How To Curate A Capsule Wardrobe

Living a minimalist life is both aesthetically pleasing and a great way to save money. Each season brings new styles and lots of clothes that everyone would love to buy but the question most people do not ask themselves is do I need this or do I want this? The capsule wardrobe is essentially a well-curated collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to create classic looks appropriate for a day at the office or a night on the town, season dependent of course. Each piece is usually from a quality brand to ensure that it lasts for a while which will save money in the long run as cheaper clothes tend to wear out more quickly. Plus, not having as many clothes makes choosing an outfit A LOT faster than having to wade through a closet of clothes. This is how to get a capsule wardrobe started.

How To Curate A Capsule Wardrobe

Choose A Base Color

Typically, navy blue or black will be the base color for a capsule wardrobe as they go with pretty much everything and most people already own items in these colors that can be recycled into the capsule wardrobe. If you really want a bit of color you can consider using a dark brown but black tends to be the go-to base.

Choose Your Neutral Basics

A neutral basic is a shirt or bottom that is in a solid shade that compliments the base you have chosen. These tend to be white, gray, chambray, khaki, and black. Fear not, there will be some color added into the mix for a pop. These basics can be in the form of jeans, button up shirts, t-shirts, and light sweaters.

Time For Some Color

Now you get to choose an accent color which will go with your basic and your neutrals. This can be yellows, reds, blues, or greens but you will want to make sure that you choose one or two that correspond to the palette you have already selected. It is best not to wear blue on blue for example, unless you are rocking a Canadian tuxedo. You can also add some patterns at this point in the form of stripes, floral or polka dots. But be very selective with the patterns you do not have room for too many only your favorites.


This step is crucial, you do not need a jacket for every day of the week but instead a few classic pieces that go with everything. A black blazer, a classic beige trenchcoat, and a jean jacket will cover most of the bases unless you live in a place where it gets very cold in the winter.


For shoes and handbags, you should have one purse that you can wear as a cross body bag and a clutch for special occasions. Once again black goes with everything, patterns do not. For shoes, you should have a pair of classic black heels, a pair of patterned flats, and a pair of nude flats that go with everything.

All in all your capsule wardrobe should have about five pairs of pants, three skirts, and about eight to ten shirts. Everything should be fairly interchangeable and work well together. Now all you have to do is get rid of all your clothing you do not wear and you are all set.