How to Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

How to Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

How to Create the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe with Sapahn



We live in a world of many options - so many, in fact, that even getting dressed can be overwhelming! From the moment we wake up to when we fall asleep, we are faced with an abundance of choices.


How do we make reasonable, ethical choices and still maintain our sanity?


A great place to start is your wardrobe. Instead of keeping up with every fleeting trend, building a capsule wardrobe is a great way to simplify your life without compromising your values…or style! It’s simple: buy sustainable pieces that go with everything and can be combined a variety of different ways for different occasions.


Think about it. You may already have some basic, beloved pieces in your closet— clothing and accessories you invested in which have become staples in your day-to-day life. However, you probably also have a variety of fashions that you’ve only worn once or twice; whether it was a sale you couldn’t resist or a trend that you needed to explore, these pieces didn’t end up being the smart investment you hoped they would be.


That’s where a capsule wardrobe comes in. Rather than buying a top that you only wear once, or a dress that is only appropriate for one kind of occasion, choose pieces that will carry you from season to season and be dressed up or down. A capsule wardrobe—otherwise known as a compact wardrobe—is a way to live a more sustainable life by making use of what we have, buying products that are ethically made and well crafted, and simplifying our lives with fewer choices.


Sapahn Ciara Wallet with Coffee


Most capsule wardrobes only consist of 15-30 items, which can be combined multiple ways so you can dress appropriately for all occasions. Here at Sapahn, our minimalist style makes our handmade leather bags a perfect, lifelong addition to your capsule wardrobe. Make a statement both with your personal style and with your spending habits: invest in products that give you joy and that stand the test of time.


So how do you even get started building a capsule wardrobe? Let’s take a look at a step by step guide to investing in a simple, sophisticated wardrobe you’ll love for years to come.


1. Clean out your closet

You may do a little spring cleaning once a year, but this closet purge is more of an overhaul than simply getting rid of things you don’t wear anymore. Instead of cherrypicking items that you no longer love, start by picking your 30 favorite, must-have pieces—including shoes and purses. Donate everything else to charity. If you’re feeling bold, get rid of 15 more things the next season.

2. Buy something new, get rid of something old

Whether you sell your clothes or donate them, make sure you’re giving your things a second life! Instead of hoarding three black purses in your closet when you only need one, give something away every time you purchase a new piece. This will keep your wardrobe fresh and interesting, and you will become more intentional with your purchases.

3. Identify 1 or 2 pop colors

Many capsule wardrobes rely heavily on neutrals, but adding your favorite pop color with a unique piece—such as a beautiful silk scarf or a bright bag—can make your outfits feel fresh and different. Accent pieces are a great way to show off your personality.

4. Invest in clothes that transcend season

For some, it’s crazy to think that a 30 piece wardrobe includes both a pair of shorts and a parka. Don’t forget to take climate into account as you eliminate pieces from your wardrobe. Living a minimalist lifestyle does not mean freezing!

5. Take fashion risks


Just because you have a smaller wardrobe, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Take advantage of patterned pieces to add excitement and get creative with how you style your outfits. You’d be surprised how many options you have once you start to think outside the box.


Here at Sapahn, we love great bags for every occasion. These are a few that we recommend for your capsule wardrobe.


The Parker Deluxe Wristlet is a lightweight choice for the girl on the go. Pick a pop color to add some spice to your wardrobe or grab a classic shade that will match with everything you own. Perfect for a girl's night out, Sunday morning errands, or for all those holiday parties you're invited to. 


Sapahn Parker Deluxe Wristlet in Emerald


We love the M Crossbody as a daily bag. It's great for commuting to work, taking your kids to the park, or grabbing lunch with the gals; with room for a tablet or book, a large wallet, and all your other necessities (like winter gloves!), you'll find everything you need right where you left it. This bag is extremely versatile, so you'll find yourself using it over and over again. 


Sapahn M Crossbody Black


Need a little more space? Your capsule wardrobe may only leave room for one size bag, and the Nora Shopper Tote is the perfect one-size-fits-all choice. With plenty of space for your computer, kids' toys, and even an extra sweater, this tote bag is also good when you're traveling light. We avoid the bottomless pit syndrome by adding plenty of pockets to keep you organized no matter how much you carry. 


Sapahn Nora Shopper Tote


Which bag will you be adding to your capsule wardrobe? Let us know in the comments!