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Believe it or not, there is such a thing as an ultimate capsule wardrobe checklist, and this is it.
The following list contains all the classic staples you need to build your dream capsule. It’s time to take the weight of the clutter off your shoulders. Are you ready?! Roll up your sleeves, turn off your phone notifications, and scroll down to read the post that will change your life. (Your fashion life, at least).
First things first, let’s cover the basics.
What is a Capsule Wardrobe?
Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of simple basic pieces that never go out of fashion. Versatile staples you can wear over and over again, in different outfit combinations, season after season.
What’s the benefit of having a Capsule Wardrobe?
Creating a capsule wardrobe is more than just what you wear. It’s also about reducing stress, saving time AND money, and ultimately making your life easier.
Still not quite convinced?
Having lots and lots of clothes is great for the Fashion Industry, but not so great for the planet. If instead, you opt for having fewer items that can do more, you’re helping to reduce consumption and lessen the impact clothing has on the environment. Much better for Planet Earth, and even better for your wallet.
How do I create a Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe?
Now, we’re talking! The first thing you need to begin with is clearing out your current closet. It’s a daunting task, I know. That’s why I created this easy-to-follow guide that will help you get started. If your wardrobe is overloaded with clothes you don’t even wear, then girl, do yourself a favor and sort it out. The fun part starts after this!
THE ULTIMATE CAPSULE WARDROBE CHECKLIST 2024:
Now that your closet is nice and tidy, and presumingly consists of only items you love and want to wear, let’s freshen it up and fill it with fundamentals you can always rely on.
This basic capsule wardrobe checklist has everything you could possibly need to create limitless outfits with ease. It can serve as a foundation for your current closet or become your complete year-round wardrobe. It’s up to you!
1. Basic White Tee x 2
My recommendation for classy white tees is The Organic Box-Cut from Everlane. Made of 100% organic cotton, you won’t find better classy white t-shirts online. A definite necessity on any minimalist capsule wardrobe checklist.
2. Neutral Colored T-Shirts x 2
3. Stripe Tee
A high-quality striped t-shirt is a MUST in your year-round capsule wardrobe. Especially if the rest of your clothes are in neutral shades.
4. Black T-Shirts x 2
You guessed it right! For super comfy, soft black tees, Everlane has got you covered.
5. White Tank Tops x 2
White tank tops are an incredibly versatile item that doesn’t belong exclusively to your summer capsule wardrobe. Personally, I love to style them with blazers and wear them all year round.
6. White Shirt x 2 (one cotton & one linen)
There’s a special place in my heart for white shirts as they are the ultimate capsule wardrobe staple. Always go for a size up for a more flattering and relaxed fit. Best place for cotton and linen white shirts? Madewell and Everlane.
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7. Long Sleeve Turtleneck x 2 (white one & beige one)
8. Printed Hoodie
Good timeless white hoodies are hard to find for some reason, but I’ve got you covered. This ANINE BING hoodie is a dream. A great addition to any summer capsule wardrobe checklist. For those long days that unexpectedly turn into long nights.
9. Basic Sweater x 2 (neutral one & black one)
Not gonna lie I have more than two basic sweaters (you can see my neutral collection in this video, but as we’re talking about absolute ESSENTIALS here, having two versatile ones is a good base. Mine are a few years old fast-fashion ones, but I recommend these from Everlane.
10. Chunky Knit Sweater x 2
You need chunky knits for your winter capsule wardrobe, and I’d suggest checking REISS.
11. Stripe Polo Knit
There is only ONE stripe polo knit sweater you must absolutely own (I mean it!!) and this is it. If your size is available consider yourself super lucky and get it before it goes. They sell out in the blink of an eye.
12. Basic Sweatshirts x 2 (black & beige/gray one)
This is the sweatshirt of my dreams, and it will become yours too if you get your hands on it. The fit is amazing! Size up for a cool 90s retro look.
13. Trench Coat
This beautiful trench coat from Everlane is a must-add-on to your fall capsule wardrobe checklist. Beautiful color, classy fit, and can we talk about the price?!
14. Denim Jacket
There are so many places you can get cute denim jackets, but my go-to is Levis. Their Original Sherpa Trucker is everything a girl can ask for. Not quite sure? That’s okay, I’ve gotcha. Check my edit with the best denim jackets for spring.
15. Long Beige Coat
When it comes to coats you should always consider the quality. This Oversized Wool Blend is a great investment.
16. White/Black Puffer
I’d say that a casual everyday puffer is a must, and if you can find one that can be dressed up or down, you’re a winner. My suggestion? This Oversized Padded Puffer Coat – I have it and I love it!
17. Cropped Cardigan x 2 (cream & black)
I can’t resist a good cardigan, and I know a good one when I see it. This piece is a must-have! And not just on your winter capsule wardrobe checklist.
18. Timeless Blazers x 2 (black & beige one)
Five words about the blazer: The staple of the staples. If you don’t own one, get yourself one ASAP. It doesn’t have to be this, but bonus points if it is. It’s a piece that will last for many years to come.
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19. Black Leggings x 2 (cotton one & faux leather one)
20. Smart Trousers x 2 (black & cream ones)
21. Classy Jeans x 3 (blue & black/gray & white/cream ones)
When it comes to jeans, we all have different tastes and preferences. So whatever you decide to go for – mom style, skinny fit, straight or baggy, just remember to pick something that is as comfy as it is flattering. Great places for good quality, soft and stretchy denim are Boyish , Levis, and also & Other Stories
22. Joggers x 2 (black one & gray one)
You need a live-in pair of pants, and this is where the joggers come from.
23. Shorts x 2 (white linen ones & denim ones)
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DRESS + SKIRTS + SUITS
24. Black Dress
The chance is you already own a pretty little black dress. If you don’t, check this little number by Reformation.
25. Casual Summer Dress x 2
26. Go-to Skirt
My go-to idea for a skirt might be different from yours, but this is the piece I’ll be adding to my closet in summer 2024. Having a good skirt that can be mixed and matched in different outfits, for different occasions, really makes a difference.
27. Suits x 2 (black/navy one & neutral colored one)
Get yourself a suit (or two, if you can – one in black/navy and one in white, beige or gray) and let it do all the hard work for you.
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29. White Sneakers
The essential of the essentials when it comes to shoes. My advice? The simpler, the better. The ReLeather Court Sneaker is a classic.
30. Smart Shoes
You need a smart pair of heels for more dressy events (or work). The style is your choice. But make sure it’s something you can actually wear. I suggest these shoes to complete your 30-piece capsule wardrobe checklist.
31. Black Ankle Boots
These classic Chelsea Boots by Vagabond will carry you through winter and beyond.
32. Casual Sandals
I’m not big on sandals, but breathable open-toe shoes are important to have in the hot summer months, so my personal favorite is The Day Twist Sandal by Everlane.
33. Converse Sneakers
I’ve always been a Converse girl and always will be, so not owning a pair of Converse counts as a crime.
34. Everyday Tote Bag
My go-to everyday tote bag is the Karl Lagerfield Tote. It’s a statement piece.
35. Elegant Shoulder Bag
An easy way to elevate your looks is to invest in a timeless designer bag like the Saint Laurent 5A7 piece.
36. Warm Scarf
I’m very into scarves right now, and I’m adding this stunning piece to my capsule! It’s made of responsible wool.
37. Timeless Pair Of Sunglasses
A stylish pair of sunglasses can really elevate all your looks, and what’s more stylish than PRADA? Joking, it’s a rhetorical question.
There you go, you’ve got it. The ultimate capsule 2024 wardrobe checklist.
As a minimalist fashion blogger, I’m excited to guide you through the final steps of curating a capsule wardrobe that resonates with your personal style. The journey towards a minimalist wardrobe, featuring fewer but better-quality pieces, is not just about fashion; it’s about embracing a lifestyle that values simplicity and elegance.
The Beauty of Basics and Classic Pieces
The foundation of any great wardrobe starts with the basics. Think of the timeless white t-shirt, a crisp white button-down shirt, or versatile black pants.
These are capsule wardrobe essentials that serve as your canvas, allowing for different looks across various occasions. Incorporating these items means you’re never far from creating the perfect outfit, whether for casual wear or special occasions.
Embracing Neutral Colors and Versatile Styles
A neutral color palette serves as the best way to ensure that all your pieces work in harmony. Imagine the ease of pairing a soft beige leather jacket with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Or how a midi skirt in a base color like navy or black can be styled in different ways throughout the year. This versatility is key to a capsule wardrobe.
Seasonal Considerations: Adapting to the Weather
Your capsule wardrobe should adapt to different seasons. For the warmer months, light dresses and short-sleeve tops are essential, while the cooler months might call for a sturdy winter coat and knee-high boots. The right pieces, like a high-quality winter coat for colder months or a light blazer for warmer ones, can make all the difference.
Fewer Clothes, More Style
With fewer clothes, you spend less time deciding what to wear and more time enjoying life. Capsule wardrobe basics like a pair of well-made jeans or a versatile white blouse are not just clothes; they’re investments in your style. These essential pieces can be mixed and matched to create a number of outfits for different seasons and occasions.
The Long-Term Benefits: Quality Over Quantity
In the long run, investing in fewer, higher-quality pieces like a dress shirt, dress pants, or a timeless staple like a black dress proves to be the easiest way to maintain a classic style. Not only does this approach save you time and money, but it also ensures that each new item you add to your collection stands the test of time.
Personalizing Your Capsule Wardrobe
Remember, your capsule wardrobe should reflect your unique style. Don’t be afraid to add statement pieces like a colorful scarf or accent colors that showcase your personality. And for those who travel, consider creating a travel capsule wardrobe, ensuring you’re stylishly equipped for every adventure.
Fashion For Thought
The first step in building your own wardrobe is understanding your body type and choosing pieces that flatter your shape, like a versatile style of jeans or a well-fitting leather jacket. Remember, the best capsule wardrobes are those that make you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.
So, whether you’re consulting a personal stylist, reading through a blog post for inspiration, or drafting your shopping list, remember the key is in selecting the right pieces – those versatile, high-quality, and well-made items that will form the backbone of your unique style.
I hope this guide inspires you to curate a capsule wardrobe that not only looks great but also simplifies your life, proving that sometimes, less really is more. Happy styling!
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This post was updated on 05/01/2024