How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe & Simplify Your Life

Elaine Yu | Feb 17, 2016 Beauty & Style
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe & Simplify Your Life

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What is a capsule wardrobe? Put simply, it’s a group of clothes and accessories that can be mixed and matched together in various ways to create several different outfits. Creating a capsule wardrobe will make your life simpler, and isn’t that what we, as busy moms, all strive for? 

I’ve created a basic capsule wardrobe using 10 essential pieces. These will take you from the office to the playground to a night out with your girlfriends -- all with just 10 items! Let me show you how.

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  • Jeans

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    A solid wardrobe starts with a great fitting pair of jeans. This is your power horse piece that you'll wear to the office (if appropriate), to the playground on weekends, and for girls' night out.

    Shown here: 7 for All Mankind Kimmie Straight Leg Jeans in Dark Dusk Indigo ($158, bloomingdales.com).

  • Striped Tee

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    A classic striped tee is more interesting than a plain white tee. Wear with your jeans and sneakers to the playground on weekends and wear it tucked in with a pencil skirt and black pumps for the office.

    Shown here: Caslon Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee in Ivory Black Stripe ($25, nordstrom.com).

  • Classic Black Pumps

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    Every woman needs a pair of classic black pumps. You can wear them to the office with your blouse and pencil skirt and out in the evenings with your sexy cami and black pants. These pumps are unique with two different textures: smooth leather and snakeskin leather. 

    Shown here: Louise et Cie Hermosah Pump in Black ($117.95, nordstrom.com).

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  • Pencil Skirt

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    A black pencil skirt is a must-have in every woman's closet. Wear it to the office with your faux leather jacket, blouse, and black pumps -- or wear it out on a date with a sexy cami and nude cutout pumps.

    Shown here: Utility Custom Stretch Pencil Skirt ($69.50, loft.com).

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  • Printed Blouse

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    A printed blouse will be one of your most versatile pieces. This watercolor print goes perfectly with your oxblood faux leather jacket. Wear with your black pants and black pumps for the office or with your jeans and nude cutout heels out with your girlfriends. 

    Shown here: Dillon Fit Watercolor Floral Shirt ($88, bananarepublic.com).

  • Nude Cutout Pump

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    Sometimes, it's nice to have another option in addition to your black pumps, and these nude cutout heels do just the job! The nude leather means they go with EVERYTHING. Pair with your jeans and sexy cami for a night out. Or with your pencil skirt and printed blouse for the office. 

    Shown here: Topshop Genie Lace Up Pump in Nude Leather ($85, nordstrom.com).

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  • Black Pants

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    Another closet staple, the black pant can be worn to the office and out in the evenings. For daytime, wear it with your printed blouse and black pumps. For happy hour, throw on your striped tee with faux leather jacket and black pumps.

    Shown here: Martie Pant in Bi-Cotton Stretch in Black ($89.50, jcrew.com).

  • Sexy Top

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    For a night out on the town, you want to bring out something that's a little sexy! This Fantasy Blue cami has beautiful cutout details on front and back. Wear it with your jeans for a more casual look or with your black pants for something more sophisticated. Since the turquoise blue color complements the burgundy color of the faux leather jacket, you can wear them together as well!

    Shown here: One Eleven Strappy V-Neck Cami in Fantasy Blue ($16.90, express.com).

  • Stylish Sneakers

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    Stylish sneakers will make looking chic much easier on your days off. These classic Chuck Taylors in charcoal gray are perfect with your jeans and striped tee to run all your weekend errands and take the kids to the playground.

    Shown here: Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars in Charcoal ($50, zappos.com).

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  • Faux Leather Jacket

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    Every capsule wardrobe needs a stylish jacket that goes with it all. This simple faux leather jacket in a rich-colored oxblood is more fun than a basic black or brown. Throw it on over a tee and jeans to run the kids to the playground or over your sexy top and black pants to go out for cocktails after work. 

    Shown here: BLANKNYC Quilted Faux Leather Moto Jacket in Oxblood ($98, nordstrom.com)

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