What is an Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe? 9 Activewear Essentials for 2023

If you’re in the fashion space, chances are you’ve been hearing about the concept of a capsule wardrobe over the last several months. 

But what is a capsule wardrobe, exactly? Simply put, it’s a curated collection of simple yet stylish clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create more outfits with less closet space. A typical capsule wardrobe will contain roughly 30-40 complementary pieces such as tank tops, denim jackets, and blouses that can be used in many different classic outfit combinations. 

It’s a clever way to stay fashionable without needing to invest in new pieces all the time. All it takes is some strategic planning and you'll have the perfect outfit for virtually any occasion. 

What is an Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe?

An athleisure capsule wardrobe follows a similar concept, but instead uses the staple pieces of active fashion to help you create stylish outfits. It’s the perfect combination of fashion and function. An athleisure capsule wardrobe lets you look great while giving you all the comfort and mobility you need to transition from activity to activity with ease. Whether you’re hitting the gym, heading out with friends, or just lounging around at home, having a few versatile staples in your repertoire of clothing can make getting dressed for the day a much simpler process. With an athleisure capsule wardrobe, all you need is a few effortless pieces–think stylish tank tops, long sleeves and leggings–that can take you from errands during the day to evening outings with friends while still looking appropriate for the occasion.  

What to Include in an Athleisure Capsule Wardrobe

If you’re looking to create a functional capsule wardrobe for yourself with just a few simple pieces, here are nine activewear staples we’d recommend to get started:

Pansy Square Neck Ribbed Tank Top - Black
  1. Simple Black Ribbed Tank Top

When you’re looking for an easy, throw-it-on option, a simple black ribbed tank top is the perfect go-to. This classic wardrobe staple never goes out of fashion and comes in so many varieties, from flirty V-necks to more modest scoop necks. Made out of lightweight materials, these versatile pieces look great with everything from jeans to skirts to shorts and even dressy slacks. With their timeless style and comfortable fit, simple black tank tops are a must-have for anyone wanting to look cool, chic and effortless.


Veronica Cropped Black Denim Jacket
  1. Classic Denim Jacket

The denim jacket has been around for generations, and they’re just as timeless and stylish today as ever. Whether you prefer vintage washed, dark, or fully distressed denim, this one item can be your go-to jacket for many different occasions. Sporting a classic denim jacket is perfect for making a fashion statement as you go to work or hang out with friends, and with its versatile style, you can wear it season after season. 


Sweet Pea Seamless Ribbed Bodysuit
  1. Bodysuit

Bodysuits are a women’s fashion must-have. Whether you’re headed to work, out to the club, or just lounging around the house, these versatile pieces can complete any look. With different fabrics ranging from spandex to silk, there's something for every occasion and climate. Bodysuits provide a structured and snug fit so you can feel comfortable and confident throughout the day, and they can be worn with everything from joggers to dress pants.


Cleome Seamless Tube Top - Black
  1. Basic Tube Top

Tube tops are prime layering pieces that can be styled for a multitude of different looks. They give a trendy and relaxed vibe to any outfit and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. We love pairing tube tops with zip up hoodies, jeans, skirts, and leather jackets and blazers, to name a few. Tube tops come in every color imaginable so it's easy to find one that will fit your style, although for a capsule wardrobe you may want to go with a basic color like white or black for maximum versatility. 


Amaryllis Seam Detail High Waisted Black Leggings

  1. Simple Black Leggings

Move over, pearls–simple black leggings are a girl's best friend. They fit with almost any outfit, they're easy to wear and they always make you look put-together. Black leggings can be styled with denim jackets, oversized sweaters, shackets, vests, blazers, and even trench coats. Whether you’re running to the grocery store or heading to meet a friend for dinner, you can depend on the classic style of black leggings to help you feel comfortable and stylish throughout the day. 


Ribbed v-neck bralette
  1. Bralette

Who needs a bulky and uncomfortable bra when you can have the versatility and style of the bralette? Without all the wires, padding, and hooks, bralettes provide lightweight support and come in a variety of styles from classic lace designs to trendy mesh silhouettes. With so many different colors, patterns, and fabrics to choose from, it's easy to customize your look every single time. Bralettes can serve as great standalone pieces with joggers, leggings and dress pants, or they can be layered under jackets and blazers for a cozier feel. 


Gray zippered skinny fleece joggers
  1. Joggers

Combining the comfort of sweatpants with the slimmer fit of leggings, joggers easily help you create a sporty casual outfit suitable for your day-to-day life. Not only do they have that classic athletic-wear style, but they also offer a plush warmth that can be a godsend on chillier days. Pair your joggers with a t-shirt, tank top, or jacket for ultimate comfort and style all day long. 


Chloe Essential V-Neck Athleisure Tee
  1. Basic T-Shirt

Breaking away from all the over-the-top fashion trends, there's nothing quite like a basic t-shirt. We're talking about classic style for any occasion, whether you're taking a casual stroll in the park or going out for drinks with friends. A good quality t-shirt should fit your body perfectly and feel comfortable to wear. It should also retain its shape wash after wash! Add some basic tees to your rotation to give your wardrobe an instant upgrade and layer up with cool leather jackets, hoodies, or denim jackets for extra warmth. When it comes to versatility, no other piece of clothing beats a trusty plain tee.


Lobelia Cropped Long Sleeve

     9. Basic Long Sleeve

A basic long sleeve shirt is one of the most versatile items of clothing you can have in your closet. From a casual day at home to a night out with friends, this piece of clothing can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Wear it with a pair of jeans and sneakers for an easygoing look, or layer it over a dress with accessories and some sexy heels for something more formal. The best part is that once you've found the right fit, color and fabric, your go-to classic long sleeve can last you all season, giving you more time to enjoy fashion without breaking your budget.

Capsule wardrobes are all the rage right now, and it’s not hard to understand why–they provide a simple way to pare down your closet so you don’t have to spend tons of time every morning figuring out what to wear. The concept is that by limiting yourself to only a few simple pieces, you can mix and match different outfits with ease. Not only does this save time, it also helps reduce stress and save money while creating timeless style. With an athleisure capsule wardrobe, you can go from day-to-night in style and with maximum comfort using only a handful of classic activewear pieces perfect for endless mixing and matching. All you need to start is just a few essential items–jackets, tanks, tees, etc.–key pieces that can be mixed and matched or rotated throughout the season to create new looks.

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