Save pre­cious time and space by par­ing your clothes down to a col­lec­tion of es­sen­tial pieces in a mix-and-match color pal­ette.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Bedroom, Bath + Closet -

YES, LESS IS MORE. If dig­ging through clothes to pick the best out­fit ev­ery day stresses you out, or you don’t have a large closet to dig through, a cap­sule wardrobe might be the an­swer you’re look­ing for.

In­tro­duced in the 1970s by Susie Faux, a Bri­tish bou­tique owner, the cap­sule wardrobe sys­tem fo­cuses on cre­at­ing mul­ti­ple out­fits from a few well-made, co­or­di­nat­ing ba­sics. The ad­van­tages: If you in­vest in high-qual­ity, time­less pieces, you’ll spend less money on trendy im­pulse buys and save valu­able closet space for the clothes you ac­tu­ally wear. With fewer clothes to keep track of, your closet will also be eas­ier to main­tain.

Faux sug­gested women craft a wardrobe around two pairs of pants, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes, and two bags; other ap­proaches rec­om­mend mix­ing and match­ing with 37 pieces. Visit Wardrobe to find the com­plete in­ven­tory for a his-and-hers cap­sule wardrobe. Stick with neu­tral col­ors for the ma­jor­ity of items, but go ahead and add a few sea­sonal pops of color for a look that’s al­ways fresh.

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