How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe In College

Styling outfits for everyday life is hard enough. Working with your wardrobe only becomes that much more difficult when your dorm has a small closet space. Whether you’re trying to cramp all your clothes onto one rack or simply just looking to make your OOTD process easier, we have got the stylish secret to success. Try creating a capsule wardrobe for college!

What Is A Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a process of eliminating unnecessary items in your closet and maximizing outfit options. Though this may seem impossible, this practice has been around since the 70’s and has recently come back into the spotlight. Originally the term was coined in the 1970’s as a practice of only investing in quality pieces over fast fashion. Fast forward to 2020 and many are making efforts to stray from the consumption of fast fashion and shopping more ethically. 

This practice involves ditching anything that is only in trend for the moment and investing in about 30 quality staples that can be mixed and matched to make hundreds of different looks. Modern capsule wardrobes are seen all over Tik Tok! Style influencers on the app have been sharing videos of their capsule wardrobes and soon you can too!

How To Begin

To master a capsule wardrobe you will need to purge your current closet of any clothing items you do not already wear. This includes any items that perhaps were fast fashion impulse purchases, items that don’t fit or simply do not match anything else in your personal collection.

 From here you will identify what staple items are the most worn and also the most versatile. This will include quality basics that can be dressed up or down from season to season. Once you have identified what capsule pieces of your own you want to keep you can then make the move to have some fun and shop!

What You Will Need

Remember that the purpose of a capsule closet is to minimize frivolous purchases and so we must keep this in mind as we take to the stores. For a versatile capsule closet be sure to have about 25 to 30 pieces of clothes you actually will wear together. This can include quality jeans, a good leather jacket, staple tops and even a cute coat! Is it up to the buyer how much of each category they wish to have in tops, bottoms, dresses or maybe even coats but to achieve a successful line up of mixable items be sure to purchase somewhat evenly.

Things To Keep In Mind

To have style success you must pick a color palette that works for you. Oftentimes blacks, brown tones and neutrals are very versatile and can be mixed together for a capsule wardrobe. However, don’t be scared to incorporate fun colors if you wear them often and are confident you can use the pieces interchangeably! 

Be sure to buy things that offer a silhouette or fit you like. Oftentimes we don’t wear what we buy because we don’t love how it looks on us! The capsule wardrobe is tailored to you and is meant tp be a process to help you look and feel your best!

Trust the process! Though it may seem daunting or difficult to create a whole collection of new items, it is so worth it! Not only will you save money in the end by shopping less but you will shop more consciously for the planet and for yourself!


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