Exploring the idea of a capsule wardrobe? Want to know the best foundational pieces you should consider for your personal capsule wardrobes? This post has everything you need to know about the basic pieces to include in a versatile capsule wardrobe. I started my personal capsule wardrobe in the Winter of 2021 and have found that a few foundational pieces are key to refreshing a capsule wardrobe. In this post I will give you the ultimate capsule wardrobe checklist. These are pieces that will carry over multiple seasons and lay the groundwork for most outfits for the entire year. With just a few, or all, of these basic pieces you can create several timeless outfits.
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If you are interested in creating your own capsule wardrobe, explore my latest capsule wardrobe guide here! In the guide I share my personal process for creating. The guide includes my recommended seasonal wardrobe with 20-30 pieces. My goal is to reduce decision fatigue that often comes when we have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear. To do that, I also style the capsule pieces into 100 outfits! The best part, a capsule could help you shop LESS (hello, money savings!!).
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What is a capsule wardrobe, and why do I need this checklist?
A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of cohesive pieces, usually 20-30 items, that work together easily. With a capsule wardrobe, like these from Penny Pincher Fashion, you can create a several outfits for the season. For me personally, a capsule wardrobe allows me to save money, by wearing more of what I own and shopping less. I am also able to pick out outfits with less stress & decision fatigue each morning!
This capsule wardrobe checklist is your resource of foundational pieces that you can wear across multiple seasons, think white sneakers, jean jackets, and basic tees! Other capsule pieces, not included on this list, may only be able to be worn for one season.
Seasonal Capsule Examples
Each season, I create a capsule wardrobe guide perfect for everyday casual wear. This style is perfect for working from homes, attending school events, play dates, coffee runs, and church! Your personal wardrobe should reflect your lifestyle, this is an important aspect to creating a functional capsule wardrobe for YOU!
Several items are shown in multiple seasons, these are the basics I’ve included in this capsule wardrobe checklist!
The Capsule Wardrobe Checklist
Below you will find 30 basics to include in your capsule wardrobe. This is not a complete list; however, these have proven to be the most versatile and classic pieces from my personal experience. These are timeless and versatile pieces that can be worn year after year. You can adjust this list to accommodate your lifestyle, climate, and personal taste!
Scroll to the end of this list to download your FREE copy of this checklist. Take the list with you as you shop your closet & favorite retailers for similar items. For your convenience, I’ve also linked my go to items below!
TOPS – Capsule Essentials
LAYERS – Capsule Essentials
BOTTOMS – Capsule Essentials
DRESSES & SKIRTS – Capsule Essentials
FOOTWEAR – Capsule Wardrobe Checklist
Footwear is definitely a personal preference when it comes to essentials for your capsule wardrobe checklist. I narrowed footwear down to my top 5 favorites over the years. These are the shoes I reach for the most and find to be the most versatile.
WHITE SNEAKER // NEUTRAL LOAFER // BLACK FLAT // ANKLE BOOT // LEATHER SANDAL
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