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3-Step Capsule Wardrobe Formula: A capsule wardrobe isn’t only practical but also has many other great benefits for your life, which is why it’s recommended by more and more fashion experts. And we love the capsule wardrobe too.
But unfortunately, it’s not always as easy to put on as you might first think. Simply throwing away or cleaning out everything that’s not “minimalist” or “beautiful” enough is simply not enough for this. Otherwise, you know just as little as before, which components definitely belong in your outfit and which (few) pieces you actually only need in your wardrobe.
That’s why we created this super simple 3-step capsule wardrobe formular for you, with which you’ll be able to create your perfect capsule wardrobe for every season in just a few minutes.
So we wish you a lot of fun with our capsule wardrobe formula and a lot of joy with your newly acquired lifetime! 😉
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A Capsule Wardrobe is made up of a few essential and classic pieces of clothing that serve the purpose of being able to be mixed and matched over and over again, so you can create a variety of different outfits with just a few pieces.
In addition, the timeless clothes, mostly made of neutral colors, complement each other. That makes outfit creation a lot easier. But of course, it’s not about wearing only boring pieces that you don’t like: it’s more about limiting your closet to a few pieces that suit your personal style, that you feel comfortable in and that you love.
Then it will be a breeze for you, and you’ll never again experience the stress of not knowing what to wear in the morning. That’s what makes getting ready fun, right?
Sounds perfect? It is.
Yes, it’s definitely worth it!
There are many valuable benefits of a capsule wardrobe, but one of the main benefits is for sure that you’ll wear only your favorite clothes because you’ll get rid of everything you don’t like or feel comfortable in.
Besides, deciding what to wear will be faster and easier, which means that you will have less stress regarding your outfits. Trust me, this makes a huge difference in your everyday life!
For example, it has helped me to always be classically dressed. This might sound a little silly, but I used to have a hard time sticking to a fancy dress code when I was still sitting at home in sweatpants and comfy sweaters, knowing I was about to have to slip into my uncomfortable blouse. However, since having a capsule wardrobe for all seasons, I’m always styled in the best way – with less effort.
It also helps you save money by buying fewer clothes and being more conscious of the clothes you already own or buy new. It also helps to organize and tidy up your closet – and keep it tidy, too 😉
Besides these practical benefits, it can also boost your confidence as you find your personal style and figure out what suits you best and what you feel most comfortable in.
By not having to think about what to wear in the morning when you’re half asleep or stressed, you’re less likely to wear an outfit that’s too casual or one that might be inappropriate.
In a nutshell, it means you’re less mistake-prone. As a result, you’ll always be dressed appropriately and always be well styled.
By relying on a select range of clothes you love, you don’t have to chase short-term trends or constantly buy new clothes. After all, the pieces you’d love to have, have you already – at least similar ones.
I know there are always new pieces coming on the market and even some that intrigue us, but trust me, once you own a great variety of pieces, you’ll keep thinking to yourself, “Those pants are so nice, but luckily I have similar ones like that already!”
It’ll lighten the load on your wallet, and maybe in a few months you’ll be able to use that money to make a little – or even a big – dream come true? A romantic trip, for example?
By focusing on the clothes you love and weeding out the ones you never wore anyway or don’t like, you’ll go through life with more confidence.
After all, the famous quote, “I’m nicer when I like my outfit,” applies here.
That should have become clear now, I think: You’ll save a lot of time if you don’t have to ask yourself the same question over and over again in the morning about what you want to wear today.
Now you can simply choose from your variation of clothes, which all look good in different combinations. So you can just blindly grab a pair of pants and a top – they almost always go together.
So a capsule wardrobe means less stress in your life overall.
You don’t have to fret that the clothes don’t fit you or that you don’t look good in combination.
There is also less maintenance and repair required because you have fewer garments. You’re also more likely to choose garments that are easy to care for, and they’re easier to pack when you travel or move.
Another very good reason for a capsule wardrobe is the sustainable aspect.
By owning mainly timeless pieces and buying less new fashion, you usually wear your clothes for years. This leads to a much improved ecological footprint in the long run, for example, you don’t support fast fashion stores that release a lot of water, waste, and chemicals – and under miserable working conditions.
So not only are you acting in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way if you have a capsule wardrobe, but you are saving real lives that would otherwise have suffocated from the chemicals released in the factories. This is no longer an exception, but unfortunately, the pure reality and this is increasing more and more.
Since you don’t own a lot of clothes, you wear every single piece you own so no clothes go to waste.
People who choose to have a “capsule wardrobe” also often invest in high-quality pieces that last a long time, thus avoiding the fast fashion industry, which is known for its wasteful nature.
Marketing is nowadays indispensable and almost exclusively responsible for the fact that we constantly think and feel that we aren’t good enough – don’t have enough.
What most consumers often forget in the process is that those new pants, that new designer bag, or those heavily discounted slingbacks won’t fill that need “for more.” On the contrary, they get you used to wanting more and more – until you eventually reach the point where you’re either broke or mentally down – or both at the same time.
And the paradox is that these aggressive marketing strategies come from people who basically want to satisfy the same need: To want more and more – not more clothes, but more money. And with that money, most employees buy a lot of clothes too. You understand the cycle.
Getting out of that toxic cycle and focusing on your own range of clothes makes you free and independent from this cycle of manipulation. Yes, it is nothing but exploitation – at the expense of your wallet and mental health.
As a result, you’ll gradually be in a better and better mood and, moreover, you’ll no longer be so easily influenced. Trust me, it’s worth it.
The first step is about the so-called anchor pieces: They’re the pieces you want the rest of your wardrobe to revolve around.
So if the capsule wardrobe that you’re working on is going to include bold colors or prints, then these are the anchor pieces that you need. Because you want to make sure that all of the other pieces in your wardrobe go with those bold colors and prints.
The important thing here is to choose colors and prints that can mix and match, and that are easy to color-match with the other pieces in your closet – so it’s best to pick two colors that you’ll mainly focus on in your capsule wardrobe, and from a pattern and color standpoint, make sure that all the anchor pieces match with each other so that it’s easier to incorporate the rest of the pieces into your outfits later on.
The other option is that obviously, not everyone wants a bold color or print – some people are more minimalist, like me. I don’t always want those colors with a print in a capsule wardrobe.
No matter what you end up choosing, minimalist colors and prints or more bold colors and bold prints, these anchor pieces are the items that your entire wardrobe will revolve around.
Also, here it’s very crucial that you love these pieces and you feel comfortable in them because they’ll be the base of your later outfits. So if you don’t like the pieces, you’ll have a hard time creating new looks with the same pieces over and over again.
The tie-in pieces are the rope for the anchor pieces.
These are the pieces that you’ll tie to the anchor pieces, so that’s sort of the opposite garment of what the anchor piece is.
Let’s say three top pieces are your anchor pieces. Here you’re going to pick two or three bottom pieces to go with those top pieces. The main idea with these connecting pieces is that they’re a little more neutral or complement the color palette a little bit.
The main idea with tie-in pieces is also that any of these pieces can be combined with the anchor pieces.
Top-off pieces are the boat through our anchor and the rope. Now it all makes sense, doesn’t it?
These are the pieces that will frame the whole look. They’re the final layer – the final pieces of your look.
And the most important thing about the top-off pieces is that all of these pieces need to go with every single item you’ve chosen for this wardrobe. So they need to go with all the anchor pieces and all the tie-in pieces.
And often these pieces will be in neutral colors.
Maybe it’s black because black is always a good frame color. It can be a black sweater, a black oversize blazer, or a black coat.
Of course, other colors like taupe, brown, or navy blue are also easy to add to any color palette.
It’s just important that you choose a color that matches all the other pieces.