The term "capsule wardrobe" originated in London in the 1970s but really caught on in North America in the 1980s sparked by Donna Karan and her "Seven Easy Pieces" collection.
Although this concept has been around for a while it is currently making a comeback. Today you can find many variations of this popular method of streamlining your closet.
A capsule wardrobe is basically a set number of garments that you can mix and match with one another to create many different outfits.
The foundation pieces are essential pieces that don't go out of style and that can be updated with seasonal pieces. Typically, you wear a capsule wardrobe for a season, then at the end of that season, you update it for the next season. Obviously many items would carry over to the next season and you could add just a few items to keep things fresh.
Typically the seasons are split up like this: Winter (Jan-March), Spring (April-June), Summer (July-Sept), Fall (October-December).
Here is one example using 33 items:
6 pairs of shoes
THE BENEFITS OF CREATING A CAPSULE WARDROBE
If you’re like most people, you own a bunch of clothes and only wear about twenty percent of them.
This is called the Pareto Principle. Also known as the 80/20 rule.
This suggests that you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. When you have a capsule wardrobe, Pareto’s Principle doesn’t come into play. You wear everything. End of story.
Creating a curated collection of items to wear seasonally can help you simply transform your closet. That in itself is a great reason to try a capsule wardrobe.