Your Starter Style Kit: Create a Wardrobe You’ll Love Starting with Just Six Pieces

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I recently completed the Six Items or Less 30-day wardrobe challenge for the second time and was impressed, again, with how easy it can be to create outfits I love with only six items of clothing. Given our economy and the impact it may have on your shopping budget, creating a small wardrobe capsule may be a way to start building a wardrobe you love without having to break the bank to do it.

Start with Two Colors: These colors should be ones you love to wear! I chose a color that was not my favorite for my first Six Items or Less challenge and then got bored wearing it over and over again.

Remember, too, to shop your closet first to see what you might have already in those colors that you can use.

Then Choose Six Pieces: Choose two cardigans or jackets, two tops and two bottoms. The tops can be tanks, pullovers or t-shirt and the bottoms can be pants or skirts or one of each. If you have a dress you love to wear, add it in to your capsule as a seventh item!

Keep Lifestyle and Season in Mind: When I was planning for the Six Items or Less challenge, I chose a great basic uniform: cardigan/tank/pants, but did not think about the possibility of cold days in early spring. So there were some days when I was quite chilly!

If you know you have a special occasion coming up but don’t have anything in your closet that would work, make sure to save some of your spending budget for that upcoming occasion as you build your wardrobe capsule.

Here are two ways you might plan for a wardrobe capsule based on your lifestyle…

(1) Work Capsule: you might want to have one pantsuit, one skirt suit, a blouse and a shirt with a print or combination of your two colors.
(2) Casual Capsule: you might want to choose cardigans instead of jackets and jeans or cargo pants instead of dressier ones.
Starter Style Kit: These six pieces will yield up to twelve different outfits which will dress you for almost two weeks. Adding accessories into the mix can change them up a bit and give you different looks for the following two weeks.

Build Up to a Month: Once your budget allows, you can add enough pieces to create a month of outfits. You can do that with four more pieces.

One cardigan or jacket
One top
One bottom, pants or skirt
One dress

If you have not purchased them as part of your initial wardrobe capsule, it would be ideal if one or more of those pieces were in a print that combined your two colors.

Basic Core Wardrobe Capsule: With those additions, you will have a basic wardrobe that will give you 30 or more outfits! Add accessories, or a statement piece like a great chunky necklace or a multi-colored scarf, to create even more possibilities.

Jeanine Byers Hoag is a personal style blogger and a passionate advocate for the Dressing Your Truth system. She has created a free eCourse called Discover Your Style: A Signature Style Starter Kit for Women Who Don't Feel Beautiful in Their Clothes, which you can register for at her blog.


  1. Susan Shipe

    May 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Did I ask you to go shopping with me once before! LOL…

  2. LeadHership

    May 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I LOVE this! Thanks for keepin' it real. Maybe in your next post you could post some pictures for us who are really fashionally-challenged! 🙂

  3. Jeanine Byers Hoag

    May 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    That's a good idea! Actually, I have a Squidoo lens documenting my Six Items or Less experience that has pictures and a video for anyone interested.

  4. Aleysha Proctor

    May 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Great post! I love anything style-related. 🙂

    Many thanks,


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