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Capsule Wardrobe Ideas | 10 Pieces of Clothing to Mix and Match

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If you’ve ever heard of Marie Kondo, you have probably considered trying to become a minimalist. Capsule wardrobes are becoming increasingly popular, as people are starting to ditch fast fashion for a more sustainable option. The trick to being able to make a capsule wardrobe work is to have 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match with any outfit. I’m sharing ten must-have pieces for anyone experimenting with a capsule wardrobe or looking to invest in staple pieces!

1. Your Perfect Pair of Jeans

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be a challenge. When you find them, buy them in every color! Shopping for jeans can be a nightmare, but it’s worth being selective and waiting until you find the pair that fits you like a glove.

While traditional blue wash denim is popular, black jeans are also an option. The right pair of jeans with a flattering cut can take you from casual Friday at the office to drinks with your girlfriends at the cutest little wine bar. 

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My jean pick? Good American straight

2. Little Black Slip Dress

In your 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match, you need to have something evening-appropriate. After all, you never know when you might get whisked away! A little black slip dress is easy to style and fits seamlessly into a capsule wardrobe. You can throw on your favorite blazer or even add a cute cardigan for an extra layer.

If you want something that you can throw on and look instantly put together, a slip dress will be your best friend. You can use it to double as your little black dress, with silk and satin being go-to fabrics for silk dresses for a glamorous look.

10 pieces of clothing to mix and match

dress | sandals | bag | necklace

3. An Everyday Coat

When the cold front comes in and the temperature drops, you’ll be glad that you have an everyday coat in your capsule wardrobe. It’s worth investing the money in a coat that you know you’ll wear every day, and that will last you for years. When you wear it every day, the cost per wear will become way smaller. Choose a style that best reflects your aesthetic and is basic enough so you have 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match with!

Trench coats are a popular choice as you can wear them anywhere, and they’re ideal for layering sweaters and cardigans underneath when the snow starts.  

trench coat

trench coat | sneakers

4. The Breton Top

The Breton top is a must-have in any wardrobe. It adds an effortless touch of Parisian chic to even the simplest of outfits. You can mix and match this top with your jeans, skirts, or a pair of shorts during the summer. Breton tops are workwear-appropriate and comfortable enough to wear when you’re catching up on your favorite Netflix show. To get the most versatility from your Breton top, choose one in a neutral color of black and white stripes.  

Related: Capsule Outfits That Build a Timeless Wardrobe

5. Oversized Sweater

While a capsule wardrobe focuses on pieces that fit you well, you still want to have an oversized sweater. There are always days when you want to snuggle up in a big sweater with a cup of tea.

Oversized sweaters are a must-have on our list of 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match. If you want to splurge, consider purchasing a cashmere sweater for a comfortable style that will last you a lifetime.

6. A Floral Midi-Dress

Midi-dresses are a popular silhouette. With the right pair of shoes, you can style a midi-dress for a wedding or a trip to the grocery store. Floral midi-dresses are one of the easiest pieces to wear every day. Choose a print that you know you can wear all year round. Bonus points if it has pockets!

7. The Trendy Joggers (Or Leggings)

Athleisure is here to stay. 2020 was the year that we lived in our sweats, and they show no sign of leaving. The early 2000s nostalgia that is gripping the fashion industry makes us wish that we could go back to the days of Juicy Couture tracksuits.

“Thanks” to COVID-19, comfort is the new queen of fashion. While we think of joggers are something to wear while running or having a lazy day at home, you can dress them up with a pair of heels. Joggers might be the most unlikely member on our list of 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match, but once you try this activewear staple, there’s no going back!

8. Fitted Cardigan

When it comes to choosing 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match, you need to think about layering. Fitted cardigans are easy to throw into your bag to take with you in case you get chilly in the office or if the temperature drops on your commute home.

Cardigans come in every color, shape, and size. You can wear them over dresses, t-shirts, and blouses. While black is always a staple, you could consider trying another neutral like camel if your wardrobe already has a lot of black already.

10 Pieces of Clothing to Mix and Match

9. Silk Camisole 

Another layering must-have is a silk camisole. You can wear them under other tops and dresses too if you’re worried about a low-cut neckline. Once the summer comes around, you can wear them as a top to show off your fresh new tan. When the weather gets colder, you can use your silk camisole as a layering piece under any garment. 

10. Pencil Skirt

If you’re a working woman (or have a more professional style), your capsule wardrobe needs a pencil skirt. This garment is a workwear staple, and you will always have 10 pieces of clothing to mix and match with a pencil skirt. You can add a bow blouse for a sophisticated look or be more laid-back with a classic white t-shirt. Your pencil skirt should show off your natural curves and sit comfortably at your waist. They are very flattering pieces too!

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If you love capsule wardrobes then I know you’ll love this next post on things to consider as you get started with your 10 piece wardrobe. Check it out here!


Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.