number of outfits you can create using a minimal amount of pieces.
There are 3 components that define a Capsule Wardrobe:
Defined Personal Style: Your clothes express you. Colors, silhouettes and material are all expressions of individuality. You can even express ideology. Whether that’s through something as brazen as a giant patch or something subtle like only buying from ethical vendors; it's completely up to you.
Dedication to Quality: You should invest in pieces based on the quality of the product. Pay close attention to details like material, stitching, seams, linings, button holes, and zippers.
Minimalism: Keep and acquire only pieces that meet your wardrobe needs.
If you think it's just about decluttering, you're doing it wrong.
Capsule Wardrobists typically have 60% less clothing than the average American woman, but they also understand how clothing relates to their lifestyle. When I started my capsule four years ago, I focused too much on decluttering my closet and not enough time thinking about the function and source of enjoyment of clothing.
Today, I spend my time thinking about clothes more abstractly for fun rather than in stores grazing through racks looking for something to consume. When I do need to purchase something, I have a specific requirements in mind, which makes the shopping experience easier and more enjoyable.
A capsule wardrobe is you expressed through clothing.
I see Capsule Wardrobes as an opportunity to discover who you are and how you can communicate that to everyone you encounter. A Capsule Wardrobe isn't something you can purchase off-the-rack nor is it something you should stress about as being "unfinished". A Capsule Wardrobe is simply you - expressed through clothing, constantly evolving.
Browse my Capsule Wardrobe
I inventory and track my wardrobe through photos and a detailed spreadsheet to learn about my clothing, habits, and style. Most of my pieces are on this website, however a few have yet to be added. Below is a summary of what I own and links to the pieces published on this website.
Video tour of how I store my capsule wardrobe and style pieces for work and the weekend
Mini documentary about my experience wearing the same dress for 30 days in a row through the lens of the five stages of grief
3 lessons I've learned about having a Capsule Wardrobe