A capsule wardrobe is a curated collection of clothing pieces that are easy to mix and match allowing them to be worn in multiple ways. A capsule wardrobe is often made up of classic items that never go out of style.
Many women opt for a neutral colour palette However, if neutrals feel unexciting it is possible for those with a colourful style to create a capsule wardrobe too by creating a color story with a preferred palette.
As the idea of a capsule wardrobe is to own less and wear items more frequently, the items of clothing should be of great quality, as it tends to last longer and can withstand many wears and washes.
Here is a round-up of the essential items required to create a capsule wardrobe that will see the wearer through every event in the cooler months.
1. White shirt
A crisp white shirt is an item you can wear all year round not just in the colder months. Great layered under a knit jumper or patterned vest for a preppy look or with a classic blazer. For a higher end look even on a budget go for an oversized fit.
2. Basic turtleneck
This is an essential piece in any woman’s autumn winter wardrobe. Choose versatile colours such as black, camels and creams, as a base for the rest of the outfit. A turtleneck can be dressed up or down, worn to the office or on a night out. They look especially good thrown on with jeans and trainers or boots along with a stylish coat for an effortlessly chic outfit. They are easily layered with blazers and coats.
3. Chunky cable knit
This is a winter wardrobe staple. A fisherman rib or chunky Aran style sweater is a classic winter item which adds texture to any outfit. It is simple, elegant and most importantly cosy. Choose neutral tones such as a cream to easily pair with everything. A chunky cable knit can be tucked into jeans or layered over a silky slip skirt. Oversized knits can be cinched in at the wait with a leather belt.
4. Elegant high waist pants
For a universally flattering, feminine and smart addition to a capsule wardrobe this winter add a pair of elegant high waist pants. Gorgeous tailoring will provide a formal but comfortable style.
Tapered slim leg trousers look great with oversized jumpers or wide leg styles are excellent to add a touch of glamour with a fitted turtleneck. They are great for those who work in the office but can equally be dressed down with trainers.
5. Denim jeans
Every woman needs a pair of denim jeans in her capsule wardrobe. Straight leg jeans are a current favourite but choose the style most flattering to the body shape. A dark wash is great option in winter as it complements and works well with darker colours. They can be worn in multiple ways for any occasion.
6. Black blazer
A black blazer is a wardrobe necessity. It is so versatile and will see you through any occasion. For a classic look that will last for years choose a slightly oversized boxy fit. This will look stylish and allow it to be worn easily over winter knits. Too oversized will appear more trend led and may feel outdated in the not-too-distant future.
7. Camel coat
A camel coat is always a classic wardrobe staple. Choose a smart shape, longline with wide lapels and belt so it can be worn loose or fitted. It is an investment piece that will last a lifetime. It looks great worn with denim jeans and softens an all-black outfit.
8. Puffer coat
Everyone needs a practical coat too to remain cosy and casual when running errands or taking walks. A puffer coat is a great option and are easy to quickly thrown on over any outfit.
Comfort and style are important and a white trainer is the perfect piece of footwear to tick both boxes. They have the ability to make an outfit look relaxed especially when worn with smart and tailored pieces.
10. Ankle boots
It is impossible to go wrong by investing in a pair of ankle boot in winter. They go with everything especially with denim jeans. Above all, if comfort is your priority, they are easy to wear all day long.
11. Oversized scarf
No winter wardrobe is complete without an oversized scarf. It will look great worn as a shawl for warmth or layered over a coat to add dimension to an outfit. They can also add a touch of color and interest to a neutral outfit.