Do you look at your closet and think “I have nothing to wear?” Is it difficult for you to create outfits? Or, is your closet packed full of clothes, but deciding what to wear tire you out? I have created the ultimate list of 35+ Core Closet Essentials you need to start a capsule wardrobe. These clothes and shoes are the building blocks to creating DOZENS of outfits! If you have these pieces on hand in your closet, you can have an efficient casual/dressy wardrobe and you will love what you wear. I use this list of items when I create the Capsule Wardrobe eBooks every season! You can use just this list of items as your wardrobe, or you can add tops or bottoms in a few patterns or colors to mix up your wardrobe!
Whether you are creating your first capsule wardrobe, rebuilding your wardrobe or expanding your wardrobe, you will benefit from using this visual guide! This list of clothes and shoes are core closet essentials, the building blocks of a capsule wardrobe. Click here -> to find out How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe!
The Capsule Wardrobe eBooks use several of the clothes and shoes from this list! The items used in the eBooks vary from season to season. The seasonal eBooks include 100 outfit ideas, a few trends to freshen up your wardrobe, accessories to complete your outfits, a travel packing list using several of the clothes and shoes in the wardrobe, plus a step-by-step guide to create your capsule wardrobe for your closet. Read the blog or get a copy of any of the Seasonal Capsule Wardrobe eBooks to get outfit ideas and inspiration to look classy, yet trendy!
You can also access this list anytime, on the menu at the top,
by clicking on Capsule Wardrobe Starter Kit
The Simplified Style: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe uses a majority of the clothes and shoes in this list. This eBook includes OVER 400 outfits for all seasons, so you will always know what to wear! Click on the eBook cover below to get your copy!
Shopping Links: Each of the clothes and shoes in this list includes a convenient regular-size (some include plus-sizes) shopping link. The linked items are moderately-priced items. If you are looking to purchase budget-friendly or investment-worthy items, I recommend using shopstyle.com, where you can search for hundreds of products from several retailers at one time, based on your price point, store and more. All of the Capsule Wardrobe eBooks include several convenient shopping links at different price points for regular and plus sizes.
Color Palette: Since this list is comprised of all core closet essentials, the basics of a capsule wardrobe, everything in the list are all neutral colors: black, white, gray, ivory, camel, chambray and denim. If you like to wear Navy Blue in the Spring and Summer months, just substitute all the black clothes and shoes with Navy. You can use shopstyle.com to find substitutions!
Tees, or t-shirts, come in a variety of neck styles, cuts and lengths. An overall good tee that you can wear both in casual outfits and dressy outfits is one which sits at your hips, a slightly-slim fit and either a crew-neck that falls just below your collar bone or a v-neck. Avoid pocket tees as they look more casual.
For an athleisure capsule wardrobe, you may want your tees to fall just below your hips to cover your leggings.
Shirts & Blouses:
Jeans & Pants:
(can also use beige/nude pumps)
(can also use beige/nude flats/loafers)