Okay, so I’ve decided you want to give a capsule wardrobe a try but the question is what should be in it? You want to create a wardrobe of clothing items that mix and match but also work well with your individual lifestyle. For me, it is quality, wash ‘n wear neutral clothing I can easily layer with a little colour thrown in here and there.
Let’s take a look the individual items you’ll want to include when creating a capsule wardrobe that reflects your personal style.
Tank tops are invaluable. I tend to wear them daily under my other shirts. They are also a must have piece for any see-thru blouses and sweaters you may have.
Generally I keep my tank tops neutral with the exception of a few more colourful ones for the spring and summer season.
Short sleeve T-shirts
I find my short sleeve T-shirts are the most versatile items I have in my wardrobe. They carry me through most seasons and can easily be dressed up or down.
I wear them alone, paired with scarves, blazers and have even been known to sleep in them.
The style options for T-shirts are vast. You'll find everything from loose and fitted options to V-neck scoop and crewneck styles. Select the style and colours that are the most flattering on you.
Long sleeve T-shirts
For fall and winter dressing, a long sleeve tee is a must. It can stand alone or be worn under a sweater when the weather is chilly.
Again, neutral is best here but you might also want to consider stripes.
Blouses and shirts
Depending on your lifestyle, you may wish to opt for classic style blouses or more casual shirts. Or, keep your wardrobe balanced by incorporating both.
There are many styles to choose from such a straight button up ones and pullovers to ones that wrap. You can opt for solid colours or prints.
You can easily switch up your look by pairing them with skirts, pants, or jeans.
Dressy or casual, blouses and shirts are key elements to adding varied look to your wardrobe.
Like T-shirts, the neckline on sweaters also varies from V-necks and U-necks to round-necks and crews.
Well it's good to have one bulky neutral sweater in your wardrobe, I find lightweight sweaters are more versatile and will carry you through more seasons. Lightweight options will warm you on a chilly summer evening but also layer well in the fall. They also often pair well with a bulkier vest or cardigan in the winter.
A good wardrobe isn't complete without a black dress. When it comes to more formal occasions, it's an essential piece.
Keep the one in your wardrobe that is not only the most versatile but the most flattering on your body type.
If shopping for a new one, aim for black dress that is classic with limited detailing. You want to be able to keep this piece for several years.
Who doesn't love a cardigan for warming you up on a cool day? It can also add a little flair to your look (in the case of a waterfall style) or if you favour a button up, it can come in real handy if you get a food stain on your blouse, T-shirt or tank.
Whether paired with skirts, pants or jeans, blazers can really dress up your look. Opt for styles that complement the other clothing items in your wardrobe. Blazers come in all shapes and sizes from classic to crop and long styles as well as signature waterfall styles.
Your lifestyle will determine whether or not a black skirt is a wardrobe essential for you. Personally I'm more of a pants girl so even though I do have a black skirt I tend not to wear it as much as I wear my pants and jeans. That said I did include it in this list of essentials as it can be a very versatile wardrobe item.
If you don't already have a black skirt you absolutely love but think you could benefit from having one in your wardrobe then shop for one that suits your body type. For instance you may not be a pencil skirt kind of person but a skater or A-line style maybe quite flattering. Also consider the length of the skirt that is the most attractive on you.
Jeans and pants
How you spend the bulk of your days will likely determine whether you favour jeans over pants. A combination of both that are flattering to your figure will cover you from day to evening.
Look for cuts and lengths that are most flattering on you. Not sure which styles are best? Go to a department store like Marks in Canada that features a variety of brands, styles and sizes to help you determine the best options.
When it comes to jeans and pants it's in your best interest to only invest in ones you love. As a wardrobe staple jeans and pants are the foundation of your wardrobe so select them wisely.
The bottom line to this above list is to always focus on quality over quantity and select fabrics that feel comfortable and are flattering to your body shape.
Of course there are many more items you can incorporate into a capsule wardrobe like shawls, leggings and jean jackets.
It's really up to you as to what you want to include or leave out of your closet. The important thing is to have fun playing around with your wardrobe and to create something that works well for you on a day-to-day basis.
We all deserve to have a wardrobe we feel good in.