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How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe

We're sharing how to get the most out of your wardrobe by reusing and restyling a collection of signature pieces for years to come.

With the belief that leather-crafted accessories should have the function and fashionability to last a lifetime, we’re eager supporters of curating a capsule wardrobe. What may you ask does this mean? A capsule wardrobe consists of your most essential clothing items that serve as the building blocks of your closet. With just a simplified collection of versatile pieces, you can cut through the clutter and utilize the full extent of your closet—not just a fraction.

Whether you’re looking to be more intentional with your wallet or have a bursting closet yet nothing to wear, we’re sharing our guide on how to get the most out of your wardrobe by reusing and restyling a collection of signature pieces for years to come.

Shop Your Closet

Before you can start planning outfits, you first need to take inventory of what you already have hanging in the closet. Start by taking out every single item and sifting through the pile to rediscover buried gems. This process can help you decide what to bring to the forefront of your closet space and what else can be donated or consigned. If you're having trouble letting go, ask yourself the following questions. Have I worn this in the last year? Does it represent my current style? Do I see myself wearing it again? If the answers all lead to a resounding "no," it's time for it to move on to a better home.

Define A “Uniform”

Are you part of the majority of people who wear 20% of their closet 80% of the time? If so, you may already have established your go-to uniform. Whether you're an avid traveler, business buff or prefer something sleek, defining your everyday uniform is a crucial step to curating a capsule wardrobe. Find what works best for your lifestyle, like your favorite pair of black jeans and a collection of neutral t-shirts to choose from, and run with it. You'll get the most use out of the basics you know and love, so why not stick with your tried and true when constructing your minimized closet?

Minimal and Muted Colors

While a pop of color or lively print can freshen up your seasonal style, bold and clashing colors don't make for a suitable foundation to build on. You want to ensure that the pieces in your capsule wardrobe are timeless and interchangeable across seasons. Playing too much into fleeting trends can leave you with a pile of dated looking pieces collecting cobwebs after styles inevitably shift. Keeping your capsule as neutral as possible to help ensure your favorite pieces never go out of style. Whether you prefer earth tones or a muted black and white combination, look for color palettes complementary to all style genres.

Amplify the Accessories

High-quality accessories are the perfect additions to mix and match with your capsule wardrobe. By keeping your closet simple, you can invest the money saved into bags that will last a lifetime. Our collection of OM bags, backpacks and wallets are just the leather-crafted treasures meant to elevate your curated closet. Whether you choose a pop of color like the Nora Backpack in Indigo or something classic like the Sawyer Circle in Black, there's an OM for every taste and style preference. Our leather bags and accessories only improve with age, so you can be confident your style will never fade with a classic OM on your shoulder.

Aging imparts personality to an accessory meant to be loved for a lifetime, with everyday use adding unique signs of wear to our hand-crafted leather goods. Share with us how you’re curating your wardrobe with an OM in hand by tagging #osgoodemarley on Instagram for a chance to be featured!