1. Find your staples.
The key to a capsule wardrobe is to have a small number of items in your closet—only 37, for example—and to discover different ways to pair items. Staple items include tops, pants, dresses, outerwear and shoes. They don't include pajamas and loungewear, workout clothes, underwear, swimsuits or the jeans you wear painting your house.
2. Build your basics.
Remember when your mom held that jacket up to you and said, "It will never go out of style"? Ten, 15, 20 years later and ... it turns out mom was right. (Groan, mumble.) There are a few essential clothing items that will always be fashionable. And there's a reason for that: Your wardrobe needs them.
3. Update your wardrobe.
Getting tired of wearing the same clothing over and over again? Never fear, seasons are here! Update your wardrobe according to dear Michigan's inclement weather patterns.
Accessories are your capsule wardrobe's best friends. Items such as jewelry, purses and scarves aren't included in your staple items, so dazzle it up to your heart's content.
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