Capsule Wardrobe Staple Pieces

As part of my capsule wardrobe experience, I have shared on my Instagram feed a few ideas for capsule wardrobe staple pieces.  And creatively dubbed them #whattowearwednesday.

The key to making a capsule wardrobe work is to find versatile pieces.  Capsule wardrobe staples are a few items of clothing that work for a multitude of purposes.

There are no universal pieces of clothing that work for everyone.  Some fits aren’t right.  Or might not fit your style.

The idea behind #whattowearwednesday is not to say “buy these and wear them”, but rather to showcase how single items can be worn many different ways.

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #1 – Trouser Jeans

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I have bought into the skinny jean trend hook, line & sinker.  But the trouser jean is a simple way to step up your denim a notch.

Because of my lifestyle as a stay-at-home-mom, I don’t have any dress pants or dresses in my fall capsule, but these jeans do double duty as denim and dress pants.

Trouser jean options: Banana Republic & Old Navy

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #2 – Rubber Rain Boots

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Hunters.  Rubber rain boots.  Wellies.  Whatever you call them, these are a super versatile piece to a wardrobe.

They’re functional (my jam!) and fashionable (and added bonus).  Stomp in some leaves, jump in the puddles and brave the mud without any worries about cold, damp toes.

Hunters, Uggs rain boots or these cheaper options from Kohl’s.

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #3 – Colored Denim

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Colored denim adds some versatility, but is still just a pair of jeans.  That means pants that are comfy!

They require no more work than blue jeans, but kicks the outfit up a notch.

Adding versatility means that you don’t feel like you’re wearing the same thing everyday – which is key to making fewer items of clothing work for multiple purposes.

There are a multitude of great fall colors from which to choose.

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #4 – Chambray Shirt

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The chambray shirt is the peak of versatility.

It can be dressed up or casual.  It’s great for layering or on it’s own.  It’s a neutral, but won’t wash you out.  It adds texture without adding bulk.

This shirt is a weekly staple for me.

Bonus: Choose one that doesn’t require ironing.

This is my chambray shirt.  I’ve also heard people rave about this one.

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #5 – Black Denim

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Black Denim – It’s just a pair of jeans.

But when you need something just a tish dressier than regular denim, the black pulls it off.

These are mine.

Capsule Wardrobe Staple #6 – Quilted Puffer Vest

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There’s a reason stores keep making these in more and more colors and patterns.  They are perfection.

Take a look at a quilted puffer vest resume:

  • Adds color and/or pattern
  • Not bulky
  • Adds warmth for chilly fall days
  • Camouflages bumpy mid-section
  • Dresses up & down
  • Makes jeans and tee look not so sloppy

Puffer vests became a thing when I was in college, and, thankfully, have stuck around.  Translation: My entire adult life, this has been in my closet.  I hope that never changes.

I have this houndstooth vest & this plaid vest is similar to my navy and green one.  I put this cream one on my Christmas list.  Old Navy has a plethora of color options.

Even if you don’t choose any of these specific pieces, the general rule of making clothing items work for multiple purposes is a great guideline for minimalist living.

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