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Capsule Wardrobe: What it is and How to Make it

Do you know the concept of the capsule wardrobe? You've probably seen it many times when browsing the internet. It is a practice that guarantees a better construction of your wardrobe with ideal looks for the day to day. Would you like to know more about it? We invite you to read this article, with all the information about a capsule wardrobe.

 What is the capsule wardrobe?

 This capsule wardrobe idea was created by Susie Fox's London shop, establishing a solution to the everyday "what to wear" question for many people all over the world.

This idea was then traced back to Donna Karan's super famous collection, called "Seven Easy Pieces", with seven basic garments for women to cover everyday outfits, making this technique known by promoting responsible consumption and sustainability.

Now, the capsule wardrobe can be described as a series of basic, high quality and durable garments. In reality, it is the foundation of any wardrobe: to be full of garments suitable for every occasion.

If you set out to create a capsule wardrobe with the right items, you're sure to have a wide variety of looks. Plus, you'll avoid constantly spending money on clothes that aren't ideal for every type of outfit. The important thing is that they combine with each other and are true to your own style.

 How many items are in a capsule wardrobe?

The quantity really varies, Donna Karan suggests 7 pieces, but in reality it is advisable to opt for up to 30-40 pieces, not including accessories and footwear, addressing looks that you can use on a daily basis (not counting looks with party dresses and very specific garments).

The capsule wardrobe makes life easier for you to wear a variety of outfits, with only the pieces in your wardrobe for a long period of time. Without feeling the need to buy new clothes every season, you only have to buy very specific items such as a winter coat.

For example, jeans work great because you can use them for summer and winter. You should know which clothes to get and which ones work for the most occasions and seasons, that's why we recommend you to choose basic colours and plain prints, as they will be your main ally.

On the other hand, there is another way to understand this technique, which is by discarding the limit of clothes, choosing only good quality clothes and not buying clothes in desperation.

If you have a large amount of clothes, you can start by choosing only the basic clothes that work for your daily life and donate the rest of the clothes. This way you don't contribute to waste generation.

 Benefits of the capsule wardrobe

If you want to opt for a more defined and ideal closet for your daily life, we recommend you to establish a capsule closet and take advantage of its benefits. Say bye bye to the clothes you do not use and fulfill your desire to have the closet of your dreams, where there are pieces of good quality and durability.

The most important benefits of the capsule closet are the following:

  • You'll have creative freedom: just because you have a limit of garments, doesn't mean you won't have much variety of looks. In fact, it's quite the opposite. You will have the freedom to be more creative with your outfits and use all the accessories and combinations you want.
  • You will have the possibility to save money: by only having a number of specific garments and having the possibility to create trendy looks, you won't have to constantly spend money on new garments.
  • You will create a look faster: you will no longer have to suffer or say you have nothing to wear, because your capsule closet will have essential pieces to create different styles, without the need to think for three hours in a row what you are going to wear.

Should a capsule closet be sustainable? We encourage you to say yes

This is one of the most common questions when talking about the capsule closet and one of the most complicated. However, the capsule closet does not necessarily have to have sustainable garments, addressing the issue of fabrics or the type of fabric, as well as its production process.

However, it just so happens that sustainable fashion brands that respect all the production chains, from raw materials to the worker's labor, end up providing quality and durable garments over time. So we highly recommend you to buy sustainable clothing.

The capsule closet is a great first step towards that path, as it promotes less clothing consumption, as well as buying a limit of basic garments that are of quality and that give us the possibility to create different looks.

It is important to note that it is not necessary to purchase a colorful and sequined down coat that meets sustainability parameters and is made with environmentally friendly methods if you will only wear it once. The capsule closet recommends you to buy quality garments that are combinable and ideal for your daily life.

How to make a capsule closet step by step?

The first step is to establish which clothes you will keep from your current closet. We recommend choosing the most versatile and useful for your daily life. In addition to acquiring accessories or complements that make it easier for you to create your outfits. After this step, you should continue with the following points:

What is your style?

Before acquiring clothes for your capsule closet, you need to establish what your own style is, what kind of fashion describes you, as well as what style of garments suit you best. Also, remember to include pieces for special occasions, such as a formal dress, a party dress, and looks ideal for a job interview.

The basic garments that will get you out of trouble will be the must-have pieces in your closet. Don't forget!

Throw away what you haven't worn this season

It is important that you consider having around 30 to 40 pieces where you include garments for each season of the year. This way you will always have the looks you need for each season. We recommend that they are versatile garments and basic colors.

Having your closet very well established will guarantee you unique outfits all year long.

Less is more: With simple and easy to combine garments you will win.

When you start building your capsule closet, you should focus on the color palette that suits you and buy the necessary items based on that. This will ensure you get clothes that suit you and look great.

What should never be missing are basic colored shirts like black, white and gray, as well as models with prints of your preference.

Example of a capsule cabinet

According to the number of garments you have, how can you create this type of closet? Take note of the items you should have in an ideal capsule closet for the spring-summer season.

At the beginning of the season you should think about essential items, according to the style you wear on a daily basis. The garments that should not be missing are the following:

  • Basic T-shirts in different colors, with prints or some text that you like.
  • Jeans (or linen-cotton pants, which are more sustainable) without any details are ideal for any occasion.
  • Footwear that is comfortable for your daily activities such as Converse or sneakers. You may also have options for more formal occasions such as sandals.
  • Backpacks for more casual or casual occasions, and clutch for formal events.
  • Tight-fitting black pants.
  • A blazer or denim jacket.

Each of the items mentioned above are just a few of the many options you can choose from that will work well for you. Create your own capsule closet with ideal items that highlight your personality and are perfect for your daily activities. What are you waiting for!


The capsule closet idea, without a doubt, is one of the best alternatives you can opt for if you want to have a closet that meets your needs. Surely you have a lot of clothes with a huge potential.

Cheer up and start right now to create the closet of your dreams, in which your clothes are available just what you need without having to go shopping constantly. Take advantage of the potential of your current garments and buy others that will help you complete your closet. We encourage you to go for slow fashion with brands like Clotsy Brand, it's time to work on your capsule closet, get started!

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