5 Easy Steps To A Stunning Capsule Closet

Here’s the zero-BS, quick-and-easy guide to creating a capsule closet wardrobe with color and personality! #zerowaste #minimalism #capsulewardrobe

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11 Ways A Capsule Closet Can Change Your Life

How exactly can adopting a capsule closet change your life?

  1. You can sleep-in more because it’s quick and easy to get dressed.
  2. Reduce decision fatigue because you can just grab pieces that you know are going to work together.
  3. Always wear the clothes you love because you’ve put so much thought into what you have in your closet and removed the excess clothes.
  4. Be able to have enough money to invest in pieces that reflect and support your core values and beliefs.
  5. Have enough money to invest in better quality pieces that last a very long time.
  6. Clearly define your personal style and feel more confident in your style because the capsule closet forces you to reflect what you truly like and will wear multiple times.
  7. It helps you to stop comparing yourself to others because capsule closets make you feel really good and confident in your clothes and your style. This results in you caring a lot less about what advertisements and other people are wearing or doing. Remember: any kind of advertising is trying to convince us that we’re not good enough. But if you feel good in your clothes, then advertisements will have less influence over you.
  8. It helps you let go of things that you don’t need or that don’t really matter to your lifestyle and core values.
  9. Reduces stress because it looks nicer and makes it easier to find things!
  10. Capsule closets make it easier to travel and pack your things because you already have a good sense of what goes together.
  11. You can save a lot of money with a smaller wardrobe that has higher-quality pieces. The average person purchases a lot of fast fashion. If you simply reduce how much fast fashion you purchase, you can already save lots of money. Then, once you start building your capsule closet, you begin to save even more money in the long-term!

Step 1. Select your base color

Choose a base color that you will add color, patterns, and personality to later.

Some great base colors that work really well:

  • Black
  • Navy
  • Different shades of brown

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Step 2. Add neutral-colored essential pieces of clothing

Essential and basic pieces of clothing are tops and bottoms that are:

  1. solid colors that are all neutral colors like black, white, gray, and beige – all of these colors coordinate well with each other
  2. classic pieces that never go out of style

Examples of essentials:

  • a white button-up shirt
  • gray short sleeve tee
  • beige sweater
  • white long sleeve tee
  • black skirt
  • etc.

PRO TIP: Remember your base color from Step 1? When selecting your essentials from the list below, be sure and use the same as your base color you chose in Step 1.

  • navy + black = awkward
  • navy + navy = look amazing
  • black + black = look amazing
  • brown + brown = look amazing


  • 5-6 tops
  • 5 bottoms
  • 1-2 dresses

Common Capsule Closet Tops:

  • white button-up shirt
  • chambray shirt
  • gray short sleeve tee
  • white short sleeve tee
  • black short sleeve tee
  • gray long sleeve tee
  • white long sleeve tee
  • black long sleeve tee
  • white blouse
  • gray sweater
  • beige sweater
  • black sweater
  • black cardigan
  • beige cardigan
  • gray cardigan

Common Capsule Closet Bottoms:

  • blue skinny jeans
  • gray skinny jeans
  • white skinny jeans
  • blue denim skirt
  • black ankle pants
  • gray ankle pants
  • black skirt
  • gray skirt

Common Capsule Closet Dresses:

  • black dress
  • gray dress
  • chambray blue dress (a soft, light blue denim color)

Note: If you want an all-neutral minimalist capsule, then you can skip to Step 5 to choose your shoes and accessories. Otherwise, let’s go to Step 3!

Step 3. Select your accent colors

It’s definitely possible to have a lot of color in your capsule closet!

What’s your favorite color? Blush pink, olive, royal blue or red?

Go ahead and add a few tops or bottoms in your favorite color to your closet.

Use this Closet Color Coordinating Chart to make sure that your accent colors match your base color and neutral colors…

Step 4. Add patterned clothing & layers

For Patterns:

Add 1-3 patterned items. They can be tops, bottoms, skirts or dresses.

PRO TIP: The most popular patterned item is a horizontal striped tee or long-sleeved shirt that is either navy stripe or black stripe. This will go with almost everything in your closet!

Other patterns that coordinate well:

  • stripes
  • polka dots
  • floral fabrics
  • plaid
  • gingham
  • windowpane (it looks like graph paper!)

Remember: Whichever pattern you choose, make sure the colors in the pattern coordinate with your accent color and your base colors.

For Layers:

You should add 2-3 of blazers, jackets and/or coats. This adds texture and color to your capsule closet!

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Step 5. Add shoes & accessories

For Shoes:

  1. Add 1-2 pairs in your chosen base color (black, navy, or brown).
  2. Then, add a neutral pair of heels or flats (gray, white, beige).
  3. Add a casual pair, like sneakers, add boots or sandals.

The total amount and types of shoes you end up with depends on your lifestyle.

For Accessories:

  1. Choose 1-2 handbags (black or beige goes with almost everything).
  2. Add a statement necklace or 1-2 scarves to complete your capsule.

4 Easy Tips For Your Effortless Capsule Closet

  • Make sure all of your essentials coordinate together
  • If you are missing any items, write down what you need before you go shopping
  • Avoid browsing the sales and give yourself time to think about a new item before you buy it.
  • Ask these questions to stay focused on what will work in my closet and avoid useless spending

1. Does it go with 3 other items in my capsule?

2. How many outfits can I create with this item?

3. Does it fit with my personal style?

4. Does the fit and fabric work for me?

5. What this work with my lifestyle?

Printable Capsule Closet Cheatsheet

Print out the summary sheet below to help you create your stunning capsule closet in just 5 easy steps! 😄

Here's the zero-BS, quick-and-easy guide to creating a capsule closet wardrobe with color and personality! #zerowaste #minimalism #capsulewardrobe #ecofashion

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