Capsule wardrobes, to me, have always seemed a little excessive (in a minimalist way). However as I get older the need to create a wardrobe of multi-functional, classic pieces has become my goal. As I focus on creating that ideal wardrobe, my opinion of capsule wardrobes have changed and I’ve come to appreciate the idea/concept of them.
In case you don’t know, the term capsule wardrobe was actually coined in the 1970s by Susie Faux who owned a boutique in London called “Wardrobe”. She described a capsule wardrobe as a “collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of style”. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to have a curated collection of clothing where the pieces are interchangeable and can work for any sort of occasion. It eliminates the need to have excessive amounts of clothes and makes getting dressed a much simpler process.
For my work capsule wardrobe…
Most of the pieces I already owned, with the exception of the white blazer, black jeans and a work-appropriate summer dress. My office is pretty casual, so the pieces are nothing fancy. However they all work with each other and can be interchanged to create numerous looks. Because shoes and accessories are not big stressors for me when getting dressed in the morning, I did not include them in my work capsule wardrobe.
Below I’ve rounded up all the pieces I am going to be using for my work capsule wardrobe, a total of 20 pieces. I am also going to be sending out a newsletter each Sunday showing the looks I put together and wore for the week. If you are interested in receiving that email, you can sign up for our newsletter here.
20 Pieces for a Summer Work Capsule Wardrobe
Linen Blouse: I think a white button-up is a crucial piece for anyone’s wardrobe. With the summer temps reaching well above 100 here in Phoenix, I wanted a lightweight, short sleeve, button-up and this one is perfect.
Puff-Sleeve Blouse: This is probably the only piece in my work capsule wardrobe that is a little something different. I wanted to include it because it’s a fun top that works well styled multiple ways.
T-Shirt Bodysuits: I’ve been having a thing for bodysuits lately. These t-shirt version bodysuits work well for layering or just by themselves.
Black Long Sleeve Blouse: This is one of my favorite blouses. It’s very lightweight, so it works well as a layering piece.
Striped Long Sleeve Blouse: I’ve had this shirt for several years and I just love the way if fits. I know I will be able to pair with several items in this work capsule wardrobe. Plus it gives the professional office look I might need if we have clients in the office.
Tank Bodysuits: Essential layering pieces that will mix and match with basically everything else.
Blazers: Even though my office doesn’t have a strict “business casual” dress code, I think blazers are an essential part of a work wardrobe. I included a black, white and striped one…mostly for layering purposes.
Denim Jacket: This is definitely a very casual piece for a work capsule wardrobe, but since it is summer, I thought it was appropriate to include. It’ll be great for wearing over dresses and tanks on “casual Friday”.
Midi Dress: This dress is one of my go-to pieces in the summer. It’s an easy piece to throw on when I don’t feel like doing to much. Plus it can easily be dressed up or down.
Summer Dress: I’m not much of a dress person, but with the high temps we have in the summer, I figured I better include at least one other dress. I have a feeling though this will be the least worn item.
Black & White Wide Leg Pants: Wide leg pants are my absolute favorite. They can easily be dressed up or down and are much comfier than tight, skinny fitting pants!
Blue & Black Jeans: I don’t think it’s possible to have a capsule wardrobe without jeans. I am lucky enough to be able to wear jeans to work, so I know these will get plenty of use. Plus a black pair of jeans can easily be dressed up to look business casual.
White Wide Leg Jeans: These are probably my favorite pants I own. They are wide leg and cropped. Perfect for summer and definitely work appropriate.
Leopard Midi Skirt: Leopard skirts are everywhere nowadays and I totally get the hype. It’s a surprisingly versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down depending on what the day looks like.