How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe (13 Pieces, Dozens of Outfits)

capsule wardrobe outfit ideas

I put together a 2 week spring capsule wardrobe for our move to Texas. With 13 pieces, I made tons of outfits, and this is how it turned out. 


I tried a capsule wardrobe for our move to Texas

Capsule wardrobes have become a big thing in the last few years. I didn’t ever jump on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon because it didn’t really work for my job, but I’ve always loved the idea of them.

A few weeks ago, as we were planning to pack up and move to Texas, I decided that our move was the perfect time to try a capsule closet.

Is a moving capsule wardrobe a thing?? It is now.

We weren’t sure how long we’d be living out of suitcases until our moving truck arrived in Texas, and I wanted to pack lightly and have at least two weeks of outfits. So a capsule wardrobe was the best option!


In case you don’t know, what is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is “a collection of clothing that is composed of interchangeable items only, to maximize the number of outfits that can be created. The aim is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without owning excessive items of clothing.” (source).

Grabbed that from Wikipedia cause they said it better than I ever could.

Basically it’s a handful of clothing items you can mix and match to make a ton of outfits. And that’s what I’m showing you today.

How do you choose your capsule clothing?

There are two important factors when choosing your capsule clothing.

  • The pieces should to be versatile and neutral so they can be worn over and over without it being obvious.
  • Each item in the capsule wardrobe list should coordinate. They don’t all have to coordinate, but most of them should. This is the best way to maximize the number of outfits you can create.

What clothing items are in your capsule wardrobe list?

Typically, capsule wardrobes are bigger than thirteen items. If you’re needing an entire season or year’s worth of outfits, you probably need 30-40 pieces.

But for my two weeks of travel, 13 pieces was just about perfect.

Here’s what I had in my capsule wardrobe list:

This small capsule wardrobe is great for traveling or trying out the capsule wardrobe!

Now comes the fun part — putting together outfits!
I put together twelve outfits for you, but you could do a ton of variations for each outfit that would tun these twelve outfits into several dozen outfits.
Put together unique and fun ideas even in your capsule wardrobe!

Here’s a breakdown of each outfit!

capsule wardrobe leopard tee and mgemi flats

These are two really basic looks with blue jeans and t-shirts. Swap out the jeans and the shoes, or add a hat and jewelry to make even more outfits!

capsule warrobe stripes and sneakers
capsule wardrobe cardigan yarn sweater

These are two more super casual looks with flats and t-shirts. Swap out the outerwear in each outfit to make a few more outfits!

merricksart capsule wardrobe work outfit
capsule wardrobe black jeans and white sweater

I love that this capsule wardrobe let me put together nicer looks too. Both of these outfits would definitely work for the office.

Add a bandana scarf or some fun statement earrings to mix up these outfits!

merricksart stripes and pleates
capsule wardrobe white skirt

If you put a skirt in your capsule wardrobe, make sure that it’s one that can be dressed up or dressed down.

I paired mine with a tee and sneakers for a cool spring look, but it can also be dressed up like I did with my flats and leather jacket.

sweater over a dress capsule wardrobe

Choose a dress for your capsule wardrobe that is super versatile. I chose this fit and flare neck tie one that I made a few years ago, and love that it can be worn as a dress, skirt, top, and more.


capsule wardrobe dress and skirt layered
capsule wardrobe merricksart green jacket

I loved wearing the skirt over the dress to turn the dress into a top.

And the white on white outfit I wore on Sunday a few weeks ago and it was definitely a favorite!

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  1. Karen says:

    Merrick!!! You are absolutely beautiful and amazingly talented!! I loved your capsule wardrobe ideas! Thank you for all the great content and keep it coming momma. your ideas inspire me and i know i can speak for many other moms who sometimes feel like we wear the same things all the time. awesome ideas, thanks again merrick!!!

  2. Melissa says:

    This was so great. Gave me ideas for new outfits even just in my regular closet.

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