The concept of a capsule wardrobe is not new. However, with sustainability becoming a bigger focus and our lives busier than ever, now is the perfect time to invest in one.

No matter your personal sense of style, everyone needs a collection of interchangeable pieces on which they can depend when the thought of getting ready is just too much (we’ve all been there). Pieces of mutual hues that allow you to maximize your number of outfits and take the stress out of getting dressed.

Whether you’re getting ready for work or hitting the streets, it’s nice not to have to always put so much thought and effort into looking stylish. In this article, we’ll showcase the 10 most essential pieces you need in your wardrobe as well as brands and styling inspo

Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

  1. Comfortable Classic Jeans

You may be reading this and thinking “duh…”, but how many pairs of jeans do we own that we actually enjoy wearing? Not many of us, or if we do, it’s because we’ve worn down one specific pair because it’s the only one we like and can’t find any others like it.

When creating a capsule wardrobe, classic jeans should be at the core. Jeans are a versatile piece that can be worn for running errands, going to work, or a night out.

It’s important to invest in high-quality jeans that are comfortable to wear and flattering to your body type. A good pair of quality jeans will last you a lifetime.

Straight Leg Jean Styling Inspo

Featured Brands:

Madewell Straight Leg Jean, Anie Bing T-Shirt, Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses, Loewe Mini Puzzle Bag, Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers. Marc Jacobs Tote Bag, Vince Mules, Ramy Brook Blouse, Stuart Weitzman Heels, Saint Laurent Envelope Clutch, Demarson Earrings.

2. Oversize Button Up Shirt

A structured, button-up shirt (particularly in white) is not only a reliable piece, but also a versatile one. It can be easily paired with a pair of jeans for running errands or with trousers for work. Additionally, it can be layered over a t-shirt or under a sweater.

In addition to its versatility, a white button-up shirt is also timeless and classic. It can be worn season after season and never go out of style. This makes it a great investment piece for any wardrobe.

Oversized Button Down Styling Inspo

Featured Brands:

Vince Oversize Button Down Shirt, Lafayette 148 New York Pants, Stuart Weitzman Sandals, Golden Goose Sneakers, Saint Laurent Sandals, Marc Jacob Tote Bag, Saint Laurent Shoulder Bag.

3. Versatile Blazer

The right blazer can instantly make you look more put together. Not only is it a sophisticated and timeless piece, but it’s also incredibly versatile.

When selecting a blazer, choose a hue that will complement other pieces in your closet. Trends come and go when it comes to blazers – oversized, cropped, etc. – so choose a style that best flatters your body and can be worn with a variety of pieces.

Versatile Blazer Inspo

Featured Brands:

Veronica Beard, Nili Lotan, Vince

4. Comfort Sweater

We all have that one or two sweaters we love to wear because they are comfy yet stylish enough to make us look put together. Take note of what you like about your favorite comfort sweater and stock up on similar ones.

Your sweater collection is a great opportunity to add a pop of color or pattern to your wardrobe. Whether worn over another piece or as the main garment, you can really experiment with different hues here.

5. The OG Little Black Dress

The little black dress has been a staple in the capsule wardrobe since the idea was first introduced. The specific style is less important than finding a dress that makes you look and feel your best. Your LBD should be effortless and reliable every time you wear it.

The LBD is an easy grab for a special event of any kind.

Little Black Dress Inspo

Featured Brands: Alice + Olivia, Theory and Badgley Mischka

6. Neutral Shoulder Bag

Out of all the different types of handbags, you might wonder why a shoulder bag in particular?

A shoulder bag has all the perfect components for an everyday, capsule wardrobe bag. Over-the-shoulder bags are small enough to keep things simple, yet will carry all your handbag essentials. Moreover, a shoulder bag is great for transitioning from day to night while maintaining an elevated look.

Featured Brands:

Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and Tory Burch

7. Minimal Sneaker

An all-white sneaker is the new classic when it comes to your capsule wardrobe. It’s one less thing to think about in the morning and simple enough to be perfect from day to night, from casual weekends to the office.

When picking your minimal sneaker, prioritize simplicity in design but don’t dismiss the importance of comfort. You want this shoe to be something you can wear all day long.

Minimal Sneaker Inspo

Featured Brands: Veja, Alexander McQueen, Golden Goose

8. Everyday Embellishments

The little extra embellishments you add to your outfit can take it from drab to fab. Your extras can range from jewelry to belts and everything in between.

When it comes to jewelry, a chunky hoop and a timeless watch can instantly make you look put together. Seeing someone wearing a watch gives the impression that they’re organized and on top of things.

Belts are another example of something extra that can pull your outfit together. This can also be a fun piece to mix up with a pop of color or print.

9. The Tote Bag

A tote bag is an essential component of a capsule wardrobe due to its versatility and practicality. It is suitable for everyday activities, such as running errands and going to work, as well as more formal events like meetings or functions.

The size and shape of a tote bag make it ideal for carrying all your daily essentials without being too bulky or cumbersome.

When selecting a tote bag for your capsule wardrobe, look for one that is made of high-quality materials and has a classic, timeless design that will never go out of style.

10. Transitional Jacket

A transitional jacket will look different for everybody but it is important that is versatile enough to be worn in a range of conditions. Not only will it keep you warm and stylish, it will bridge the gap between seasons.

Whether it is an edgy leather jacket or a more sophisticated trench coat, your jacket should be lightweight and easily layers with other pieces.

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