How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe on a Budget

Essentials for Your Capsule Wardrobe on budget

The capsule wardrobe trend has officially gone viral and I could not be more thrilled.  You may not know this about me but I have always been an essentials shopper. I do not typically buy trendy clothing unless it is for a specific event (i.e. birthday, new years, eve, bridal shower, etc.). I learned early on that sticking with the essentials is the best way to create a timeless wardrobe especially since I am forever on a budget. Although, I enjoy shopping (primarily online because I can not stand shopping in a crowd) I do not get to do so very often. Many of the items in my closet are over a year old, and they are proof that your essentials do not have to be pricey to last a long time. I am so excited to share my recommendation for creating an amazing capsule wardrobe on a budget.

Read my Guest Post: How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe with 10 Pieces

Definition Capsule Wardrobe

According to Wikipedia, it is a collection of a few essentials items of clothing that don't go out of fashion. Some people says it should consist of 33 items, others say 12. Ultimately, your capsule wardrobe is whatever work for you.

Importance of Capsule Wardrobe

  • Create several outfits from a limited selection
  • Never goes out of style
  • Each item can be paired to wear for any and every occasion

Guide to Creating a Capsule Wardrobe on a Budget

Where to Shop

    • Specialty stores with large inventory, affordable pricing, and mixture of trendy and essential items such as Old Navy, H&M, and Forever21 (some of my favorites)
    • Curated stores that are like large scale boutique such as Lulus and ShoeDazzle  (typically my splurge shopping)

How to Save your Coins

My recommendation would be to decide on a shopping frequency that works for you. Keep a mental note of your inventory because both options take preparation to get the best deal.

  • Holiday sales
  • Shop during the off season (i.e. buy winter items in spring)
  • Membership programs (Old Navy Super cash and ShoeDazzle members discount)

Proper care to extend wear

  • Use a good detergent and stain remover if needed
  • Wash your essentials in small load
  • Hang dry your clothes
  • Dry clean if necessary (always check your labels)

Top for Every Occasion

tops for every occasion Capsule Wardrobe on budget



Day to Night Dress

dress for every occasion Capsule Wardrobe on budget



Bottoms for Every Occasion

bottoms,jeans,shorts,skirts for every occasion Capsule Wardrobe on budget


Jackets to Die for

jackets for every occasion Capsule Wardrobe on budget


Day to Night Shoes

flats, sandals, sneakers, pumps, wedges shoes for every occasion Capsule Wardrobe on budget