How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe on a Small Budget

Having a closet full of clothes might sound like a great way to help you be prepared for even the most urgent fashion emergency. However, in reality, a bigger closet might be the reason you spend more on clothes. Clothes are expensive, and we tend to wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time! Having a capsule wardrobe can not only help you save money on clothes but cut out the annoying decision fatigue that comes from having a large wardrobe. Here is how you can build a capsule wardrobe on a small budget.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a capsule wardrobe, the goal is to limit your wardrobe to a set number of items. These clothes are then interchangeable and are timeless pieces that can be worn over and over again. While there isn’t exactly a set number that makes it a capsule wardrobe, most tend to be between 10-15 items. 

Pair down your clothes to only the essentials

The first thing you need to do to create your capsule wardrobe is to purge your closet of anything you don’t love and don’t wear. This is going to free up your closet and help you make better decisions about what you should keep. If you haven’t worn it in the last year or it doesn’t fit you well, it probably isn’t worth keeping.

Related Post: New Years Resolutions to Improve your Finances

make a capsule wardrobe on a small budget

Keep items versatile

For your capsule wardrobe to be effective, you want to keep items versatile. You want to look for pieces that will match at least 75% if not more of your wardrobe. This means your jackets should go with any shirt, and your skirts should go with any shirt. If you aren’t sure if your clothes are versatile, try blindfolding yourself and seeing if you can grab an outfit without thinking too hard. If not, your clothes might not be versatile.

Make a list of what you’re missing

You might not already own all the pieces you need to be able to have a capsule wardrobe. That’s totally okay! Instead of rushing to the store, start by making a list of the articles you still need. Whenever you head to the store or consider buying something new, see if it’s on the list. If not, you don’t need it! This single tip has been incredibly useful in my own pursuit to build a capsule wardrobe on a budget. 

Track the prices

You can use apps such as Shoptagr to help you track the prices of clothes that you want to buy. If you are waiting on an article of clothing that is kind of pricey, track the price to know when it will hit its rock-bottom price point. This is how you can build a wardrobe full of quality pieces for not much money. While it may be disheartening to have to wait on those pieces, it will be worth it when you pay 50% less on it!

As you can see, you don’t need to have a ton of money to build a wardrobe you love! Follow these simple steps to help you build a capsule wardrobe on a small budget.

Must Read: How to Write Engaging Content for your Blog

capsule wardrobe on a budget

If you have used any of these techniques or have others to recommend, we’d love to hear about it on our Facebook page!

*This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising / referral fees if you make a purchase through my link, without any extra cost to you. It helps keep this website up and running. Thanks for your support!

© 2019 Effusive Mind | All Rights Reserved