Casual Capsule Wardrobe Checklist: The Sustainable Basics You Need in Your Closet

A “capsule wardrobe” is a minimalist (in number, not necessarily in style!) collection of versatile clothes you can style in many different ways and that work for the various parts of your life. Curating a capsule wardrobe means you’ll rarely have one of those “nothing to wear” moments. It also gives you a great base to add statement pieces onto.

Wondering how to build a capsule wardrobe? Start with sustainable basics! Browse our curated collection of tees, tanks, cardigans, sweats, jean jackets, and comfy dresses - all in neutral tones and easy-to-style pop colors. Choose high quality, ethically produced, and eco-friendly clothes (like ours!) to be the foundation of every outfit. Invest in yourself, and build a closet of clothes you'll be proud to wear every day.

Most capsule wardrobe guides out there are full of boring neutral tones and business casual workwear. But most of us dress more casual and get joy from fun colors and prints! So the Ellekin Capsule Wardrobe Guide is a bit different…

If you’re intrigued by the idea of a capsule wardrobe, but you:

  • want to wear fun colors instead of only neutrals,

  • dress comfy and casual on a typical day, not business casual,

  • want to buy high quality, sustainably and ethically made clothes, and/or

  • don’t have a huge budget

…then THIS is the capsule wardrobe formula for you!

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Sustainable Basics Capsule Wardrobe Checklist

  • Tops

    • Sports bra/Cropped tank

    • Tube top

    • Bodysuit 

    • Fitted tank

    • Elevated knit tank

    • Neutral graphic tee 

    • Colorful graphic tee 

    • Drapey tee 

    • Elevated tee

    • Long sleeve graphic tee 

    • Neutral fitted long sleeve tee 

    • Colorful fitted long sleeve tee 

    • Fitted turtleneck 

    • Plain/neutral sweatshirt

    • Black + white striped top 

    • Relaxed sweater 

  • Bottoms 

    • Black mini skirt 

    • Skort

    • Neutral sweatpants 

    • Comfy dress pants/trousers 

    • High rise jeans

    • Denim shorts 

  • Dresses

    • Flowy knit dress

    • Nap dress 

    • Tank dress 

    • Romper/jumpsuit

    • Shirtdress 

  • Layering Pieces

    • Shacket 

    • Fitted cardigan

    • Loose cardigan 

    • Statement cardigan

    • Denim trucker jacket

casual capsule wardrobe checklist

Ready to put these pieces to work in infinite outfit combinations?

Watch our Capsule Wardrobe video series (linked below) for multiple ways to style these basic pieces into not-so-basic outfits. 😉

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