Welcome to our list of How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe that Lasts!
A capsule wardrobe is nothing new, the term was coined in the 1980’s by West End boutique owner Susie Faux, and in 1985 Donna Karan popularized the idea in the USA. A capsule wardrobe is composed of few pieces that transcend fashion trends and that you are able to mix and match creating numerous outfits. It is basically a wardrobe you will love and wear forever. Here I’ll show you 15 pieces that are guaranteed to make your outfits timeless and elegant, they are also a great way to start your capsule wardrobe!
So, without further ado here is How to Create a Capsule Wardrobe that Lasts:
1. Transitional Blazer
Gone are the days when a blazer was only office attire, now it is a staple piece for every occasion. A blazer can transition easily between settings, it is a stylish piece for both day and night! The key is to look for a blazer that you can layer with any top, whether a t-shirt or a blouse. The right blazer will make you feel powerful, stylish and comfortable at the same time.
This Isabel Marant blazer is one of the most elegant you will ever find!
2. Strappy Sandal
With party season on the horizon, now’s the time to snap up the finest heels to complete your evening style. Offered by everyone from Bottega Veneta to The Row, these ’90s-inspired barely-there designs are a minimalist’s dream. They work with everything and for every occasion: after-hours dresses, Warm-weather florals, Sexy slip dresses, Masculine tailoring and Denim. They’re the perfect finishing touch for everyone. Strappy sandals are the perfect spring/summer shoe, they are sexy, cute and stylish.
This Jimmy Choo sandals will be your favorite shoe for going out and making a statement!
3. Classic Shoulder Bag
One of the most classic bag options of all time, the shoulder bag never fails to deliver on both style and function. Today’s best combine a city-smart aesthetic with a satisfyingly roomy interior – perfect for those who like to carry a more generous edit. A good shoulder bag has the power to elevate any look, it is an easy way to make any outfit a little more stylish.
Opt for classic designs that can also double as crossbodies, like the Saint Laurent Solferino!
4. Tailored Pants
Another menswear-inspired staple, a good trouser will be your best friend if you like a more classical look. They are perfect for work but can also be dressed down if worn with a t-shirt and sneakers. They will suit every style and are certainly an investment piece. Not only do their flattering fit and inherent polish represent the ultimate confidence-booster, but they’re among few pieces that can transition easily between settings (simply swap your daytime sandals or sneakers for a sophisticated pair of heels).
This Theory straight-leg trousers are timeless!
5. Classic White Shirt
One of the many menswear-inspired staples that make up a solid wardrobe foundation, a white button-up is a must. It will always come in hand no matter the occasion or your personal style. Wear it closed with trousers for the perfect timeless office attire, wear it open with jeans and a t-shirt for a casual stroll or you can even wear it over a bikini at the beach for an easy summer outfit.
This Acne Studios shirts is so classic it will be a staple in your wardrobe!
6. Minimal Sneakers
While black dresses and blue jeans have long been deemed classics, the sleek white sneaker is a relatively newer inductee to the list of wardrobe must-haves. They are no longer only for sports settings but are an everyday off-duty essential. A streamlined tennis-style shoe will always serve you well.
You can opt for Nike or Adidas, but for some extra dose of style these ones from Loewe are perfect!
7. Timeless Watch
A watch is the ultimate everyday accessory; the finishing touch that makes any outfit complete. As a result, every self-respecting watch wardrobe should include a pared-back classic by an established brand that carries both style and horological cachet. Round dials are universally flattering, while square or rectangular dials are the epitome of elegance.
This Jager-LeCoultre Reverso watch is a timeless investment piece!
8. Classic Coat
A winter coat is one of the most important seasonal purchases you’ll make: choose right, and you have a sartorial ally that will see you through many winters in style. Elegant maxi coats will be staples during colder months, they will elevate any outfit. Invest in a high quality one that will last, keep you warm and will be one of the most important pieces in your capsule wardrobe.
This wool and cashmere blend coat from LouLou Studio will be your best friend comes winter!
9. Little Black Dress
Date-night essential and the ultimate “I have nothing to wear” throw-on-and-go piece, a little black dress is a true must-have in every fashion girl’s wardrobe. Find a black dress that fits you like a glove, that is easy to style and that will fit any occasion. The right black dress will be chic, stylish, elegant and a staple in your wardrobe. Pick a short or a long one the options are endless. There’s no rule book to owning the perfect black dress, you should choose what makes you feel good.
This Reformation midi dress is so chic it can be worn both day with sneakers and a jacket, and night with high-heels.
10. Straight-Leg Jeans
The piece of clothing everyone has, jeans are a must for a complete capsule wardrobe. Find a high-quality pair that will last forever and make you feel like your best self, every time you put them on. Jeans are an everyday staple that can be worn to almost any occasion. The straight-leg is the most timeless style, is the one that transcends trends and you’ll be wearing forever.
This Citzens of Humanity jeans will be staples in your wardrobe!
11. Everyday Jewelry
Jewelry that matches you style and that you can mix and match for multiple occasions. Hoop earrings for example are a forever staple; no jewelry collection is complete without at least one pair. For such a simple design, they’re remarkably versatile: oversized gold hoops are a summer essential, while small ones are an elegant and modern way to elevate any outfit. While relatively small in scale, an eye-catching earring or glittering necklace can make a big impact – and instantly elevates an everyday outfit from basic to brilliant.
A chic gold chain, for example, will standout in any ensemble.
12. Tote Bag
Focusing on practicality is an easy way to attain ‘classic’ status and, in the realm of accessories, it doesn’t come much more functional than a roomy tote. Supremely versatile, a tote bag – with its simple silhouette and practical top handles – is a must have. Whether you opt for classic black leather, glossy mock-croc, or a brazen printed logo, a timeless tote is sure to make a welcome addition to any collection. From trapeze top-handles to big shoulder bags, a leather tote is more than just pragmatic, it’s a must-have shape for any lifestyle.
This Saint Lauren Shopper tote will be your favorite everyday bag!
13. Cashmere Sweater
Whatever your age or style a cashmere jumper will always be a good idea. Cashmere is more expensive than your usual knit but for a good reason: if you take care of it, cashmere will last an age, it is warmer than its cheaper counterparts and way softer. Pop a cashmere sweater over your shoulders come spring, wear alone come fall, and layer it into your winter outfits.
Find a cashmere knit you love and you will simplify your morning routine immediately.
14. Leather Jacket
What started as a bad-boy symbol in the 1950’s today is a classic staple for every style! The biker might be the most popular one, but you can opt for a more minimalist style, if you prefer it that way. A good leather jacket will really last your whole life, it is the perfect grab-and-go piece that will take you through any occasion. A timeless silhouette with lasting-quality a leather jacket is a great investment piece! Great for transitional periods choose a jacket you can wear with both a t-shirt and sweaters. To ensure you will be wearing your jacket for a long time avoid the super oversized ones and prefer one that is actually your size but still has room for lairing pieces under it.
This Acne Studios leather jacket is the only one you’ll ever need in your collection!
15. Ankle Boots
We all need a good pair of boots for winter, and the ankle is the perfect every day staple. You can style yours with dresses, skirts, denim for any and all occasions. The kind of ankle boot you need is up to you, a heeled one will take you from work to a night out, but a Chelsea one is perfect for rainy winter days. Ankle boots have that wonderful blend of practicality and polish that makes them a true wardrobe foundation.
These Gianvito Rossi boots are the perfect combination of classic style and current trends!