The 9 Absolute Must-Haves in My Capsule Wardrobe

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My wardrobe has evolved a lot since I created my first Capsule Wardrobe, mainly due to changes in my work environment and relocating to a different country. I no longer work in an office and moved from the UK to Germany. I could get away with an autumn selection throughout the year in the UK, but here, in Germany, we have all four distinct seasons (spring, summer, autumn, and winter), so I had to adjust my wardrobe to the new climate and also fancied changing my personal style a bit.

Transitioning from year to year, season to season, and location to location, I have more clarity about what is necessary in my wardrobe for my lifestyle. And one more thing I realized for sure is that no matter what changes life brings to me, having a Capsule Wardrobe is one of the best things I’ve ever decided to do! So today, I am sharing with you the list of 9 absolute must-haves in my Capsule Wardrobe:


My Capsule Wardrobe List: 9 Absolute Must-Haves

1. Basic Tee

The basic tee is the cornerstone of any Capsule Wardrobe. Opt for high-quality tees in neutral colors like beige, white, black, and gray. These can be dressed up or down and paired with anything in your wardrobe.

  • Styling Tip: Tuck a basic tee into your perfect pair of jeans for a classic casual look, or layer it under a blazer and add some statement accessories for a more polished outfit.

2. Perfect Pair of Jeans

Jeans are a universal staple, but finding the perfect pair is key. Look for jeans that fit well and flatter your body shape. A mid to high-rise, dark wash pair can be dressed up or down, making them incredibly versatile.

I used to wear skinny jeans all the time, but now I am more into loose fits like mom, straight, wide-leg, or boyfriend cuts.

  • Styling Tip: Pair your perfect jeans with a boyfriend shirt for a casual look, or dress them up with a neutral top, blazer, and heels.

3. Versatile Shirt

Many like to opt for a crisp white shirt for a smarter look, but I prefer a versatile, soft, chambray boyfriend-style shirt for my casual and relaxed outfits.

I have had the shirt in the picture below for at least four years now and cannot imagine my autumn, spring, and summer Capsule Wardrobe without it anymore.

  • Styling Tip: Tuck your versatile shirt into jeans for a relaxed yet put-together look, or wear it open over a basic tee for an effortless vibe.
Basic Tee

Basic Tee

Perfect Pair of Jeans

Perfect Pair of Jeans

Boyfriend Shirt

Versatile Shirt

4. Neutral Sweater or Jumper

A cozy, neutral sweater or jumper is perfect for layering and adds warmth to your wardrobe. Choose quality fabrics like wool, cashmere, or cotton in shades like beige, white, gray, or cream.

When I used to work in the office, I wore more classic neutral sweaters. Now, when I work for myself, I no longer need to look smart every day. So, I love wearing jumpers or sweatshirts and creating more relaxed outfits.

  • Styling Tip: Layer your sweater or jumper over a boyfriend shirt for a preppy look, or wear it alone with jeans for a simple, casual, yet stylish outfit.

5. Transitional Jacket

I love a transitional jacket that is padded but not too thick or too thin. I like it to be warm enough for cooler days and not too warm for warmer ones. A transitional jacket is essential for my Capsule Wardrobe for those in-between-weather days. It adds a touch of elegance to any outfit while keeping you warm.

  • Styling Tip: Pair it with a dress and boots for a chic fall or spring look, or wear it over a tee and jeans for a casual, laid-back style.

6. Comfortable Sneakers

Comfortable sneakers are a must-have for any Capsule Wardrobe. Choose a classic style in a neutral color that can be worn with various outfits, ensuring both style and practicality.

I love to have my sneakers in white. I’ve been having these Ons for a couple of years now and wearing them almost every day!

  • Styling Tip: Pair sneakers with your perfect jeans and a basic tee for a casual look or with a dress and a transitional jacket for a sporty-chic vibe.
Neutral Sweater or Jumper

Neutral Sweater or Jumper

Transitional Jacket

Transitional Jacket

Comfortable Sneakers

Comfortable Sneakers

7. Chunky Boots

Chunky boots are a versatile footwear option that can be dressed up or down. Choose a classic color like black or brown to ensure they match with everything in your Capsule Wardrobe.

Make sure you get your boots in good quality that will last you not one or two years. I loved my previous boots from Carvela, but unfortunately, they fell apart, and I had to change them. I only wore them for three years, so that was a disappointment. Make sure to always check the labels what they are made from.

That’s why I am suggesting you buy Dr. Martens, as I think they last forever!

  • Styling Tip: Pair your boots with jeans and a sweater for a cozy fall look, or pair it with a dress or skirt and blazer for a chic spring outfit.

8. Crossbody Bag

A versatile crossbody bag is essential for a hands-free, stylish look. Opt for a classic design in a neutral color that can be worn with multiple outfits.

I like my crossbody bag to be medium-sized and have many compartments. I also have two types of straps for it: one is thread pleated for a more sporty look, and another is made of fake leather for a more smart outfit. For a night to go out, you can also get a nice chain strap to spice up a look.

  • Styling Tip: Choose a bag with adjustable straps to switch between a shoulder bag and a crossbody, adding versatility to your Capsule Wardrobe.

9. Scarf

A scarf adds a touch of elegance and warmth to any outfit. Choose a neutral color or a simple pattern that complements your Capsule Wardrobe.

The scarf you see below in this picture is actually 15 years old! It has a pattern but is so neutral that it goes with most of the items in my Capsule Wardrobe. I just love it!

  • Styling Tip: Drape your scarf over your shoulders for a sophisticated look, or wrap it around your neck for added warmth and style.
    Chunky Boots

    Chunky Boots

    Crossbody Bag

    Crossbody Bag

    Now, this doesn’t mean that these items must also be YOUR must-haves. Your must-haves may differ depending on your lifestyle and needs. As a personal stylist, I understand that “one size fits all” is never the case! Therefore, I created a detailed step-by-step guide where I share my personal styling experience and advice to help you build a customized Minimalist or Capsule Wardrobe in the comfort of your home.

    This guide is your blueprint to downsizing effortlessly. Packed with step-by-step instructions, personalized worksheets, and real-life examples, it’s your path to mindful wardrobe choices and a more intentional approach to fashion.

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    Why Choose a Capsule Wardrobe?

    My favorite reasons are these:


    With fewer pieces, you can mix and match effortlessly, saving time and reducing decision fatigue.


    Each item in your Capsule Wardrobe is chosen with care, ensuring it aligns with your personal style and lifestyle. So, you always have a clutter-free wardrobe.


    By investing in high-quality, timeless pieces, you reduce the need for frequent shopping, which is better for both your wallet and the planet.

    Want to know more about how careless fashion choices impact our planet? Check this read:

    Maintaining Your Capsule Wardrobe

    A Capsule Wardrobe isn’t a one-time project but an ongoing practice. Here are some tips to maintain your Capsule Wardrobe list and ensure it continues to serve you well:

    Regular Edits

    Seasonally review your Capsule Wardrobe to ensure all pieces are relevant to your lifestyle and style preferences. If necessary, remove items that no longer work and replace them with more suitable options.

    Quality Care

    To prolong the life of your clothing, take good care of it. Follow care instructions, store items properly, and repair any damages promptly.

    Mindful Shopping

    Be intentional with new purchases, ensuring they align with your Capsule Wardrobe criteria. Avoid impulse buys and focus on filling specific gaps in your wardrobe.

    To learn more about how to keep your wardrobe clutter-free, check this blog post:

    Capsule Wardrobe List: Tips for Success

    Here are some additional tips to help you create and maintain a successful Capsule Wardrobe:

    Focus on Fit and Comfort

    Ensure that every piece in your Capsule Wardrobe fits well and is comfortable to wear. This will make you more likely to reach for these items regularly.

    Stick to a Color Palette

    Choose a color palette that complements your skin tone and personal style. Sticking to a cohesive color scheme will make mixing and matching your pieces easier.

    Invest in Quality

    When building a Capsule Wardrobe, it’s worth investing in high-quality pieces that will last. Quality over quantity is key to creating a timeless and versatile wardrobe.

    Keep It Minimal

    A Capsule Wardrobe is all about minimalism. Keep your collection small and focused on essential pieces that you truly love and wear regularly.

    Enjoy the Process

    Building a Capsule Wardrobe should be an enjoyable and rewarding process. Take your time to curate a collection that reflects your personal style and makes you feel confident.



    A Capsule Wardrobe is more than just a fashion trend. It’s a lifestyle choice that promotes simplicity, intentionality, and sustainability. By curating Capsule Wardrobe, you can streamline your daily routine, reduce decision fatigue, and enjoy a wardrobe that truly works for you.

    Remember, the key to a successful Capsule Wardrobe is choosing pieces that resonate with YOUR personal style and needs. My favorite staples are only an inspiration for you to find yours. Let me know how it goes for you! Happy styling!

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