Business casual capsule wardrobe: 25 pieces, 40+ combinations | Inspired HavenHello friends!

I don’t know about you, but it seems getting dressed is a daily challenge for me. I have a closet full of clothes, but I’ve always felt like I have nothing to wear.

As part of my Bag-a-Day Challenge, I’ve been weeding out my closet and finally figured out the reason I’ve been feeling that way: I was only actually wearing about 10-20% of the clothes that were in there!

After a very healthy edit, I realized I had a collection of pieces that don’t relate to each other.

And there was my ‘aha’ moment. What I have been lacking is a PLAN!

When I go shopping for something for the house, or when I am pulling together selection recommendations for a design project, I always have the selections with me for reference. It’s easy to know if something will work or not when I can see what it relates to. So why is shopping for clothing any different?

So I started from the beginning. I took my few remaining pieces and started piecing together a palette that works with my hair, skin and eye coloring. Using what I already own and a few new pieces, I wanted to create a 25 piece wardrobe that would give me at least 40 combinations. Each new piece had to meet the following conditions:

  1. It works with what I already have
  2. It is suitable for both winter and spring
  3. It’s machine washable
  4. It’s affordable
  5. It’s comfortable
  6. It can be used in multiple combinations
  7. It qualifies as business casual

The photo at the beginning of this post shows the pieces I’ve selected, and here are the combination options I came up with:

How to create a capsule wardrobe:  combination options 1-8 | Inspired Haven

25 pieces, 40 outfits, Capsule wardrobe: options 9-16 | Inspired Haven

25 pieces, 40+ outfits. Options 17-26 in the business casual capsule wardrobe | Inspired Haven

Business casual capsule wardrobe: 25 pieces, 40+ combinations | Inspired Haven

Business casual capsule wardrobe: 25 pieces, 40+ combinations | Inspired Haven

I love the idea that this gives me plenty of options that work with my complexion and figure (and with my existing pieces). And best of all, I have a cheat sheet so I don’t even need to think about it. Now that’s my kind of wardrobe!

As always, I’d love to hear what wardrobe-building strategies work best for you too.

Happy planning!


One thought on “How to create a capsule wardrobe

  1. Hi
    Loved your article. I was looking for something like this which gave me exact numbers. Perfect for a working woman. The main enemy of a capsule wardrobe is the sale season. A 50% discount makes me buy stuff I don’t need. I have never gone shopping for clothes with a list in mind. Will do next time..Thanks for this!

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