Curating a Capsule Wardrobe

Creating a capsule wardrobe is a fun way to define your personal style, a way to consume and spend less, and a way to be more mindful about the items you purchase. Yet, how does one begin the journey of starting a capsule wardrobe? Luckily for you, we’ve gathered all the answers in one place.

What is a “Capsule Wardrobe”?

A capsule wardrobe usually consists of 30 - 40 pieces of clothing. These items are interchangeable, versatile, and can outlast the fleeting trends that occur each season.


If you’re looking to build a closet you absolutely adore, to be more sustainable, spend and consume less (yay for mother nature!), and / or want to mindfully choose what you’re purchasing.

Where to start?

Starting the process can be the most intimidating step. Yet, it’s actually pretty easy and not to mention fun! Since you already have a wardrobe, this is the best place to start shopping. 

Now go to your closet and analyze each garment with these 5 Questions:

  1. Do I LOVE this item?
  2. Do I feel confident in the garment?
  3. Have I worn this garment within the last year?
  4. Does it go with the other items in my wardrobe?
  5. Does this item represent who I am or who I want to be?

If you answered“no”to at least 2 of these questions, it might be time to accept that this garment no longer serves you and give it a new meaning.

Why not take a look at our Take-back Program to give new life to your garments?
How do I structure my wardrobe?

Your wardrobe should have a balance between your tops, bottoms, shoes, layers, and accessories.

It also helps to have staple, timeless pieces that never go out of style. Some of these staple items can be a neutral t-shirt, a pair of jeans, a blazer, a turtleneck, and a pair of white sneakers. When building a capsule wardrobe, you want to keep items that are pragmatic, interchangeable, and can be worn year-round.

Choose neutral colors, accompanied by your favorite shades that compliment your complexion.

Lastly, hold onto silhouettes that hug you in all the right places and make you feel confident. 

What is the ultimate wardrobe staple?

For me, a wardrobe staple has always been a great pair of rigid denim jeans.

Finding a great pair jeans is the equivalent of having a best friend that you can count on in any situation. They support you during work functions, your nights on the town, or early mornings at the farmers market.

Once you find that special pair that is comfortable, durable, and fits perfectly– hold onto them for dear life. 

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Isabel rodela

On a professional level — Isabel is a creator, fashion industry specialist, and sustainability analyst. On a personal level — Isabel is a dreamer with a lust for travel, an environmentalist yogini, and a hopeful believer in life itself.

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