Americans like a challenge. A current one: downsizing. Thus, the “in” goal is to achieve a capsule wardrobe, defined by urban dictionaries as only essential clothing and accessories.

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Americans like a challenge. A current one: downsizing. Thus, the “in” goal is to achieve a capsule wardrobe, defined by urban dictionaries as only essential clothing and accessories.

The maximum number of items in a capsule-worthy wardrobe varies. Yet, somewhere between 20 to 40-something is a general rule of thumb.

Why even consider building a capsule wardrobe?
— Millions of people live in small apartments, and the tiny home trend is on the rise.
— Most women wear a fraction of what is in their closets.
— A capsule wardrobe guarantees money’s worth of wear.
— Having fewer choices results in less stress.

But what stays and what goes? Bemorewithless.com advises building a capsule wardrobe by:
1) Laying out all clothes, accessories and shoes on the bed.

2) First eliminating what is never or seldom worn and keeping what is loved, fits well and is worn often. The “maybes” will need some consideration; ask, “Would I purchase this today if in a store?” and “Will I wear it in the next three months?” Keep core items: jeans, skirt, black dress, simple T-shirt or V-neck and blazer, for examples. Shoes might include a pair for working out, a few flats, and both open- and closed-toe heels.

3) Donating bags of unneeded items to a favorite charity (out of sight, out of mind). Organize closet by like colors, styles and clothing items, so coordinating looks is easy.

A capsule wardrobe is doable, asserts becomingaminimalist.com, when the mindset changes. Wear fewer colors, be satisfied with one of each, choose quality over quantity.

Earlier this year, NBC’s “Today” showed viewers just what a capsule wardrobe can look like, demonstrating ways to dress items up or down.

It is important to note that a stripped-down wardrobe that includes only staples is not expected to last all year. Build a capsule wardrobe for each season.