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How to create a Work Capsule Wardrobe

This post is all about finding effortless ways to create the perfect capsule work wardrobe for stunning corporate outfits.

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Workwear has evolved over the years and if you are not sure of how to put together a corporate wardrobe, you are not alone.

A capsule wardrobe is the perfect way to save money without sacrificing style.

It also saves you time when planning outfits for the week because you already know what you look good in and can recreate with the clothes you have.


A capsule wardrobe is a curated selection of clothes that are interchangeable so you can mix and match easily to create a variety of outfits.

The growing interest is capsule wardrobe is undeniable. Capsule wardrobes emphasize investing in quality over quantity.

With fewer quality clothes to choose from, you’ll spend less time rifling through your closet and more time doing the things you love.

If you are interested in creating a capsule wardrobe for work and need inspiration on outfits you can create, check out my top recommendations below.

Having a go-to capsule definitely:

  • Saves you money: You’ll buy fewer clothes, and the clothes you do buy will be higher quality and last longer.
  • Saves you time: You’ll spend less time getting dressed in the morning.
  • Reduces stress: You’ll have fewer decisions to make about what to wear.
  • Makes you more stylish: You’ll learn to put together outfits that are both stylish and functional.
  • Is more sustainable: You’ll buy fewer clothes, but endless mix and match opportunities.


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1. The power Blazer

Plaid Blazer | Neutral Color Blazer

A high quality blazer instantly elevates any outfit and is perfect for work environments. By having a high-quality one in your work capsule wardrobe, you’ll have a layering piece that helps you create countless outfit combinations that are both stylish and professional.

Fabrics like wool or a wool blend offer year-round wear, while lighter linens or cotton blends are perfect for warmer months.

Neutral colors are usually best for capsule wardrobes, for example blazers in black, navy, and camel. However, depending on your workplace dress code, you could also explore other vibrant colors or patterns as shown in the images above.

2. Black Tailored Pants

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Straight leg Black Trousers | Drape Wide leg Black Trousers | Budget Black trousers

The next piece of item you want for your work wardrobe is a well-fitting pair of black tailored pants. In my opinion, it is in fact a cornerstone of any capsule wardrobe. Choose a mid-rise or high-rise cut that flatters your figure and a fabric with a smooth drape for a sophisticated look.

These pants can be dressed up with a silk blouse and heels or down with a knit top and flats.

In winter, you can layer a chunky knit sweater or a crisp button-down blouse underneath a blazer for instant polished look. Complete the look with warm tights and sleek boots for comfort and style that lasts all winter.

During the warmer months and if you live in the tropics when it is hot all year round, cotton shirts and blouses will fit perfectly.

3. Neutral colored tailored pants

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These light neutral tailored pants offer a lighter and more breathable alternative to black pants. Khaki, beige, or cream are all great options.

Similar to black pants, choose a tailored fit with a clean drape. These pants pair beautifully with darker blazers, creating a more balanced look.

For a summery vibe, try them with a crisp white linen shirt or a pastel-coloured blouse.

4. A touch of Grey

Grey Pants | Grey Shirt | Grey Blazer

Grey is a chameleon in the workwear world. It complements almost any color and adds a touch of sophistication.

A charcoal grey sweater can be thrown on over a button-down shirt for a polished look, while a lighter grey dress adds a touch of softness.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with textures – a chunky knit sweater in grey adds visual interest, while a fine-gauge merino wool turtleneck offers a more polished feel.

5. Knitwear

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Knitwear is your friend in the world of capsule workwear if you live in colder weather. It provides comfort and warmth, and layers beautifully under blazers and jackets.

Cardigans in neutral tones like black, grey, or beige are incredibly versatile. They can be dressed up with a silk blouse or down with a t-shirt.

Turtlenecks and crewnecks in fine knits add a polished touch when paired with the versatile tailored pants.

6. Dresses

The right workwear dress can be a lifesaver on busy mornings.

Shift dresses are a great option as they offer a flattering silhouette and can be easily dressed up or down with accessories.

Wrap dresses are another workwear staple as they cinch the waist and flatter many body types.

7. Midaxi Skirts

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Midi skirts, hitting below the knee, offer a sophisticated and stylish option for the office.

They pair well with a variety of tops – blouses, sweaters, or even a fitted t-shirt tucked in.

A-line skirts offer a universally flattering option, while pencil skirts create a more tailored look.

8. Comfortable jeans for dress down days

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Not every workplace has casual Fridays, but for those that do, a good pair of jeans is essential.

The key is to choose a classic cut that avoids rips, distress, or excessive fading.

A straight-leg or dark wash bootcut jean can look professional when paired with a blazer and a blouse.

9. Throw on a nice Jacket

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A well-chosen jacket can elevate your entire outfit and provide much-needed warmth depending on the climate. For a trendy coporate look, go with a cropped trench.

A classic trench coat is also a timeless choice for spring and fall that goes with everything.

A tweed jacket can add a touch of class and luxury to a dress, trouser or skirt outfit and is perfect for colder months.

10. Shoes

Comfortable shoes are essential to every capsule work wardrobe.


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Heels are great if you want to look very feminine. 4 inches are my limit when it comes to work. If you want something that is both professional and comfortable, go for a mid-heel (around 2-3 inches).

In terms of colors black and nude are some of the most versatile, but you can also explore other neutral tones or pops of color depending on your workplace dress code.

Flats and sneakers

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Do you usually have a long day at work? then consider comfortable and stylish flats or sneakers.

Loafers, Mary Janes and ballet flats are also great choices that offer a polished and comfortable look. For comfortable shoes that don’t compromise style, check out charles and keith.

Oxfords or brogues add a touch of menswear-inspired style.


If you live in warm weather, style your corporate outfits with boots.

Ankle boots with a clean silhouette and a slight heel are work-appropriate and are perfect for skirt, dress or trouser outfits. Knee length boots are great for dress or skirt outfits.

To keep things professional, avoid overly chunky boots or those with embellishments like buckles or fringe.

11. Underwear

Supportive bras and no-show panties (pants without visible pant lines) are a great addition to any work wardrobe.

Make sure to pick the right size in bra for the best support. Looking for cute panties? check out this lovely french brand, YSE.

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