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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe: Project 333

Hi everyone, are you wondering why is everyone talking about capsule wardrobes? Should you build one? And what is Project 333? In this video, I will show you how to build a capsule wardrobe, what to pay attention to, how to avoid making mistakes, and how capsule wardrobe can help you simplify your life.

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential pieces of clothing that are interchangeable. Some people find 40 pieces the right number, others are happy with less. It is really personal. I like Project 333 because it counts 33 pieces for 3 months. What makes Project 333 so practical, is the fact that it does not include what you wear at home, to the gym, your socks, or underwear. All you need to do is choose 33 pieces for the “outside world”.


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You may choose less t-shirt or pants and add a few more pieces of jewelry or shoes. It really depends on your lifestyle and where you live (if you live at a place that has 4 seasons, your wardrobe will look different than mine).

What should you look for when creating a capsule wardrobe for the first time?

  1. Your lifestyle: are you a student, a stay-at-home mom, working mom, retired, etc.
  2. Where you live: if you live at a place that has 4 seasons, your wardrobe will look different than of those who have to think of 2 seasons only.
  3. Materials: I suggest that you favor natural, certified organic materials such as cotton, silk, linen, wool, cashmere, jute, ramie, or hemp to man-made materials such as polyester. Post-consumer recycled cotton and recycled leather are more acceptable than regular cotton or new leather. On the other hand, some man-made materials are innovative and sustainable such as Piñatex® (made of pineapple leaves) or Tencel™ Lyocell (made of wood pulp).
  4. Define your color palette: this point has been the hardest for me. First, I found this task difficult because I am not good with colors (that’s why my capsule wardrobes are quite plane when it comes to colors and prints). Until I defined my color palette, I would buy clothes based on colors that were in fashion. But this is not sustainable and oftentimes, the color would not suit me. To define your color palette, check these videos: / You can also download My Color Palette app (from App Store) – it worked for me but it is quite simplified and I think it is good if you read a bit about color palettes or watch some videos about this topic.

If you have any questions concerning the capsule wardrobe and how to build it, let me know in the comments below.

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