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Building an Affordable Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe

Plus size fashion blogger Natalie in the City shares her tips for building a capsule wardrobe that's affordable for plus size women.
You’re probably reading this because you’ve been hearing the term “capsule wardrobe,” and you’re tired of searching through your closet each morning, wondering what to wear. Trust me, everyone struggles with finding an outfit to wear, but for plus size women, the struggle may be even harder. Not only is affordable plus size clothing far behind the options women sizes 00-12 have had for decades, but it can be hard to establish your staple wardrobe and have versatile options to mix and match for easy dressing when we haven’t had as many clothing choices as others. But don’t worry, there is hope! If you want to create a wardrobe that makes you feel confident and saves time and money, you’ll love reading this! In this blog post, I’ll guide you through building an affordable plus size capsule wardrobe that’s stylish, versatile, and perfectly tailored to your unique style and needs.

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What’s a Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a carefully curated collection of versatile clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. Basically, a capsule wardrobe is filled with basic, staple clothing that can be mixed and matched and pairs well with everything. Think black wide-leg pants, a pair of jeans, neutral or black sweaters, and a beige trench coat. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to streamline your closet, making it easier to assemble stylish outfits while saving you money. Having a capsule wardrobe can be a game-changer for plus-size women because it will allow you to develop a foundational wardrobe that you can use to develop and build your personal style. 

If you’re looking for plus size outfit inspiration, I upload my plus size outfits on my LTK page daily: See my plus size outfits here!

Where to shop for plus size basics

The key to building a capsule wardrobe that allows you to feel confident every day and get dressed quickly in various ways is sourcing the best plus size basics. Here are my favorite places to shop for basics that will make the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe.

  1. Amazon: I love shopping for my basics at Amazon because the clothes always arrive fast, they fit well, and Amazon The Drop’s collections never disappoint! In fact, you could shop for your entire plus size capsule wardrobe on my Amazon Storefront!
  2. Abercrombie: While not the most size inclusive brand ever, Abercrombie has incredible basics. From petite and plus size jeans to cozy sweaters, you can find most pieces up to a size XXL.
  3. Pretty Little Thing: Further on in this blog post, I will mention that quality is key when shopping for your capsule wardrobe. However, you can certainly source some pieces from stores like Pretty Little Thing! I love getting trench coats and basic tops from Pretty Little Thing because the price is unmatched, and I  love the fit.
  4. Eloquii: If you know me, you know that I ride hard for Eloquii! I love shopping at Eloquii because their plus size clothing is always on sale, and the quality is amazing. While they do have statement pieces, they also have great styles that would make the perfect addition to any capsule wardrobe.
  5. J. Crew: If you’re ready to invest in high-quality pieces for your capsule, J. Crew is where it’s at. From stunning coats to timeless tops, skirts, and bottoms, J. Crew has it all.

Check out these plus size clothing brands if you’re looking for more places to shop!

Step 1: Plan your wardrobe

Before you start shopping, planning your plus-size capsule wardrobe is essential. Think about your personal style and the occasions you typically dress for. Are you a casual dresser, or do you need professional attire for work? I need outfits that I can wear to the office since I have a full-time corporate job. However, I also need outfits that are good for going out to dinner and traveling.  Figuring out the occasions you need to dress most for This will guide your choices and help you create a wardrobe that suits your lifestyle.

Also, consider your color palette. Opt for a mix of neutrals and a few statement pieces in your favorite colors. Neutral colors like black, navy, and gray can be the foundation of your wardrobe, while bold colors can add pops of personality.

Step 2: Assess your current closet

Go through your current wardrobe to identify key pieces that you can incorporate into your capsule wardrobe. These might include well-fitting jeans, classic blouses, or versatile dresses. This not only helps save money but also ensures that you’re building upon what you already have.

Step 3: Shop smart for versatile pieces

When shopping for new items, choose versatile, mix-and-match pieces that fit well and make you feel confident. Here’s a list of must-have items for your plus size capsule wardrobe:

  • Perfect-fit jeans: Invest in a comfortable pair of jeans that you can wear with various tops.
  • Little black dress: A classic LBD is a must for any wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
  • Blouses and tops: Find a selection of blouses in different colors and styles to pair with your bottoms.
  • Outerwear: A well-fitted blazer, a cozy cardigan, and a stylish coat for different seasons.
  • Comfortable shoes: Opt for a few pairs of versatile shoes, like ankle boots, sneakers, and dressy flats.
  • Statement pieces: Add a couple of statement items that express your unique style. Think bold prints, vibrant colors, or eye-catching accessories.
  • Workout and lounge wear: Don’t forget comfy athleisure or loungewear for those casual days.

Step 4: Invest in quality

When it comes to your capsule wardrobe, quality matters. Invest in well-made, durable pieces that will last. Quality clothing not only feels better but often lasts longer, saving you money in the long run.

Step 5: Mix and match

The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is in its versatility. Experiment with different combinations to create fresh, stylish outfits. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures – that’s part of the fun!

Step 6: Save money

I set up a capsule wardrobe category on my Amazon Storefront so that you can build your capsule wardrobe quickly and affordably. I have found so many staple wardrobe pieces on Amazon! My favorite collection to shop from for high-quality capsule wardrobe pieces is Amazon’s The Drop collection. The collection also designs limited-edition clothing lines with influencers where you can find more of those statement pieces to complement your capsule wardrobe.

I am so excited for you to build your capsule wardrobe! I know you’ll find it so much easier to get dressed every day and define your personal style.

Want more plus size outfit inspiration? Follow me on LTK where I post my plus size outfits every day!

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