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Capsule Wardrobe Essentials for Infinite Outfit Options

You may have heard of capsule wardrobes, or you may have not. But we love the idea of having a closet filled with classic items that can work well with any clothing piece. Dressing up in the morning can be simple once you’ve figured out the basic foundation. So today, we have a few capsule wardrobe essentials you might want to have.

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

The history of capsule wardrobe goes back to the 1970s when Susie Faux came up with the term, and designer Donna Karan popularized it. It refers to a collection of essential clothing pieces that become the foundation of your entire closet.

You can use these pieces to create an endless option of looks and mix them with seasonal pieces. In essence, a capsule wardrobe consists of timeless and durable components that will never go out of style.

Benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe

Why own a capsule wardrobe when you can have tons of clothes? Well, for a lot of reasons. The main benefit is that it will save you time and money. You won’t waste hours constantly looking for new things to wear, and choosing your outfit every day will become simpler.

A capsule wardrobe helps you streamline your clothes into the most basic and versatile items. Do more with less is the philosophy here. With the right clothes, you can style them in many different ways and still create dramatically different looks.

Most importantly, narrowing down your clothing collection is sustainable and good for the environment. Did you know that Americans throw away 14 million tons of clothing every year? With a capsule wardrobe, you are wearing only things you love, which means you’re more likely to keep and care for them longer.

9 Essential Items for Your Capsule Wardrobe

Here are some of the top things you should have in your closet.


Cardigans can keep you warm but aren’t so thick that you cannot wear them when the sun’s out. Instead, pair them with some shorts and a t-shirt for an off-duty look, or pants and a button-down shirt when you’re off to the office.


A tank top is highly versatile! You can wear them under your shirt for extra layering or under a see-through blouse. In the summer, you can wear it on its own with some shorts or even a skirt for a quintessential beach look.

Basic t-shirts

It is so simple and basic that you can buy t-shirts in any store. Opt for a neutral color like black, white, or grey so that you can pair them with any other clothing items. Great for lounging or work, and you can always wear a blazer to make them a bit more formal.

Long-sleeved tee

When it is a little chilly outside, you will want to throw on some long-sleeved tee. It is perfect on its own or to layer with your sweater. Again, choosing neutral colors or basic patterns like stripes can be significant.

Black dress

Everyone needs a dress, but try to keep it as simple as possible. You can’t go wrong with a bit of black dress that can be dressed up or down, like an A-line dress. Add lots of jewelry and a stunning pair of heels for a cocktail, or rock a cute braid for a casual party.

Denim jeans

It’s essential to get a pair of high-quality jeans that will last you for years. Skinny jeans may seem like the obvious choice, but consider other shapes like high-rise and distressed too, which are starting to be trendy again.


Everyone needs a piece of blazer in their closet. It is simple but will instantly make you appear put together—transition from casual to corporate classic at once. Pair your blazer with some denim for a chic look or to dress up your t-shirt.


When the weather gets breezy, you will want a nice sweater to keep you cozy. Choose a neutral or bold color with a simple design, which lets you wear it for lounge or style. Cute with a skirt and heels, or tone it down with a tracksuit and sneakers.

Black skirt

Finally, having a skirt is a must for most women. We recommend a black skirt to go well with any other colors, but feel free to express your style. A mid-length skirt can be ideal for semi-formal events and everyday wear.

Just ten pieces of essential items can go a long way. You can pair them with one another or with a more fashionable statement piece. So, are you ready to start building your capsule wardrobe?

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