How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

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Young adults and students fresh out of college often complain about how costly everything is.

When they’re busy taking their baby steps in financial management, they don’t mind making sacrifices in spending in a few areas.

One of these areas is fashion. When you decide to spend less on fashion, you end up using what you already own.

However, it is important that you build up a smart and efficient work wardrobe for yourself.

This is one area you should not compromise in, especially if you’re a fresh job-hunting graduate.

Here are some tips on building a cost-efficient yet fashionable capsule wardrobe for work. 

Back to basics

Experiment with the basics. Work wardrobe essentials mostly comprise of color blocked, basic wear that goes a long way in maintaining formality. 


Budget your income and expenses. Always set aside some money to invest in your wardrobe. Thus you will be able to refresh your wardrobe every now and then. Budgeting also means allocating more money for some things and less for others. This may mean that you’ll have to let go of some of the extra expenses.

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

Neutral Colors

When buying tops, try to stick to neutral colors such as black, white and blue. Avoid loud patterns as much as you can, because they’re remembered more and you will not be able to repeat your clothes often. Basics are capsule wardrobe essentials. Choose basics that are subtle and classy.


Look out for quality. Don’t fall for higher price tags assuming that their quality is guaranteed. You’ll find clothes of matchless quality at a low price too. Be a smart shopper and give more importance to quality.

Mix and Match

Choose bottoms that can be mixed and match with ease. This almost always means opting for neutral colors, with black being the most obvious choice. Experiment with both skirts and pants for different looks.

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe for Work

Play with dresses

Your office wear does not always have to be about a bottom and a top. Try to stock on some simple color block dresses that you can wear once in a while so that your outfits don’t seem monotonous.


Choose footwear that is less quirky and more subtle. Opt for the duller colors so that they can be mixed and matched with your outfits.

It takes time

Give it some time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your wardrobe be. Don’t pressure yourself to buy everything all at once. With repeated purchases over a few months’ time, you’ll find yourself slowly creating a trendy and chic capsule closet.