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
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.
Capsule Wardrobe Staple #2 – Rubber Rain Boots
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.
Capsule Wardrobe Staple #3 – Colored Denim
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.
Capsule Wardrobe Staple #4 – Chambray Shirt
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.
Capsule Wardrobe Staple #5 – Black Denim
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.
Capsule Wardrobe Staple #6 – Quilted Puffer Vest
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.
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.