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Dressing professionally is an essential part of the game. However, there is no need to have a massive wardrobe. Other options are available, especially for those seeking to save costs or be environmentally friendly.

A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothing items, all of which have been carefully curated to allow a wide variety of combinations between them. They offer convenience, style, and comfort – while still following any needed dress concerns.

Start with What You Have

Before running out and buying a whole new capsule wardrobe, stop and look at what is currently residing within your closet. The odds are good that you own some items worth keeping.

Look through each item, assessing whether or not it fits the style you are going for, how it fits, and the condition it is in. If it fits stylistically, fits you nicely, and doesn’t look worn out, keep it.

Pick a Base Neutral

Now it is time to pick a neutral for the foundation of your wardrobe. If you’re keeping a lot of your accessories, consider what color most of them are. For now, the color choices are brown, black, and navy blue.

When shopping with this base color in mind, go for core outfit items—pants, skirts, blazers, etc. Additionally, consider choosing shoes, belts, and bags in this color scheme as well.

Choose a Second Neutral Tone

Once the base has been established, it is time to choose the second neutral tone. Choices here include cream, caramel, white, gray, navy, and beige. To start with, try to pick only one of these options. It’ll help the wardrobe look more cohesive, especially as you’re still working through the process.

Blouses and button-up shirts, pants, blazers, and dresses all go nicely with the second tone.

Choose Accent Colors

When it comes to choosing accent colors for a capsule wardrobe, remember that less is more. Choose just one or two colors to start with. Items in these colors will offer a pop of color, so keep that in mind while shopping.

Essential Items to Include

Certain items should always be found within every capsule wardrobe. Things such as outerwear (overcoat, denim jacket, etc.), button-up shirts, footwear, belts, dresses, and jewelry should be included.