3 Ways to Try a Capsule Wardrobe by Audrey Stanton

3 Ways to Try a Capsule Wardrobe

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Recently there’s been a lot of hype around capsule wardrobes, but what are they? The word capsule usually refers to something small or shortened, so in this case it means a smaller wardrobe. Curating your closet like this means having fewer, higher-quality pieces, instead of having many low-quality items. When putting together a capsule wardrobe you have to think about versatility and durability. With this kind of closet you have to break down your personal style and realize what you actually wear, rather than what you want to wear. There are so many wonderful items and styles out there, we can’t wear them all! Just because you appreciate something does not mean you must own it. Trust me.

While, in the end, a capsule wardrobe can help make your life stress-free, beginning the process may seem daunting. Here are three resources to get you started:

1. 10 x 10 Challenge
To ease into this new way of dressing, begin with a manageable challenge. The 10x10 Challenge was created by Lee Vosburgh of Style Bee. It is a 10 day challenge to make outfits consisting of only 10 clothing items (including shoes). For a little over a week, you can get creative with your 10 pieces and try out how it feels to minimize your options. It may be easier than you think!

2. Project 333
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of this new wardrobe, take a bigger bite and try the Project 333 challenge. This one has roughly the same structure as the 10x10 Challenge, however it spans 3 months, with 30 items. Project 333 will push you to let go of what you thought your style should be, and fall in love with what your style is. This challenge helps to narrow down what you actually wear versus what you have in your closet. Embrace your personal style and stay true to you!

3. Curating Capsule
If you’re ready to dive head-first into a new wardrobe, it’s always nice to feel like you’re not alone. Curating and maintaining a capsule closet is a process but there are wise women to guide you! Check out Unfancy for inspiration, encouragement, and capsule wardrobe wisdom.

At the end of the day, starting a capsule wardrobe is different for each person, and not necessarily for everyone. Testing the waters is a great way to discover new things about your closet, personal style, and shopping habits. You’ll not doubt learn that you can live with less and swap the rest!
If getting started still feels too overwhelming, you can hire a personal stylist to help. We love Native Styling and they offer virtual consultations over video chat!


Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog audstant.com and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!

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