Where To Begin When Starting On Building A Capsule Wardrobe?

For the past two years, I’ve been following the capsule wardrobe trend… I’ve also saved thousands of dollars each year by not buying superfluous clothing! Every season, I rely on my capsule wardrobe to get dressed quickly, always wear my favorite clothing, keep my closet tidy, have a variety of ensembles ready to wear, and save money.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “capsule wardrobe,” it refers to a collection of clothing that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks. Typically, you wear a capsule wardrobe for three months and then refresh it for the next season at the conclusion of that time. You limit your buying by owning a certain quantity of waist ruqun clothes per season, which saves you money! When an item is worn out or no longer fits properly, it’s time to replace it. Capsule wardrobe inspiration can be found all over the internet, including right here on ClassyYetTrendy.com. In my Capsule Wardrobe e-Book Store, I also sell various seasonal capsule wardrobe e-books.

To begin a capsule wardrobe, take everything out of your closet and leave only the walls visible. For the time being, put everything from your closet aside. If you’re using a clothes rack, remove everything from it and set it aside. You may effortlessly put together your capsule without having anything in your closet!

Step 1: Choose a base color of “Navy” or “Black.”

To begin, choose whether you want to use navy or black as your base color. If this is your first capsule wardrobe, stick to one base hue, perhaps navy or black. When you only utilize one, it’s easy to grasp the notion. When we go farther into this tutorial, you’ll understand why it’s easier. The most popular hues in capsule outfits are black and navy. Because it goes with so many different hues, black is an excellent basic color to employ. If you don’t want to use black, navy looks great with a variety of other hues. If you don’t like blue or black, a shade of brown can be used as a base instead.

Step 2: Choose Your Neutral-Coordinated Essentials

“What are neutral-color harmonizing essentials?” you might wonder. Let us begin by defining “essentials.” Solid-colored tops and bottoms, such as black, white, gray, chambray, and beige, are timeless classics that never go out of style. A white button-up shirt, gray short-sleeve tee, beige sweater, white long-sleeve tee, black skirt, and other basics are examples.

When choosing these items, stick to neutral hues such as black, white, gray, chambray, or beige. Chambray is a fabric that resembles denim but is softer. It’s available in light blue, medium blue, or dark blue. All of these hues complement each other nicely.

Note: If you choose any navy or black items from the list below, make sure they match the base color you chose above. When navy and black are worn together, it creates an odd look. A navy blouse with black jeans, for example, does not look good together, but a black top and black pants do. A navy top and navy pants are also a good match.

I went with narrow jeans, a denim skirt, gray skinny jeans, black ankle leggings, and a black pencil skirt as my bottoms.

A gray short sleeve tee, gray cardigan, white short sleeve tee, white button-up shirt, chambray shirt, beige cardigan, and black dress were all among my choices.

When adding or removing objects in your capsule, keep the following in mind:

The key to having a practical closet is to make sure that everything matches. If you’re missing anything, make a list of what you’ll need before heading out to the store. Avoid perusing the sales and give yourself time to consider a new purchase before making a purchase. These are the questions I ask myself when I’m considering a new purchase. This allows me to keep focused on what will work in my closet and avoid wasting money.

These are the inquiries:

1. Is it compatible with the other three products in my capsule?
2. How many different ensembles can I put together with this item?
3. Is it appropriate for my particular style?
4. Is the fit and fabric appropriate for my body type?
5. How does this fit into my lifestyle?

These blog posts might be of interest to you:

  • What Is a Core Closet and How Do I Make One?
  • How to Put Together Outfits From a Core Closet
  • The 10-Item Wardrobe: 48 Outfits in One

Choose a few complementing neutral-colored basics. You might already have a few in your wardrobe! If you’re using navy as your foundation color, simply replace the “black” color items below with “navy.”
(Pick five or six tops, five bottoms, and one or two dresses):


  • chambray shirt white button-up 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
  • sweater in gray
  • sweater in beige
  • black cardigan black sweater
  • cardigan in beige
  • cardigan in gray


  • slim blue jeans
  • slender jeans in gray
  • slim white jeans
  • black ankle pants gray ankle pants black skirt gray skirt blue denim skirt


  • gray dress black dress
  • blue chambray dress

Note: If you want to create an all-neutral minimalist capsule, skip to Step 5 and select your shoes and accessories. Otherwise, keep going…

Step 3: Select an Accent Color (optional)

This is when things start to get interesting! Is blush pink, olive, royal blue, or crimson your favorite color? Add a few of tops or bottoms in your favorite hue to your wardrobe. Use the Color Chart for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Check to see if your accent color matches your base color.

As accent colors, I chose blush and sky blue:

Step 4: Add a Few Patterned & Layered Items

Add one, two, or three patterned products now. Tops, bottoms, skirts, and dresses are all options. A horizontal striped tee is the most popular patterned item, and it’s even considered a “essential” (see the picture below). The stripes on this sort of garment are usually navy or black. This kind of top can go with almost anything in your closet. Polka dots and floral textiles are two other motifs that go well with other items in your wardrobe. If you choose with a flowery top or pants, make sure the colors in the top, pants, or skirt match your accent and base colors.

Also, if the weather permits, a pair of blazers, jackets, and/or coats. This is a great way to spice up your clothing with texture and color!

As patterned things, I put a black striped top and a light blue striped top (similar).

Step 5: Decide on your footwear and accessories.

After you’ve finished putting together the majority of your capsule wardrobe, it’s time to add your shoes and accessories. Add a pair or two of shoes in the same base color, such as navy or black, a nude neutral pair of heels or flats, a casual pair, such as sneakers, and boots or sandals. The number of pairs and sorts of shoes you choose are determined by your lifestyle.

Choose one or two purses as accessories. Because the colors blend well with your attire, a black or beige purse is always a terrific complement to your wardrobe. To finish your capsule, add a striking necklace or one or two scarves.