I'm a Former Nordstrom Stylist—This Is My Casual Capsule Wardrobe

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe.

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The idea of a capsule wardrobe is to curate an edit of pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a range of outfits. While everyone's capsule wardrobe will vary based on personal style, inspiration from others can be helpful to narrow down your go-to pieces. Enter Jennifer Sattler. She worked as a stylist at Nordstrom for 20 years and is the creator of Closet Choreography, where she consistently posts her various capsule wardrobes.

"If your goal is to have an arsenal of effortlessly chic casual outfits at your fingertips, I've found seven key pieces that make the perfect capsule wardrobe," Sattler said. "Mix and match this versatile roundup of closet essentials to make more than 20 different outfits."

Below, you'll uncover the key pieces that make up Sattler's casual summer capsule wardrobe, complete with product recommendations to inspire your capsule wardrobe.

Tank Dress

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe.

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"Choose a fitted style that ruches in all the right places or a flowy style with a fitted bodice that's just as easy to layer." — Sattler

Lightweight Jeans

"You'll find yourself wearing relaxed, ultra-soft lightweight jeans on repeat all summer long." — Sattler

Sporty Sandals

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe.

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"Fashion and function align, making sports sandals the perfect shoes to complete a chic and casual capsule wardrobe." — Sattler

White Dress

"A white sundress is something I won't go without in the summer. I love easy slip-on styles that work well around town or by the pool as a swimsuit cover-up." — Sattler

Shorts Set

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe

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"Brands, from Nordstrom to Amazon, are jumping on the boxer-shorts bandwagon. When you combine these shorts with a matching button-up, the options are endless." — Sattler

Graphic Tee

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe

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"Grown-ups can wear graphic tees too, and nothing does a better job of making all your casual summer outfits look chic." — Sattler

Summer Sweatsuit

How to build a casual capsule wardrobe.

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"Sweatpants look chic with sandals. You can use the matching pullover for a trip to the grocery store or over your shoulders on a cool night." — Sattler

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Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.