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