The 15 Pieces Every Capsule Wardrobe NEEDS

When it comes to building the perfect capsule wardrobe, it's going to take some time!

And if you're just getting started, we suggest making a list of things you already have and what items you need to complete your closet. With a capsule wardrobe, you can make any outfit come alive again, and remember that you don't have to get rid of anything if you don't want to! All you need to do is add a few elements that you're missing to spark new style inspiration. So, if you feel like your array of apparel is becoming dated and don't know where to begin, you have come to the right place. Let's look at the 15 items that are imperative for your closet when it comes to building a capsule wardrobe!

A White Tee

A plain white tee can be worn with any outfit. It can be styled for a casual stroll, a Sunday brunch and everything in between. The versatility of a white tee is why it's such a mandatory item to have! It goes with boots or sneakers, skirts or pants, or even a blazer or bomber. It's a great place to start when going through your closet.

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Perfect Pair of Jeans

Finding the perfect pair of jeans might take time. We know it's no easy task to find your favorite wash and the perfect length, all while ensuring it fits your legs and your waist. But once you find your golden pair, they will last you a long time.


An Ageless White Tank

Like the plain white tee, we also advise getting a white tank. It could be anything from a durable Skims tank or even a bundle of Hanes tanks. If you're wanting a tank that will last you for a while, we suggest spending the extra dollars to keep it in your collection for years to come!

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An Everyday Tote Bag

It's crucial to have a bag that goes with everything, and it's even better if it's a tote because it can carry so much! Getting a cute yet practical bag makes you fashion-forward and your life much easier. It's the perfect bag for a flea market, school, shopping, date to the beach or even poolside. There are so many places to look for a cute tote bag, but if you know you're going to be using it a lot, you might want to splurge.

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Leather Jacket

The leather jacket has been trending a lot recently and it's not going away any time soon! It's the perfect jacket to turn anything from casual to elevated. Leather jackets are statement pieces that you can throw on when rushing out the door or atop a dress for a fancy date night out on the town.

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Sneakers are a must for any capsule wardrobe. They can balance out any outfit and take it from too dressy to just right. Some trending shoes right now are New Balance 574s, Nike Dunks and Converse Star Motion. And for more affordable options, check out Nasty Gal, Zara or DSW.


Classy White Collared Shirt

A white collared shirt is ideal for layering and a must to have in any capsule wardrobe. You can layer a knitted sweater and oversized jacket with the shirt if it's cold outside to keep you bundled during bitter weather! Or, if you want to look sophisticated with a blazer, the white collared shirt is iconic for formal events, especially if you aren't into dresses. It's also perfect for layering at the beach over a bikini as a coverup.

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Let's just admit that trousers are much more comfortable than jeans. Although both are key in a capsule wardrobe, we need trousers for the days we just can't imagine wearing jeans. Whether they're tailored or loose and breezy, trousers belong in your closet.


Light Knitwear

Light knitwear is especially vital for cities and colder locations. Knits are easy to layer and don't make any outfit look too over the top. It adds just the right amount of poise to any look. ASOS, Nasty Gal and Zara all have great selections!


Timeless Accessories

Jewelry can make or break an outfit—never underestimate its power! Hoop earrings are definitely a must-have in your jewelry box. And whether you are a gold or silver kind of person, chains can make any outfit a little more fun. Layered necklaces and bracelets can also add personality to your daily ensemble.


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A Tailored Coat

You absolutely need a tailored coat! It doesn't matter if it's a trench coat, a lightweight hooded jacket or your favorite rain jacket. For those rainy days, cold evenings or chilly city days, a tailored coat brings fashion and practicality into a perfect item.


Boots, Boots, Boots

Boots are essential. Point-blank. Period! It doesn't matter who makes them or what style they are—just having a boot in your wardrobe is crucial. We adore cowboy boots, and of course, combat boots won't ever go out of style. If your favorite pair of boots are platform, lace-ups or even heeled, we don't judge. Any boot will do!



We've said it before, and we'll say it again, get yourself a blazer! Oversized, fitted, patterned or bright, a blazer is a high priority in your wardrobe. It can be styled for fun or business and looks good with everything. Blazers have been trending for a while, and they aren't going anywhere, trust us.


Goes-With-Everything Dress

You know that one dress you have that seems to work for practically every sort of event? That's exactly what a capsule wardrobe requires! A simple, solid and neutral-colored dress is definitely necessary for this buildable closet. It can be layered with that blazer we spoke of earlier or even a stylish windbreaker. This component is meant to go with everything!


Maxi Skirt

Maxi Skirts are fantastic because if you are tired of pants but don't really want to show off your legs, this skirt meets you in the middle. The airy skirt won't swelter you in hot climates, nor will it freeze your legs in the cold. We love maxi skirts because they add a bit of pizzazz to the closet. There are so many great places to check out their skirt, like Cider, Nasty Gal or Amazon.

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