What if we said you could create a month’s worth of unique outfits with fewer than 20 pieces of clothing?
Well, as crazy as it sounds, that’s the idea behind a capsule wardrobe. You minimize your closet collection by selecting a finite number of specific articles of clothing and building your outfits from that. This helps you to free up physical clutter (which can sometimes turn into stressful mental clutter) and focus your attention on beautiful, simple, quality clothes.
Capsule wardrobes are gaining a ton of traction as people start to embrace minimalism (think KonMari organizing and Swedish death cleaning). Plus, surveys say that many women only wear 20% of their wardrobe — how shocking is that?!
We’re loving the idea of streamlining our closets since you can give your closet a total refresh even on a budget! While quality is obviously the main factor in the longevity of this wardrobe lifestyle, you can find the perfect pieces at stylish yet inexpensive retailers such as Target and Walmart, along with Old Navy, Kohl’s, and even Amazon!
How to start:
You’ll want to curate pieces that are relatively neutral so they’ll work seamlessly between outfits. This list is a good starting point (click here for the FREE printable!). Remember, this is a generalized list so you can choose pieces based on your own preference to reflect your personal style:
1.) Skinny jeans
DENIZEN from Levi’s Skinny Jeans | Signature by Levi’s Skinny Jeans
2.) Dark or colored jeans
Universal Thread Utility Jeans | Signature by Levi’s Black Skinny Jeans
3.) Black leggings
Mossimo Supply Leggings | Danskin Now Leggings
4.) Chino shorts
A New Day Chino 3″ Shorts | Signature by Levi’s High Rise Shorts
5.) Neutral maxi dress
A New Day Maxi Dress | Time and Tru Maxi Dress
6.) Striped tee
A New Day Crew Neck Striped Tee | Mia Kaye Striped Tee
7.) Neutral or white sleeveless top
A New Day Loose Tank | Time and Tru Woven Tank
8.) White tee
A New Day Crew Neck Tee | Hanes V-Neck Tee
9.) Button down
Universal Thread White Button-Down Shirt | EFINNY White Button-Down Shirt
10.) Neutral Cardigan
A New Day Cocoon Cardigan | Women’s Flyaway Cardigan
11.) Jean jacket
Universal Thread Denim Jacket | Riders by Lee Denim Jacket
12.) Neutral vest
Universal Thread Printed Kimono | Rider’s by Lee Vest
13.) Neutral sandals
Mad Love Multi-Strap Sandals | Victoria K Sandals
14.) Neutral low-heel booties
dv Low-Heel Fashion Boots | Portland Boot Company Boots
15.) White casual sneakers
Mad Love Lennie Sneakers | SANUCL Casual Flats
16.) Neutral heels
A New Day Pointed Pumps | Riverberry Women’s Heels
17.) Colorful scarf
Universal Thread Striped Scarf | Frayed Wrap Scarf
Again, this list includes links just for reference and you’re free to purchase items that are better suited for your style. If you already have some of these items in your closet and they’re in good condition, by all means, use what you have on hand rather than buying new!
Then get to mix and matching.
Buy purchasing neutral tones, you have a wider variety of options to pair into outfits. Then you can spice up your look with fun and bright accessories, like scarves, jewelry, and handbags! We’ve created a list of 30 potential outfits, but you’ll realize that almost all of your pieces work together seamlessly thanks to the neutral palette!
Get the printable for your shopping list and outfit ideas!
You’ll be curating your capsule wardrobe in no time!
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.