Capsule Wardrobe 101 Guide

Think you need to spend a fortune on clothes, constantly be shopping, and have a ton of items in your closet to stay stylish? Think again. Enter the capsule wardrobe! This concept is very popular these days. It seems like many women (and even men) are interested in learning more about it...but it is not a new concept, it has been around for some time.

In this post we'll share some foundational info. on the capsule wardrobe and additional resources to learn more, build your own, or get help from our team!

The capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe or limited number of individual pieces of clothing. For example, a white t-shirt or pair of jeans. Capsule wardrobe pieces are:

  • timeless, classic, stylish, “staple” pieces vs. trendy items that are likely to go out of style

  • high-quality and can be worn multiple times without needing to be replaced

  • items you enjoy wearing and feel confident in

  • in coordinating colors maximizing versatility and ability to mix and match with one another to create many outfits

  • things that can be worn across seasons

We say mini wardrobe, because unless you are totally into this concept and only want a capsule wardrobe, it is likely that you will have other pieces in your wardrobe that do not meet these criteria, and that is okay!

There are tons of benefits to having a capsule wardrobe:

  • Save money as you'll have your capsule collection as your go-to and will not need to be constantly shopping and replacing these items

  • Save time & energy by knowing what's in your wardrobe that you have to work with

  • Feel more confident understanding how to mix and match and make outfits you feel great in

  • Get creative and have fun styling doing more with less, it doesn't need to feel boring

  • Hone in on + showcase your personal style, which is hard to figure out! Your go-to pieces will start to define a good way! You'll be able to identify which items are your statement/accent pieces, your signature looks, the colors you love, and more.

If any of these sound like you, the capsule wardrobe is for you, so keep reading.

  • I have a closet full of clothes bit struggle finding things I love to wear

  • I'm busy and don't have the time/desire to spend time shopping

  • I want to elevate my style/feel more stylish​

  • I'm overwhelmed by my closet

  • I don't feel confident in my clothes

  • I want a more simplified wardrobe

  • I want higher quality clothes and to move away from fast fashion

  • I'm on a budget

Let's talk color for a moment. Neutrals are key to maximize versatility and thus we recommend sticking to primarily neutrals for capsule items...BUT if you love color, that is fine too, just consider coordinating colors.

Base neutrals (consider 2):

  • White & black

  • Nude/beige & navy blue

  • Off-white/cream & brown

Accent colors & patterns:

We have curated an ideal cross-season capsule wardrobe to optimize your ability to make many outfits that includes:

  • 8 tops

  • 7 bottoms

  • 7 dresses

  • 8 outerwear items/layering pieces

+ shoes & accessories

Further, we recommend considering light and dark neutral options in most pieces or at least the pieces you'd wear the most to really maximize (i.e. dark and light neutral t-shirt, camisole, blouse, pump). This does not mean that this is the exact capsule wardrobe for YOU. It is customizable and important to invest in the categories of clothing and pieces that you love, fit your personal style, are in your budget, and feel confident in!

More resources:

  • Capsule Wardrobe Guide (the above + more tips and inspo on how to wear the recommended staple pieces)

  • Closet edit guide

  • Prept (US!) want help customizing your own capsule wardrobe or picking out essentials for YOU, per your body type, complexion, budget, and more? Book one of our virtual styling services and 1:1 time with a Pro that can curate looks & advice just for you in our app!

Just have styling questions? You can also chat with the Prept Team in our app / text us anytime @ 855-582-3573

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