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Capsule Wardrobe

Trying to lead a minimalistic life with less stuff? Read more from Fidan on to create a capsule closet of only what you really wear in this post.


It is already September and there does not seem to be an end in sight for COVID-19. That means more work at home and back to back Zoom calls. To keep myself motivated to get up and feel ready for the day, I am continuing with my seasonal capsule wardrobe, which will cover fall and winter. COVID-19 definitely makes the clothing choices a little different with the work at home and minimal outside social contact. The key to my main capsule wardrobe choice during this time - comfort! The video calls are typically from the shoulder up, so sweatpants and leggings will not be noticed.

A capsule wardrobe helps discover which clothes have not been worn in a long time and might be ready for donation. This reduces your clothing collection only to the items that are sure to be worn and be your go-to's over and over again. The other clothes will find a new home where they will hopefully become the staple closet items.

My 2020 capsule wardrobe for fall and winter consists of the following items (30 items total):

  • 6 sweaters

  • 3 pairs of jeans

  • 3 sweatpants

  • 3 pairs of leggings

  • 3 pairs of boots

  • 3 t-shirts

  • 2 ponchos

  • 1 tank top

  • 1 dress shirt

  • 1 dress

  • 1 pair of sneakers

  • 1 winter jacket

  • 1 hat

  • 1 scarf

By focusing on 30 items per season, or in the current case two seasons at a time, I am slowly slimming down my closet down to a total of 50 items that will be worn all year round. The number 50 is an arbitrary number that I created myself. If you decide to decrease your wardrobe, pick a number that works best for you! The ultimate end goal is to have a wardrobe that will make the outfit selection quick, packing easy, and move me away from the Venus of the Rags exhibit that many of us find ourselves in considering our fast-fashion, high consumption era.

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