333 Is the TikTok-Viral Capsule Wardrobe Method I'll Be Using Every Time I Travel

grey sweater, snakeskin bag, high waisted jeans, and black ballet flats

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Honest truth: I've never been enticed by a capsule wardrobe video before. They looked aesthetically pleasing to me, but I wasn't running to incorporate the combinations into my wardrobe. That was until I came across the 333 method on TikTok. (I try not to, but sometimes you can't help but be influenced by that app.) I appreciated the concept because it's not solely focused on curating your entire wardrobe at once but creates multiple outfits by using any three tops, three bottoms, and three shoes you own. There's no doubt that this will come in handy when I'm trying to be a light-packer on my travels. It not only made me think more about how I could maximize what can fit in a carry-on but also how I can take my every day further by repeating pieces even more than I already do.

If you're also feeling a bit lost with how to style your clothes, this method just might be the solution to get you out of that fashion funk. To prove its capability, I used 12 pieces (I also included accessories) to create nine outfits in total. With a little bit more focus, I'm sure I could've come up with more. If you're interested in seeing the outcome of the 333 method, keep scrolling.

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double denim outfit with black boots and belt

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When in doubt, double-denim always works. And don't overthink too much on the shades of denim being exactly the same! As long as they're within the similar shade range, it'll look put together. The black accessories will help pull the look together.

white t-shirt, high waisted black trousers, denim shirt, and ballet flats

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Sometimes the simplest outfits are the best ones. If double denim isn't exactly your cup of tea, try pairing your trusty denim shirt with classic black trousers.

white tshirt, black trousers, snakeskin bag, and ballet flats

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This is exactly the kind of outfit I'd spot in the Who What Wear office. White T-Shirts can easily be polished with an elevated piece like this midi pencil skirt.

grey sweater, black trousers, black sneakers, and black bag

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This outfit combination is one I rely on often. With these particular items, I love the mix of textures from the cashmere sweater, suede sneakers, and braided leather bag.

white t-shirt, high waisted jeans, grey sweater, and black boots

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Layering a white T-Shirt under your sweater is the easiest trick in the book that always just adds that finishing touch to your look. If you get hot, you can just throw it over your shoulders or around your waist.

white t-shirt, black trousers, and black sneakers

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While I love color, I'm always amazed by the chicness a full black-and-white outfit exudes. Some people might say it's boring, but when you have a combination of pieces like this, you'll only have compliments coming your way.

denim shirt, high waisted jeans, black sneakers, and snakeskin bag

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Break up your double denim look with a white T-Shirt and you already have a completely different outfit than the first. To make the look feel more casual and relaxed, try sneakers instead of boots.

grey sweater, black trousers, black boots, black belt

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It's easy to throw on your favorite sweater with jeans or trousers, but I promise it'll look even better with a sophisticated skirt like this.

white t-shirt, high waisted trousers, grey sweater, and black sneakers

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For the last outfit combination, try to throw on all the layers possible! Tying the grey sweater over your shoulders like a scarf will pull this whole look together.

Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.