How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to refresh your closet, or style a boutique closet….let’s talk about building a capsule wardrobe.  Simply put…a capsule wardrobe is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits.

Be sure to visit Classy Yet Trendy for her step-by-step building a capsule wardrobe guide.

Typically you wear a capsule wardrobe for three months, and then you update it for the next season.  By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping….thus saving money!  And the good news…accessories, jewelry, shoes, workout clothes, and outerwear do not count.  To make it easy, I like to start in groups of three.  

For example….my winter capsule consists of 3 bottoms, 3 sweaters, 3 shirts, 3 blazers, and 3 skirts.  First, start with a color palette….mine is black, beige, gray, and camel.  Next, I add a coat, jacket, or accessory that compliments my capsule colors.   For a classy look, I’m loving a pair of black faux leather leggings paired with a belted black Michael Kors blazer.  To give my leggings a casual look, I wear them with an oversized sweater, animal print scarf, and black combat boots

Click the pic to shop Holley’s style.The great thing about a capsule wardrobe….you can be minimalistic or you can add flair with accessories and jackets.  Around the house, I wear my gray jeans with an oversized turtleneck and beige booties from Nordstrom….easy peazy!   If I’m going out, I switch to a ruffled blouse topped off with a checked blazer, brown belt, and boots….and a handbag to complete the outfit.  If it’s cold out, I’ll add my camel coat.

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My pleated midi skirts go great with a sweater and belt.  If I’m going out, I dress them up with a black shearling jacket paired with tights and black booties.  For a casual look, I like to top off a mock-wrap denim skirt with a black puffer jacket or faux leather jacket and combat boots.  Here are some of my wardrobe layouts. Be sure to check out more content on my Pinterest.  

Remember the whole idea of a capsule wardrobe is to keep it simple.  Once you’ve picked your basics…the choices will seem almost endless!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, and wardrobe consultation.  Be sure to check her Holley Williams Style on Pinterest.  Contact Holley at [email protected]. 

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