My Thoughts on a Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is basically a set of clothing featuring your favorite shirts, pants, shoes and accessories that you can mix and match. A capsule wardrobe is usually made up of about 30 items but it can be adjusted depending on the individual. Many of those trying to explore a simpler life create a capsule wardrobe. I think a capsule wardrobe can work great for someone who doesn’t mind wearing the same outfits frequently and can afford higher quality items.

I personally am not a fan of capsule wardrobes for a few reasons. My theory when it comes to having a minimalist wardrobe is to make sure you wear all of your clothes and that they bring you joy. If that is 10 t-shirts fine, if that is 3 t-shirts that’s fine too. As long as your clothes are not causing you stress, wasted money or taking up valuable time. One of the reasons I’m not a fan of capsule wardrobes is that I like to switch up my fashion style quit a bit. I really love fashion and wearing the same outfits makes me bored.

The second reason I am not a fan of capsule wardrobe is because my clothes tend to fall apart, especially my jeans. After wearing a pair of jean too much it is not long before I have holes in my jeans and I have to buy more. This is why its good to invest in high quality pieces but for someone who is in college this is not always possible.

The third reason is because I don’t like to count the number of items I have. I think it is important to downsize your wardrobe and get rid of clothing you don’t wear often and are taking up room. For me by putting a number on how many clothes I am allowed to have really puts pressure on me to get rid of some pieces I really love and bring me joy and that I wear often. My view on downsizing your wardrobe is this; if you are big into fashion then don’t go for a capsule wardrobe instead make sure everything in your wardrobe are pieces you love and that you will wear often. I think capsule wardrobes are great for those who want to make getting ready for work easier and are able to invest in higher quality clothing.

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on capsule wardrobe. Do you have a capsule wardrobe?


7 thoughts on “My Thoughts on a Capsule Wardrobe

  1. I like the idea of a capsule wardrobe but really I just used it as a good reason to really re-evaluate my closet. I didn’t have a hard, fast rule in place like I needed 5 pairs of pants. I kept what I liked and donated what I didn’t. So far its worked out well and has been a bit freeing!


  2. Sometimes I think that having a number you must reduce your clothes to defeats the purpose of doing it in the first place. The point is to make a capsule wardrobe, but people get wrapped up in achieving the number. “It’s not really minimalism if you have more than X”

    I don’t do an official capsule. I have t-shirts I wear year round, I layer a hoodie or cardigan in the cooler months. I have a couple of neutral shoes and a couple of dresses… I didn’t follow rules or guides, just got rid of anything I didn’t like and didn’t buy more!

    Great post!


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