Wardrobe Capsules A capsule is a group of clothes that mix and match and can be bought together to save time and money. Season, color, style and fabric should be considered when grouping clothes together in a capsule. For optimum results, capsules should be built around one or two �anchor� jackets that can be worn with various pieces in your wardrobe to form suits and other outfits. Versatility is the key to creating a successful capsule. Once established, a capsule can be expanded and pieces added or replaced very easily. When considering a new addition to your wardrobe, make sure that the piece matches at least three to four other existing garments. This will reduce the �cost per wearing� of each piece in your wardrobe. “Cost Per Wearing” Formula Let’s use a $200 jacket in our example: First, divide the cost of the jacket by the number of garments in your wardrobe capsule that can be worn with it. Let’s say that I have 1 dress, 2 pairs of slacks and 2 skirts that can be worn with the jacket – a total of 5 garments. (ie: $200/5 = $40) The $200 jacket has now been reduced to a cost of $40 Next, divide the new cost of $40 by the number of times the jacket will be worn per year (ie: $40/20 = $2) The $200 jacket has now been further reduced to a cost $2 The last step is to divide the new cost of $2 by the number of years the jacket will be worn (ie: $2/5 = 40 cents) Final Result: A $200 jacket has been reduced to a cost of 40 cents with the use of wardrobe capsules and careful upkeep.