Building Blocks of a Capsule Wardrobe

You probably already have the perfect building blocks to a capsule wardrobe in your closet, and in this post, I’m going to show you how to pull all of those pieces together! As a result, you’ll save money, really use those pieces in a thoughtful way, and create an intentional wardrobe of outfits that you can mix and match each day. Getting dressed doesn’t have to be hard! Let’s get into it!

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Building Blocks of a Capsule Wardrobe

Styling the capsule in a workwear kind of way! I added the pop of color with the fuschia jacket but could have easily thrown on an ivory or black blazer as well.

As I showed you in my Travel Capsule Wardrobe post, creating a group of core basics can help you save time, money, and a lot of headaches! By using this same method in your daily wardrobe, you’ll be able to accessorize the basic pieces and create a new look each day. Here’s how I built this capsule, and also a few tips for starting yours:


  • One pair of solid color pants
  • One pair of jeans
  • One pair of leggings

Keep these in the same color palette. For simplicity’s sake, I chose black, but you can do navy and denim, ivory, winter white and camel…you get the idea. Just stay tonal, for a chic elevated look. By the way, if you’re looking for good quality, reasonably priced trousers, this new flare-leg Pixie pant from Old Navy is my new favorite! They’ve added several colors to the collection, and they are absolutely amazing. They’re figure-flattering and feel so good on! Give them a try!


One of my favorite ways to style a band tee!
  • One solid tee
  • One band, graphic or patterned top – if band or graphic tees aren’t for you, consider a striped top (super on trend right now) or a pretty floral.
  • One turtleneck or any sweater of your choice.

Same rules here, stay in the same color palette and keep it tonal. 


This is where the magic happens! Grab your favorite blazer, cardigan, or denim jacket, and start to play. By keeping the basics in a tonal color palette, you’ll be able to throw almost anything over them! I added a fuschia jacket to the mix, because you know I love to play with color. Accessorize with your favorite jewelry or scarf. Switch out shoes to change the feel from weekend to professional in a blink!

  • A solid blazer
  • A novelty jacket (I’ve used a field jacket, but you could do a shacket or even a patterned coatigan)
  • A denim jacket
  • A lightweight scarf 
  • Dressy shoes
  • Favorite sneakers

Building Blocks of a Capsule Wardrobe | The Pieces

That’s my outline of how I built this capsule. I pulled pieces from my closet to save money, but I’ll also share links to shop similar looks. You can build on this capsule by adding colors and textures. You’ll also need a way to wiggle this around the seasons. A short sleeve tee will replace the long sleeve top; a three-quarter length to replace the turtleneck and so on. I’ll do a Part Two explaining that soon! I try to keep to the 80/20 rule when buying new clothes: 80% basics and 20% trendy, that way I’m always able to add to this rotation. Trends will come and go – hello skinny jeans – but I say if something suits your style, hang onto them and wear them in a new way. After all, you should wear what makes you happy!

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Let me know if this post helped you or inspired you to create your own version of a capsule wardrobe! I’d love to hear from you! And remember to wear what makes you happy!

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