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It can be hard to decide on an outfit if you have a wardrobe overflowing with clothes. You might not be able to see what you have under the large piles or only wear the same few things over and over again.

But you don't need to have a stuffed wardrobe to dress stylishly. You can create a condensed wardrobe with just a few carefully chosen pieces that easily match with each other – this is a capsule wardrobe.

Want to know more? We show you how to put together a women's capsule wardrobe for 2017 – and what essentials you should have on your checklist.   

What to think about first

You'll need to choose a colour palette before you start to put your capsule wardrobe together. This will help make sure the clothes that you pick easily match each other.

Try to pick a colour that you wear often or know suits you. Once you've chosen your colour palette, go through your wardrobe and pick out any clothes that feature this colour. Keep these clothes to one side so that you can include them in your capsule wardrobe.

Make a note of these pieces so that you don't duplicate them.

Capsule wardrobe 2017

Here are the essentials included in our women's capsule wardrobe for 2017.*


You'll need a versatile coat for all weathers in your capsule wardrobe. Look no further than this grey longline tie cuff jacket – its steely grey colour will go with most things, and you'll be able to wear it no matter the temperature outside. 

At just £25, this coat is a bargain.


A good pair of jeans are essential for a laid back off-duty look. These skinny jeans from Primark feature a dark wash and ripped jean design. You can pick up a pair in your size for just £15.


You'll need an extra pair of trousers for those days when you don't want to wear your jeans. Try something like these khaki skinny jeans from Primark – they're practical and stylish. Plus, they're great value at £15!


You can't have a capsule wardrobe without a cosy piece of knitwear. Rather than opt for a basic jumper, you could embrace the embroidery trend with this blue embroidered sequin jumper from Primark. It will look chic paired with a trouser or skirt, and it’s only £12!


An A-line skirt can be flattering for most figures as it cinches in the waist and makes the legs appear longer. Try the look yourself with this A-line denim skirt from H&M. The skirt features buttons down the front and two large pockets. It's budget-friendly at just £14.99.


This short dress from H&M could be right up your street. It features a dark blue heart design with an elasticated waist. You can throw it over a swimsuit in summer and wear it with tights in the winter – and it's a bargain at just £12.99!

Basic tee

You'll need a few basic t-shirts in your wardrobe that you can mix and match with other pieces. You can pick these up fairly cheaply – this stripe oversized top from Primark is only £5 and is something you could wear with jeans or a skirt.

Find out how to wear stripes for spring 2017.

Blouse or shirt

Heading out to dinner with friends? You'll want to wear something a little more formal. Try this frilled cotton blouse from H&M which you could wear with jeans and a pair of heels. It won't break the bank either at just £12.99.


Trainers are a great way to incorporate colour into your wardrobe. This pair of twill trainers from H&M come in grey, pink, white or black and are only £8.99. Plus, they look comfortable enough to wear all day.

Want to upgrade your trainers? Find out the best trainers trends of 2017.


Smarten up your everyday style with a pair of black zip boots like these from Primark. At just £12, you'd be able to pair these boots with a skirt or dress in all seasons.

So there you have it – a complete women's capsule wardrobe that comes to just £133.96. And while you don't need to live strictly by a collection like this, we hope our guide has shown that you can have a smaller wardrobe on a budget that's just as stylish.

Don't worry gents, we haven't forgotten about you. Read our guide to putting together a men's capsule wardrobe for 2017.

*Prices correct at time of writing – 01/03/2017

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