You already own a couple or more good staple pieces in your current closet. The next step is to learn how to put these items together to create outstanding capsule wardrobe outfits with ease. Well, guess what. This blog post is all about capsule wardrobe styling and how to look effortlessly chic for any occasion, no matter what life throws at you. Sound good? Then let’s dive in!
Curating a versatile capsule wardrobe filled with classics you can always rely on is one thing. Mastering the mix and match of these staples to the point where everyone, both on and off-line wants to copy your style, is another. I assume you’re here for the latter.
While every capsule wardrobe looks different, and you may not own all the clothes listed below, use this style guide as an inspiration you can refer back to whenever you’re facing the challenge of deciding what to wear. Because dressing up in the mornings should be easy! And with these capsule wardrobe outfit ideas, it will be even easier.
CAPSULE WARDROBE OUTFITS FOR ANY AND EVERY OCCASION
1. To brunch
Trench Coat / T-Shirt / Leggings / Backpack / Sneakers
We all love brunches, don’t we?! I mean, they are the perfect excuse to hang out with our mates. Just say when and where, and I’ll be there. Unless… I’ve got nothing to wear! Oops.
If this stressful feeling sounds familiar, don’t worry. Below is the perfect formula for your next (and the next, and the next… you get it) brunch outfit. The rule is to keep it simple, BUT stay away from boring. All you need is a basic white tee (opt for a good quality one like this gem from Everlane), stylish faux leather leggings (because we are anti-cruelty here), sleek white sneakers like these, and a chic trench coat. It may sound like a lot, but you can still create a capsule wardrobe on a budget. (H&M is probably one of the best places for affordable basics.)
You can replace the leather leggings with denim and the sneakers with ankle boots or loafer mules, but the trench coat is your hero item here, so I suggest you keep it. If you don’t own a stylish trench coat like this, you should consider investing in one. It’s a classic that will be elevating all your capsule wardrobe outfits for many years to come. Trust me, I know a thing or two when it comes to capsule wardrobe outerwear.
Finish the look with your favorite backpack. This vegan piece from Matt & Nat is a must-have. Get it on your capsule wardrobe list, right now.
2. To run errands
Overshirt / Jeans / Sneakers / Tank Top / Tote Bag
Outfits to run errands don’t have to be try-hard. But don’t you feel good when you look and feel all put together? I know I do. So my go-to ensemble for running errands is simple yet effortlessly stylish. Blue jeans, white tank top, chunky sneakers, big tote, and a chic overshirt in a neutral color to seal the deal.
When it comes to the jeans, I’d go for a 90s inspired straight fit because that’s what works for me and my body. If your preference is similar, I can’t recommend enough the Everlane 90s Cheeky Jean. This is one of the comfiest pairs of denim I own, and I swear by it.
If you’re not into straight fit, just grab your favorite pair from your closet and combine it with a white tank. The oversized shaket is not an obvious capsule wardrobe staple, but I promise it’s a worthwhile one. It brings the kind of magic that takes Cinderella from cleaning a room to The Ballroom.
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3. To the office
Blazer / Shirt / Pants / Sunglasses / Converse Sneakers
Now when it comes to office looks, depending on what your workwear dress code is, you can use this look as a base and build on it.
Your boss expects you to dress smart? Replace the Converse sneakers with a more elegant pair of shoes. This could be heels or flats, the choice is yours. Add a small black clutch bag and you’re ready to tackle the day. Now how’s that for capsule wardrobe outfit combinations!?
Need something a bit more casual but still office-y? Opt for classy black faux leather leggings instead of the smart pants and size up with the shirt for a relaxed fit. Leggings and oversized shirts go hand in hand. I’d keep the Converse sneakers.
4. For working at home
Sweater / Earrings / Sneakers / Joggers
When we’re talking about capsule wardrobe outfit ideas for working at home, we seek the three C-s – comfort, convenience, and class. Can that be achieved with an easy ensemble that can just be thrown on in less than 2 minutes? I’m on the case!
Save this gorgeous WFH look consisting of comfy joggers, the perfect v-neck sweater, and the comfiest VEJA sneakers. You can easily wear this on repeat all week. This look can be taken pretty much anywhere. Heading to a coffee shop? No problem. Got a Zoom meeting? You’re covered. You can go from lounging on the sofa to up & out the door in no time (providing your destination doesn’t have a dress code.) Obviously, if you’re staying home, you won’t be needing the sneakers.
5. On a date
Cami Top / Leggings / Blazer / Bag / Loafers
You’ve got a hot date, and you want to look your best. The constant back and forth of what looks good, what doesn’t, what matches, what impression does it give? It’s exhausting. Forget all that. When you know what to wear and carry your outfit with confidence, simplicity steals the show. You can always resort to this quick and easy ensemble to get you where you want to be. It can even be altered to suit different types of date. Make it fancy with a silk cami and a statement bag. And remember CONFIDENCE!
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Look 6 – For a night out with the girls
Blazer / Shorts / Tank Top / Bag / Sandals
Okay, for this look, let’s take out the leggings and bring in some gorgeous vegan leather shorts. A black blazer with a casual white tank gives us the perfect balance of sexy and classy. Out with the slip loafers and in with the high-heeled sandals. Cue Alicia, “This girl is on FIREEEEEE!” You could definitely wear this on a date too, by the way. They’ll be sure to remember it. Try it with some knee boots, and get the seal of approval from Miss Grande, herself.
Look 7 – To the cinema
T-shirt / Joggers / Overshirt / Tote Bag / Sneakers
Regardless of the occasion, we take our style seriously. No use putting all that work into creating an amazing capsule wardrobe if you don’t use it at every opportunity. So even a casual trip to the cinema is a chance for your fashion skills to shine. Throw on a relaxed overshirt with joggers, and you can have all the popcorn you want. No need to worry about a bloated tummy after the credits roll. Bring a good tote bag too. Bonus points if it coordinates with the rest of your outfit. It also gives you extra space to smuggle in snacks, rather than paying those extortionate cinema prices.
There you have it. Plenty of capsule wardrobe outfits for plenty of occasions. Now, if you’ve made it this far, and you’re still wondering ‘how to create a capsule wardrobe in the first place?’, then I highly recommend you go and give this post a read. All will be explained.
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