- Save time and abolish the morning panic because you will always know exactly what to wear.
- Save money because you will, for the first time, feel like you have enough clothes.
- Free up so much space in your home.
- Your wardrobe will look like Pinterest porn.
- Know exactly what to take on holidays, and pack in five minutes flat.
Get a portable hanger and put it out in the middle of your living room. Go digging in your wardrobe and pull out one or two pieces which fit the below categories. Hang them on the rack – anything missing? Put it on the wish list. And the rest? Cull!
Stick with the basic of basics and steer away from frills, bright colours and prints – the more decorations something has, the less versatile it will be. I recommend button down shirts because they can be easily dressed up or down, and basic T-shirts in black, white or neutral colours. It’s always worth paying a little more for good quality natural fabrics. Mine are Equipment Signature silk shirt and T-shirts by Laura Ashley and T by Alexander Wang.
Apart from their obvious practicality of keeping you warm, knits are a magical item because they can be worn as is, under, or over, and look amazing every which way. One little jumper can go a very long way. I recommend a lightweight style that can be worn through multiple seasons. Mine is a classic breton striped jumper by Lilya.
Having a perfectly fitting pair of jeans is worth 100 unflattering ones. Understand the style and cut that suits your body and style, and always try them on. Ignore trends. If you find a brand that makes the perfect fit for you, make it yours. Mine are J Brand Aidan distressed boyfriend jeans.
Look for a simple and cleanly tailored skirt that’s comfortable for everyday, like pleated, stretch or A-line styles. I would stay away from any restrictive styles that don’t pass the ‘sit down’ test. I love this fit and flare skirt by POL Clothing.
The Little Black Dress definitely lives up to its hype. The key is to pick one that’s a simple but flattering design that can be worn during the day with a pair of sneakers, and dressed up for special occasions. Mine is an occasion neutral silk mini dress from Decjuba.
A jacket can take your outfit to the next level. Perfect choices of versatile jackets for your capsule wardrobe include relaxed blazers, cashmere cardigans and light weight trenches. For me, though, it’s got to be the leather biker jacket – it will change your life. Mine is from the Alexander Wang x H&M collection.
Styling your capsule wardrobe is as easy as pulling two or three pieces together. Here is just a small number of the many possible outfit combinations you can create with this 8 piece capsule wardrobe.
- The white T-shirt and jean combination is the classic of classics. This is the perfect Sunday market going outfit.
- Pair up a button down shirt and skirt for something a little bit refined for a smart casual function.
- A button down shirt and jeans, topped off with a leather jacket creates an off duty look with an edge.
- A sweater and skirt make a comfy-cozy outfit with a feminine spin.
- Layering the leather jacket over this simple T-shirt and skirt combination takes this outfit to the next level of put-together-ness.
- Get cost per wear mileage out of your LBD with clever layering for cooler days. Inject extra cool with Converse sneakers.
Just remember, this is only a basic capsule wardrobe. The aim of the exercise is to reacquaint yourself with your personal style, and to re-educate yourself on which pieces are essential and which are not only unnecessary, but clutter up your life. Once you are ready to expand, it’s simply a matter of injecting some fresh styles in the same categories. However, avoid venturing back into hoarder territory – only add pieces which can be paired with at least 50% of your current wardrobe.
To adapt your capsule wardrobe for the seasons, all you need to do is swap in key season specific pieces, like your denim shorts for summer and your thick camel coat for winter.