Minimalism – Capsule Wardrobe

Minimalism – Capsule Wardrobe

About two years ago I ran across an article talking about capsule wardrobes and minimalism. The premise was simple: a minimal number of pieces of clothing in your closet that can be worn interchangeably. The key points were they had to be things that fit and that you felt good in. I threw out 90% of my wardrobe and I’ve never been happier!

Closet – Shirt Side

I no longer stand in front of my closet for an hour trying to decide what to wear. I open the door and I can see everything in there.  I have a tote in another closet that has winter pieces that get rotated in when it’s cold.  The original suggestion list I found was:

  • 9 pairs of shoes
  • 9 bottoms
  • 15 tops
  • 2 dresses
  • 2 coats

For me the magic number is about 37 pieces (workout clothes, pajamas, and cocktail attire don’t count) broken down like so:

Closet – bottoms side
  • 7 bottoms
  • 10 dresses
  • 18 shirts
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 other warm thing

Of course the break down’s a little different in the winter.

If I put something on and don’t love it – I get rid of it.  I don’t buy clothes just to have them and I never buy something I’m not in love with and feel great in.  It’s simple, it’s super affordable and it saves me so much time! I’d never go back… and I’m starting to use the same idea through the rest of my house.  I think it’ll really help already being used to a smaller wardrobe when I start traveling a bunch.


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