What’s a capsule wardrobe?

Purists of the capsule wardrobe movement are all about down-sizing and only owning key pieces that you can mix and match to weekly style perfection. If that’s too strict for you, think of a capsule like a mini-wardrobe that supports the foundation of your personal style. Invest in timeless, classic pieces that set your current fashion #mood—then add trends, color, prints and patterns for each season.

Keep reading to learn which pieces to add to your current closet.

What to Have in Capsule Wardrobe

1. Button-up Shirt

Wear it to work or wear it to brunch, a classic button-up will never go out of style. For the best fit, make sure your button-up fits snugly around your shoulders, but has enough give to allow you to cross your arms.

2. Little Black Dress

Everyone should have a staple little black dress, or LBD, in their closet. Why? So you can think fast next time you have a last-minute occasion pop up. Dress up your LBD with chandelier earrings or dress it down with a denim jacket.

3. White Tee

A basic, white tee is a closet staple that you should own plentifully and liberally wear. White tees are perfect for building any casual look (hello, jeans and a tee!) or even layering under a dress for more coverage during the summer. Plus, with a little maintenance, you can avoid those dreaded underarm stains. 

4. Dress Pants

Even if your workplace is business casual, or just casual, a pair of black dress pants will come to the rescue when an unexpected dinner meeting pops up. Opt for a tie-waist or trouser cut pair which you can dress up with a blazer and heels or dress down with sneakers and a jean jacket.

5. Statement Tank

A statement tank can be as versatile as an LBD and works year-round. Wear it under a blazer with your dress pants for work, then ditch the blazer and head straight to date night. Dress it down with boyfriend jeans, a messy front tuck and sandals during the summer and layer it under a chunky knit cardigan when it gets cool.

6. Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so make sure that you’ve got a pair in your closet. Look for a medium wash pair which will transition seamlessly from season to season.

7. Silk Blouse

Slip into a silk blouse for an instant upgrade to your heavily rotated cotton button-ups. Silk blouses are the most versatile pieces in a capsule wardrobe—these smooth like butter tops go well with everything, from denim shorts to a pencil skirt.

The key to building a capsule wardrobe is all about investing in versatile, high-quality pieces that you can style year after year.


What are your closet staples? Share your own advice in the comments below!

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