Capsule Wardrobe Goals
Adri Geyer, Occupational Therapist and Life Coach
August 27, 2021

Capsule Wardrobe Goals

Capsule wardrobe goals

As the fashion industry continues to support fast fashion, we have to be mindful that it takes a toll on our planet. A practical way of contributing, is changing our buying behaviour to invest in a more sustainable wardrobe. Almost daily, I see how women wear only 20% of their wardrobe, 80% of the time! This is where I find I can add value in helping to educate and guide.

But first things first:

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

In short, it is a term that has been used since the 1940’s and it refers to a small collection of garments designed to be worn together, which coordinate in colour and design.

Embracing a capsule wardrobe is a fantastic way of simplifying your life. Each person’s capsule collection will be as individual as you are and should be tailored to complement YOUR personality and lifestyle.

The recommended amount of items in a capsule is anything between 25  to 50 items. This does not only includes clothes, but shoes and accessories too! This may be easier said than done and I don’t want you to feel like a failure if you know this is never going to be your reality.

General questions answered:

Why do you need a little black dress?

Well you don’t…. You also don’t need a denim jacket or a white shirt or anything else magazines have been telling us for years. Your capsule wardrobe should reflect your specific lifestyle and if you know that the last thing you will ever wear is a little black dress, then clearly there is no need for one.

What if you are a ”more is more” person?

Let’s face it. We are not all minimalists. I have clients that need variety. Variety in colour, variety in style and variety in options. These are often the creative or expressive clients, who can’t commit to the limitations of a capsule wardrobe. My advice – a capsule wardrobe is probably not for you, but you can still make good buying decisions and remove those items that no longer serve their purpose.


How often should I revisit my capsule wardrobe?

At least twice a year, but a fresh look every season will be even better. Be honest and re-evaluate every single item. Maintaining a capsule wardrobe is an ongoing process; replace worn and dated items as well as those that do not fit anymore or make you feel good.

These are my top tips for creating a great capsule wardrobe:

  • Only select items that fit and enhance your best attributes and colour palette.
  • Choose items that are timeless and classic, but layer them with current and fashionable pieces. (Personally, I added loungewear to my collection this season.)
  • Purchase the best quality items you can afford, but within your budget. Quality trumps quantity.
  • Your wardrobe choices should always reflect and complement your specific lifestyle.
  • Don’t forget to support our incredibly talented and creative South African suppliers.
  • Last but not least, never compromise on what you really love. Your capsule wardrobe should make you feel beautiful and truly reflect who you are.


When I have selected the items that need to stay:

  • Take photographs of the various options of your completed outfits. Look at the full picture – from accessories to shoes. (You will be surprised by the amount of options after this exercise.)
  • Make a wish list for the following season.


Shop intentionally – if you see shopping as a hobby or something to make you feel better, don’t remove the labels and return the items within the prescribed time period.

Without packing your cosy winter outfits too far away, take that step and start building on your spring capsule collection. For the sentimentals and those struggling to let go, buy a storage bag or two and give yourself at least a year to decide. If you just find it too overwhelming, feel free to contact me. I would love to assist in simplifying your life!