A capsule wardrobe is an essential collection of clothing that will not go out of fashion, and will serve as the basis of your outfits. Having an organised approach will help to make dressing decisions a hell of a lot easier. With less options and already planned outfits, the hope of finding what to wear will be solved. The aim of a capsule wardrobe is to own clothing that you will wear often and will interchange to create a range of outfits.
To bring your looks into fashion focus and on trend, select a few seasonal pieces to throw in. Think an occasional blouse, handbag or jewellery to add the season’s style to the mix. When shopping for a capsule wardrobe, you need to think about what you actually own. It would be pointless to buy a piece that does not anything to go with- it is all about versatile pieces that you love to wear. Take a look at our guide to inspire your mindful approach on creating a capsule wardrobe.
The 31 pieces you need to own:
- 2 T-shirts
- 2 Tank tops
- 2 Blouses
- 3 Sweaters
- 2 Workwear Trousers
- 2 Pairs of Jeans
- 2 Skirts
- 2 Dresses
- 1 Blazer
- 3 Coats
- 5 Pairs of Shoes
- 3 Bags
- 2 Scarves
T-shirts will last a lifetime, and are simple enough to go with anything. One in white and one in black will change up an outfit easily, and are great colours so that your shoes and accessories can bring the extra element.
2 Tank tops
You will need a summer daytime, casual tank top for when the temperature turns up. A simple and comfortable top is key to own, to easily put on on a warm day. Select one in a muted colour so that it is simple and versatile.
A dressy tank top is a piece that will come in extremely handy not only for summer, but also for eveningwear. You can wear it during the day for a statement look, and also wear it as an elegant top for a night out.
You will need a simple blouse and a standout blouse. Keep the simple blouse in muted colours so that it can be interchanged with a different skirt, trousers or accessories. This piece can be worn for work or play, depending on how you style it.
A standout blouse it great to make a statement look with ease. Keep the rest of the outfit simple: wear it with jeans and flat shoes for daytime, and trousers and heeled pumps for evening.
You will need a simple sweater to wear with jeans or a skirt for everyday casual. Keep the weight not too heavy, so that it can be worn for every season. You should also own a patterned or bold sweater for an easy go-to look that doesn’t require any thinking, when you’re wanting to achieve a bold look. A lightweight knit is essential for layering over blouses and tee-shirts, or to serve as transitional piece to wear when the seasons are changing.
2 Pairs of Skinny Jeans
Black and indigo washes skinny jeans are the classic colours you need. They go with any other colours, and work for daytime and evening time. With a simple change of shoes, and addition of accessory the entire look can be transformed. The jeans can be ripped for a cool-girl grungy style, or keep it classic if you prefer a refined look.
2 Pairs of Work Trousers
A pair of trousers in black and in grey is all you need. Just change the shirt or blouse to make the look different. Grey is best for spring and summer months adding brightness to your work wear uniform. Black trousers are most appropriate for winter, but can still be acceptable in summer time due to being classic. Select a timeless cut, but be mindful to keep it stylish (a cigarette pant is a great choice). If you find the right pair that do look super chic on, don’t think that they have to be confined to workwear-dress it up with your elegant cami and heels for an easy evening wear outfit.
An evening wear skirt that creates a sexy and elegant outfit is essential in your capsule wardrobe. Wear it with a blouse or cami for a night out or evening event. Opt for midi, body con and leather skirts to achieve a dressed up look.
A daytime flowing skirt will be a go-to piece for a spring-summer feminine outfit. Wear it with a simple blouse or sweater for casual elegance. To bring some androgyny, try wearing the skirt with ankle boots and a denim jacket.
Opt for a simple classic dress to be worn for multiple occasions. You can wear it for daytime paired with simple flat shoes or sandals. Dress it up for an evening with a high heel and clutch bag. You can also make it appropriate for work; simply wear with black tights and a sophisticated handbag to be office ready.
Another dress you will need is a patterned dress. This will come in useful for events such as parties, nights out, a date or summer gathering. Pick a dress that can be dressed up or dressed down with accessories and shoes.
A blazer is an essential to smarten up your outfit. Wear it with a classic blouse and trousers for work, or with a sweater and jeans for an off duty look. Select a patterned fabric to make the look effortlessly vibrant.
You need different coats for different seasons, but that does not mean one for every outfit. A heavy coat is required for winter. Keep this black or in muted colours to match all of your outfits. A long, fur lined coat in a classic cut can be worn over your work uniform, an evening dress or jeans. If it is versatile, it will always be appropriate.
The classic camel trench coat comes out every season. It is the perfect transitional piece to layer over any outfit without being stiflingly warm. It is staple piece that will always add an element of effortless chic to your look.
A denim jacket is the coat you need for spring and summer. You can wear it with a teeshirt and jeans for an easy daytime look, or throw it on over a dress come evening. As a timeless classic, you can wear it with anything for effortless cool.
5 Pairs of Shoes
A girl can never have too many shoes. Wrong. You do not need hundreds of pairs of shoes that will never get worn. All you need it a pair suitable for the occasion.
Comfortables flats are of utmost importance in your capsule wardrobe, and a flat pair of espadrilles or canvas pumps that can be easily slipped on is a must. They can be worn with anything from jeans, a dress to tailored trousers.
Pointed flat shoes are essential for an injection of elegance and class, while maintaining wearability for everyday ease. For an evening ready outfit, wear them with a dress and accessories.
A classic black boot is a timeless choice for and instant addition of edgy glamour. You can wear them with jeans and dresses for rock n roll chic that works for any season.
Simple pointed toe heeled pumps will always stand the test of time. They will be your go to piece for any evening out, or if you want to look sophisticated. A pair will become your best friend as an instant leg lengthener. They look great with a dress for a dressed up look, and bring casual elegance when worn with jeans.
An embellished flat sandal is a summer time must have. Being flat and in a neutral colour means that they can be worn with anything. Opt for a pair with some embellishment to add some glamour to an evening look.
A large roomy bag is ideal for when you need to carry a lot of things. You will need one to take to the beach, when you are traveling or when you simply need to have a bagful of items.
An everyday bag is essential for work and everyday. Select a simple and classic shape that is elegant to complement any outfit. Keep it in a natural colour, with metallic hardware for effortless elegance. Go for one with a handle and a strap, so you have numerous options on how to carry it – it is amazing how simply changing the way you wear a bag can transform a look.
A clutch bag is an essential piece for events or nights out. They amplify any look by working as a decorative accessory, and add extra stylish sophistication.
Owning a heavy scarf is a must for winter. Go for a knitted one to keep you warm in the cold months, sticking to neutral colours to match all your outfits.
A light scarf is a great piece to have for spring to shield you from the daytime chill. The minimal accessory adds Parisian chic to any look, as worn by many stylish French women- simply tie it around your neck for a classic take on a daytime look. Select it in delicate materials of silk or satin, and choose a pattern to suit your style.