How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe

OMG! Hey guys! I know that it’s been a REALLY long time. I had all these summer plans for my blog and then I suddenly fell off of the Earth without any warning. I’m really sorry about that. If I’m being honest, this summer was extremely exhausting and kind of negative. I had three family members pass away which was sudden and unexpected. Also, I got promoted to a supervisor position at my retail job, so I was working a lot more than I was used to in the past. Let’s not forget the eight week business math course I decided to take as well (I’m a little insane). Overall, blogging and social media were the very VERY last things on my mind. It’s not like I took a break on purpose, it just kind of happened. I slowly found myself not posting on Instagram and not writing blog posts. I knew that if that was happening naturally, then it really was time from me to take a break away from it all.

Enough of that though because I’m back! I’m going into my senior year of college as a fashion merchandising major, and I couldn’t be more excited. I feel rejuvenated, motivated, and ready to blog again.

You guys know I have a large interest in fashion sustainability. I did a blog post over why a capsule wardrobe is beneficial, but I realized I never made a post over how to actually start a capsule wardrobe (yikes). Whenever back-to-school rolls around, I find it really difficult to pack for school. I still stay on campus, so I don’t like to bring a lot of items, but for some reason I always up bringing TWO bins full of clothing. Majority of the time, I don’t even wear the half of the clothing I brought. This semester, I was NOT about to fall into that trap again, so I kind of made a little back-to-school capsule wardrobe for this semester. I plan to show you guys what’s in my wardrobe very soon, but for now here are some tips on building your own capsule wardrobe!

1. Identify what you like to wear

This is a big step when it comes to creating a capsule wardrobe. You need to really think about the clothing that you wear often and identify why you wear those clothes as much as you do. For me, I love wearing basics. Just plain black, white, mustard, etc. tops. I find that clothing like this allows me to mix and match with different bottoms and shoes, so I’m allowed a lot more versatility when it comes to picking an outfit each day. This also subconsciously helps you narrow down your personal style and aesthetic which could benefit you when shopping in the future!

2. Figure out the weather where you live

Okay, this is a crazy important step too! Weather plays a huge factor in how you dress and what you wear each day. Whenever I first did my capsule wardrobe experiment last year, I didn’t properly prepare myself for the crazy Texas weather. I forgot that it can be 90 degrees one day and 50 the next (which is cold for us), so I didn’t have a lot of close-toed shoes or long sleeve items in my closet. I was walking to class shivering for a good week until I finally broke down and grabbed some items that weren’t in my capsule. This time around, I definitely packed more jeans, sneakers, and jackets/sleeved items.

3. Focus on versatility

I really suggest having a lot of basics in your capsule wardrobe. I’m definitely not telling you to clean out all of your statement pieces and patterned pieces, but you need to take into account what is easy to pair with other items in your closet. Also, try not to take duplicates of items because you’re wasting space in your capsule wardrobe. If you already have a black tank top, don’t add another one that you have in your closet that is just slightly different. You can most likely make the first black tank top work in the same way as the second one, so be smart about that!

4. Comfort is key

Whenever you’re picking items for your wardrobe, make sure that you aren’t just focusing on style, but you’re thinking about your comfort as well! During my capsule wardrobe experiment, I picked clothing that was more fashionable instead of comfortable, so I struggled a bit when it came to walking to and from my classes. For this semester, I picked a lot more of my sneakers to take to school with me and found ways to make them look trendy. I’m not saying to have ONLY comfort items in your capsule wardrobe. It’s okay to have a few standout pieces, like those four inch heels, but make sure that’s not all you have. Also, props to you if you can walk in four inch heels, because I can’t even walk in one inch heels (I’m serious).

5. Pinterest is your best friend

Lastly, make sure to download Pinterest! Before I started my capsule wardrobe, I used Pinterest mostly for food recipes. I realized that I could utilize it for fashion as well! A lot of the time, you’re going to get tired of wearing that same white boyfriend tee over and over. You may run out of ideas when it comes to styling it, and that’s where Pinterest comes in! By typing in the item you’re trying to style into the search box, you’ll get a ton of search results that feature your clothing item in outfits. I don’t think you guys understand how much this helped me out. There were so many moments where I wanted to reach for items not in my capsule because I grew frustrated and annoyed with the small amount of clothing I had to choose from. Pinterest really helped me to find new ways to style a ton of items I already own. Now, I spend my nights in bed, when I should be sleeping, searching for outfits for the school week and whenever I go out with friends or my boyfriend. P.S. PINTEREST DID NOT SPONSOR ME! I JUST LOVE IT THAT MUCH!

Other tips

  • Be prepared to do a good amount of laundry
  • For me, undergarments and accessories don’t count, but if you’re bold enough to include those as well, GO FOR IT!
  • It’s okay to miss clothing that isn’t in your capsule. Even though this is fun, it’s still an experiment which consists of trial and error.
  • Track your progress, journal about it, and maybe even share it on social media
  • Take pictures every now and then to see what kind of outfits you’re creating
  • Donate the clothing that you end up not using in your capsule or that you find yourself drifting away from. You could also sell it on Depop or Poshmark!

Overall, I really hope that you guys enjoyed this post! It feels really great to be back and sharing my fashion and college experiences with you all. If you have any questions about capsule wardrobes, or my wardrobe in general, definitely leave it in the comments below! I plan to have another blog post up in the coming weeks that talks about my capsule wardrobe that I catered to this semester. Thank you guys so much for reading!

Until next time,


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