Runner’s capsule wardrobe

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A runner's capsule wardrobe

A runner’s capsule wardrobe is a small collection of essential clothes and accessories that are well coordinated, catering for every occasion and weather condition.

When establishing a new habit, such as running more regularly, it is critical to remove any barriers that prevent taking action. So that you can step out the door with as little friction as possible and start running.

From my own experience, a capsule wardrobe can help you to achieve this by simplifying the process. Creating more time & space, allowing your energy to be focused on the important things.

I used this margin gained to plan and prepare. Which in turn, helped to quickly progress from a weekly 5K to my first marathon, losing 4 stone in the process.


Running is the simplest form of exercise. Progress is made when it remains that way.


A runner’s capsule wardrobe has helped me to:

  • Remove barriers that prevent taking action.
  • Avoid decision fatigue
  • Step out the door and start running with as little friction as possible.

An extension of Courtney Carver’s minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, a runner’s capsule wardrobe demonstrates how you can be intentional with your workout clothes, in addition to your day-to-day clothes. If you’re like me, after a while, these two seem to merge into one anyway.

There is no right answer, everyone is unique and so are they’re wardrobes.

The runner’s capsule wardrobe

Every day:

  • 2 x t-shirts
  • 2 x shorts
  • 1 x high mileage shoes

Race day:

  • 1 x Run Dem Crew t-shirt
  • 1 x Marathon Racing Shoes
  • 1 x Recovery Flip Flops

Weather dependent:

  • 1 x Running tights
  • 1 x Base Layer
  • 1 x hooded jacket


  • 1 x running belt
  • 1 x beanie hat
  • 1 x buff
  • 1 x cap
  • 1 x sunglasses


This is not about clothes. It is a tool to save time, space and energy for the important things.

Runner’s Capsule Wardrobe – How to keep running simple