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Fashion 101: Building a Capsule Wardrobe for Women

Posted by Goodwill Staff on Aug 25, 2020 7:26:15 AM

So you have a closet full of clothes – but nothing to wear. The problem may not be that you don’t have enough – it’s likely you have too many items to pick from.


That’s where a capsule wardrobe comes in. Instead of having a closet that’s bursting with a bunch of clothing items you never wear, you’ll have a closet that contains fewer items – but all things that can be easily mixed and matched to create an outfit for any occasion.

To get started, you’ll need to pick up a few basics. Build your capsule wardrobe around these 11 key pieces:


1. Blazer – Find one with a relaxed fit that hits below the hip. This is a great piece to add a bit of color to your closet. Think a bold red, hot pink or cobalt blue.

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2. High-waist, wide-leg trousers – Black or charcoal are your best bets. You want a material that has a bit of body but not so much that it will add extra pounds to your frame. Lightweight wool is ideal.

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3. Skinny leg jeans – A basic every woman should have in her closet. Look for a dark wash that can be dressed up or down.

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4. Bias-cut midi skirt – Have a little fun with this piece. Leopard print anyone?

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5. Lightweight cardigan – Perfect on its own or as a light layer to throw on in chilly offices.

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6. White t-shirt – There are so many options to choose from – loose fit, tight, long and lean, cropped … and much more. But our favorite is a relaxed fit that hits at the hip. A classic that stands the test of time and never goes out of style.

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7. Fine rib turtleneck – Look for a silk or cashmere blend. It should have a slim fit and be long enough to tuck into pants and skirts.

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8. Black bodysuit – Heat things up by picking one with a deep cut v in the front or a dip in the back.

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9. Black leather pumps – Keep it classic with a pointed toe and a skinny heel.

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10. White sneakers – Your go-with-everything shoe. Pairs well with everything from jeans to skirts to dresses.

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11. Aviator sunglasses – the ultimate cool-girl accessory. They never go out of style and somehow manage to look good on every face shape.

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Here are some ways you can use these pieces as the starting point for a perfect outfit for every occasion:

• Day in the office: high-waist, wide leg trousers + fine rib turtleneck + white sneakers
• Brunch with your girlfriends: bias cut skirt + lightweight cardigan + white sneakers
• Date night: skinny leg jeans + black bodysuit + black leather pumps


Ready to create your own capsule wardrobe? Find great basics at fantastic prices at a Goodwill store location near you.

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Topics: personal style, Capsule Wardrobe