Put simply, it’s a way of minimizing your clothes into a small collection that easily mixes and matches. Instead of stuffing your closet with items you barely wear, make like Marie Kondo and strip down to a few key staples you love. While the idea is far from new, “Unfancy” blogger Caroline Rector recently popularized the craze and started a capsule movement.
To try it out for yourself, here are a few ground rules to keep in mind:
- Limit your wardrobe: About 30-40 items is a good rule of thumb. Clothes, shoes and outerwear count. Pajamas, accessories, fitness apparel and special-occasion outfits do not.
- Shop for the season: The total list should last you around three months (the length of an average season) until you’ll want or need to refresh.
- Keep it simple: The goal is to minimize. Store or donate what you don’t need and try to avoid shopping … that is, until you start planning for next season!
This A-line navy skirt is a serious staple. You can channel your inner Parisian with a striped shirt over a chambray collar, or go gab with the girls by pairing a slouchy sweater with a denim jacket and trendy block heels. The world is your oyster!
The same black shift dress can feel completely new when paired with different pieces. A polka-dot printed blouse underneath adds an air of office-appropriate playfulness. But switch those serious stilettos with some sexy booties, add a few accessories and you’ll be ready for a night out on the town.
The biggest misconception about a capsule wardrobe is that the clothes need to be super simple (read: boring). The truth: absolutely not! Fashion-forward pieces, like a graphic T-shirt and boyfriend jeans, are way more versatile than you think. And that stunning faux leather jacket is less than $60 — ka-ching!
What to look for:
Try to find well-made, multi-purpose items that work well either layered or worn alone. And, of course, pick pieces you’ll love to wear! Here are the 30 items theLVguide.com chose.