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Everyday capsule wardrobe for women on a budget

Published 18 February 2015 by

The capsule wardrobe is ideal for any woman on a budget, as it is based on the idea that you can create a fashionable wardrobe with just a few carefully chosen pieces. So, instead of having a wardrobe stuffed full of clothes, a capsule wardrobe will feature items that are all interchangeable with one another and follow the same theme. Fashion trends come and go, and keeping up with every single one of them can be expensive – so why not banish the here-today-gone-tomorrow trends and embrace a budget-friendly capsule wardrobe?*

First things first

Before we take you through the key pieces that make up our everyday capsule wardrobe, there are a few things that you need to think about first.

1. Choose a colour palette – before you go about selecting a capsule wardrobe, you need to choose a colour palette to work with. This will help all of the pieces in your wardrobe coordinate and match easily with each other. An easy way to do this is to think of the colour palettes that you love to wear or flatter your skin tone.

2. Work with what you’ve got – there’s no point going out and purchasing a brand new pair of jeans when you already have a perfectly good pair in your wardrobe. So, once you’ve decided on the palette that you’re going to use, go through your wardrobe and pick out the pieces that will easily fit in with it.

Capsule wardrobe

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, we can focus on the capsule collection itself. To show you how easy it is to put together a capsule wardrobe, we’ve selected 10 core pieces of budget-friendly clothing that we think every woman should have in their wardrobe:


When deciding on what coat to include, try to choose one that will never go out of style, like this classic camel trench coat from Primark. The trench coat has been a favourite of the style crowd for years, and with the help of Burberry, has cemented itself as a British style staple. Instead of paying designer prices for a trench coat, why not pick this one up from Primark for a cool £23?


If you don’t have a good pair of jeans already, then this pair of dark skinny jeans from F&F at Tesco could be just what you need. A dark-wash jean is typically the most flattering on the figure, but if the skinny cut isn’t you’re thing, then you could go with a boot cut or a slim leg style.


A waterfall cardigan is the perfect piece of knit wear to wrap up warm with this winter, and this grey cardigan from Primark is a great find at just £7. A cardigan like this can be worn simply with jeans and a tee in the day, or glammed up at night with a belt around the waist.


When choosing a staple skirt, you need to make sure that whatever you pick is versatile enough to be dressed up or down. This A-line skirt from Matalan certainly ticks all of the boxes and would look great worn with a jumper and some boots, or with a blouse.


This spotted tea dress from F&F at Tesco is a timeless design that would make a great addition to any capsule wardrobe. The polka dot print of the dress makes it incredibly versatile and at only £14, it is quite the bargain!


When looking for knitwear to go in your capsule wardrobe, try to go for basic designs such as this knitted jumper from H&M. Regardless of the colour palette that you go for, basic knitwear like this is key for any capsule wardrobe, as it can be worn with pretty much anything – jeans, skirts and even dresses!

Basic T-shirts

You can’t have a capsule wardrobe without having a few basic tees thrown into the mix and this scoop neck t-shirt from F&F at Tesco is a great find at only £4. When choosing your tees, stick to your colour palette, but make sure to throw in a few neutral tones, such as navy or cream, to be certain that you have the basics down. Three or four tees will probably be enough for your wardrobe.

Blouse or shirt

A blouse, like this Khaki one from Primark, would look great worn with the A-line skirt from Matalan or tucked into a pair of skinny jeans, like those from Tesco. For such a versatile piece, it’s a wonder this it’s only £10.

Ballet flats

A good pair of ballet flats can be worn with anything and this pair from Matalan are a bargain at just £6. When choosing shoes to go in a capsule wardrobe, black or brown tones tend to be the easiest to match up. But depending on your colour palette, you could go with printed pumps such as these animal print ones from Matalan to add a bit of fun to your wardrobe!


There is no greater boot than the Chelsea boot and this pair from F&F at Tesco will look great paired with skinny jeans or a dress. At only £20, these boots are budget-friendly and have been getting a great set of reviews online – so go check them out!

Just as an example, our collection in total (with the inclusion of three basic tops) adds up to £132.99, which is not bad considering you could create up to 15 different looks!

We hope that our capsule wardrobe has inspired you to streamline your wardrobe and choose the items that you buy more carefully when next hitting the shops!

*Prices correct at time of writing - 17/02/15