The idea of a capsule wardrobe is gaining more and more followers, but when you are first starting out the whole concept can feel overwhelming and obscure. Once you set your mind on creating a capsule wardrobe, you will want to decide on how you will create your capsule wardrobe. There are a multitude of concepts floating around on the Internet. I’ll introduce the most popular and give you some tips on choosing the right concept for you.
What is the right timeframe?
Most concepts center around a 3 month timeframe, and I feel like that’s what most people do. Creating a capsule for 3 months may work nicely if you live in a climatic region with distinct seasons. You can also create a 6 month capsule wardrobe, which is what I do. This requires a bigger committment in terms of time and planning up front, but then you’re done for 6 months which is what I really enjoy about it. There are a few people who advocate for an all-year wardrobe, but depending on the climate where you live this might be quite difficult to achieve.
In my opinion, longer is not necessarily better. The timeframe that works for where you live and for where you are in your capsule wardrobe journey right now is the right one for you. Generally, I would expect that it’s easier to start with a shorter timeframe for your first capsule, but then again, I started with a 6 month capsule, so just do with what feels the most comfortable to you.
The most popular concepts
Project 333: The concept is rather straight forward: you pick 33 items (clothes, shoes, and accessories) for 3 months.
unfancy: Caroline Joy Rector’s concept is very comparable to Project 333, but set’s the magic number at 37 items for 3 months.
Five Piece French Wardrobe: The idea is to have a closet full of high-quality basics that can be worn for several seasons and, at least in part, all year round, and to add only 5 pieces per season. This concept focuses more on what enters your closet, and not so much the actual number of pieces in your closet.
30×30: The mini-version of a capsule wardrobe lets you choose 30 items for 1 month (30 days).
The right concept for you
Use this little test to identify the right concept for you – or take it as a starting point for making your own rules, because in the end it all boils down to you.
Make your own rules
There is always the option to use the existing concepts as a starting point and to create a custom capsule wardrobe concept that fits your individual lifestyle. For instance, for my 6 month capsules I aim to choose between 30 and 40 pieces. For my fall/winter capsule I fluctuated between 34 and 38, and for my current spring/summer capsule I started with 30 pieces. If you want to read more on my custom capsule concept, head over here.
Allowing yourself some more flexibility can ease your way into creating a capsule wardrobe, although you might need to invest more time on planning everything out beforehand.
So there you have it, those are my tips to finding the right capsule wardrobe concept for you. Now I’m curious:
What is your capsule wardrobe concept?
Have you switched from one concept to another?
If your just starting out, with what concept will you start?