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Style Academy Building a Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2: Closet Analysis

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 2:
Closet Analysis

In this series, I’m teaching you how to build your ideal Capsule Wardrobe with only 22 pieces that will mix and match to make hundreds of outfits.

For Part 1, click here. 

Today, I’m going to explain KATDOM.

In Part 1, you had some homework. Constructing a Lifestyle Analysis.

Now, we’ll do a Closet Analysis and de-clutter your life.

Studies have shown that the clutter around us actually causes our brain to dance and reduces our ability to focus. The clutter around us actually makes ‘noise’ in our brains! It can also cause internal pain. In the book, One Year to an Organized Life, professional organizer Regina Leeds says that clutter reinforces distress:

Leeds states that clutter creates a “brain dance,” an agitation and inability to think clearly amidst the stuff. She believes that “our clutter makes noise” keeping us “upset and churned.” When confronted with the piles and junk drawers we are also haunted with the “tyranny of shoulds,” stemming from our feelings of guilt about our disorganization.

But we live in a culture where we are encouraged to admire and acquire. And that’s one reason why our closets are bulging.

There can also be other issues, as discussed in this article by Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner:

Clutter is not only a container for our memories, but can be distractor for tackling deeper issues. Leeds cites that “stuff can be a buffer from pain.” It is the padding from the cold hard world, the anchor in a sea of confusion, or the dam that holds surging emotions. With a safe person, such as a professional organizer or altruistic friend, in a structured time-limited fashion, removing the clutter and confronting the pain can be a cathartic process.

Let’s begin to de-stress your life

But first, something that may feel stressful: We’re going to examine every item that you own.Pile of Clothing MorgueFile

You may LOVE this idea, and you want to do it all at once. If you’re the “all at once” type of person, just pile everything on your bed and start going through it.

Or if the thought of that overwhelms you (like it does for me), then set your timer for 20-minutes and just go through your closet and dresser in smaller chunks of time.

Remember these three things:

  1. When I wear this, do I look and feel like a million dollars?
  2. Does it fit my coloring, career, current body type, dressing personality, lifestyle analysis? (See the Style Academy for more info.)
  3. The Rule of Three: Can I wear this item with three things OR in three different ways?

You’re going to divide your items according to KATDOM: Keep, Alter, Toss, Donate, Orphan, Memento.


Remember, in order for you to keep it, it must match three other items.

  1. Does it fit you properly?
  2. Does it flatter your body type and your coloring?
  3. Is it in good condition?  
  4. Is it obviously from another decade?
  5. Does it work with your current age and your current lifestyle?
  6. Is it the right color for your skin, hair, and eye color, and the right style for your body type?
  7. Does it make you look and feel like a million dollars?
  8. Does it have special memories, like a wedding?


Now, some things can be altered, but it must have 3 friends to wear it with it. No orphans! Remember, dying clothing is an option.


Is it tattered? Faded? Frayed? Worn out, including shoes? TOSS IT.


If you haven’t worn it in a year, let someone else have the advantage of wearing it before it gets moth holes in it. (Or if not sure, box it up for a couple of months and see if you miss it.

Sometimes we have emotional attachments, like you got it for your first date. Or we feel guilty because we spent so much money on it. Or if you’re like me you have dreams of losing another 50 pounds.

You know what, box it up, put it in the car immediately before you change your mind. Donate it. Let somebody else get the advantage of being able to wear it!


Remember, an Orphan is something that looks great by itself but doesn’t match anything in your closet. Only keep an item if it matches three other things, OR you want to build a capsule around that particular item.


Some clothing items are “vessels” for memories, like a wedding dress.. Keep it, box it up, and put it in storage.

So there you have it! Pile everything up on your bed and start whittling down your items so we know where to start with Building your ideal Capsule Wardrobe!

In Part 3, we’ll discuss the 7 Style and Dressing Personalities!

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!
Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

Photo compliments MorgueFile

View the video for Part 2 here:

Building a Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 by Colleen Hammond

Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1: Lifestyle Analysis

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Building a Capsule Wardrobe, Part 1:
Lifestyle Analysis

I first heard of a Capsule Wardrobe when I was having a glass of wine with my girlfriend. She said she was building a Capsule Wardrobe, and I thought it was part of some school rocket science project she was working on with her boys.

Once she explained the concept, I knew I had to do it, too.

But she couldn’t give me details on exactly what to do and how to do it. How many of each piece? What core pieces? How to adjust for seasons? What colors, styles, etc…? How does it vary depending on where you live? What you do for a living? How old you are? Coloring (your hair, eyes, and skin)? What colors to use to make an impact? Etc…

That night, I went home and stood in front of my walk-in closet — which could no longer be walked into.

I knew I needed help. So I went to Google and typed in, “How to build a capsule wardrobe” and received over 220,000 results!

And I began to read.

The Project Manager side of me wanted a step by step process to building my own, personal, useful Capsule Wardrobe. But although everyone had their own idea, I wasn’t finding what I wanted — or frankly, what I needed. The recommendation to, “Pare down your closet to 37 pieces for three months, then see what you need” didn’t tell me what 37 pieces I needed! Or there were suggestions for what to put in your Capsule Wardrobe didn’t fit my lifestyle or dressing personality.

So I researched everything in minute detail and came up with my own process — so now you don’t have to!

Why Build a Capsule Wardrobe?

Most of us have too much “stuff”. We suffer from STUFF-A-CATION! 

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, women will spend (on average) $3,400.00 per year on clothing and apparel — that’s $283.00 a month.

But statistics also show that we only wear 10% to 20% of what’s in our closets. And even we only wear 20% of what we own, that means we waste $2,700.00 per year buying clothing we don’t wear.

That’s over $226 a month wasted!

What’s in your closet?

I’m going to teach you a step-by-step process of building  a Capsule Wardrobe and that will help you:

  • Save money: You are going to pick and choose exactly what clothing items to invest in, and you won’t waste money on emotional or impulse purchases ever again!
  • Save time. You’re going to know what to wear everyday. (And you’re going to spend less time shopping as well.)
  • Reduce your stress level. You’re not going to stand in front of your closet and say, “I don’t have a thing to wear” ever again! And frankly, you’ll have less laundry or dry cleaning to do, too.

So let’s dive in!

Step 1: Lifestyle Analysis

The Capsule Wardrobe portion of the Style Academy goes over this in detail, but I’m going to tell you the basics here.

I want you to think about what you do in your daily, weekly, and monthly life.

Do you spend most of your time in casual situations? At home? In business situations? Sporting activities? Outdoor work? Or formal events?

Your homework for this week is to grab a calendar and block out times: what you do on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.

In Part 2, we’re going to dig into your closet and see if your actual lifestyle activities match up to what’s in your closet — and I’ll explain exactly what to do with these results!

And in Part 3, I’ll teach you the 7 Style Personalities.

And make sure you know the Top 10 Fashion & Style Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)!!!!!

Top 10 Fashion and Style Mistakes and how to fix them

Have you built a Capsule Wardrobe? Any frustrations or tips you found that would help others shortcut their process? Please share below!


Here’s Part 1 on YouTube:


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