How to choose items for your capsule wardrobe

The advantages of having a capsule wardrobe are numerous. Say hello to speedier dressing and a more organised space, and wave goodbye to the chaos and cost of following fast fashion trends.

When it comes to choosing items for your capsule wardrobe, prioritise the three Fs: fit, function, and flexibility. With quality and versatile pieces as the foundation, you will be confident and stylish in all situations.

The essential components of a capsule wardrobe

1. Bottoms

Jeans are an enduring essential in any wardrobe: this staple item is durable and transcends trends. Choose a jeans style that is suited to your body type  for an attractive and comfortable fit.

For work and more formal occasions, well-fitting trousers are a must. These are wearable across all seasons and can take you straight from the office to dinner and drinks out on the town.

Other useful bottoms include a maxi skirt, also trans-seasonal, and cotton or linen shorts to keep you cool in summer.

2. Tops

When choosing the tops for your capsule wardrobe, start with the basics. Plain t-shirts and jumpers in a variety of necklines and sleeve lengths are perfect for everyday wear.

Dressier tops are a useful investment too, but keep these limited to avoid over-complicating your options. One or two blouses and a couple of statement shirts are plenty.

3. Dresses

We all love the ease of throwing on a one-piece, and dresses draw the eye on all occasions.

Start off by thinking seasonally: make sure your collection includes both summer dresses and knitted designs suited to autumn and winter wear. The perfect Little Black Dress (LBD) is also a must, a 1926 Coco Chanel creation that has been universally beloved for a century.

You will also need some statement pieces for special events such as weddings and work parties. As with your jeans, go for a classic style that complements your figure to make maximum impact.

4. Jewellery

It’s not only clothes that are important in a capsule wardrobe: you should also include accessories.

Jewellery has the power to transform an outfit from drab to dazzling, and can instil confidence in the wearer. Take time to build up a comprehensive collection, ensuring that most pieces work well with one another.

Essential items for your jewellery box include eye-catching pieces like a diamond ring with sensational sparkle and dangly earrings to draw attention to the face. It should also contain jewellery for daily wear such as a pendant, a pair of studs, and a high-quality watch.

5. Bags

While jewellery has the power to transform an outfit, your bag will make it or break it.

You only need one main bag for day-to-day use, and this should be based on your lifestyle. Gym goers will need a high-capacity bag with several pockets, while a rucksack with laptop compartment is beneficial for commuters. For leisure use, the tote bag will never go out of style.

Your capsule wardrobe should also feature another couple of bags that work with occasion wear. For example, an elegant clutch is the perfect place to store your essentials at a party.

6. Shoes

Finally, don’t forget to include a variety of shoes in your capsule wardrobe.

No matter your interests, a pair of well-made trainers will always come in useful, whether these are a sporty design with support or plain white pumps. Comfortable shoes for the office are also key, such as brogues or loafers, as well as a set of nude or black high heels for events.

In the winter, boots will feature regularly in your outfits: choose all-weather fabrics so that they last for a long time. Equally, you will need a pair of stylish sandals for the summer.

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