Capsule Collections: Are They Worth the Hype?


New trends arise every season. From summertime boho-chic to fall hipster wardrobes, there are signature pieces in every clothing collection that come and go. But what about those timeless staple pieces that fit in with every style, season, and occasion? For those with minimalist styles, capsule collections are a dream come true. What Are They? Capsule collections are quite simple. They are smaller wardrobes that consist of your absolute favorite pieces. The main difference between capsule collections and regular wardrobes is that capsule collections consist of versatile pieces that you consistently wear time and time again. Not only are capsule collections simple, but they're also incredible versatile. The key to building an effective capsule collection is to include only pieces that you absolutely love, and then, rotate in seasonal pieces. In addition to clothes, capsule collections can also include shoes, handbags, and accessories.

Why Are They Popular? Capsule collections are meant to enhance your lifestyle by simplifying your wardrobe. Rather than wasting time searching through your closet for something to wear, you can head straight to your capsule collections and find one of your favorite outfits. Save time and stress. Capsule collections eliminate the frustrating task of finding that perfect outfit. With capsule collections, every outfit is already perfect.

How to Start a Capsule Collection First of all, you need to dedicate some serious time for sorting through your closet. Find the clothes that you haven't worn in a year, don't have any intentions of wearing, or just don't love anymore. If you don't love it, then don't keep it. Donate them, sell them, or trade them. Next, find the pieces that you absolutely love and wear constantly. Then, add seasonal pieces that you like to throw into rotation. Finally, give the same treatment to your shoes, handbags, and accessories.

If you want an effortless yet versatile capsule wardrobe, then you need to maintain a certain number of each clothing item.

An ideal fall capsule would consist of:

  • 8 pairs of shoes (boots, sneakers, heels, and flats)
  • 20 tops (t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeves, blouses, dress shirts, and sweaters)
  • 10 bottoms (jeans, leggings, and skirts)
  • 5 dresses (casual, formal, and in-between)
  • 8 jackets (denim, bomber, parka, khaki, leather, and raincoat)

Having a wardrobe with all your beloved staple items provides easy selection and endless outfit combinations.

You can always remove items that are season-dependent and store them in a box until the weather begins to change. For example, your summer capsule collection will likely have more dresses and shorts than coats, and that’s okay too! As long as you’re keeping a small but frequently worn selection handy, then you should be on your way to saving money, time, and avoiding that headache that comes with having “nothing to wear”.

What's in your capsule collection?