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6 Essentials to Build a Casual Capsule Wardrobe

Jun 8 2020

No matter what time of year it is, a casual capsule wardrobe is your go-to collection for days at home, running errands around town, and casual outings with family and friends. Made up of several women’s wardrobe staples that you can mix and match, this collection is easy to put together and even easier to love for years to come. Check out the six essentials you need to rock a casual look every day of the year.

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No-Fuss Tops

Your top really is the star of the show, and having enough to rotate is one of the secrets of a successful casual capsule wardrobe. Begin by identifying the colors and necklines that bring out your individual style, then choose a combination of sleeveless, short-sleeve, long-sleeve, and  casual tees that all match in with your chosen theme.

In addition to women’s wardrobe staples, like basic tops and blouses for work, be sure to include a few fun options as well, with prints, front-ties, ruffles, and embroidery.

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Bottoms that Go with Everything

You’ve got something for the top half, now you need something for the bottom! For maximum versatility, you simply can’t beat  denim bottoms in white, blue, and black.

Besides the ubiquitous nature of jeans, denim bottoms are perfect for your casual capsule wardrobe because they provide the ideal amount of finish without being too casual or too dressy. For something a little more relaxed, choose a light wash with unfinished hems. For something a little more formal, we recommend, white, black, or a dark wash with gentle whiskering and fading on the thighs.

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Comfy Pants

For your casual capsule wardrobe, you want something you can wear around the house, as well as something that looks good on the street.  Women’s casual pants provide the all-day comfort that you need at home and are also perfect for walks around the block or a light jog once the evening grows cool.

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Day-Night Dresses

Who doesn’t love a dress? It’s feminine, it’s easy, and all you need to do is add some stylish shoes. For your casual capsule wardrobe, we recommend including at least two or three dresses that you can wear in the day and dress up with some heels and a jacket at night.

Our  tie-front midi dresses are especially appropriate for including with your women’s wardrobe staples, as the front-tie detail gives a largely functional design with that little extra touch of class.

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One-and-Done Utility Chic

For a warm summer day or a casual brunch, you’ll want to have some onesies on hand. With a  chambray jumpsuit or flowy romper, enjoy the freedom of an all-in-one outfit without worrying about it coming untucked.

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To Top It All Off...

With tops, bottoms, dresses, and jumpsuits, you’ve got the basics more than covered. Now all you need are a few  casual women’s jackets to top off your outfit and ward off the chill.

For your casual capsule wardrobe, we recommend a crisp denim jacket, a stay-at-home fuzzy jacket, and a couple of quilted jackets for getting out and enjoying time in the great outdoors.

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At  Velvet Heart, we’re committed to providing the best quality women’s wardrobe staples that you’ll love wearing again and again. All of our clothing is designed in California and made with pride to ensure it lasts. Check out our seasonal lookbooks for more ideas on putting together your casual capsule wardrobe, and sign up for our exclusive Velvet Heart newsletter to get 15% off on your first VH order.