Ultimate Guide to A Winter Capsule Wardrobe: 10 Must-Have Items
Loads of clothes but nothing to wear?
This constant struggle is something we've faced one too many times, which is why we've turned our focus to more intentional shopping and giving a capsule wardrobe a go this winter.
In case you haven't heard of a capsule wardrobe, we'd describe it as a carefully curated collection of essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create countless stylish outfits.
Essentially, less is more – by carefully choosing high-quality basics as the foundations, you build a small collection of items that can all be mixed and matched to suit your style.
Simplifying your closet with a capsule wardrobe not only saves time but also helps reduce decision fatigue, clutter and that constant feeling that you have nothing to wear.
Here are five key steps to get started with creating a capsule wardrobe that's tailored to your style and needs:
How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe in 5 Steps:
1. Assess Your Personal Style:
Begin by evaluating your personal style and lifestyle needs. Consider the activities you participate in regularly and the types of outfits you feel most confident in. Are you drawn to classic and elegant pieces or do you prefer a more casual and relaxed vibe? Understanding your style preferences will help you curate a wardrobe that truly represents you.
2. Declutter Your Current Wardrobe:
Before building your capsule wardrobe, declutter your current collection of clothes. Take a critical look at each item and decide whether it aligns with your personal style and complements the rest of your wardrobe. Donate or sell pieces that no longer serve you, and keep only those items that fit well, make you feel great, and can be easily mixed and matched.
3. Choose Versatile and Timeless Pieces:
The key to a successful capsule wardrobe lies in selecting versatile and timeless pieces that can be effortlessly combined to create various outfits. Focus on building a foundation of classic essentials, such as high-quality t-shirts, well-fitted jeans, and an oversized blazer. These items serve as the backbone of your wardrobe and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.
4. Mix and Match Colours and Patterns:
Select a cohesive colour palette for your capsule wardrobe to ensure that all pieces can be easily combined. Neutral tones like black, white, grey, navy, and beige work well as they provide a versatile backdrop for bolder accents. You can also incorporate a few statement pieces with classic patterns like stripes or polka dots to add interest to your outfits.
5. Invest in Quality Pieces:
Building a capsule wardrobe is an investment in quality over quantity. While it may be tempting to opt for cheaper items, investing in high-quality clothing ensures that your wardrobe stands the test of time. Look for well-constructed pieces made from durable fabrics that retain their shape and colour after multiple wears.
Now that you have the foundation for creating a capsule wardrobe, let's explore the 10 key items that will elevate your style and make getting dressed a breeze.
10 Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves This Winter
1. Flared Cotton Leggings:
Flared leggings offer a stylish twist to the classic leggings and are perfect for casual or athleisure looks. The slight flare at the hem adds a touch of elegance while maintaining comfort and versatility.
2. Comfortable, Long Sleeve V-Neck Bodysuit:
A comfortable long sleeve v-neck bodysuit is a versatile and essential underpinning for any capsule wardrobe. Ideal for creating a seamless base for various outfits, it pairs beautifully with skirts, trousers, or layered under blazers for a sleek and polished look. This perfectly versatile outfit base can take you from a day at the office to a girls night out, and everything in between.
3. Classic Trench Coat:
A classic trench coat is an elegant outerwear piece that transcends trends and seasons. Its timeless design adds sophistication to any outfit, whether you're wearing it over your LBD or pairing it with jeans and ankle boots.
4. Versatile Midi Skirt:
A versatile midi skirt in a flattering silhouette is essential for any capsule wardrobe. Choose a neutral colour or a subtle pattern that coordinates with different tops and shoes, making it easy to dress up or down for various occasions.
5. High Quality T-Shirts:
A simple, high-quality t-shirt is the foundation of countless chic ensembles. Pair it with jeans, skirts, or layer it under blazers and cardigans for a casual yet refined look. Look for high-quality fabric that maintains its shape and lasts longer.
6. Black Oversized Blazer
An oversized blazer adds instant sophistication to any outfit. Opt for a neutral color like black, navy, or gray, as it can effortlessly elevate casual wear or complement formal attire. It's perfect for layering and transitions seamlessly from day to night. Personally, we love pairing an oversized blazer with a pair of organic cotton leggings, white socks and a pair of chunky trainers.
6. High-Quality Jeans
Invest in a high-quality pair of well-fitted jeans that suit your body shape and style preferences. Dark-wash jeans are particularly versatile, ideal for both casual and semi-formal outfits. They can be paired with blouses, sweaters, or even a tailored blazer for a polished look. If you're looking for a more sustainable alternative, look no further than Fanfare or Hiut Denim.
7. Organic Cotton Leggings
A high quality pair of Organic Cotton Leggings are the perfect base to so many comfy and chic winter looks. Pair them with an oversized sweater and boots for a comfy outfit perfect for Sunday lunch at the pub, or with your favourite trainers, Pantee socks and a trench coat for a chic city vibe.
8. A Warm & Cozy Sweater
A luxurious cashmere sweater is a timeless investment that keeps you warm and stylish during the colder months. Choose a classic colour like camel, navy, or cream to ensure it complements various pieces in your capsule wardrobe.
9. Statement Accessories
Nail the difference between wearing and styling by elevating your capsule wardrobe with a few carefully selected statement accessories. Our favourite include a classic pair of chunky hoop earrings, a sleek handbag and a classic baseball cap – although a chunky knit beanie doesn't go amiss at this time of year!
10. Organic Cotton Base Layers
As the days get colder, an extra layer is always appreciated. If you feel you need a bit of extra warmth, start your outfits with a soft, breathable and double-lined organic cotton tank top. The ultimate basic that you'll be grabbing day after day.
Creating a capsule wardrobe can simplify your life and make dressing up a breeze. By investing in these 10 key clothing items, you'll have the foundation for a stylish, versatile, and timeless wardrobe that can adapt to any occasion or season.
Remember, it's not about having an overflowing wardrobe but about curating a collection that brings joy and confidence to your everyday style.
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