How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe 

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Introduction

Learn how to create a capsule wardrobe that simplifies your style, saves you time, and ensures you always have something chic to wear.

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Choose a primarily neutral color palette

Opt for neutral colors like black, navy, gray, brown, camel, taupe, cream, and white for your essential pieces. These colors are versatile and easy to mix and match.

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Incorporate accent colors

Add 1 or 2 accent colors that you love and complement your complexion. These colors will add interest and personality to your capsule wardrobe while still pairing nicely with neutral tones.

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Pick timeless, functional, and versatile pieces

Select timeless clothing items that will never go out of style, like a crisp white button-down shirt or classic blazer. Ensure each piece is functional, comfortable, and suits your current lifestyle.

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Consider functionality

When choosing pieces, consider the fabric, weight, structure, and ease of cleaning and maintenance. Functional clothing should be practical and comfortable for your everyday activities.

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Embrace versatility

Opt for versatile clothing that pairs easily with other items and can be styled in different ways for various occasions. Look for pieces that can be mixed and matched with different colors and patterns.

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Ask yourself key questions

Before adding a piece to your capsule wardrobe, ask yourself if it's comfortable, practical, easy to wear and maintain, and if it pairs well with other items.

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Stick to the current season

Focus on selecting pieces that are appropriate for the current season. Store out-of-season items separately until it's time to switch over your wardrobe.

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Don't get hung up on a number

There are no strict rules for the size of your capsule wardrobe. Avoid fixating on a specific number and instead focus on choosing pieces that you love and that work well together.

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Use a checklist

Download a capsule wardrobe checklist or create your own to help you stay organized and on track as you select your key pieces. Note specific garments, colors, and items you need to purchase.

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