Build a Wardrobe you Love: How to Create a Minimalist Capsule Wardrobe

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The models are wearing a vest and a jacket

At Stella Carakasi, our goal is to create timeless styles that are great quality, sustainably produced and can be worn over and over across seasons. If you’ve been thinking about revamping your closet to be eco-friendly and more efficient, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re breaking down everything you need to have in your capsule wardrobe to last you many seasons to come, and remember less is always more when less work effortlessly together.

What is a capsule wardrobe? 

When you start researching how to be more sustainable with your clothing choices, chances are you’ve probably seen the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ floating around. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a thought-out, concise collection of clothing that can be paired together in many different ways. Usually, a capsule wardrobe will consist of 10-20 pieces that can all be worn together interchangeably. Capsule wardrobes allow for more room in your closet, save you money, and make putting together outfits easier. If you’re interested in learning more about the history and benefits of capsule wardrobes, check out our blog post here.  

Must-have pieces for your capsule wardrobe

Now that you know what a capsule wardrobe is, let’s chat about the top pieces you need to add to your collection that will last you years.  

Comfortable pants 

When searching for the right pants, you want to consider two things: comfort and versatility. You want to feel comfortable in your pants no matter where life takes you, but you also want to be able to pair them with any top and jacket in your closet.

Our Lounge Dress Pants are the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe because they can be worn to the office, at home, and your after-work yoga flow! They come in two neutral colors (charcoal and black) and fit like a glove.

If you prefer a slimmer fit, the Love the Look Leggings and Slimming Ankle Pants are two great options. Our ultra-comfortable Slimming Ankle Pants are offered in the same two colors and have a flattering, slim fit. They’re made from a comfortable Tencel® blended Ponte which flatters your curves and keeps you feeling confident all day long. Our best-selling Love the Look Leggings are crafted in the same stretchy Ponte knit. Talk about comfort and versatility! Any of these bottoms pair easily with the tops of your choice and can be worn well after winter ends.  

White shirt 

Nothing screams capsule wardrobe like an elevated white button-up shirt. White shirts are classic, easy to style, and can be worn season after season. And our collection of white shirts is no exception! The iconic Tiburon Tunic is a must-have piece in any woman’s wardrobe. It’s made to fit and flatter most body shapes and sizes. This combination fabric style is made from crisp organic cotton poplin and Modal jersey knit. You can wear this top layered with jackets, belted over leggings, or with denim! The options are truly endless (which is most important when creating a capsule wardrobe!) Our brand new Center Stage Shirt is another timeless classic with a bit of flair. It features a fun pinstripe pattern and a flattering A-line shape.  

The Center Stage Shirt is a fun twist on your average white button-up. If you’re searching for a chic and modern white shirt, look no further than our stand-out Downtown Shirt. It has unique zipper detailing on the front and back which keeps this top edgy and modern. It’s great to wear alone or paired with jackets and cardigans.  

Sweater knits 

A beautiful sweater style is a great addition to your capsule wardrobe as it can be styled and layered in so many different ways!  

The Go To Cardigan offers a unique flair to a classic cardigan and this style transitions well across seasons. It’s incredibly soft and the flattering accordion pleated design makes it stand out from the rest. It comes in three neutral colors to pair with any outfit in your closet.  

Our new Reversible Step Up Cardigan is another great capsule wardrobe piece as it features two different colorways on one garment and can be worn on either side! It’s incredibly cozy and makes for a great office or loungewear garment. It’s made from a BCI cotton and cashmere blend to keep you warm. 


While a vest may not be at the top of your mind when putting together your capsule wardrobe, they’re much more versatile than you may think! In the winter, pair your favorite vest with a button-up shirt or sweater to stay warm. In the summertime, throw it over a light t-shirt!

The model is wearing a vest as a minimalist capsule wardrobe.

Our Take Note Vest is incredibly versatile with its oversized hood and modern collar. It comes in black and navy and looks great on many body types.  

We also offer the Reversible All You Need Vest which is cozy for the wintertime and boasts two color choices in one great style!  

Jackets and coats  

A warm yet chic winter jacket is a must-have for your winter capsule wardrobe. Our new Definitive Coat features stylish details and keeps you warm, cozy– and stylish! It’s the perfect blend of fashion and function. Plus, it gives you enough room to layer with your favorite tops. This is a winning style you will be enjoying for many cold seasons to come. The Cozy Up Coat is a part cardigan and part traditional jacket. It features an easy-fitting, open front but is made with blended boiled wool fabric. This is another timeless style, so easy to wear and enjoy for many years to come. Our Favorite Jacket with its moto-inspired details offers an urban flair to your traditional trench coat. This style transitions effortlessly from winter into spring and from summer into fall. 


No matter where you live, a good pair of booties can work in anyone’s capsule wardrobe. We’ve been loving the Abbie from Donald Pliner because they’re stylish yet comfortable to walk in. These are the types of boots that you will find yourself wearing a lot because short booties transition well across seasons. 


You can’t forget about accessories! There is nothing like fun jewelry and beautiful scarves to instantly elevate any outfit. We love Stella & Dot jewelry. Whether you are looking for a statement piece or something more delicate, you’ll find something special.   

As far as scarves are concerned we discovered beautiful lightweight cashmere scarves from Ovcio, which are offered in a variety of stunning colors that can be worn across all seasons. These scarves are fabulous investment pieces you will treasure forever. 

Still not sure where to begin?  Have a look at our Looks We Love Page where you will find so many outfit combinations with all of our easy-fitting, super mixable, and ultra-wearable, timeless designs. Have fun! 

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