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.
Capsule Wardrobe Recap
As of August 1st, I am no longer utilizing my summer work capsule wardrobe. Originally, I had planned on continuing thru August, but to be honest, I just got a little bored.
Having a capsule wardrobe definitely made getting dressed in the morning much simpler. It was nice to have all the necessary pieces laid out and ready to go each week. I didn’t have to worry about sorting through my whole closet to figure out what to wear. I had 20 pieces and I made it work.
So while it did make getting dressed in the mornings easier, it just got a little too repetitive towards the end of July. Or maybe I just got lazy. Let’s be real, it was all too easy to go in and pick a simple look without putting much effort into that look.
I did truly enjoy having a capsule wardrobe and plan on doing one come fall. However, when that time comes I am going to put a little more thought into the pieces I pull. I want to be able to get creative with a limited amount of pieces. Not being able to get creative with these 20 pieces was my biggest struggle towards the end of July.
So to wrap things up with this capsule wardrobe…Below I’ve rounded up all the pieces I included for my work capsule wardrobe, a total of 20 pieces. Below those pieces, I’ve uploaded a few videos showing the looks I put together for weeks 2-5. Week one I had taken pictures that are not worth sharing here and then after week 5, I just started slipping and called it quits.
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 it 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.
Capsule Wardrobe Outfits
This was the week of Memorial Day. Since it was a short week, there are only three looks for my capsule wardrobe outfits.
Wednesday: Yumi Thong Bodysuit | White Jeans | White Blazer | Black Pumps
Thursday: White Linen Blouse | Jeans | Pink Pumps (old Zara) – Similar
Tuesday: Yummie White Tee Bodysuit | White Wide Leg Pants (old Nordstrom) – Similar | Target Nude Pumps
Wednesday: Yummie Black Tee Bodysuit | Leopard Skirt (old Nordstrom) – Similar | Target Black Pointed Toe Flats
Thursday: Midi Dress (old Nordstrom) – Similar | Levi’s Denim Jacket | Valentino Flip Flops
Monday: Yummie Black Tee Bodysuit | Zara Jeans | Black Pumps (old Target) – Similar | Black Belt
Monday: White Wide Leg Pants (old Nordstrom) – Similar | Abercrombie White Puff Sleeve Blouse | Block Heel Sandals (old Loft) – Similar