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How to Build a Dream Capsule Wardrobe

How to Build a Dream Capsule Wardrobe

When you think of a capsule wardrobe, you might think of plain tops and ordinary bottoms to make basic outfits, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The key to a capsule wardrobe is opting for timeless styles that play well with each other, and having enough pieces that you can put any outfit together for any occasion.


Thoughtfully selected items can give your capsule wardrobe all the contemporary style you need year-round. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think outside the box when it comes to fun colors and prints that help you express yourself. With just eight key pieces inspired by our Founder & President Caren Lettiere’s suitcase, we’ll show you how even a minimalistic collection can provide plenty of options, no matter what your day has in store.


Effortless Looks You Can Create with Just 8 Key Pieces

When it comes to starting off your capsule wardrobe, the hardest part will be assessing your current clothes. Looking at each piece individually, you’ll have to ask yourself how versatile it is, whether it fits in with your current style, and if you can wear it with multiple tops and/or bottoms.


It’s equally important to think of what occasions you’ll be dressing for in the foreseeable future when you begin curating your capsule wardrobe. If you’re a 9-5 office worker, you’ll want to consider workwear that can possibly double as your semi-casual weekend attire. If you’re a fan of get-togethers, be sure to find a couple of eye-catching tops you can also rock for date night.


Light and Sophisticated Office Wear

Must-haves for any capsule wardrobe include a classic white top, a go-to pair of indigo jeans that flatter your figure, and a cool jacket that will keep you warm while complementing your outfit.


Round Ruffle Neck Elbow Puff Sleeve Half Button Down Knit Top

If you’re in the mood to go into the office semi-casual, these styles will work together perfectly. The soft knit top adds a touch of elegance with embroidery and ruffles, allowing you to dress it up or down seamlessly. This pair of super-comfortable Itty Bitty Bootcut jeans are an ideal choice for the office, as the darker wash is more sophisticated than a light blue and they’ll keep you comfortable all day-long. The addition of a long sleeve utility-style denim jacket will keep you warm if a cold draft comes through and it can be paired with an infinite combination of other looks.


Your Go-To Party Outfit

Split Round Neck Three Quarter Flounce Sleeve Embroidered Woven Top
You simply can’t live life in purely dark shades, which is why it’s important to find that special top that brightens up every room you’re in and add it to your capsule wardrobe. This bold woven style with a playful print and stylish details, like smocked flounce sleeves, eye-catching embroidery, and a rounded split neckline, is a great go-to look for special occasions.


"Ab"solution High Rise Utility Pant with Buttoned Hem

And, as much as we rely on our blue denim bottoms to provide an easygoing, timeless quality to our outfits, a strong capsule wardrobe would demand at least one pair of non-denim pants (bonus style points if they’re a color besides blue, too). A stone wash can instantly lighten up your outfit and look great at any number of occasions. Not only does a Tapered Utility bottom like this bring semi-casual vibes, but the easy fit through the legs is super comfortable and flattering. 

The Ultimate Luxe Leisure Look for Lounging

Short Sleeve Marble Print Scoop Neck Twist Hem Knit Top

You can’t underestimate the power of a basic, yet comfortable, knit top in your capsule wardrobe. Not only is it easy to style, but any additional design details, like this one’s twist hem and marble print, can add to your overall look. Because we all have days where we just want to feel comfortable, but would prefer to still look presentable, this is a great luxe leisure piece to keep in mind.


"Ab"solution Mid-Rise Double Layer Fray Hem Kick Flare Jeans

A classic pair of blue jeans is a staple in every capsule wardrobe, but finding a pair that brings its own fashionable details to your look is even better. These Kick Flare jeans are perfect for lounging at home, hitting the Farmer’s Market, or catching up on some errands because they elevate your look while keeping you feeling ultra-comfy. A cropped and frayed hem with subtle fading details add a touch of edge, but when paired with a sophisticated top, they can transform into a chic fashion moment.


A Sunday Brunch Ensemble

We’re bringing a couple of familiar styles back around, just to emphasize the beauty and charm of the capsule wardrobe! Staple items can be repurposed for practically any occasion, like the indigo Itty Bitty Bootcut jeans and denim jacket, which already add a comfortable and classic look for your weekend plans.


Blue Denim "Ab"solution® Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans

With a woven button down top in an understated print, this this on-trend green style, you’ll be ready to hit the town with gal pals or meander to the coffee shop for a little me time. This winning combination of a classic denim bottom, a feminine top, and a stylish outer layer is one that can be mixed and matched, swapped out, and repeated again and again, no matter where you go.



Starting your dream capsule wardrobe might seem daunting at first, but Democracy Clothing has all the versatile, on-trend tops, figure-flattering bottoms, and more to make it easy!


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