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How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

By Lindsay Lambert

OCTOBER 19, 2022

how to build a capsule wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of clothing styles that are timeless and can be easily mixed and matched for multiple outfit options. These are neutral closet staples that will never go out of style. Primarily made of white, black, beige/taupe, and grey hues, these items will make getting dressed so effortless all year long! 


To start, take an assessment of your wardrobe and see what types of styles you already own in neutral hues. Next, go step by step in our guide below to check off essential clothing pieces for a capsule wardrobe.

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bodysuits for a capsule wardrobe

A bodysuit can be an outfit on its own and styled with accessories to dress up or down. It’s also a great basic to have in your closet in fall or winter to layer over with sweaters, cardigans, blazers, and shackets. Choosing a tank bodysuit, long sleeve option, and short sleeve style bodysuit will give you versatility when you’re styling your outfits. 

Button-Up Top 

blouses for capsule collection

A button-up blouse will never go out of style. They’re great for work outfits and can also be worn casually with sneakers and jeans. Strategically choose a neutral hue in this closet staple! 

Crewneck Sweater 

Sweater trends can vary from year to year, but a classic crewneck sweater is timeless. Stripes, solids, or colorblock patterns are go-to prints that will stay on trend no matter how much time passes.

Hoodie/Quarter Zip  

Whether you live in leggings, are headed to the gym, or just running errands – hoodies and quarter zips are a practical option to have in any wardrobe.


Layering styles help transition and transform any top from one season to the next! 

Denim Jacket

denim jackets capsule collection

Denim jackets are must-have for any wardrobe. You can layer them over virtually any kind of style. 


blazers capsule collection

A classic item that has never gone out of style. Grab one in your go-to neutral hue. We also love checking off a black blazer for any capsule collection style list. 


coats capsule collection

Every closet needs a neutral coat that will keep you warm in the winter.  


jeans leggings capsule collection


Flare Denim 

Skinny Denim 

Wide Leg Pant

wide leg pant capsule collection

A wide leg pant serves as your go-to work/business casual outfit. Leggings are an everyday staple. Finally, grab a pair of flare jeans and skinny jeans in your go-to wash to finish off the bottoms section of your capsule wardrobe. 


dresses capsule collection

A solid hue sweater dress in a neutral color is something you can wear for years. Of course, every wardrobe needs a little black dress. A black midi dress can easily be styled dressy or casual. Finally, have a dressy slip option for weddings or other special occasions. 


shoes capsule collection

Having a pair of heels, boots, and dressy flats will cover most bases for styling! Throw in a pair of white sneakers and you'll be covered!

In search of some outfits to wear to the office? Check out the Work Wear Essentials Blog!

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