Building a Capsule Wardrobe

I promised I would update you on the capsule wardrobe project a friend and I embarked on, so here I am.

Step 1: Making space, letting go.

The very first step of doing a capsule wardrobe consists of digging out all of your clothes for the season (in our case Fall & Winter) and separating them into three piles:

  1. Definitely yes! I love it and wear it often.
  2. Hmmm… maybe
  3. Nope – not worn in ages, time to go!

We wanted to give each other feedback in the process and exchange clothes if possible, so we set two appointments to meet at each other’s place, bought some wine, played some tunes on Spotify and went for it.

I have to admit that my closet needed A LOT more clean up than my friends. We only got a plastic bag full of “nope clothes” out of hers, while I ended up with 2 big bags, each weighing about 4 kg.

We also discovered that I wear A LOT of gray and have way too many jeans (I disagree, there’s no such thing as too many jeans), pullovers, that I need to color up my style a bit more and wear more skirts/dresses.

It was a fun and liberating exercise and I recommend it to everyone! My friend left with a few pieces to try on and the red cross will definitely profit from my generous donation.

What’s next?

The next step consists of making an inventory of what’s left so I can plan my wardrobe and go shopping for the missing pieces consciously. Ideally, an excel table should do. It should give an overview of all the clothes I have for this season, divided into three main categories:

  1. Tops (t-shirts, blouses, shirts, knitted tops, etc.)
  2. Over-tops (cardigans, sweaters, blazers, jackets, etc.)
  3. Bottoms (pants, skirts, shorts, jeans, dresses, etc.)

It is recommended that one has 33 pieces per season. Since I mix both seasons, I get to have up to 66 pieces if I want to. This doesn’t count underwear or sportswear.

To make your planning even more detailed, you can also categorize your clothes according to color. I could already see that my fall and winter clothes are mainly black, grey, dark blue, deep red and camel. Neutral colors would be black, dark blue and grey, and dominant colors would be deep red and camel. I will add another vibrant color from my color palette to pimp up my style (I’m dark/deep autumn – take this quiz to find which colors suit you best).

Until now I haven’t had time to count what I have left after the closet purging, but it is on my weekend to-do list. Will share my results next week.

In the meantime, I’ve been pinning like a crazy lady on possible outfit combinations and colors. Check out my pinterest board.


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