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Summer Strut Stuff: Steps To Building A Capsule Wardrobe

Dee Rivera
Summer Strut Stuff: Steps To Building A Capsule Wardrobe

We’ve all been socially distancing and realizing that less is more.

Now more than ever a capsule wardrobe without going totally crazy is the future of fashion.

This guide is perfect for beginners – on tips on how you can have your capsule wardrobe ready to go in less than a week.

How To Start:


  • BASE (more on this concept in a second)
  • 9 TOPS
  • 5 PANTS
  • 5 SHOES

Step 1: Reduce

I am Spring cleaning currently and deciding what to get rid of in an array of so much stuff. One thing I’ve learned is that I can live with less. When was the last time you went through your clothes and cleaned out what was in your closet? Take the time now while things are slowly opening.

Therapy session: Take one or two hours to pull out the things that you know for sure you aren’t going to wear and get them out of your closet. Don’t get rid of them just yet if that makes you nervous – but at the very least, bring them to a different room. Building a capsule is a lot easier when you’re already working with a reduced amount of clothing. Celebrate your tidiness with a cookie or ice cream.

Step 2: Establish your Base Wardrobe

A Base Wardrobe is, believe it or not, YOUR BASE. This isn’t your bank of clothing to draw daily outfits from. This is just what you need for the categories of use in your life BEYOND day-to-day dressing.

I built my Base Wardrobe around the concept of 50 total pieces that would not change throughout the year – 10 in each of 5 different categories.

  1. Workout (pants and tops)
  2. Lounge (pajamas, yoga pants, big comfy sweatshirts)
  3. Layering (tanks and tees)
  4. Outerwear (jackets, swimwear, hats and mittens)
  5. Formal / Accessories (necklaces, scarves, earrings, 1 dress]


That’s about it. You will be surprised how much money you will save in shopping.

Besides what I’m calling my base wardrobe of pajamas, workout clothes, and layering pieces, my capsule is made up of 19 pieces per season: 9 shirts, 5 pants, 5 shoes.

Dee Rivera
Dee Rivera

Dee Rivera, CEO of DCG Public Relations/DCG Media Group, Bringing nearly 15 years of public relations experience, working with some of the most recognizable fashion, beauty, luxury, lifestyle brands and celebrities in the world, Dee has her polished finger on the pulse of the next big trend. Ms. Rivera's background started in publishing working for magazines such as Latina, Modern Bride, Essence, Chaos LA and working with celebrity covers that included Jennifer Lopez, Eva La Rue, Rosie Perez, and a plethora of other celebrities. Dee is an expert at crafting and delivering messages from brands to the media, and consumers alike. Her company also specializes in pr, branding virtual events, digital marketing and advertising. Her experiential pop ups for brands and authors are extremely successful and have been a tool to expand brand names. She is the Founder of Latinista.com , Hamptons Fashion Week , Times Square Fashion Week, Glambition.biz among other brands. Dee also travels as a speaker for her book Glambition Knocking Down Walls In Heels and is a lifestyle expert and has been featured in WPIX11, FOX TV, NBC and Telemundo.

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