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Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Only 17 Pieces You Need

I know every girl needs a LOT of clothes but having only the essentials might give you and your closet some peace. Check out these 17 must-have capsule wardrobe pieces you should have!

Must-Have Capsule Wardrobe Pieces

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Closet Cleanup times comes once every year or so…. It entails leaving some outdated trends in the past, getting rid of pieces I’ve never even worn, and doing an inventory of my existing clothes. And somehow, I always go back to a capsule wardrobe. I think it’s so important to start a new year with a clean slate! A capsule wardrobe gives you room to try new things and add trendy pieces throughout the year, but it also makes sure you have all the basics you need to style looks for the whole year ’round. Here are some of the pieces I have in my capsule wardrobe:


1. White Button-Down

If you don’t have a white button-down shirt in your wardrobe, go out right now and get one. This is a capsule wardrobe must-have and you can wear it to the office with pants, on weekends with denim shorts, or even to cocktail parties with a bright skirt.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Only 17 Pieces You Need

2. Plain Tee

Plain white t-shirts may seem humble and far too basic to wear, but you’d be surprised how versatile they can be! Pair them with a skirt for a feminine yet laid-back weekend look, or layer under a blazer for a casual Friday work look.


3. The Perfect Pair of Jeans

While super skinny jeans are official out of style, every girl needs the perfect pair of jeans in her wardrobe. Take your time finding a part that’s made just for you, whether that takes a day of shopping or months of scouring the shops.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Only 17 Pieces You Need

4. Culottes or Elephant Pants

Here’s a modern capsule wardrobe must-have for working girls: culottes or elephant pants. They’re stylish upgrades to your regular office slacks, and you can wear them on weekends or for formal parties too!


5. Silk Blouse

Invest in a good silk blouse for your capsule wardrobe and you’ll go places. Wear it to job interviews, the office, or even on date night! It’s like a more feminine, dressy version of your classic button-down. And it’s a lot comfier, too.


6. Pencil Skirt

Every girl needs a well-fitting pencil skirt in her capsule wardrobe. You can stick to basics like black or navy, but you can also experiment with different fabrics, textures, and colors. The silhouette is so classic, you can get away with wild colors and prints!

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Only 17 Pieces You Need

7. Cozy Sweater

If it gets cold, layer a sweater over your white button-down for a preppy look. Or wear your sweater alone in the spring with jeans or even a cute skirt. Ugly sweaters are fun, but for your capsule wardrobe stick to basics and classic prints.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: The Only 17 Pieces You Need

8. LBD

Capsule wardrobe essentials like an LBD are pieces you can inject your personality into. With all the different silhouettes, lengths, and cuts, find an LBD that looks unique to your style and you can wear it everywhere.

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A capsule wardrobe will surely simplify a girl boss’ life. You’ll definitely enjoy waking up without having to pull your hair out when choosing an OOTD? It would also be better to set that cash aside for something that lasts longer, right?

What are your capsule wardrobe essentials? Share them with me in the comments section below!

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