There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good. In fact, it is admirable if one knows how to take proper care of his or her own body.

Going to the gym, taking care of personal hygiene like laser hair removal and visiting the dentist regularly, dressing up appropriately. All these things are okay as long as you don’t obsess over them.

Unfortunately, the world we live in is enamored with material possessions. The more you have, the more successful you are, or so they believe. But there is beauty in living a simple life. Many successful people today have downsized and streamlined their wardrobes and have started a trend called capsule wardrobe to simplify their lifestyles.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

Capsule wardrobe? What is that?

To keep it simple, a capsule wardrobe is limiting your entire wardrobe to several select pieces of high-quality basic garments that are meant to be mixed and matched to keep your life as simple as possible.

Why should you get into it?

A lot of people, especially highly successful people, are getting into the capsule wardrobe movement. Plenty of high-profile personalities are starting to adopt the minimalist and simplistic principles it offers into their fashion.

Here are a few reasons why you should also give it some thought:

You think and stress less over what to wear

Think about it. How much time do you pore over trying to figure out what to wear for the day? Well, at least before the pandemic hit. Some people have a hard time deciding what to wear that they spend precious minutes mixing and matching their clothes to see which one suits their mood or activities for the day.

With a capsule wardrobe, you’re left to a minimal number of clothes that make mixing and matching pretty easy to do. This takes a load off your shoulders and prevents you from getting stressed by it in the future.

It gives you your signature style and looks

Since your choices are pretty limited in a capsule wardrobe, you are most likely to have your own signature look, depending on what you choose to include in your selection. Making a fashion statement has never been this easy.

You are forced to choose quality material to make your clothes last

And because you’re limiting your options, you need to ensure that the ones that get included are made of high-quality material so that they can last longer, given how often they will be used.

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Highly successful people are into it

As mentioned earlier, a lot of high-profile personalities have jumped onto the capsule wardrobe bandwagon. These highly successful individuals choose to downsize their wardrobe for several reasons but ultimately, it all points to making life a lot simpler.

It’s green

The more we buy, the more we throw out. It’s as simple as that. Limiting your clothing choice down to 30 to 40 pieces in a year helps reduce the waste you produce from throwing out old and outdated clothes. This is particularly helpful today since modern clothes are somewhat “designed” to tear apart and not be repaired. The retail industry’s goal is to get people to buy items, so it’s a no-brainer in this case. The less you buy in a year, the less you toss.

How do you get started?

If you’re considering getting onboard the capsule wardrobe train, here’s what you can do:

Shop in your own closet first

Before you go shopping outside, take a look at what you have on hand first. Sort out every piece of clothing in your wardrobe and categorize it well — keepers and duds.

Think about your own style and preferences

As you narrow your list down to your keepers, think about what style you want to have. Choose the clothes that fall under that particular style and get rid of the rest.

Choose a base color to build around

When you’ve already made your selection, pick a base color for your wardrobe. We suggest going with neutral colors because they are a lot easier to mix and match with other colors and are easier to accessorize.

Identify a second and third color to complement your base

Once you’ve already figured out your base color, pick one or two more colors to complement your base with. This can help give your look more character and personality as the colors will pop off the neutral hues you have. You don’t need to always have color to go with your outfit. You can keep these clothes and accessories as your add-ons for days when you’re feeling a little extra playful.

Keep the keepers and get rid of the duds

Finally, when you’re already satisfied with what’s left, you can let go of everything else. People who have a capsule wardrobe limit their items to only 30 to 40 pieces. This includes tops, bottoms, and shoes.

Transitioning to a capsule wardrobe will be a Herculean task, especially if you’ve got an extensive wardrobe. Still, if you’re really serious about it, the payoff is quite rewarding and liberating.