My Capsule Wardrobe – My Plus Size Closet

Many of you have asked, what’s in MY capsule wardrobe?  I have had a hard time with this question, because my original capsule wardrobe was conceived almost ten years ago.  My clothing, my size, my tastes, and my trends have changed a lot over those years.  Some of the originals are still in my closet, but I have bought new and second hand, and have given a lot of clothing away to charity.  So that original wardrobe is long gone.

Also, I have graduated beyond the need for a capsule wardrobe.  I have more of a budget to spend on clothing, and I have a huge closet.  When I started out, I had no room to keep clothing, that I couldn’t afford anyway.  However, during my years as a die hard capsule wardrobe efficianato, I have learned a lot of clothing lessons and have stuck with those regardless of my clothing budget and my closet space.

So, I decided to pretend I was back in those days and tried to pick a similar batch of clothing, and show you how these pieces all work together.

A Starting Point

  • 5 pairs of pants
  • 3 skirts
  • 3 dresses
  • 1 black jumper/tank dress
  • 5 solid colored shirts
  • 5 printed blouses
  • 1 black and 1 white button up blouse
  • 5 camis, 1 print, 4 solid
  • 5 completer pieces
  • 2 kimonos
  • 5 vests
  • 1 blazer
  • a bunch of scarves
  • ballet flats, boots, sandals, and athletic shoes

Disclaimer:  I have to confess that this is just a fraction of the clothing I own now.  Since I became interested in plus size clothing, my plus size capsule wardrobe has grown from roughly 15 items to over 100 items.  It’s more a hobby for me than most people, therefore, I put a lot of time, energy and money into it.  Also, my wardrobe is in constant flux because I like to experiment with new trends and different styles.  Plus, my weight has fluctuated all over the place, and I’ve had to give up some things as well as add some things.  And my favorites wear out rather quickly, so I have to find new favorites.  All these factors contribute to why I have the clothing I have.  IT”S FUN!

So I just picked out a few items to show my point, that a few items can go a lot way when you mix and match and dress with intention.

Product Descriptions

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black denim jeggings, bought online from Woman Within, $24.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Berry knit jeggings, bought off the rack at Walmart, $14.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Gray wide leg trowsers, bought online at JMS, $22.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Blue/Black/Gray printed palazzo pants, bought on sale, online at JMS, $12.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black palazzo pants, bought online from Woman Within, $24.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black Jersey faux button up elastic waist skirt, bought online at Target, $15.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Jersey print dress bought off the rack at Walmart, $16.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

White/multi -colored elastic waist skirt, bought on sale, online at Lane Bryant

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black maxi skirt, bought in a package with a gray maxi skirt, Amazon, $34.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Lace overlay dress, forest green, bought from a BOGO sale at Lane Bryant, $24.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Ruffled tank dress in burnout navy blue, my other half of the BOGO sale at Lane Bryant, $0.00!

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black knit jumper/tank dress, bought as a set with an ugly jacket (gave away right away) from Ross, $24.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Teal babydoll pull over jersey shirt, bought on sale online at Woman Within, $16.99

Wine colored 3/4 sleeve boat neck shirt with black underlay, bought on sale online at Woman Within, $18.99

Fucia pink jersey pin tucked tie shirt with flutter sleeves, bought off the sale rack at Walmart, $7.00

Esenchel black tunic top, from Amazon, $16.99

Bright purple ruched neck t-shirt, bought online from Woman Within, $13.99

My Capsule WardrobeBlack/gray/white basket weave geometrical print flutter sleeve blouse, Amazon, $16.99  (This was originally a bathing suit cover-up.  When I got it, it was way too small (ordered a 3x).  So I cut all the seams on it, sewed it back together in more of a poncho style, and have been wearing it ever since.)

Brown and black leopard print boat neck t-shirt with metal studded detail, bought off the sale rack at Walmart, $ 7.00

Black, gray, and white stripe jersey Henley shirt, bought online from Woman Within with black jersey capris, $16.99

Pink and purple tiny leopard print stretch mini dress, bought online from Target $21.99

Navy blue and white tribal print with hem detail, smocked and tied neckline, bought off the rack at Walmar, $13.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

 

One white and one black button up big shirt, bought online at Woman Within, $24.99 each.

 

 

 

 

 

My Capsule WardrobeTeal cami, bought online at Lane Bryant, BOGO sale, $19.99

Fucia paisley print cami, bought online at Lane Bryant, BOGO sale, $0.00!

Plum cami, bought online at Lane Bryant, BOGO sale, $19.99

 

Black extra long cami with lace panel, bought online from Ellos, $19.99

White extra long cami with lace panel, bought online from Ellos, $19.99

 

Army green utility jacket, hooded with tie waist, bought off the rack at Target, $35.99

Coral crinkle throw, with back lace inset and pom-pom trim, bought on sale online at Lane Bryant, $14.99

Heather gray wrap with button tab sleeve detail and lace shoulders, bought on sale online at Lane Bryant, $25.99

Dark denim chambray shirt with mandarin collar and vertical pin tucks, bought online at Woman Within, $35.99

Strawberry button up cardigan, bought online at Woman Within, $19.99

My Capsule WardrobeMint, pink, and black paisley kimono with lace shoulder insets and lace sleeve trim, bought on sale, online at Lane Bryant, $24.99

Striped multi-color black trimmed kimono with front closure, bought on sale, online at Lane Bryant, $19.99.  (this piece originally had a 4 inch black fringe around the bottom such as you would find on a flapper dress.  But it didn’t wash well, and kept tangling up, so I removed it.)

 

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Black jersey hoody zip vest with waist tie, bought online at Amazon, $14.99

Navy blue and beige flower print vest with faux raw hide beige back, bought on sale online at Jessica London, $12.99

Teal hankie hem vest, bought online at Amazon, $10.99

Wine hankie hem vest, bought online at Amazon, $10.99

Beige hankie hem vest, bought online at Amazon, $10.99

 

My Capsule Wardrobe

Ulla Popken faux silk black jacket, single button with tie waist, bought at Amazon, $ 34.99

My Capsule Wardrobe

Lots of scarves, purchased from Lane Bryant, Woman Within, Amazon, and some were gifts from my family

My Capsule Wardrobe

Cold weather booties that are thin enough to be fashionable, but keep my feet warm and dry. Bought online at Target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My capsule wardrobe

Slide sandals in taupe and white for summer.

My Capsule Wardrobe

Ballet flats in brown, black, and nude.

How They Work Together

With these 42 items plus the accessories, I can make literally hundreds of outfits.

  • Choose any solid blouse, which goes with any print or solid bottom, and pair with a completer piece such as a sweater or jacket, and add a scarf if needed.  Completer piece can be solid or print.
  • Choose any printed blouse, pair with any solid bottom, no need for a scarf.  Add a solid completer piece.
  • White or black button up blouses can be worn as a solid top, or a completer piece.
  • Blouses can be worn under or over sleeveless jumper or dress.
  • Camis can be worn as blouses themselves or under any blouse or dress.  Typically if I wear a cami as a blouse, I wear a completer piece over the top.
  • Black maxi skirt can be worn in a variety of ways.  Watch this space for a link to a future article I will write about all the ways you can wear a maxi skirt.  I generally wear mine as a tube top dress, and put a blouse or completer piece over the top.
  • Remember, an outfit does not have to be matchy matchy.  As Stacy London says, “It doesn’t have to MATCH, it has to GO”, meaning you can wear a purple top with berry colored leggings, or the blue tribal print with the berry colored leggings.  They GO with each other.  They don’t clash.  Matchy matchy is boring.  Wearing things that GO is interesting!  This is the key to WHY this wardrobe works.

In Conclusion:

So you can see, with a few pieces, you can get a lot of outfits.  I spent roughly $800 on this batch of clothing.  My items were all brand new, so you can see what kind of savings you can get with second-hand and recycled and repurposed clothing.  So don’t get intimidated by what you should buy.  Find the pieces you like and the pieces that GO with them, and wear them with intention.  If you do this, you will get a plus size capsule wardrobe that is inexpensive, practical, versatile, and most of all, makes you look good, and that you LOVE wearing!

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4 Comments

  1. Joyce Anderson

    Hi Rhonda!

    I really enjoyed this article! Though it doesn’t match with my current size, I got a lot out of your plan for a capsule wardrobe.

    After leaving corp. America to raise our son, my business “capsule” sort of fell by the wayside and pieces that got the most use were jeans and tee shirts. Now that my little guy is off on his own, I’m looking at my mess of a closet and seeing it needs attention again for a new chapter of life – and that life is abundantly filled with all kinds of occasions for dressing well 🙂

    Appreciate your insight and look forward to adding pieces that you recommended here – yay!! Shopping time!!

    • RhondaLeigh

      Joyce, thank you so much for reading my post.  I think you will find more helpful info in my previous posts as well.  I can understand the jeans and tshirts uniform as I did that as well.  But now that I have my capsule wardrobe base and knowledge, I can dress for any occasion, as you pointed out.  I love it when I help someone by talking about my passion.  Your comment means a lot to me in that respect, so thank you again!  RhondaLeigh

  2. Stella

    You are very correct. When I had a flash back about  how many clothes I had some years back compare to those ones in my wardrobe now, I realised there is no long term favorites. I only buy clothes based on my needs and favorites and now I have enough clothes I can not wear everything within two months. Despite the fact that I gaveout and disposed many of them, I still have enough. And that can not stop me from getting another favorite.

    There is one adage that says one would be addressed the way we dressed. This is the reason why many spent extravagantly on clothing at a timeim and get them disposed after two or three months when they see another favorites. I think doing such is a form of misunderstanding though I don’t discourage buying clothes when you have the money. But the wise understand this adage in this direction; it means a person that dress well despite the small clothing he/she has would be respected well. Modesty is a pride.

    This is a very interesting review. Wearing blended color dressing look cool and attractive. Some to Match are also good but it depends on how sharp the color is. I think I have lean more cloth combination from this review. And the price of each clothing are not too high but pocket friendly.

    • RhondaLeigh

      Hi Stella, thanks for reading and commenting.  I am glad you appreciated the clothing combinations and the prices.  I rarely buy anything that isn’t “pocket friendly” because I have never been able to afford exclusive brand names.  And because I take care of my clothing, even the least expensive item lasts me longer than it would most people..  And you are right, You don’t have to own a lot of clothing to dress well and look your best.  Thanks again for your comments!  RhondaLeigh  

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