Creating an affordable capsule wardrobe in 2023 isn’t that difficult when you know where to look. But before we take a deep dive into these timeless pieces, it’s a good idea to get clear on what a great capsule wardrobe is, and then look at the easiest way to make one.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
Think of it as a curated wardrobe with pieces that are specifically chosen for their classic styles that can withstand the test of time, whilst still being versatile enough to mix and match in different ways. Bonus points if you use high-quality pieces that will last a long time.
What are the benefits of a Capsule Wardrobe?
If a timeless wardrobe and easy-to-make outfit ideas are not enough good reasons then here’s some more. You don’t need the perfect capsule wardrobe to reap the rewards. You’ll save time not having to put hours of thought into every outfit, as well as money not having to jump on every fashion trend or constantly buy new items to get different looks.
Still not convinced?
There’s a whole lot more to gain from having a capsule. Having and using fewer clothes is better for the planet. Sustainable fashion is a large concept of a capsule wardrobe. This means less waste, better use of resources, and the best way to keep this world going. Your decisions matter. Now let’s inform those decisions the best we can with this step-by-step guide.
What goes into an affordable capsule wardrobe?
Scroll down to find out!
CREATE YOUR AFFORDABLE CAPSULE WARDROBE WITH THIS BUDGET-FRIENDLY GUIDE:
1. Basic White Tee x 2 (short sleeve + long sleeve)
White t-shirts are a core item in your basic essentials. Ideally made from organic cotton, your white tee will take you a long way. Number one on the list of capsule wardrobe basics.
Neutral colors are the easiest to style, so they are a great way to mix up your outfits with fewer clothes. Again, cotton tees ideally, for a more sustainable wardrobe. Get a couple in different shades to mix things up a little bit.
3. Stripe T-shirt x 2 (short sleeve + long sleeve)
As far as patterns go, stripes are a great option – if not the ONLY option. Minimal designs are easier to work with, so you keep your style high and your hassle low.
4. Black Tee x 2 (short sleeve + long sleeve)
Black tees are another one of your classic pieces that can work with any color scheme. You’ll find them in every minimalist wardrobe because they are such an essential.
Certain outfits and seasons call for zero-sleeves. This is where your tank tops come in. Keep them tonal for versatility. They will be your best friend in the summer months.
Not only for formal occasions and work clothes. A white shirt can really level up your style when paired with the right items. They add an element of class and boss vibes to the mix.
Adding to the color palette, we bring in a beige beauty. It makes the most sense to keep things neutral, so you can be ready for the next season, and the next, and the next.
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The Turtleneck is one of those trendy pieces that you can always rely on to level up your capsule collections. Especially during the winter season. Black is a great base color during the colder times at the end of the year.
A personal favorite to throw on when needed. The versatile color palette means you can go from business meeting to after-work drinks at no extra cost. Definitely, a great piece to add to your winter clothes and fall fashion collection.
10. White Hoodie
The Hoodie’s rep has changed over the past year. Their unique style allows them to work all year round, even in the warmer months. Available in many different colors, but avoid bold bright colors (other than white) unless it is one of the statement pieces of your individual style.
Getting those patterns in the mix with our trusted stripes. Keeping it simple and neat, so you can keep pairing it with everything you have.
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An effortless way to add a layer when needed. Sweaters allow for comfort and style regardless of your body type. One of the best things about them is that they can easily be added or removed from any outfit.
The oversized sweatshirt is a staple of and fall capsule wardrobe. Perfect for indoors and out. Find your favorite and love it forever.
If you don’t have a trench coat in your own capsule wardrobe already, then you need to change this asap! Having one is the first step to adding some class to the dream wardrobe, and social media loves them.
15. Denim Jacket
Now, not exclusively for the bad chicks of society. Now you can rock the timeless piece that continues to demand attention all year round. A denim jacket belongs in all seasonal capsule wardrobes.
Similar to sweaters, the cardigan is the perfect way to layer up without looking like you’re ready to leave the building. They can also make your current wardrobe a little fancier if that’s what you want.
17. Heavy Blazer
Is it formal? Is it casual? This blazer is both. So you can depend on it when you’re going to that place to do that thing, and you’re really not sure what to wear. T-shirt tucked and hair up, you mean business. Let it all hang loose and it’s party time.
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18. Long Cream Coat
One of the seasonal pieces that is more suited for colder weather. So when you have to wrap up, then wrap up in style with a gorgeous cream coat that comes winter-ready. Every season is a photo opportunity.
As we know, black is slimming, but the added belt allows you to show off your body shape exactly how you want it. Let it fall relaxed, or tighten the belt to emphasize those curves, whatever suits your personal style. This black coat is a must!
The faux leather pants are an accessible piece that screams style. You may think you can’t pull them off, but give it a try. You might be surprised just how fabulous you look.
21. Black Leggings
Leggings are here to replace skinny jeans, and they are not going anywhere soon. No more cargo pants. These will be the comfiest bottoms you ever wear.
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22. Smart Pants (ideally in black, brown, and either cream or gray)
For those times, when you need to dress things up a little. A pair of pants like this does the job. Keep it neutral in black or brown, and maybe add a lighter pair too, such as cream or gray.
23. Classy Jeans
You’ve got to have your go-to jeans in here. When all else fails, they will be your uniform. Straight-leg jeans were made in 1873 and have been going strong ever since.
24. Linen Shorts
The higher the temperatures, the short the bottoms. Be sure to have some shorts in your wardrobe for when the heat comes. Ideally, a fair-trade linen pair to maximize comfort and breathability.
SKIRTS + DRESSES + SUITS:
25. Black Skirt
An easy-to-use piece that suits any large or small budget. It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. Mix and match all you want with this staple.
26. Midi Satin Skirt
If you’re looking for that ‘turns heads’ kind of style, then this one needs to be on your shopping list. Choose a shade that best suits your skin tone.
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27. Black Dress
Your little black dress is a special piece that you’ll use again and again. If you’re looking for a great place to get one, try here (link to dress post). Everyone needs one at some point, and you’ll be glad you had one.
Can be worn both formally and casually. Suits and style go hand in hand, and that’s why my Pinterest board is full of them. Each piece can also be mixed and matched separately, meaning even more possible combinations for your capsule wardrobe.
Finding shoes to match your outfit is an outdated problem. These sneakers are the go-to you didn’t know you needed. 100% reliable, 100% style.
For those ‘no sneakers allowed’ venues, these heels will get you through the door. And through the entire event for that matter.
Not too smart, but not too casual. The perfect middle that lets you strut your stuff wherever the day takes you. Every wardrobe needs a good pair of Chelsea boots.
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32. Open Toe Slides
When the sun is out, let your feet breathe and catch some vitamin D with slides like these. Beautifully braided, and yes they come in pink.
Shopper bag big enough to fit in all your essentials and more, but not so bulky that it ruins your style. Exactly what you want for those day-to-day tasks.
Whether you’re protecting your eyes from the sun, or just adding an element of mystery to your stylish persona, this pair has you covered. The simple soft curved shape will work with all of your outfits.
There you have it. An affordable capsule that you can start putting together right now. Be sure to check what you already have first. No need to go buy new clothes when you don’t need them. Work with what you have and add where necessary. Your capsule wardrobe awaits. Show me what you got, on socials (@SavinaOfficial).
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