• Shea Simmons

How To Create A Plus Size Capsule Wardrobe

Lately, I've been thinking about downsizing my closet. Before you think I sound bananas (because hello, plus size clothes are amazing), let me tell you a bit about why I want to do so. If you didn't know, I'm a freelance writer. This means that I'm basically a hermit. There are days that I stay in my pajamas from dawn to dusk and see no one besides my husband. Basically, I don't need a closet full of clothes that I never well. Enter the plus size capsule wardrobe.

What is a capsule wardrobe? The capsule wardrobe is a seasonal set of clothing items you consider essential. While the number of items vary, basically, it means paring down your wardrobe to your staple pieces that will be able to mix and match seamless. This means you have less pieces but more outfit options.

As someone who is in love with neutrals and staples, the capsule wardrobe sounds perfect to me, and I'm working my way toward one for winter. The capsule wardrobe should help me be a bit more minimalist, free up space in my closet, and curb my shopping habits.

What do you need for a plus size capsule wardrobe? I've a free basics that I feel as essential to your winter plus size capsule wardrobe.

Classic Coat

plus size trench coat
Eloquii Ruffle Sleeve Trench Coat, $149.90, Eloquii

A great trench coat can go with every outfit from casually running errands to your office job, and the ruffle sleeves on this Eloquii coat are such a fun but subtle detail.

Black Pants

plus size black pants
ASOS Curve Cigarette Pants with Belt, $40, ASOS Curve

Honestly, everyone needs a great pair of black pants. For me, that's a cigarette pants. I love that you can dress them up with heels or dress them down with a pair of flats. Versatility is key when it comes to a plus size capsule wardrobe. Get them here.

Basic Tees

plus size tee shirt
Ava & Viv Women's Plus Size Core V-Neck T-Shirt, $8, Target

I'm a sucker for a great tee shirt. For me, I love a v-neck, but there are so many options like crew and boat necks (a la Duchess Meghan Markle). The best thing about these pieces is that you can layer them or wear them on their, and they still look great. For your capsule wardrobe, I'd recommend black, white, grey, and a simple stripe.

Classic Denim

plus size jeans
Old Navy High-Rise Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans, $38, Old Navy

Confession: I don't spend over $50 on jeans. Call me cheap, but I personally think Old Navy denim is incredible and affordable. For a capsule wardrobe, the idea is investment pieces, but not all of us have investment piece money, and that's fine. These skinny plus size jeans are a totally classic wash in a classic style for a great price.

Little Black Dress

plus size little black dress
Modcloth Lady Love Song Sheath Dress, $85, ModCloth

A plus size little black dress doesn't have to mean a fit and flare style (unless you want it to be). This gorgeous fitted sheath dress is a great option, too!

Long Line Cardigan

plus size cardigan
Torrid Blush Longline Pocket Duster Cardigan, $64.90, Torrid

From classic hip-length cardigans to long line dusters, some variation (or about 12 variations if you're me) of cardigans is great for a capsule wardrobe.

Oxford Shirt or White Button Down

plus size button down
Lane Bryant Girlfriend Shirt, $49.95, Lane Bryant

White button downs are such classics. From layering them under sweaters to wearing them on their own, they're a seriously versatile piece for your capsule wardrobe.

Pencil or Midi Skirt

plus size pencil skirt
LOFT Plus Size Pencil Skirt, $69.50, LOFT

The great thing about a pencil or midi skirt? You can dress is for work or a night out on the town.


plus size blazer
LOFT Plus Ponte Blazer, $118, LOFT

Does it go with jeans? Yes. Can it go over your cocktail dress? Yes. Is it perfect? Yes. A plus size blazer is a great staple piece, and this LOFT Ponte Blazer features some perfect stretch in the sleeves.

Statement Pieces

sheer plus size skirt
Premme Callie Skirt, $109, Premme

When it comes to plus size statement pieces, no one does it better than Nicolette Mason and Gabi Gregg's Premme. This sheer, metallic skirt and top combo is a great piece for when you want to move outside of basics.

If you're looking to pare down your clothes and live a bit more minimalist, a plus size capsule wardrobe is a great way to do it.

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