Is it us, or does it suddenly seem like less is so much more? While the minimalist lifestyle has been gaining traction for a while now, lately it seems the trend has narrowed in on an area dear to our hearts: the closet. Whether it’s Marie Kondo’s often wardrobe-focused tidying technique or Matilda Kahl’s choice to wear one outfit to work for three years, many are looking to trim the fat in their closets. After all, who doesn’t have and resent a large selection of unworn, often low-quality items? We know we’re guilty.
One closet-reducing program that’s especially buzzy as of late is the capsule wardrobe. While many have jumped on the clothes-purging bandwagon—blogger Harben Porter has whittled her wardrobe down to 40 pieces, and popular lifestyle blogger Oh Happy Day has cut her closet down to an impressive yet terrifying 12 pieces—the authority on the capsule wardrobe movement is Caroline Rector of Unfancy. Below, we explore what a real capsule wardrobe looks like, Rector’s methodology, what it’s done to change her life, and how to start your own capsule collection.
Scroll down to see our how-to and what the capsule wardrobe looks like IRL so you can start simplifying your closet and your life.
If you have more questions—What about a professional work wardrobe? What about workout or formal clothes?—head over to Unfancy's very helpful FAQ section.