Simplifying Home Life – Building a Capsule Wardrobe



I’ve become really intrigued these past months with the idea of a capsule wardrobe. The concept seems to fit in with how I choose to tackle most things in life — by working smarter, not harder!

I’ll be honest – I’m not a very fashionable person. I tend to dress for comfort, and I also tend to make impulse choices with clothing so that I have “something” in my closet, although it may not necessarily flatter me, be of a decent quality, or work with a lot of other items in my closet. This can become a vicious cycle: Eventually, I have a closet full of clothing that I neither like or work well for me. I then get tired of this, purge a lot of my clothing, and keep what I feel comfortable in, and then wear the heck out of them. Literally. I’ve got some seams unraveling as we speak.

So the theory of having a select wardrobe in place that can all function together is something that resonates with me and that I’d like to strive for. I want to have a simplified wardrobe that allows me to quickly get ready, look polished, and feel good about what I’m wearing. The key is determining what types of clothing would accomplish all of this, and I’ve been thinking about it awhile. I just started a new job a few months ago, and I’m in a role that I haven’t ever done before. Therefore, I feel like this is a good opportunity to slowly begin building my own capsule wardrobe.


Here’s a list of the items I’m going to be on the lookout for as I build my capsule wardrobe.

1. Boyfriend Blazer

The boyfriend blazer is a more forgiving cut, I feel. I anticipate that it will work alright with my broad-ish shoulders, and will allow my look to be more structured, without a lot of the bells and whistles that a lot of women’s blazers can tend to have, like ruffles. Ruffles just simply aren’t me.

2. Chambray Shirt

A good quality chambray shirt is something I can see being extremely versatile in my wardrobe. Paired underneath a cardigan or blazer, on top of another shirt, or even alone, this seems to be a piece that I’ll be able to get miles of usage from.

3. Off-Centered Sweater

I like the idea of a bias-cut sweater that can be visually interesting while still being a neutral. Just makes things a little more fun.

4. White and Black Striped Sweater (or long-sleeved tee)

This is another article of clothing I’ve seen pop up time and time again for its versatility. This type of shirt can be paired with button up shirts (such as the chambray), cardigans, or blazers to create another look. I love that it could be dressed up or down, as well.

5. Structured Pants

Unfortunately, I am not usually happy with the quality of pants I purchase. I tend to go with pants that have too much stretch in them and before long, they are ill-fitting. My wish list for my capsule wardrobe includes a great pair of jeans and black pants that can be worn Sunday-Saturday.

6. Fun Flats

Something chic and unexpected, like these wine colored ballet flats, would work from the office to date night. It would help me break out of my black shoe rut while still remaining in something comfortable.

7. Hooded Trench Coat

Call me crazy, but I don’t feel glamorous in my Columbia rain jacket. It’s functional, but not pretty. Here in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains a good amount of our year (about three-quarters of it) a rain jacket is necessary, and I think a hooded trench such as this one could help me feel stylish.

8. Riding Boots

Some sleek and slim boots like these would help me keep my feet warm during the rainy and cold months while offering some improved structure to my outfit.

Today, I’m linking out to an awesome capsule wardrobe planning sheet, that you can download and use to plan your own capsule wardrobe! Find it here: Wardrobe Planning Sheet

Do you have any experience or suggestions for building a capsule wardrobe? I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  • The link to the wardrobe planning sheet didn’t work, it went to a disclosure page 🙁

    But this was a good read! 🙂 I made a capsule wardrobe in my last trimester of pregnancy and I’ve often thought about making another one now, I think once I’m finished breastfeeding I might try make a non-pregnancy one and have some more fun in my wardrobe! 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely start to the week.

    Away From The Blue Blog


      Hi Mica! Thanks for your feedback 🙂 I’ve corrected the link to the planning sheet, whoops! Sorry about that!
      Yes, having a nice base wardrobe for yourself might definitely be the way to go! I’m not even through building my capsule wardrobe and I can already see the future value in this…with saving time getting ready, saving time shopping, and just in general, having a bunch of items that work together. Happy capsule planning!