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Capsule vs Minimal: How to Simplify Your Everyday Wardrobe

On my Instagram, I shared that I’ve been working towards creating a minimal wardrobe. It’s been such a fun journey discovering how to dress for my body type and creating a personal style.

Because I used to have a ton of clothes in my closet, but I could never find anything to wear.

Can you relate? 

Some days I’d feel confident in my outfits and some days I’d feel a mess — like I just threw something together. 

I am a simple girl at heart. I hate when things get complicated. And what was ALWAYS complicated for me was finding something to wear.

It didn’t matter if I was running to Walmart or going to a wedding. 

I hated getting dressed. 

I’ll never forget one of my best friends who gave me the best advice. She said, “you don’t know what to wear because you don’t want to learn.”

I could’ve gotten offended, but instead, I understood it was exactly what I needed to hear. 

So I set out to learn about myself, figure out what looked flattering on me, and simplify my entire wardrobe. 

And today, I’m going to help you simplify your wardrobe too.

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe

Decluttering my closet always looked like me holding onto stuff I was just hoping to squeeze back into one day, but that wasn’t helping me. 

Of course, one of the easiest ways to simplify your wardrobe is to own less clothing. 

Related: Decluttering for BEGINNERS: Where to Start + How to Get It DONE!

But less doesn’t always mean quantity

The fewer options you have, the more creative you become!

Minimalism has become extremely popular over the last few years, and if you’re trying to create a clutter-free closet, then you’re probably torn between building a minimal wardrobe or a capsule wardrobe. 

What is a Minimal Wardrobe?

For me, a Minimal Wardrobe is more about quality than quantity.

It’s a personal style. Typically made up of one color, no prints, and monochromatic looks. It’s simple, no fuss, you don’t have to worry about being trendy because your pieces are timeless and classic.

In the first year of my simplifying journey, as I was purging and purchasing clothes, I noticed I really loved neutral colors, so that’s all I would buy. 

Then in Year 2, I pinpointed the exact colors I loved wearing most: black, white, and denim blue.

It was scary to say that out loud. I thought to myself “am I really going to be that girl who only wears black, white, and denim?”

I knew I had to become her because that’s all I was reaching for when I got dressed anyway. Once I owned what I liked and gave myself permission to buy more of it, that’s when everything changed.

It got so much easier for me to shop, come up with outfit ideas, and keep my closet organized! I have more of a minimal wardrobe consisting of 1-3 shades, no prints, and reliable basics. 

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

In contrast, a Capsule Wardrobe has more emphasis on quantity. Typically made up of neutral colors and simple prints.

It’s perfect for people who want to downsize their closet to save space, add color to their wardrobe and get creative with their outfits!  

There are many ways to create a capsule wardrobe. You can use the 40 Hanger Rule where you limit your wardrobe to 40 pieces. When you want to buy something new, swap out something old! 

You can also try the Five-Piece French Wardrobe method. And no, it doesn’t mean you limit your wardrobe to just five pieces. It means you can select five items each season to add to your closet. This can be done twice a year or four times a year, totally up to you! 

This capsule wardrobe was inspired by the fact that French women don’t follow fashion trends like American women do. They keep their closet full of timeless basics and occasionally buy staple pieces. 

Which wardrobe should you choose? 

I honestly believe you can’t go wrong with building a minimal or capsule closet. They’re both easy to organize, you’ll be able to find something to wear faster, and feel guilt-free about repeating outfits you love! 

Start by figuring out your personal style.

For me, in the beginning, it became quite clear that I didn’t have any style at all. Are there colors you gravitate more towards? Is there a specific look you’ve always admired?

Start there. Get rid of pieces that don’t reflect who you are anymore and rebuild your wardrobe little by little.

Creating A Clutter-Free Closet

As you begin this journey, remember these two things: 1) you don’t need to choose to go minimal or capsule on Day 1, and 2) you don’t need to get rid of everything in your closet and start building from scratch.

I simplified my wardrobe over time by sticking to my One In, One Out rule: for every new top or bottom I buy, I get rid of one!

I’m now down to the last 20% of my closet left to simplify. This is stuff I don’t wear 80% of the time.

The goal is to keep editing until your closet contains 100% of the clothing you wear at least 80% of the time.

Getting there won’t happen overnight. It’s been a two-year journey for me, but I’m so close to loving everything that’s in my closet!

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I hope you now feel inspired to simplify your wardrobe. It’s a fun and rewarding journey, and it is 100% the best thing you can do for yourself!

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