Create Your Capsule Wardrobe: Step-by-Step Guide

Find out how to create a capsule wardrobe with this easy, step-by-step guide!

Create Your Capsule Wardrobe Guide


I absolutely love Capsule Wardrobes!  I have saved $1,000’s for the past couple of years since I’ve had a capsule wardrobe.  I rely on a capsule wardrobe every season to get dressed quickly, keep a neat closet, always have many outfits on hand and save money.  If you’re not familiar with a “capsule wardrobe”, it is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits.   By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping, thus saving money.  When a piece is worn or doesn’t fit right anymore, then shop for a replacement.  You will find capsule wardrobe ideas everywhere on the internet, including here on in my E-Book Shop.

A couple of weeks ago I started the Facebook group, the Capsule Wardrobe Collective for women to share their outfits, shopping suggestions and offer tips on capsule wardrobes.  Anyone can be a member and it’s totally free!  Come join here!

You might wonder, “How can I create a capsule wardrobe?”, or “Where do I even begin?”  This is a beginner’s guide to creating your own capsule wardrobe.  Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can expand your wardrobe to include bolder patterns or even another color palette.  Use pieces in your closet that you already have first.  Then, if there are any missing pieces that you need or if you need to replace worn pieces, then go shopping.  
Let’s get started!


Step 1: Select Your Base Color (navy or black)

Select a base color, an easy one like Navy or Black.  I always start with either navy or black because those colors are easy to build around.  Black goes with almost every color, so that one is most common.  If you’re not much into black, then select navy.  Navy is especially popular in the spring and summer months.

black navy


Step 2: Add 2 Bottoms In Your Base Color

Next, add 2 different bottoms in your base color, like a skirt, pants, dress or shorts.  You might choose 2 items such as black pants and a black skirt or a navy skirt and navy dress.

black blue bottoms

black dress / black skirt / navy shorts / navy ankle pants



Step 3: Add 3 “Essential” Tops/Bottoms

What are “essentials”?  They are the pieces you reach for time and time again, like a white tee, white button-up shirt, gray tee, denim, chambray etc.  When choosing these pieces, focus on white, gray, denim, chambray or your base color, like black or navy.  Since these are neutral pieces and colors, you won’t grow tired of them.  Add three tops and/or bottoms.


white button-up shirt / denim jeans / white tee / chambray shirt


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Step 4: Choose Your Accent Color

An accent color can be a color such as coral/peach, red, pink, tan/cream, blue, olive, teal or even gray as a neutral accent color.  This is the color that will “stand out” and add color to your wardrobe.  Be sure that your accent color goes well with your base color.  You will finish building your capsule wardrobe around your base and accent color.

Suggested Accent Colors

 Step 5: Add a Patterned Top

When you have a capsule wardrobe, it’s best to limit your patterned items to 1 or 2.  Choose patterns that are always in style, like stripes or small patterns like dots or gingham.  Stripes are always popular!  Also, be sure that your pattern matches your base color.

Patterned Tops

striped top / gingham shirt / polka dot top



Step 6: Add a Bottom In Your Accent Color

Choose a bottom like a skirt, pants, dress or shorts in your accent color.  Make sure it coordinates well with at least half of your items so far.

Accent Color Bottoms

coral shorts / blue skirt / gray pantstan skirt / tan shorts / peach pants


Step 7: Add Layers

Add 1 or 2 layering pieces, like a utility jacket, blazer, denim vest, cardigan, denim jacket or coat.  In the summer months when it’s the hottest, a denim vest or lightweight sleeveless vest can add interest to an outfit while still staying cool.


utility jacket / denim vest / short sleeve cardigan / black blazer / trench coat

Other layers:
utility vest / denim jacket


Step 8: Add Shoes

Choose 3 or 4 pairs of shoes that will coordinate with your clothes.  Suggested shoes are: sandals or boots, sneakers, heels or flats.  You want to choose choose that fit all types of occasions: shopping, work and events.


neutral sandal heels / converse sneakers / leopard flats / peep toe booties

You can keep adding tops and bottoms to keep building your capsule wardrobe.  Limit your items to 29 or less for an efficient capsule wardrobe.  When you are finishing creating your wardrobe, you can add your accessories like jewelry, scarves and handbags.  Have fun with your capsule wardrobe!

This is my Summer 2016 Capsule Wardrobe shown below: Read The Post Here

my summer capsule wardrobe




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  1. I have seen many bloggers explaining how the capsule is done but this the best by far!!!!
    Well done! Please keep doing what you are doing!

  2. Mistu,

    This step-by-step guide is the process I use every season when creating my capsule wardrobes, including winter. I have several Winter capsule wardrobe eBooks, with complete wardrobe plans for the Winter season, available in the capsule wardrobe eBook store:

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