What is a plus size capsule wardrobe?

What is a plus size capsule wardrobe?You have probably heard or seen stuff about “capsule wardrobes” all over the internet. And you are probably wondering what is a plus size capsule wardrobe? Well, look no further because in this post, I will define a capsule wardrobe for you, and tell you the pros and cons of creating a plus size capsule wardrobe that is inexpensive, practical, versatile, and most of all, makes you look good, and that you LOVE wearing!

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The Definition

“Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. This idea was popularized by American designer Donna Karen, who, in 1985, released an influential capsule collection of seven interchangeable work-wear pieces.” This is the definition according to Wikipedia.

A plus size capsule wardrobe is just a capsule wardrobe full of plus size clothing for we curvy girls.

Why You Want a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe

Now, in 2019, capsule wardrobes are really popular as a means to save money, and the environment.

  • The more you buy, the more you are willing to throw away.
  • When you have fewer things to wash, you save water, and money on laundry detergent, and upkeep on your washer/dryer.
  • Buying less of course saves you money
  • When you are living with less, you buy less

“Council for Textile Recycling says the average person sends 82 pounds of clothing and fabric waste to landfills every year. Many people don’t take advantage of secondhand and recycling options, either (only 10 percent of Americans donate clothes instead of throwing them away, Forbes estimates). By donating used clothing to a thrift store or charitable group, you can recycle your clothes and help others avoid buying new.” This is according to Tom’s of Maine.

(I couldn’t find the “Council for Textile Recycling” but I trust Tom’s to give me good information.)

What is a plus size capsule wardrobe?What Are The Perks For Having a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe?

  • Getting dressed and finding an outfit is easy and fun. Fewer items to riffle through. And if you set up your closet like this, it’s even easier and more fun.
  • A plus size capsule wardrobe can influence your creative side, by forcing you to think outside the box when you are putting outfits together, so you don’t look THE SAME every day.
  • We consume less, therefore we spend less.
  • You pay more attention to your style, fit, and comfort, and are not willing to compromise on clothing that doesn’t meet your needs.
  • You know off the top of your head what you need in your wardrobe. If you need a white blouse, you look for white blouses, instead of haphazard shopping that results in buying things you really don’t need, and you’re still minus the white blouse.
  • Less storage space is required. You can spread your things out in your closet, so things are more easy-access.

What is a plus size capsule wardrobe?What Are The Drawbacks of Having a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe?

  • There is some question whether this is better for your budget. You would probably shop for clothing less often, but you would be looking for super high quality clothing, which is always more expensive. However, if you look for deals and sales, and you give second hand clothing a try, you can save a lot of money. To take advantage of such deals, you need to shop MORE OFTEN. So it could go either way for you.
  • Having seasonal clothing, clothing that is not suitable for any season but the one you purchased it for, can end up costing you more money and taking up more room in your closet. It’s a good idea to have all-season pieces and dress in layers with your capsule wardrobe, to make your dollars and your closet room stretch.
  • Not everyone likes being creative. Not everyone likes putting together outfits. This can become a disadvantage if you let it. If you do your capsule wardrobe correctly, you just pull out the next item, and it should GO with many items in your closet. So it would not be as hard as you make it to find something to wear.

What is a plus size capsule wardrobe?The more I read about the Cons, the more I see that experts are telling people that your plus size capsule wardrobe should contain a finite number of garments in one color scheme (including accessories and shoes!). Sure it can be a con if you are limited to how many items you can have, and what color they are. But I’ve stated over and over, that you don’t have to follow anyone’s rules. If you feel limited by 37 pieces, go get a few more. or get one pair of pants or a jacket that increases your outfit possibilities. And you don’t have to stick with a color scheme. Remember, all neutrals go with everything, so you should have things to go with the hot pink blouse or the chartreuse green leggings (if that’s what you want to wear!)


I think that a plus size capsule wardrobe that you put together with your own rules works for just about anyone who wants to look and feel their best. After all, you want clothing that is inexpensive, practical, versatile, and most of all, makes you look good, and that you LOVE wearing! Creating your plus size capsule wardrobe is a great way to save money, and help the environment, and is really worth a try.  Please comment below and share on Social Media, and thanks for reading!

Psst!  Where did you get those clothes?

My favorite stores are Amazon, Target, Walmart, Ashley Stewart, Kiyonna,  and Ulla Popken

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  1. Babsie Wagner

    I think by default, and with no preparation, I have a capsule wardrobe.  I tend to gravitate towards gray and black and white, and I literally have a very limited wardrobe.  I dress up my outfits with different jewelry, belts and shoes, and I always get compliments, but I have very few actual garments.  It just seems I have so many other things I would rather spend my money on than a bunch of clothes.  They take up a ton of room, and I find I wear the same things over and over anyway, even when I had more clothes.  I went through my clothes last year, and if I hadn’t worn an item in a year, it went in the Goodwill bag.  It was scary, but afterwards, it just felt great.  You’re right about it being a lot easier to get dressed in the morning, let me tell you.

    • Rhonda

      Hi Babsie!  Yay!  A fellow capsule wardrobe veteran!  You have embraced the neutrals and understand the concept of color, pattern, texture, and shine in your accessories.  This is exactly what the capsule wardrobe is about.  It really does work for some people.  You might like my piece on arranging your closet so you don’t end up wearing the same thing over and over.  Thanks again reading and commenting!  RhondaLeigh

  2. coralie

    Hi there,
    Wow who knew so much goes in to what’s in our closet.  It really makes sense though to focus on a few key clothing items. Everything is so expensive now, that have those go to items can really solidify a great wardrobe.
    People are funny when it comes to their closet. 
    Everybody;s budget is completely different, and for me personally, I have gone to second hand stores and found exactly what I was looking for. Great post and great advice.
    Job well done.

    • Rhonda

      Thanks, Coralie, for stopping by my website.  Yes, even the “cheap” clothing is more expensive these days.  If really think about your wardrobe, and how you want it to function, you can save a lot of money by not making frivolous purchases that result in a clothing item not being worn and eventually thrown away. Besides, it can be really fun, because it challenges you to be creative.  Thanks again for reading and commenting!  Rhonda

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