How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe That Will Last a Lifetime

Hannah Almassi

Not so long ago, the fashion world was buzzing about the concept of a capsule wardrobe. Perhaps because the economic downturn was ramping up at the same time that a furious decade of fast-fashion shopping was taking its toll on the capacity of our closets, the capsule wardrobe appeared to be the solution to everyone's fashion woes. Around that time in 2014, Caroline Rector, a Texan fashion lover who'd had enough of the chaos, began to whittle down her closet to a mere 37 pieces, documenting the process on her brilliant website, Unfancy. Everyone paid attention to her method.

Three years on, and we thought it time to catch up with the capsule wardrobe guru for a refresher course. Times change, trends move on, and so do these tidy solutions. "Before I started my capsule, I'd noticed that I had a bad habit of going shopping when I needed to jolt myself out of a bad mood. Hard day at work? Shopping! Not feeling very pretty today? Shopping! Frustrated with my family? Shopping!" explains Caroline, who has since curbed her emotional spending habits, created enforced shopping "fasts," and focused her attentions on seeking out top-quality, long-lasting pieces. These factors have meant that all the while she's really found her style. "I'm much better at dressing for the life I have, rather than a fantasy life," she says. "My closet matches my lifestyle now."

Does that sound like a stylish setup you'd like for yourself? Thought so. Then read on to get Caroline's top capsule wardrobe building tips…

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