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How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe

One of the newest trends to hit Pinterest is the capsule wardrobe. If you search it, you’ll see loads of color palettes and dozens of themes—it can get overwhelming! I’m here to break down this trend and help you build your own capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe places every piece in your wardrobe front and center. When you can see it, you will wear it. Have you ever found clothes in the back of your closet with the tags still on? While that “Yay! New clothes (again)! ” feeling is nice, I guarantee you’ve bought three more things in the meantime just like it. That’s what we do. We have the things we like and we don’t deviate from them; instead, we keep buying more. And more. And. More.

A capsule wardrobe does a few things for you: It saves you time and money and it makes you look put together every time you leave your house. Don’t we all want that?

Here’s an example of a small capsule wardrobe. As you can see, each item coordinates with at least three other pieces. So, how do you do this?

First, you need to make a list or create a plan for your wardrobe. This includes your color palette. A good basic formula is two neutrals and four coordinating colors. Second, you need to take everything (yes, everything) out of your closet. Third, go “shopping” in your current pieces to see what you have, but be judgmental (think Tim Gunn) toward each item. If it’s worn, pilling, has holes or has lost its shape, toss it aside. Fourth, evaluate what’s missing in your capsule and go shopping to complete the wardrobe.

When you’re shopping, put each item through the “1-2-3” rule:
1) I am only going to have one of these in my closet so if I buy this piece, one piece in my existing wardrobe needs to go. (This only applies if you have already completed your wardrobe.)
2) Does this match both my coloring AND my style?
3) Does this piece coordinate with at least three other items in my wardrobe?

Many women are currently moving toward this minimalistic approach to their wardrobe to simplify their lives. My capsule wardrobe e-book is coming out soon, so stay tuned and mention this article to receive special pricing! Learn more at