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Cheap Closet Building: A Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

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Cheap Closet Building: A Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

Cheap Closet Building: A Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

Minimalist Wardrobe

Capsule wardrobes are a great way to maximize your closet space and streamline your shopping experience.

While many of us might not be able to pull off a full-on capsule wardrobe, there are some lessons we can learn from the trend toward minimalism. In particular, these tips will point you in the right direction if you're trying to start building a minimalist wardrobe but don't know where to start or how much money you need.

What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a carefully curated selection of clothing items that combine to form a versatile and adaptable collection.

The idea behind it is that you have enough clothes in your closet to wear something different every day for months on end. This means that you don't need to spend much time or money shopping for new pieces because everything in your closet can be worn together in different combinations.

As a minimalist, if you want to save money and time, try using this type of wardrobe instead of buying a ton of clothes.

How Does a Capsule Wardrobe Work?

The basic principle of this approach is to only own pieces that can be worn together with other items without looking too matchy-matchy or mismatched.

It's not about owning lots of garments but rather having fewer options so they'll go together more easily and look good simultaneously. Therefore, a capsule wardrobe is simply a collection of essential pieces that create an entire outfit in one go.

The Easiest and Cheapest Color Palette

With any capsule wardrobe, it's important to remember that the whole point is having less stuff so you can make the most of what you have. That means not only getting rid of things that don't fit or don't work for your lifestyle but also being conscious about what colors work best for you and how versatile they are.

If you're doing a minimalist wardrobe challenge, using neutral colors will help maximize the number of interchangeable items in your closet. Neutral colors like black, white, and gray can be mixed with other colors so they can be worn during the day or evening without looking too casual or too formal, making them perfect year-round options!

Neutral colors like black, white, and gray can be mixed with other colors

Neutral colors like black, white, and gray can be mixed with other colors

The Building Blocks

  • T-shirts: You can never have too many t-shirts. They're easy to throw on, comfortable and versatile for a variety of occasions, from casual Fridays to backyard BBQs to museum visits.
  • Pants: A pair of jeans and a pair of black pants are staples that everyone should have in their closet (and at all times). If you're looking for something more casual, consider khaki or corduroy pants as well as joggers or sweatpants — basically anything that's not dressy but still makes you feel put together enough for a date night out on the town!
  • Sweaters: Hoodies are great, but if you want something a little more elevated than that, then opt for an oversized sweater instead! They're great when paired with leggings on cold days because there will be plenty of room underneath them without feeling bulky around your upper body, which is especially nice if another layer like a jacket isn't necessary at first glance (but might be later!).
  • Outerwear: The key word here is "outer." Whether it's rain boots during wintertime blues when everything turns gray outside (or even snow boots depending upon how much precipitation falls) or sunglasses during summertime heat waves when things seem brighter than ever before (or even hats/caps if needed), outerwear provides us all with those crucial elements needed to stay protected throughout any season no matter what happens underfoot so long as one has their favorite set ready anytime they need it most—plus they usually look pretty cute too! This category may include coats but also could include vests, jackets, sweaters, and cardigans.
  • Skirts/dresses: These aren't essential pieces necessarily but some women prefer skirts or dresses over pants. A little black skirt can be quite versatile in pairing with a colored top, and it's a good item to have as part of a professional capsule wardrobe. A multicolored dress can be quite a helpful piece as casual summertime clothing or paired with a jacket as a professional outfit.
A white t-shirt and simple beige jacket can look quite professional

A white t-shirt and simple beige jacket can look quite professional

Professional Capsule Wardrobe

When building a professional wardrobe, it’s important to keep in mind that this type of capsule will be more conservative and costly than your casual wardrobe.

Professional pieces should be tailored and well-made, but they can also be slightly more expensive because you’ll want them to last longer than something you plan on wearing once or twice. The key is finding the right balance between cheaper pieces that fit well and expensive ones that will last for years.

When building an office-ready closet, it’s easy for things to get out of hand if you don’t know what direction you want to go in. Having fewer pieces makes maintenance easier since there are fewer items in your closet requiring attention, such as dry cleaning.



Basic T-Shirt



Long Sleeve T-Shirt



Smart Top

Patterned: Black/White/Beige


Every Day Jeans

Classic Denim Blue


Plain Pants



Smart/Casual Sweater



Smart Jacket



Rain Jacket



Multicolor Everyday Dress



Plain Skirt to Dress Up/Down



  1. Identify your style and decide on a neutral color palette.
  2. Write down your lifestyle categories and identify the clothes you enjoy wearing.
  3. Sort out your existing closet and decide what you want to keep and what needs to go.
  4. Go shopping! These are ten clothing basics that mix and match well.

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