How to Create a Budget Capsule Wardrobe for women in 2022

Here's the perfect guide to creating your Capsule Wardrobe that will make your life easier and hassle-free, without burning a hole in your pocket!

Are you planning to create a Capsule Wardrobe to avoid decision fatigue you face on regular basis but are confused to start one as it sounds so new? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Starting as a Boutique store “Wardrobe” in 1970, Susie Faux sold high-quality minimalist pieces that were versatile enough to be coordinated with other garments, resulting in boosting confidence in women, since then, Capsule wardrobes are only gaining popularity.

The concept of Capsule Closet is a boon because it builds our wardrobe with the most minimal and efficient garment pieces that we would need and wear, rather than filling piles of clothes in the closet, or on that special chair that lies with a heap of clothes, without complaining!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of garments that consists of all the necessary items that you need in your wardrobe daily.

These pieces are versatile, multifunctional, and coordinate with clothes in your wardrobe making outfit creating easy, and saving time and money. 

Not only does Capsule Wardrobes associated with “Personal Style“, but it also promotes a Sustainable way of thinking about fashion where we can invest in less textile consumption. 

Do you also think that Capsule wardrobes are boring and only for adults?

Check out how Capsule Wardrobe will be a post-pandemic trend before we start talking about Capsule Wardrobe and its benefits.

Benefits of having a Capsule Wardrobe?

The idea is to create a capsule collection with every closet essential of your choice with either the pieces you have and only promotes buying if it’s a crucial requirement in your closet. 

These are a few reasons why you should have a Capsule Wardrobe:

  1. Saves Time and Money
  2. Less Decision Fatigue
  3. Sustainable
  4. Less Stress & Versatile
  5. Own garments that reflect your style.

1. Saves Time and Money

Building a Capsule Wardrobe saves time and money in the long run as helps you curate the best of the pieces for all major events of your life. These events can be Work, casual outings, Parties, and lounge looks.

A combination of everything so that you never fall short of outfits which saves time of going out shopping again and again and spending more.

2. Less Decision Fatigue

Decision Fatigue confuses us which what to pick and what not. Choosing an outfit to wear every day at work could end up being a daunting task for a few.

With Capsule Wardrobe, you have your favorite pieces sorted, matching outfits gets easier and hence you can pick any outfit while in dilemma.

3. Sustainable

Consumers tend to buy more sustainable fashion products as they last longer and don’t compromise on quality. Many fashion influencers inspire you to opt for ethical brands.

Read about the best sustainable fashion bloggers you can follow for ethical fashion and lifestyle. Who doesn’t want some style inspiration?

4. Less Stress & Versatile

When you have your wardrobe curated, with no extra garments that serve your purpose, there’s less stress of getting confused or getting spoilt for choices. Although 40-50 pieces in a Capsule Wardrobe is not fewer garments since they’re coordinated it gets easy to dress

5. Builds Personal Style

Your Capsule Wardrobe consists of your favorite pieces that reflect your personal style, as you keep buying new pieces you stick to the current capsule collection that you’ve already created as it helps to build your style statement. 

How many clothes should be in a Capsule Wardrobe?  

A Capsule wardrobe then becomes very handy as it comprises your favorite pieces, best fits, and colors, and perfect silhouettes for every occasion of your life that compromises 20-50 pieces in total. It consists of shirts, T-shirts, jeans, everyday tops, formal pieces, and dresses, to name a few.

How to build your Capsule Wardrobe in 2022?

Now, that we know what a Capsule Wardrobe is and how it makes our lives easier, let’s learn the process of building the perfect Capsule Wardrobe in 2022:

  1. Lifestyle Analysis 
  2. Wardrobe Analysis 
  3. Choose Colors
  4. Complimenting Pieces
  5. Essential Lingerie
  6. Footwear Basics
  7. Vanity: Hair, Skin & Makeup
  8. Accessories

1. Lifestyle Analysis 

Do a brief analysis of all the events that you might have to attend. These include Work, Lounging at home, Gym, casual dates & hangouts, parties, etc. As all these different occasions want you to dress differently, keep in mind your capsule closet.

2. Wardrobe Analysis 

Before buying new clothes, analyze what you have already. Ask yourself questions like do these clothes fit my current style, do they fit my current style, can I wear them on multiple occasions in multiple ways? Accordingly, keep the ones you like and keep aside the rest, don’t discard them yet!

3. Choose the Best Colors

Colors play a vital role in creating a capsule wardrobe. Keep basic colors, complimenting, and accent colors that are present in your existing wardrobe that can be coordinated in multiple ways. Keep in mind the Versatility.

4. Complimenting Pieces

Complimenting pieces can be picked with respect to colors, textures, patterns, and prints. Outfit curation takes time, the idea is to have versatile outfits that can help you save time and still look put together in the best way.

5. Essential Lingerie

Lingeries can make or break any outfit. There are different types of bras you must know but cut short, keep a T-shirt bra, a strapless one, and a multipurpose bra in black and beige. 

Check out the Lingerie essentials you need in your capsule wardrobe that cater to your every need.

6. Footwear Basics

These are the footwear basics you need. A white sneaker is quite a must-have, a nude heel, a Black strappy heel, a statement stiletto(only if you’re comfortable), and a pair of slip-on for running errands is all you need in your wardrobe.

7. Vanity: Hair, Skin & Makeup

You can build up a makeup kit with the consistent products that you use, also if you can check the makeup kit for beginners if you’re new to this. Similarly, a good skincare routine day and night helps you improve your skin and be consistent with the products.

8. Accessories

Accessories include everyday pendants, hoop earrings, rings for daily wear, and a few heavy and light choker sets for occasions. 

12 Basics You Need in Your Closet for a Capsule Wardrobe 

These are the 12 basic essentials you need to add to your Capsule closet. In addition, we have provided some of our favorite product recommendations keeping quality and functionality in mind, so do click to check out the collections we’ve customized for you.

1. JEANS

Boyfriend ripped high waist jeans

Jeans are one of the most prominent basics every woman must own. Various denim fits like a skinny, regular, boyfriend, etc should be a part of your wardrobe that can be ideal for various events that you attend every day. Your wardrobe is incomplete without nice fitted jeans!

2. SHIRTS

Red Checked long Shirt

Shirts are counted in basic tops as these are the ones you would prefer wearing at work. A few must-have colors can be White, and black, and a few with prints, stripes, and patterns. 3-4 formal-looking shirts in various fabric textures can help you last any day at work.

3. BASIC TEES

Printed t-shirt

T-shirts are undoubtedly everybody’s favorite. Not only that they are flexible to wear on any occasion from brunches, to trips, and running errands, good quality T-shirts are a must-have in your wardrobe.

4. JACKETS

Black puffer jacket

Third layers like Jackets, precisely Denim jackets, blazers, and coats help to complete any look. While denim jackets help you complete any casual look, blazers are a great choice for workwear, to add an extra edge to the overall look.

5. SWEATERS & CARDIGANS

Purple Knit Sweater

In another type of layering, specifically in winters, you can add sweaters and cardigans to your capsule wardrobe. You can buy different textures, thicknesses, and colors according to your base colors. This will not only variety in styling, you can always pull a cozy look whenever you want.

6. DRESSES

Satin Wrap-front Dress

Your capsule wardrobe must contain 3-5 dresses as its part. A formal dress for work, a little black dress for parties, a pastel printed one for daily purposes, and a few additional favorites to break the monotony.

7. ACCESSORIES/ JEWELRY

Gold plated Double-strand Necklace

Accessories play a huge role in making or breaking any look. Pair of hoops, pendants, bracelets, and watches can be a part of your accessories kit that you can easily wear with multiple outfits, hence making it a crucial addition to your capsule wardrobe.

8. SHOES

High Tops Sneakers

No closet is considered complete without shoes. White sneakers, sandals, stilettoes, black formal ballerinas, and nude boots are some of the basic footwear one must own.

9. JUMPSUITS

V-neck Jumpsuit

To break the monotony of dresses, one can opt for jumpsuits. Although you can have full freedom in picking the styles for this one, we’d suggest black, cocktail-inspired, and printed pastels to be the top 3 preferences.

10. SHORTS/ SKIRTS

Yellow Short Skirt

Shorts & Skirts can be an essential choice for you in the summers. Pick a pair of linen shorts, a denim skirt/shorts, and sequin skirts can be a few options you can keep as closet essentials.

11. HANDBAGS

Blackpink Small Shoulder HandBag

Handbags like a tote bag, formal bag, or mini purses/wallets can be a part of the closet essential. Add 2-3 of these pieces and you are good to go, on any damn occasion!

12. LINGERIE

Nude, black Bra LINGERIE

The closet without the right lingerie is incomplete. Colors like nude, black, and white, with different fabrics, could be an important point to note. Make sure that you get your size measured every time you buy new lingerie.

How to Choose Colors for Capsule closet?

Your Capsule Wardrobe will consist of three types of Colors namely the Base Colors, Complimenting colors, and accent colors. 

The main point to consider while picking any of these colors is to choose colors that make you feel your best and complement your skin tone. 

You can lean towards warm colors if your skin is warm-toned and the same goes for cool colors.

Types of colors you should have in your Capsule Closet:

  • Base Colors
  • Complimenting Colors
  • Accent Colors

1. Base Colors: The base colors are neutrals like beiges and grays. Like if you’re somebody who likes neutrals like Beiges, Grays, Blues, Ivory, tan, and navy, as they are quite subtle and versatile, are the best pieces to define your base colors.

Keep in mind that “Base Colors are the building blocks of your closet” hence pick the colors very wisely.

2. Complimenting Colors: Complimenting colors are limited pieces, maybe you’ll have to shop for this more but they’re worth it. Analyze the color schemes of your closet (including Base colors, Accent colors, etc).

Pick textures and patterns that complement most of the pieces that you have. These can be printed scarves, neutral but statement belts, jackets, etc.

3. Accent Colors: Accent Colors add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Your accent colors can have pastels and tints in summers while you can replace bold statement colors for winters which can change.

You can pick a few statement colors that can be worn again and again in different ways according to your undertones. 

Points to remember while creating a Capsule Wardrobe in 2022

 Before we conclude here are a few points for you to keep in mind:

  • Loungewear is playing a key component of your capsule wardrobe. Refer to our Loungewear Capsule Wardrobe to explore.
  • Shirts are being replaced with comfortable tees and sweatshirts, while pajamas and sweatpants replace jeans and trousers. 
  • Glam makeup can only be seen on Instagram transition reels while your workwear attire consists of a fresh dewy no-makeup makeup look.
  • You can add additional transitional garments for spring and autumn. You can switch from summer to winter by replacing your tees with knitted tops and supper tops with sweaters as you please. 

Conclusion

Building a capsule wardrobe today is quite a different scenario. You might need to go out shopping once but you’ll be sorted for the season or preferably you’d shop online. 

A Capsule Wardrobe is all about good quality and sustainability. Since we know the benefits of creating a Capsule Wardrobe now and how to create one, start creating a capsule closet for yourself now!

Initiate your first step toward a sustainable Capsule Wardrobe and create your Capsule Closet now!

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