I received an email the other day from a reader requesting how to use a capsule wardrobe to dress for a special occasion, like a date night. I thought this was a great idea and knew several of you would like a blog post on it too!
If you use a capsule wardrobe, you have many outfits on hand by having just a few clothes in your closet. You can go to your closet and pull out 2 or 3 items and you’ll have an outfit ready to go. But, what happens if you have a special occasion to dress for, like a date night, casual banquet meeting or other social gathering? You may not want to wear a tee, plain cami or cardigan…you want something with some pizazz to it! You have several choices of bottoms, like jeans, skirt or pants, but chances are you might not have a unique, dressy top to wear!
Whenever I have a social function to attend that I want to dress up a bit for, I reach for a bottom in my capsule wardrobe, add a feminine top I wear occasionally, dressy pumps or boots and accessories. Just by adding a frilly top to a pair of jeans, pencil skirt or pants, you can take an outfit up a notch and you’ll look great!
I’ve found 3 gorgeous tops that will go with nearly any bottom you may have in your closet. For these outfit ideas, I’m using 3 bottoms that are in the The French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2018 Collection and The Essential Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2018 Collection eBooks. Do you already use your own capsule wardrobe? If you are using one of my eBooks from the Capsule Wardrobe eBook Store, you already have 100 outfit possibilities in your closet! These eBooks are complete wardrobe plans that have all the clothes, shoes and accessories selected for a season, using mostly basics in your closet. They also include 100 outfit ideas ready for you, a travel packing guide using a few items from the capsule, and much more! Over 12,500 eBooks have been sold and many women are using these wardrobe plans everyday!
Outfit Ideas 1 – 3
Outfit 1: gorgeous ruffle hem bell sleeve sweater / skinny jeans / leopard pumps / drop earrings / nude clutch
Outfit 2: gorgeous ruffle hem bell sleeve sweater / white jeans / over the knee boots / drop earrings / nude clutch
Outfit 3: gorgeous ruffle hem bell sleeve sweater / navy pencil skirt / navy ribbon lace pumps / drop earrings / nude clutch
These 3 outfit ideas incorporate this gorgeous ruffle hem bell sleeve sweater. The color is “pink dessert” and it looks like a rich mauve pink color. The ruffles around the waist and the bell sleeves give this sweater a feminine look. In the collage above, I used 3 bottoms from The Essential Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2018 Collection to make 3 outfits: skinny jeans, white jeans and the navy pencil skirt. For the shoes, I found this gorgeous pair of leopard pumps, the perfect neutral color of over the knee boots and these beautiful navy ribbon lace pumps (which also come in 3 other colors). Everyone needs a nude dressy bag and this one is just the right size and features a gold chain strap. To finish the outfits, add this pair of rose quartz drop earrings.
Outfit Ideas 4 – 6
Outfit 4: off the shoulder sweater / skinny jeans / ankle boots / drop earrings / leopard clutch
Outfit 5: off the shoulder sweater / black pencil skirt / black lace pumps / drop earrings / leopard clutch
Outfit 6: off the shoulder sweater / black leggings / black over the knee boots / drop earrings / leopard clutch
This white off the shoulder sweater will keep you warm while you are looking feminine! The cable pattern adds texture to the sweater, while being slightly off the shoulders. In the collage above, I used 3 bottoms from The French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2018 Collection to make 3 outfits: skinny jeans, black pencil skirt and black leggings. I found these chic stacked heel booties, these black lace pumps, and these black suede over the knee boots to wear with the outfits. These ivory mother of pearl earrings and foldover leopard clutch completes the looks.
Outfit Ideas 7 – 9
Outfit 7: pink velvet cami / leather jacket / skinny jeans / black over the knee boots / gold wrap necklace / black clutch
Outfit 8: pink velvet cami / leather jacket / black pencil skirt / velvet & glitter block heel pumps / gold wrap necklace / black clutch
Outfit 9: pink velvet cami / leather jacket / black jeans / suede booties / gold wrap necklace / black clutch
For outfits 7-9, I chose this pink crushed velvet cami. The velvet material of this cami gives these outfits a luxurious look. In the collage above, I used the black leather jacket and 3 bottoms from The French Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe: Winter 2018 Collection to make 3 outfits: skinny jeans, black pencil skirt and black jeans. The over the knee suede boots, these gorgeous velvet & glitter block heel pumps and black suede booties add a bit of trend these outfits. The gold wrap necklace and black clutch complete the looks.
You could also wear these outfits to any Christmas, New Years and other holiday parties! I hope you like these outfit ideas. Which one is your favorite?