A capsule wardrobe consists of basics such as tanks, tees and shirts, a few good layer-ons, staple denims, statement accessories and signature shoes that you’d pair with almost any outfit, day or night! So if you don’t have one yet, it’s about time you got started with it.
A capsule wardrobe not only saves you plenty of dress-up time and hassle each morning, but also helps you plan your purchases and eventually cut-down on impulsive buys because now you know better.
So the next time you wake up late for class, you’ll only have yourself to thank for the narrowed-down-to-30-pieces of wardrobe essentials.
- Shirts, tops and tees
- Denims, leggings and shorts
- Dresses in different lengths and patterns
- Cardigans, blazers and jackets
- Pumps, flats and sneakers
- Accessory essentials
Shirts, tops and tees
A crisp white shirt and T-shirt have got to feature in your essentials.
You couldn’t do without tank tops in black and white, so add those. Add two tops in colour or print but be sure to have variations in sleeve lengths. Complete this with the most comfy nude camisole to save you in case of wardrobe malfunctions.
Denims, leggings and shorts
It goes without saying your favourite pair of blue jeans make the cut. Add a pair of ripped jeans and a particular one in white that fits you so well, you would never second-guess it. Denim shorts never hurt anyone, so be sure to add those. And do not forget black leggings, your ultimate go-to for most occasions.
Dresses in different lengths and patterns
You must own something red, something white, something lacy and something black. Play with the lengths of dresses to see what you’re most comfortable with, but own at least one dress that’s short and one that’s long.
Cardigans, blazers and jackets
Neutral cardigans in black and beige would be safer bets but you could always balance the colour palette with a blazer in a bright colour. Pick one you’re most confident about and live with it. Lastly, swear by a blue denim jacket for any occasion. Period.
Pumps, flats and sneakers
You couldn’t do without a pair of signature black and nude pumps. And you will need a pair of sneakers, in white preferably, for when your feet start to hurt. Have a pair of metallic strappy flats and a clean pair of ballerinas for variety as much as for practicality.
Going minimal with accessories is usually the right way to go, but you’re allowed to own a statement handbag. For other days, a tan tote and a black backpack always work.
Written by Shreya Contractor on Jul 29, 2016