Are you stuck in the same old fashion rut but don’t really know how to revamp your look? If you are struggling to find something to wear each day, then creating a capsule wardrobe could be the answer. It isn’t as difficult as it sounds, either. Simple tips, like knowing your style and body shape, can make being well-dressed a doddle.
The idea of the capsule wardrobe was first introduced by Donna Karen in the 80s, to simplify life for busy working mothers. The same key items can be worn in several different ways and are just as appropriate for the office as for a casual weekend with the family. While fashions may have changed, the idea is as fundamental as ever. It is an easy solution to looking your best, even if you’re on a limited budget.
First Things First – Have A Clear Out!
The first thing to do when creating a capsule wardrobe is to have a look at what you’ve already got and use that as your starting point. If there is anything in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for years or doesn’t fit well, then put it in the bag for the charity shop. You need to be really ruthless, but there is no point in hanging on to clothes that you just don’t wear.
The benefit of clearing out your old clothes is that you appreciate what makes up your personal style. If an item makes you look and feel great, it will help provide the basis for your new capsule wardrobe. Once you have streamlined your clothes, you can evaluate exactly what you need to create your new look.
Out With The Old, In With The New
There are a few key pieces which every woman should have, which will enable her to create limitless looks. Once you have your basics, you can team them with as many accessories as you like. Leather handbags, belts, scarves, a range of brooches and jewellery can all reinvent the key pieces in your wardrobe and are an inexpensive way of updating your look.
Every woman should have:
- A trench coat – perfect for warm winters, showery summers and everything in between, the trench coat is sophisticated and never goes out of style.
- Jeans – don’t worry about what is in fashion. Choose a jean that flatters your body shape and remember that indigo is a timeless classic.
- Shirt – can be dressed up or worn casual. A great shirt will work whatever the occasion.
- Ankle boots – ideal to wear with jeans or a sundress, ankle boots are much more flexible than their knee high counterparts.
- Ballet flats – simple and stylish, they go with everything.
- A black jacket – a tailored jacket can smarten up any look. Go for a longer, more casual style for optimum flexibility.
- A pencil skirt – great for the office but easy to dress up for the evening too.
- Black trousers – fitted trousers are a great alternative to denim and you can wear them anywhere.
- A t-shirt (or two) – buy quality t-shirts, so they don’t lose their shape over time.
- A cashmere jumper – sounds expensive, but if you look after it well, it will last for years. Black and navy are always chic and a simple v-neck will provide plenty of versatility.
- A sophisticated sundress – the final essential in your arsenal of “go anywhere” clothes. Choose something that isn’t too fitted or short and you will happily wear it for many years to come.