1. The first step is to decide on what type of capsule wardrobe you're interested in.
- Are you like Susie Faux who is interested in long standing classics?
- Caroline Rector who buys a new wardrobe each season?
- Interested in specific capsule wardrobe like having one only for work?
- Are you brave like OH Happy Day and willing to pair it down to twelves pieces?
- Or do you want to loosely follow others but make up your own rules as you go along?
2 Then, brainstorm what you need for your capsule wardrobe.
Where are you placing importance?
Shoes, well fitting pants or dresses, casual wear.
Think about what signature items are important to you. Do you love a classic trench coat or crave fall riding boots? Be ready to invest in quality versions of your own personal staples.
3. Take inventory of you closet.
What do you have that you want to keep and what do you want to toss (or give away)?
4. Figure out what is and isn't included in a capsule wardrobe.
What to include:
Roughly 10-50 items of clothing
What not to include:
Clothes you wear working on the house
5. Put together a shopping plan.
The Simply Luxurious Life has tips on creating a capsule wardrobe on a budget.
Now that you have an idea of what is and isn't in a capsule wardrobe how do you decide the number and each you need? Again it's a personal decision. Caroline Rector chooses 9 shoes, 9 bottoms, 15 tops, 2 dresses and 2 jackets but changes her number depending on what a season needs. Summer can handle more dresses and winter lends itself to more pants.
You could even create a few smaller collections say 10-15 pieces each. Splitting it up for weekend and work outfits.