How do you build the perfect capsule wardrobe?

Work smart, not hard.

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Honestly, navigating fashion isn't as complicated as stacking up magazines and sifting through them, nor does it necessitate an in-depth industry study to assemble the perfect ensemble. Surprisingly, you don't even need a deep pocket to be deemed "stylish". So, how do you go about it? Well, a significant part is simply dressing well in whatever boosts your confidence (and comfort). The other aspect involves curating a smart wardrobe—often referred to as a "capsule wardrobe". In case you're unfamiliar, a capsule wardrobe entails having a select few items on your shelf that seamlessly work together. Essentially, it's about mixing and matching to create various outfits from the same 10-15 pieces you own.

Reflecting on it, a capsule wardrobe offers numerous benefits beyond being cost-effective; it also saves time, promotes sustainability, and streamlines your travel packing process. The immediate question now is, how do you build it and what are the essentials that should be a part of this? 

A capsule wardrobe can be look different for everyone. While generally, it is dominated by neutral colours, you can tweak it according to your preferences and style. 

Here’s where you can start:

A white shirt 

To begin with, having a white shirt is your way to go. A white shirt is what is going to save you on most days. Last-minute meeting? Put on the shirt. Running late for an appointment? Pull the shirt. Brunch with the girls? You know what you pick. Need to run an errand? The white shirt. You see? It blends well with everything you do. All you have to do is style it with different things and you are set.

A crisp blazer 

Before you know it, a good blazer will become your best companion. You can pair it with tailored trousers for a professional appearance, throw it over jeans for a smart casual feel, or layer it with a dress for a more formal setting. You can also experiment with accessories like statement belts or scarves to add a personalised touch. The blazer's ability to seamlessly transition between various outfits makes it a cornerstone in building a capsule wardrobe that is both stylish and functional.

A black slip dress 

On bad hair days, a black slip dress is what will save you. The straightforward design of the slip-black dress provides an ideal base for diverse styling choices. Create a laid-back look by pairing it with a denim jacket and trainers, or add an extra layer of warmth with a fashionable cardigan. Elevate the dress for a more formal setting by incorporating statement jewellery and heels. The versatility of the design allows for a range of styling possibilities, making it a versatile and essential piece in any wardrobe.

A go-to pair of jeans

A good pair of denim is an absolute must-have in your wardrobe, and there's nothing quite like a pair of straight-leg jeans. Denim trends may come and go, but this particular style is indispensable for building a versatile wardrobe. The straight cut not only complements various body shapes but also offers a flattering and comfortable silhouette. Whether you choose a classic combination with a white tee for a laid-back vibe or elevate your look with a tailored blazer and heels for a touch of polished charm, straight-leg jeans serve as a versatile canvas for endless styling possibilities.

A comfy T-shirt 

Having a comfortable T-shirt is of utmost importance; it's akin to having a reliable friend you can count on for both good and bad days. Your choice of T-shirt is entirely based on your preference, whether it's a graphic tee or a plain one that can easily be tucked into your denim jeans. 

A pair of golden hoops 

A smart wardrobe always includes good accessories, and a versatile accessory is something likely to complement all your outfits. The answer is simple: a pair of golden hoops. They are most likely to go well with your workwear, brunch dates, and most plans you make. Their simplicity and elegance make them a must-have in your jewellery collection, offering a go-to option for enhancing your style with minimal effort.



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Every wardrobe deserves a go-to pair of sunglasses, more than just a sun shield, they're a style essential. Choose a versatile design that complements different outfits and occasions. Look for a style that suits your face shape, ensuring they can go from casual outings to more dressed-up events. 

A chunky belt 


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A chunky belt can indeed transform the look of your outfit and elevate it with minimal effort. It also serves as a great fashion statement, whether worn over jeans or a casual dress. It's the perfect accessory for those who prefer not to spend a lot of time on dressing up.


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