With our world becoming ever more time sensitive, not to mention more eco-conscious, the capsule wardrobe is more popular than ever. The point of a capsule wardrobe is to create a more focused collection of essential clothing – year-round pieces that are guaranteed to never fall out of favour in the style wars, whilst promoting a reduced impact on the plant around us.
Of course, what goes into your capsule wardrobe is completely up to you but, by definition, you should be filling it with items that sit at the core of who you are and how you like to dress. If you’re looking for a bit of guidance, here are 10 staples we think look great in any collection.
10 – Handbag
A handbag is a girl’s best friend, and you should have at least one high quality bag in amongst your wardrobe that you can trust to go with you anywhere. Probably an item worth spending a bit more on, a good handbag can be a trusty assistant for years.
09 – Black shoes
Black flats, black heels, black ankle boots – your wardrobe will not be complete without these sorts of items. Black goes with everything, so get a pair of black shoes to suit every occasion.
08 – Breton top
The classic navy and white horizontal striped Breton is a piece you’ll want replicated in different colours as it’s a perfect weekend number that’s incredibly versatile. Mix with jeans, a skirt or shorts as you please – you’ll look good in any combo.
07 – White shirt
Office or casual, the white shirt brings a fresh touch to any outfit. There are plenty of styles to choose from, from fitted office appropriate types to more effeminate balloon sleeve and oversized options.
06 – Jeans/smart trousers
Is there a woman on the planet who doesn’t own a trusty pair of jeans? Straight leg or slim are perfect as an all year round, pull on and go solution that will never let you down. If you’re looking for formal office attire, a smart trouser should find its way into your collection as well.
05 – Blazer
Be the boss of your office by adding a blazer to your outfit. Likewise, they work well over a weekend outfit too as another versatile piece.
04 – Plain tees
You’ve got to have a good base layer to each of your outfits, not to mention a few items you can just slob around in or put on when you’re nipping out. Plain tees in neutral colours fit the bill perfectly, so get a bunch in.
03 – Black dress
The LBD will never go out of fashion, but yours doesn’t have to be little. It can be whatever style you want it to be, but a simple, pretty black dress will help you in virtually any scenario.
02 – Jumper
A single layer for a cool summer’s night or a base to a winter’s outfit, a round neck jumper made from quality material should see you through any season with style.
01 – Long floral dress
Add a splash of colour and seasonal fun to your capsule with a long floral dress. Pretty, airy and always a good look, you find a long-sleeved option perfect for wearing through summer. When winter comes, pair it up with some tights and ankle boots to keep the sunshine vibes going through the colder months.
So, here are your ten, but the list above isn’t exhaustive. You’ll want to add your own pieces and seasonal items in, perhaps some nightwear and more splashes of colour, but the above will give you the foundation of you year’s look. Remember to stay relatively neutral with your capsule items for the sake of versatility, then what you add in beyond that is up to you.
Now, go forth and shop!