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Shopping for clothes is probably one of the best ways to spend your time and improve your mood, especially after a bad day at work. Unfortunately, buying clothes can also contribute to owning too much and sometimes feeling confused and overwhelmed. That’s why building an active lifestyle capsule wardrobe can help you own less, while still having clothes to wear for every event. Before we start, let’s clear it up: a capsule wardrobe means having a few essential items that don’t go out of fashion, such as jeans, skirts, blazers, and coats that can be combined with more fashionable pieces. The goal of a capsule wardrobe is to have clothes that look good and can be matched and worn together, without having to buy extra pieces of clothes every time you feel like you don’t have anything to wear. 

So, here are five tips that will help you build an active capsule wardrobe:

1. First, assess your lifestyle 

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The easiest way to learn how to build a capsule wardrobe is to know your needs. So, if you’re more focused on work, then it’s obvious you’ll need more classic business-like pieces of clothing, such as classic white buttoned shirts, elegant trousers, and a coat. On the other hand, if you’re working from home, it’s best to focus on comfortable clothes that can be worn outside, if you need to go grocery shopping or for a walk. Also, if you frequently go to weddings and formal dinner parties, it would be good to invest in quality elegant clothes that will last you a long time and can’t be remodeled according to the fashion trends.

2. Determine your needs and tastes

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After you’ve assessed your lifestyle and where you spend most of your time, it’s time to realize what your true needs and tastes are. If you prefer wearing more casual clothes, then your capsule wardrobe should consist of mainly these types of pieces. Knowing your tastes can greatly help you determine what to spend money on, so you’ll be able to invest in clothes that you’ll actually wear. If you have an eclectic taste, it might be confusing to suddenly make such a decision, but in that case, try to reflect and see what you actually wear the most. So, the clothes you wear the most often should be the basis of your capsule wardrobe.

3. Don’t forget to be elegant 

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Just because you prefer to spend your time in leggings and hoodies, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in some elegant pieces of clothes. For example, owning a chic midi Realisation par dress will surely enrich your wardrobe and you’ll be happy knowing that you have something nice to wear if you ever get invited to a wedding or an elegant party. Besides, this type of dress is a great choice for a capsule wardrobe as it can be matched with heels and sneakers, and owning flexible pieces of clothes is the first step towards building an active capsule wardrobe.

4. Footwear matters too

Focusing on clothes should always be your priority, but since women love buying shoes, it’s important to mention that owning a few essential pieces of footwear will surely be enough. Having a pair of running shoes, a pair of classic white or black sneakers, sandals, flip-flops and elegant pumps can sustain you for a long time, and what’s even better, you won’t have to worry about buying new shoes every time you need to go to important events. Building and maintaining your active capsule wardrobe should be reserved for footwear as well, considering that a lot of us love spending unnecessary money on new shoes that look pretty much exactly like the pair of shoes they bought only a few months ago.

5. Don’t get obsessed with trends 

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Trends come and go, while classic pieces of clothes remain. Now, some trendy clothes are truly irresistible, but that doesn’t mean you should own every piece ever that you spot. Besides, some prints and patterns are more appropriate for teenagers and young adults, and if you’re neither, then you’d surely look borderline comical wearing a graphic overpriced tee with an avocado or taco print. Instead, make sure to invest in classic pieces that can be worn in years to come, as then you can be sure you’re making the right purchase.


An active lifestyle capsule wardrobe should be easy to maintain but in order to make it happen you need to be sure which clothes do you really want to keep to yourself. That way you’ll have a better understanding of your own needs and tastes, which will make building your capsule wardrobe a much easier and pleasant experience. 

About the Author

Sophia Smith

Sophia Smith

Guest Blogger

Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, graphic designer and DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and graphic design projects. Sophia writes mostly about fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including Viva Glam Magazine, Fashion Finest, Savant Magazine, She is Fierce HQ, Bon Vita Style, Cause Artist and Carousel.


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