Dressing for the Holidays with a Capsule Wardrobe from Chico’s

It's that time of year again when we start to reflect on the year that was and prepare for the year ahead. It's also a great time to take stock of our wardrobes and see what items are missing from our closets! Capsule wardrobes have many uses. From daily work life to travel and for family trips for the holidays. Since the holidays are a time for exchanging gifts and good cheer, why not make yourself a more versatile wardrobe?

They're perfect for when you need to pack up and go!

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Wearing: Chico's Faux-Suede Shirt (in classic navy) + Tailored Ponte Leggings (in navy) + bateau sweater (in ivory)*

Disclosure: This ‘Dressing for the Holidays’ post is a sponsored collaboration with Chico's. As always ALL opinions are my own.

I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with Chico's on a few projects. The pieces I selected from those projects are in regular rotation in my closet. In fact, I incorporated some of them into this shoot I did too! The clothing is classic, stylish, that works well with each other. Each season Chico's offers a curated collection of chic, women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories that you can build on year after year.

Why are capsule Wardrobes perfect for the holidays? Mainly because you can reuse the same items over and over in new outfits. Family get-togethers might be stressful or be busy with activities and cooking, the last thing you want to do is to worry about what you are wearing.

Chico's Holiday Capsule Wardrobe

While capsule wardrobes can be used year-round, they work particularly well for the holiday season.

If you're like most people, your wardrobe does not have enough holiday-party outfits. You'll need something festive, something sparkly or silky, but nothing too formal. This is where capsule wardrobes come in handy! Capsule wardrobes are all about mixing and matching pieces from your closet with affordable steals to create new outfits!

Let me show you how to create a holiday capsule wardrobe that will keep you looking festive through New Year's. Not only will these capsule wardrobes keep you looking good, but they'll ensure that you're not a slave to the mall. With a little organization and creativity, you'll have a holiday capsule wardrobe ready in no time!

Wearing: Chico's No-Iron Stretch Striped Tunic.

Here are tips and tricks for creating your own holiday capsule wardrobe:

  • First things first, you'll need to take stock of your wardrobe. This is the best way to stay organized and maximize the use of space in your closet AND your suitcase! 
  • Start by sorting your closet in two piles, one for items you wear often and another for items that are either rarely worn or more of a hassle to get out. Be honest with yourself about what you truly like and want to be able to get more use out of.
  • Once you know what's working already, make a list of pieces you'd like to add, such as a holiday party dress.
  • The capsule wardrobe rules will come into play during this step. Cut your list down to the essentials and don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone with colors or materials! Focus on what works for your body type and you'll have a great base before you know it.
  • Finding pieces that work for your body type on a budget is always helpful!
  • Try to stick to 2-3 main color palettes to create easy outfits. You can also rely on neutrals like black, gray, navy blue, and brown for the same effect!
  • You'll need at least one holiday dress, but it doesn't have to be expensive! My current favorite is this velvet dress which is in the Traveler collection, so you guessed it, it travels well!
  • For a holiday party outfit, you might consider mixing and matching items from your closet with some affordable steals.
  • While it may be tempting to shop and spend money on the latest trends, you can definitely make it work using what you already own!
  • Your holiday capsule wardrobe doesn't need to cost a ton of money (or time). With a little organization and creativity, you'll have a holiday capsule wardrobe ready in no time!
  • Now you'll need to build the wardrobe around your list. What are the basics? A pair of comfy pants or jeans, dresses, skirts, and tops in different weights. These items can be mixed and matched for several outfits while also keeping you warm and festive during the holidays.
  • Don't be afraid to incorporate accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry into your outfits. You can also use these items to contribute to your capsule wardrobe for the rest of the year!
  • When it comes down to it, capsule wardrobes are all about creativity and knowing how to mix basics in different ways. Don't be afraid to get creative when you're putting together your holiday capsule wardrobe!

I hope these tips for creating your own holiday clothing will help you build out an entire seasonal wardrobe. It's all about getting creative and mixing different colors and materials together so don’t be afraid of going outside of your comfort zone!

Wearing: Chico's Petite Super Soft Jeans + Turtleneck (in classic navy) + Elongated Faux-Suede Jacket (in double espresso).

It can be challenging to find holiday outfits that don't break the bank and that you can wear into the New Year. But with a capsule wardrobe, you'll know how to mix and match your clothes in order to create new outfits without spending too much money or time!

With the 8 pieces that I got from Chico's, I was able to create 16 outfits, add in the pieces from previous projects and there are countless more!

Wearing: Chico's Ponte 5-Pocket Slim Pants (in heather grey) + Turtleneck (in classic navy).

Capsule wardrobes work year-round – not just during the holidays! So if you're looking for affordable attire that won't take up tons of space in your closet or suitcase, look no further than your own wardrobe.

AND, if you have someone on your list that you would like to help get started on their own capsule wardrobe adventure, get them started with a few selections from Chico's!

How about you? Have you started planning your holiday outfits? Have you considered a capsule wardrobe? Do share!

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collage of holiday outfits from Chico'sGirl in grey pants and blue turtleneck sitting on outdoor couchcollage of holiday outfits from Chico's

*Note: You can replace the bateau sweater in the first photo with this cowl.

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  1. Jennifer Coleman says:

    I have never heard of the concept of a capsule wardrobe until now, but it is brilliant!! It will certainly make outfit selection that much easier!

  2. Amber Myers says:

    I love your ideas and outfits! I am all about comfort so I like the cozy outfits.

  3. I’ve often thought of gathering pieces for a capsule wardrobe and dismissed the idea thinking it would be too overwhelming but you’ve provided some good tips and given me ideas of how to get started. I’m browsing Chico’s website in another window now.

  4. Capsule wardrobes are so convenient to have. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  5. Terri Steffes says:

    I love a capsule wardrobe. I also loved the velvet dress by Chico that you mentioned.

  6. I need to create my own holiday capsule wardrobe too. Thanks for introducing this to us

  7. Alita Pacio says:

    I love Chico’s. They have great collections. My friend was just saying she needs help to get started on her own capsule wardrobe adventure.

  8. I was just looking for affordable attire for work. I will definitely check out Chicos.

  9. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    These are all amazing outfits and the epitome of elegance, You carry off all the outfits so well too.

  10. Janeane Davis says:

    This way of dressing saves time, money, and aggravation. Your tips definitely will help people.

  11. These are all great looks. I love the more simple looks like these as well. They’re very nice.

  12. Richelle Milar says:

    Wow! These are all really nice outfit! Just simple and classy I love it!

  13. jenn @ EngineerMOmmy says:

    I love the items from Chicos. The pieces you picked up are so chic and elegant.


    Looks like I’m doing something right. My colour palette isn’t very varied. I stick to colours that I feel comfy in and suit me.

  15. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe! Going to have to check out these pieces!

  16. I still haven’t gotten around to building a capsule wardrobe. Your picks are wonderful!

  17. Melissa Cushing says:

    I am just loving this and I love Chicos! I started shopping there in the 90’s when they opened a new shop in Potomac Mills Mall. The best clothes ever and all of your outfits are so cute 😉