It can be very tricky to figure out what type of clothes you need in your closet.  And if you’re transitioning from formal to informal job, or from working to retirement, it can get even trickier as you’re starting from scratch.  Rather than taking a random approach, it can be very gratifying to plan your wardrobe, then populate it with higher quality clothing that will give you lots of great options. A “capsule” wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that will not go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be updated with seasonal pieces.

Here’s an Excel 2010 spreadsheet I created that walks you through defining your activities, and calculates how many capsule wardrobes you might need.  Comments would be appreciated!

Wardrobe planning