As we move closer to fall, do you find yourself having to drag bins of fall clothes out to replace your warmer weather pieces? Does it feel like you have a lot of clothes you never wear? Well, if you’re looking for an easier time switching seasons, or just a simpler morning routine, a capsule wardrobe may be the answer for you.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a small, high-quality clothing collection in which all the pieces work together and can be mixed for endless stylish outfits.

The term was originated in London in the 1970s by clothing boutique owner Susie Faux. The trend grew in the United States in the 1980s when designer Donna Karen created her “Seven Easy Pieces” collection.

You’ve probably created a capsule wardrobe when you’ve gone on vacation. You pull out your suitcase and pack a streamlined wardrobe with pieces that can be mixed and are appropriate for the weather wherever you’re going.

How Can It Help Save Money?

With the resurgence of simplifying our lives and getting rid of clutter, both men and women have turned back to the capsule wardrobe. One of the biggest benefits of a capsule wardrobe is the ease of getting ready in the morning. With only a limited number of clothes you know you like, making the choice is easy.

Unsurprisingly, having a smaller, core wardrobe can save a significant amount of money. You’re no longer continuously shopping for trendy clothes that will go out of style in a few months. When building your wardrobe, you want to buy higher quality clothing. Even though it may seem like you’re spending more money upfront, you won’t have to replace pieces as often, which will save money in the long run.

If you need to pick up more quality pieces on a budget, start by visiting discount clothing chains, designer consignment stores, eBay or using consignment apps.

Keep in mind that you are looking for pieces that you can have for many seasons and many years. You don’t want to have to create a new wardrobe every three months. Pick colors and patterns that fit your personal style.

What Pieces Should Be Included?

There’s no set number of items you need in your capsule wardrobe. A wardrobe between 25 and 35 items seems like a common recommendation. Accessories and shoes do not have to count toward your core number. Here are some pieces to start your wardrobe.

Basics for Women

  • Button-up shirt
  • Little black dress
  • Flattering jeans
  • Skirt
  • Wool or cashmere sweater
  • Denim jacket
  • Wool peacoat
  • Trench coat

Basics for Men

  • One or two tailored suits
  • Blazer
  • Button-up shirts
  • Jeans
  • One to three pairs of shorts
  • Five or six polos or t-shirts
  • Wool or cashmere sweater
  • Peacoat
  • Leather jacket

Getting your capsule wardrobe can takes time and thought, but it will be well worth the effort. While you’re putting yours together, make sure you add each piece to your home inventory so it’s easier in case of a home robbery, fire or natural disaster.