Closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? We’re here to help, with all the proof you need that a capsule wardrobe is the solution to your cluttered closet. Read on for the 20 reasons why you should adopt the capsule method, and the 20 must-have pieces of clothing you need to get started!
A capsule wardrobe means: more room for new pieces
One major staple of any solid capsule wardrobe is a healthy collection of breathable, all-year cotton t-shirts. From short to long sleeve, crew neck to v-neck, pick the style in these basics that will work best for you. Grab a few of these go-with-everything basics in neutral colours and varying fits, like Aritzia's Dillon T-Shirt, $30.
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From cool summer nights and crisp fall days, to layering up in the winter and easing into the spring – nothing quite works like a super-soft knit, like this HM Knit Sweater, $14. Cardigan or pullover, choose whatever flatters you best and stick to a range of easy-to-match shades.
A capsule wardrobe means: facilitating the seasonal swap
A fitted blazer, like the Nordstrom Stretch Cotton Twill Blazer, $189, is a no-brainer. Whether for work or play, a tailored blazer is always flattering and works with almost everything – all year-round. Go for one in a darker, solid colour to create a flattering silhouette on your torso.
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A capsule wardrobe means: saving money
A pair of tailored suit trousers, cropped at the ankle to be worn either with flats and pumps in the warmer seasons or boots in the winter months, is a must. Work this style with a dressy blouse or mix it up with sneakers and a crisp white tee for that blogger-chic style. If possible, pick a pair that match the colour of your fitted blazer to wear as a full suit and create another easy outfit option.
Try the Zara Straight-Cut Stretchy Pants, $50.
A capsule wardrobe means: getting creative
A boyfriend blazer may seem like a trendy pick, but a slightly oversized blazer is a classic – and a necessary component for the ultimate capsule wardrobe. Wear it belted for an of-the-moment look or wear it as a coat, layered over warmer pieces in the colder weather.
Try the Mango Check Structured Blazer, $129.
A capsule wardrobe means: a decluttered closet and a decluttered mind
For dressy occasions or casual outings where you want to go with that feminine vibe, you’ll need a flattering midi dress. A jersey wrap dress in a midi length flatters every body type and works dressed up or down. Go with whatever colour flatters your skin tone the best.
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HM Creped Wrap-Front Dress, $40
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A black or grey turtleneck is a must from fall through to early spring. In a lightweight knit and snug fit, this item works layered or on its own and is the perfect basic to pair with skirts, trousers and denim.
Le Chateau Viscose Blend Turtleneck Top, $40
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One basic you’ll never want to swap is a great lightweight tank top or camisole. The perfect solution to staying cool in the summer and the ideal base piece for layered looks in the winter, these are staple items that no capsule wardrobe should be without.
Nakd Deep-V Singlet, $23
A capsule wardrobe means: a chance to rediscover your unique style
Treat yourself to one trendy item for your closet per season. Our suggestion for the splurge? A pair of vintage-feeling straight-leg jeans with a high waist. This hot denim trend is a nod to the 90’s and while it may not last forever, is both flattering and comfortable.
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Zara Mom-Fit Jeans, $46
A capsule wardrobe means: less guilt over purchases you regret
Invest in the ultimate all-year wardrobe staple with a leather jacket. Whether fitted or slightly oversized, this iconic piece of clothing is a must and works with everything. Spend a little extra for that quality leather and fit, and you’ll be enjoying it for years to come.
Massimo Dutti Biker-Style Nappa Jacket, $375
A capsule wardrobe means: no more decision anxiety in the morning
You’ve got one trendy pair of denim in your capsule-inspired closet, but what about a go-with-everything pair? We suggest a pair of comfortable slim-fit jeans in a flattering dark wash.
J Crew 8” Toothpick in Classic Wash, $144
A capsule wardrobe means: more time to do other things
Now that you’ve shown your closet you mean business, it’s time to look the part with the classic staple button-down shirt. Scoop these up in black and white for the business-casual piece that’s always in style.
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HM Fitted Shirt, $20
A capsule wardrobe means: increased gratitude and less wastefulness
Pick out a versatile button down in an oversized or tunic-style fit for a shirt that can work tucked into pants or belted and worn with stockings as a dress. The preppy style is a classic and super easy to wear in different ways.
ASOS Design Cotton Mini Shirt Dress, $42
A capsule wardrobe means: less laundry
A pair of shorts is a must in any wardrobe. Go for something in a flattering dark shade (black works with almost everything) and comfortable cotton fabric. Tip: pick a length that’s not too short – a Bermuda fit is ideal and can be worn with bare legs or layered over stockings in the colder months.
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Zara Shorts with Belt, $46
A capsule wardrobe means: everything fits
Take the winter on in style with a warm and luxurious wool coat. A no-brainer when it comes to classic cold-weather style, a wool coat in hues like forest green, navy blue or cognac is sure to make a statement, and will look fabulous year after year.
Aritzia Connor Wool Coat, $350
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A mini and a midi skirt, in whatever fabric you feel flatters you best (jersey, cotton, denim – whatever you feel blends best with the rest of your clothing) is a must for a versatile capsule wardrobe.
Massimo Dutti Ribbed Skirt, $115
A capsule wardrobe means: skipping the seasonal swap
A capsule wardrobe should include a solid collection of footwear. A great pair leather boots, some comfortable flats, a go-with-everything pair of nude pumps – and depending on your lifestyle, some shoes that compliment your personal interests. Comfy sandals for the jetsetter, duarable lace-up boots for the avid hiker, sneakers for the gym-goer, etc.
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HM Knee-High Boots, $79
A capsule wardrobe means: you’re on track toward that minimalist life
Delicate and simple jewellery in your metal of choice is always a safe bet when hunting for the perfect accessories for a capsule wardrobe. Simple bangles and cuffs look great on a bare wrist or stacked over the sleeve of a knit. A delicate chain can be worn on its own or layered under several strands, and even the simplest rings can make a statement when stacked or worn on several fingers at once.
Sequin Virgo Astral Cuff Bracelet, US $78.
A capsule wardrobe means: challenging yourself
If you include just one bag in your new capsule wardrobe, make it a classic leather handbag or tote. Great quality and a classic shape mean you’ll be able to pair it with every ensemble and enjoy it for years to come.
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Oak and Fort Bag 1913, $48
A capsule wardrobe means: benefits that go beyond your closet
Designate one small area in your closet to lounge and athleisure-wear. Life is tough, and we all deserve to come home and get comfy, or spend our weekends in some off-duty gear. Stock up on comfortable fabrics and easy-fits for go-to pieces that can be worn as a set or worked into other outfits as separates, like this Onzie Wrap Jacket, US $95.