A capsule wardrobe is perfect for those who want to look good but at the same time do not want to splurge too much on fashion. Before plunging into the technicalities of creating a capsule wardrobe, let’s get an understanding of what it is.
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe refers to an appropriate collection, consisting of timeless pieces, like a pair of blue jeans and a white shirt, and incorporating it with seasonal pieces. Susie Faux, the owner of the West End boutique ‘Wardrobe’, coined the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ in the 1970s. Typically, Faux suggests that a woman’s capsule wardrobe contain at least ‘2 pairs of trousers, a dress or a skirt, a jacket, a coat, a knit, two pairs of shoes and two bags’.
So, are you curious to know how to build a capsule wardrobe?
Ten capsule wardrobe essentials
1. A basic white tee/shirt
Nothing can be more versatile than a white t-shirt or shirt. Tuck it into your favorite maxi skirt or just let it loose on a pair of blue denim. Not just summers, you can wear a white tee on any day of the year. Either pair it up with denim shorts to beat the summers or layer it perfectly below your leather jacket to keep it warm.
2. A pair of blue jeans
It’s amazing how you can pair them up with almost anything around any time of the year. A pair of good old trustworthy blue jeans goes with everything. You can choose whatever variant you would be the most comfortable in (i.e., distressed, ankle length, skinny, boyfriend). It’s the epitome of timelessness; the fact that it has stayed for so long does convey something after all.
3. A pair of black pumps
Black pumps are must because not only are they subtle and sophisticated, they’re glam and bold. They exude a certain amount of sultriness and add the missing pizzazz to any outfit, no matter how “boring” they seem.
4. A sturdy handbag
By sturdy, we mean a handbag that would stick with you through thick or thin, good or bad, sunny or rainy. Hope you got the gist! Go for a reliable handbag by a trustworthy brand in a neutral color that would go with the rest of your capsule wardrobe. It would seem like an expensive splurge, but it would be quite an investment, ladies.
5. A skirt
Invest in a form-flattering skirt in a color that keeps the color scheme of your wardrobe consistent, you can test the waters, however, if the color goes with the rest of the pieces you have in your wardrobe. Make sure that the skirt hugs your curves at all the right places.
6. A black leather jacket
In winter, there is nothing that screams comfort and chic louder than a black leather biker jacket. You can pair these bad boys with anything, even a dress. They would keep you warm and also, make you look super stylish.
7. A sundress
Femininity at it’s finest! A sundress is the most sought-after item in a wardrobe. It’s loose, free-flowing and gives off a positive vibe, and the styles are just downright adorable. Adorn it in winters by wearing a leather jacket above it while balancing the feminine side with some spunkiness.
8. A little black dress
This is a necessity for all the events, where you don’t want to put in any effort in your outfit but still want to look snatched. Trust a little black dress or LBD to do just that for you while pairing it up with your old friend, black pumps.
9. A pair of flats
For all those days when you don’t want to strut around in heels and cause your feet some serious pain, flats can be your best friend. Choose a minimalistic style that is comfortable and sans heels so that you can go do whatever you want to, without the “it-doesn’t-hurt-I-swear-but-ow” face.
10. A pair of ankle boots
Boots are not just for winter, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong. At least, in the case of ankle boots. Ankle boots are good-to-go all year long with any combination you could think of. For comfort, go for ankle boots with a little heel.
These are the ten most essential pieces I would recommend to build a capsule wardrobe. But yes, depending on your day-to-day activities and comfort level, you can swap a few things and choose your favorite ones.
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