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Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

14 Essentials, Endless Outfits: Here Are The Capsule Wardrobe Pieces To Shop This New Year

Welcome to Shop The Look, a content series where we highlight current trends and the products worth buying to pull them off.

No doubt about it, fashion trends are fun. However, focusing solely on the hottest new things can quickly leave you with a drained budget, little closet space, and no more outfit ideas. That's why having a set of high-quality, classic wardrobe pieces—ones that can be mixed and matched and kept for seasons on end—is so important. They're the building blocks of any great outfit, and they're the pieces you need in order to supplement the trendy buys mentioned above.

Whether you're starting from scratch or simply need to fill in some gaps, look no further than the list below. We've rounded up an edit of universally loved, timeless wardrobe staples to help you get started—think a crisp white button-down, straight-leg jeans, sleek black loafers, and more. Each piece was carefully chosen and approved to meet our Rank & Style-shopper standards, as well as to help you get the most out of your wardrobe—all easy to style and endlessly versatile. Keep scrolling to shop the full edit.

January 19, 2023

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AYR The Deep End


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When it comes to the perfect button-down, AYR is the only way to go. 

Everlane The ’90s Cheeky Jean


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These cheeky 90s-cut jeans feature a classic wash that works for all seasons and will remain in-style for years to come. 

Lioness Palermo Blazer


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Every wardrobe needs a go-to blazer, and this one is rings up just under $100.

Veja Esplar Low Sneakers


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A pair of white sneakers is a necessity for any closet. Veja's are simple and comfortable, so they'll easily become a pair you can rely on for any outfit.

Athleta Brooklyn Jogger


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Joggers are the new everyday pant. Easy and chic, this pair from Athleta has it all.

Amazon Essentials Lightweight Crewneck Cardigan Sweater


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With over 8K reviews, this cardigan is one of those pieces you know you can confidently purcahse and be sure to get a lot of wear out of.

Marc Fisher LTD. Yale Chelsea Boot


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If you need a reliable pair of booties, this Chelsea boot is the way to go. A pointed toe and minimialistc look means you can wear these with jeans, dresses, skirts—you name it.

Calpak Haven Laptop Tote Bag


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This tote bag has the look and feel of luxury but without the high price tag.

Madewell The Jean Jacket


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Trust the data—this denim jacket is a purchase you won't ever regret.

Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer


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Whether you're headed into the office or out to brunch with your friends, a pair of loafers is a shoe you can always trust to make your look come together.

J.Crew Vintage Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt


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One thing we can all agree on—a go-to tee is a must for every wardrobe.

Quince Stretch Crepe Pleated Wide Leg Pant


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When talking about a capsule wardrobe, you can't forgot about a chic tailored pair of trousers.

Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel Pump


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Nude pumps are a must for all closets. They're a heel you can trust will always pair well with whatever outfit you need.

Spanx The Perfect A-Line 3/4 Sleeve Dress


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We think everyone will agree, you can't have a complete wardrobe without an LBD. So, if you find yourself without one, we highly suggest you take a look at this beloved fave from Spanx. 

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