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Transform your closet to a capsule wardrobe: the art of minimalism

Tennille-Lynn Millo, Special to the Daily Sentinel

At one point in your life, you’ve probably stood in front of your closet, staring blankly at a sea of clothes, and felt as if you had nothing to wear. Perhaps that’s because your closet was drowning in clothes that no longer fit, didn’t match, or didn’t make you feel happy. Fortunately, adopting a capsule wardrobe can simplify your fashion choices and eliminate the frustration of getting dressed. By embracing a minimalist approach to fashion, you can curate a collection of versatile, high-quality pieces that bring you joy and make getting dressed a breeze.

Fashion designer Donna Karan introduced the capsule wardrobe in 1985 through a collection of essential, interchangeable pieces that were mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. The idea behind the cohesive wardrobe was to streamline women’s closets with only a small collection of functional pieces. Women instantly saw and felt the wardrobe’s impact as it eliminated excess, simplified their lives, and saved time deciding what to wear.

Almost 38 years later, Karan’s concept remains in vogue thanks to companies like Glow Fashion Boutique, which continue to teach women how to simplify decision-making while focusing on quality, versatility, and timeless style so that no piece of clothing goes unworn. Although the capsule wardrobe concept traditionally centered on a limited color palette of 10 to 20 shades, Glow Boutique has taken a more inclusive approach, catering to a range of lifestyles. So whether you’re a busy professional, a busy mom, or planning for a getaway, Peplinski’s capsule wardrobe method advocates for the beauty of simplicity and the benefits of a thoughtfully curated wardrobe that makes getting dressed a pleasure rather than a chore.

As Danielle and Rebecca Peplinski prepare to launch their upcoming book in 2024 and continue to inspire and assist more than 400,000 women through their online portal, we thought it best to tap into their expertise for guidance on how to transform your wardrobe from a mere collection of garments to a purposeful and fashionable closet.

Get inside your closet Begin by dividing your wardrobe into seasonal categories. Separate all of your spring and summer clothes to focus on what you’ll be wearing in the upcoming months. Then, assess each item by asking yourself a few key questions: “Do I still wear this? Is it a timeless classic? Does it still fit me well? Do I wear it regularly?” If the answer to any of these questions is negative, it’s time to consider donating, selling, or recycling those pieces that no longer fit your current lifestyle. If you find it challenging to identify the items you wear the most, try this helpful trick: Start by hanging all your clothes in the same direction. Then, turn the hanger in the opposite direction each time you wear an item. Within a short period, you’ll have a clear visual of which items you’ve worn and which you haven’t. This hanger system is an easy and effective way to determine which pieces you should keep in your wardrobe and which you can let go of.

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