The term ‘capsule wardrobe’ first came to light in the 1940s, where it was used to describe a collection of clothing for a specific use. Over the years, it has become all the more popular, consisting of a collection of essential quality pieces that’ll not only make heads turn, but will also last in the ever-changing world of fashion.
Many people build their entire wardrobe with capsule pieces, while others layer them with their seasonal pieces. The main idea behind the trend is to save both money and time on outfits.
With the spring season just around the corner, now is a great time to put together your capsule wardrobe. Here are 10 must-have items to help you get started.
1. A Plain White T-Shirt
Plain white t-shirts never go out of fashion. When teamed with the right outfit, they can be used in both casual and smart-casual settings. White t-shirts blend with virtually any clothing type, particularly working well when layered under sleeveless dresses or knitted sweatshirts.
2. A Cozy Knit
Whether you want to stay cosy at home or need to venture out into the cold, a knitted jumper makes the perfect accomplice. Knitted jumpers are a simple piece of clothing that pair well with jeans, chinos and even skirts.
When layered, knitted jumpers are perfect for the approaching spring season, when the weather can’t quite make up its mind.
3. Button Up Shirts
Before you assume that button-up shirts are only for corporate or business casual settings, think again. While you may not want to wear them every day, there’s always a time when a button-up shirt will come in handy. You can team the same shirt with different coloured suit trousers or jeans for a versatile look.
4. Pair of Jeans
Jeans should be a major part of your capsule wardrobe collection. They are a piece that blend well with absolutely any type of top including blouses, shirts and hoodies.
Finding the right pair of jeans can be a little challenging. Many people struggle to find the ‘perfect’ pair that fits in all the right places. So, when you do find the right pair, keep it in your capsule wardrobe for years to come.
5. A Smart Shoe
A smart shoe is one that goes well with just about any dress code. For men, brogues or dress shoes work excellently with both smart suits and casual jeans. For women, heels or pumps have the same effect.
6. A Leather Jacket
As trends come and go, leather jackets always stand their ground. If you are looking to revamp your style for the spring, it’s not a bad idea to add a leather jacket to your spring collection. A loose-fitting leather jacket will come in handy when the weather is not too hot nor too cold. To finish the look, team with a pair of jeans and a plain t-shirt.
Your capsule wardrobe isn’t complete without a comfortable pair of leggings. What else will keep you comfortable on your morning jog, a supermarket run, or a workout session at the gym? While leggings are an extremely casual item, you can dress them up with a plaid shirt or long blouse. Go one step further and invest in organic cotton leggings or ones made with recycled materials like those found at prAna.com.
8. A Belt
Belts have the power to completely transform an outfit, whether using them for practical purposes or decorative purposes. From studded belts to sleek all-black designs, near enough all outfits elevate with help from a belt.
9. A Dress
When spring arrives, more and more women start to wear dresses. Whether heading to the park in a floral mini dress or going out for dinner in an elegant full-length dress, having them in your capsule wardrobe really helps. Dresses can be worn all year round, too, as they can be teamed with tights on the colder days.
It’s important to remember that capsule wardrobes aren’t all about clothes. Accessories can completely transform an outfit that you wear a lot. Whether it’s a layered necklace or statement ring, make sure you have accessories to play around with.