The 10 Essentials Needed for a Capsule Wardrobe You Can Actually Live With

Wish you had a closet filled with only things you loved to wear? There's a pretty good chance you already do! Here's how to minimize your wardrobe to just the essentials, while minimizing your daily outfit-induced stress.

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Have you always aspired to be a night-before outfit planner, but end up choosing your outfit during the daily morning madness? The capsule wardrobe is definitely for you. YouTuber Ann Le shared her must haves for making a simplified closet manageable for the everyday woman.

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Why the Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is made of basic and essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create several outfits during a season. This concept is said to prevent one from shopping for new items and from feeling overwhelmed when deciding what to wear in the mornings — perfect for the dressing procrastinators.

Bodysuit

Seriously—a basic style is the perfect addition to any closet, because it makes getting that polished, "tucked in" look super easy. Bodysuits flatter any figure and make it simple for you to throw on and head out the door. Pair with any jacket for a colder day and, of course, the accessory essentials.

Mix & match with:

  • Jacket
  • Sweater
  • Jeans
  • Skirt
  • Neutral shoes
  • Handbag
  • Sunglasses

Button-down Shirt

A classic collared or button-down shirt is an essential that goes with anything, making it one of the most versatile tops you can own. Pair with jeans and a jacket for a casual day or tuck into a skirt on your way to the office.

Mix & match with:

  • Jacket
  • Jeans
  • Skirt
  • Sweater
  • Neutral shoes
  • Handbag
  • Sunglasses

Jacket

A jacket is always a good idea that can be paired with any outfit on this list—score! Layering is key when you're working with a limited wardrobe, so having a few jacket options will maximize the number of outfits you can create. Invest in are an athletic jacket, a jean jacket, and a blazer. An athletic and jean jacket are the least casual, while the blazer can be worn to the office with a sundress, or for a dressier night out.

Mix & match with: Anything.

Jeans

Jeans are America's casual staple item—it's a must have. Make sure you have a pair that makes you feel confident and comfortable all in one. For a casual day, pair with a button-down or a T-shirt and jean jacket, or a sweater for a chillier night. Dress up your jeans with a button-down shirt, blazer, and neutral heels.

Mix & match with:

  • Bodysuit
  • Button-down shirt
  • Blazer jacket
  • Sweater
  • Neutral shoes
  • Handbag
  • Sunglasses

Little Black Dress

Dresses are so easy and are a comfy choice for any occasion. Spice up your little black dress by adding a jacket or blazer depending on the occasion. Try adding a thin belt to accentuate your waist!

Mix & match with:

  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Neutral shoes
  • Handbag
  • Sunglasses

Sweater

A cozy, oversized sweater is another essential layering piece for your capsule wardrobe during any season. It's more than possible to dress it up or dress it down with a skirt or jeans—choose your comfort level. Add in your button-down shirt for an under layer.

Mix & match with: Anything.

Skirt

No clue what to wear? Grab a figure-flattering skirt and throw on any shirt for a simple yet put-together look. A skirt dresses up any outfit, while providing extreme comfort and breathability. Pair with a comfy T-shirt or cozy sweater for your day-to-day activities and switch into a blouse or button-down shirt for put-together, professional look. From a casual day of errands to a night on the town, the possibilities are endless with this statement piece.

Mix & match with:

  • Bodysuit
  • Sweater
  • Button-down shirt
  • Jacket
  • Neutral shoes
  • Handbag
  • Sunglasses

Handbags

Throw in a pop of color with your wardrobe! Add a colorful handbag to any outfit to spice up your look. For a more universal bag that will truly go with anything, choose a neutral color. Give yourself a few options here: A shoulder strap bag for day-wear and a neutral clutch for a night out should meet all your purse needs.

Pair it with: Anything.

Sunglasses

These are Ann Le's go-to accessory, she says in her video, because they provide function and make a bold statement. You can never go wrong with a little added flare and UV protection!

Pair it with: Anything.

Neutral Shoes

Comfortable, neutral shoes. Start your capsule wardrobe with shoes in neutral colors and classic designs that can go with anything. Choose comfortable flats and sandals for errands or the office and neutral, comfortable heels for your nights out. You can always add more fun styles to your wardrobe later.

Pair it with: Anything.

Voilá!

Watch Ann Le's full video below and check out her YouTube channel here.

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