A Sample Work Capsule Wardrobe

Capsule Wardrobe / Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

A Sample Work Capsule Wardrobe

When I created my winter capsule wardrobe, I had the luxury of picking out the casual clothing already in my closet. My office doesn’t have a strict dress code so what I’d wear normally is what I could wear to work. Jeans, button downs, blouses, etc. I’ve thought about it a lot though, what if I wanted to make a more formal, work capsule wardrobe? I love sharing the ideas and process of how I started mine but thought it would be fun to create a sample work capsule wardrobe. Using a formula that helped me create mine, this work capsule will focus more on a business casual environment.

The Formula

The first thing you need to do is decided how many days worth of outfits you want. A full week or 5 weeks? I’ll focus on creating a work capsule wardrobe for a full week of work.

How Many Items does my Capsule need?

 Items Amount per Week Capsule Weeks # of Items Needed (Amount per week times capsule weeks)
Tops 4 1 4
Pants 2 1 2
Skirts 1 1 1
Dresses 1 1 1
Shoes 2 1 2
Totals 10 1 week 10

To summarize the table above, it’s a simple way to calculate how many items your capsule needs. First, pick what you want to wear. Just jeans and no skirts or all dresses? Up to you! Column two “Amount per Week” is how many items you want in each category you choose for every week. Then in column three you get to decide how many weeks of unique items you want your capsule to last. In my example, I’m only doing one week of outfits so I put a one. This determines how many of that item you need to include in your capsule which is column four!

Amount per week x Capsule Weeks = # of items needed

Adding a Color Palette

I think a color palette always helps to give a cohesive look to a wardrobe. It’s not necessary but it definitely makes mixing and matching easier. A lot of people associate capsules with minimalism so whites, blacks, browns, and grays. It can really be anything you want though! Want a bright color block capsule? Lean towards solid primary colors. A light spring palette? Pinks, whites, and blues are always lovely. For mine, I opted for fresh light colors and some statement red. It’s really up to you and your work environment for preferences!

The Work Capsule Wardrobe

Using the amounts I picked above and choosing what I would want to wear in a business casual environment, here the sample work capsule I’ve put together:

Tops – 4

Pants – 2
Skirts – 1
Dresses – 1
Shoes – 2

4 Replies to “A Sample Work Capsule Wardrobe”

  1. This is such a well-though through styling post, and also applies to weekly meetings in general! You look lovely in the navy coat 🙂


  2. This is a really useful post, and I’m loving that colour palette! I’m trying to make a conscious effort to include more colour into my wardrobe. I love brights, but when it comes to actually buying stuff, I seem to always gravitate towards black, white and navy blue!

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

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