November 25, 2022
It was not so long ago the fashion world was buzzing with the concept of the capsule wardrobe. In theory, this is a fabulously cleansing idea but the execution of it takes more time and patience than one might first expect. However, done right the capsule wardrobe is perfect for the minimalist and potentially…even the converted maximalist.
Looking at what you already have and then what you might be missing is a great place to start. Working with your existing wardrobe is the essential first step to building a capsule wardrobe. Work through it piece by piece, and ask yourself if you saw that jumper or skirt hanging in your favorite store now – would you buy it? If the answer is no, it’s time to let go.
Think about how you might define your style and the clothes or colours you reach for most often. Once you establish the kind of cuts you think are most flattering and what you feel most comfortable in, starting with basics is the perfect place.
There are of course, the staples that we absolutely swear by. Curated below is a list of everything you need to kick start that capsule wardrobe vision.
The neutral tee
A good neutral tee elevates a causal outfit and can be worn every single day, styled in a multitude of different ways. ATM is always great for basics, and whether it’s a crew or v-neck, boxy fit or slim, this is a piece guaranteed to never leave your wardrobe.
The oversized blazer
The outerwear piece perfect for styling a smart-casual look. Louche tailoring is both chic and put-together with a cool-girl feel beloved by fashion fanatics everywhere. Brands like Stella McCartney and Rohe are display expert craftsmanship in all their tailoring.
The tailored trouser
A high-quality pair of tailored trousers are an essential addition to a capsule wardrobe. Not only are they an office wear basic but styled with a sweater and trainers are perfect for an elegant weekend look.
The tote bag
An all-rounder everyday must-have, the tote bag fits in all of your necessities with room to spare. Perfect for throwing in the back of the car, and for looking stylish when you step out.
The white trainer
Almost all outfits can be dressed down with a trainer, making them a capsule wardrobe essential. Paired with your favorite denim jeans, there is rarely anything more versatile than a white trainer. Keep your eyes peeled for the new vintage-sports inspired trainer brand Autry, coming to Morgan Clare very soon.
A good pair of denim jeans are worth investing in. Finding the perfect pair is a difficult task, but once you do, they will last you a lifetime.
Sometimes, your coat is the outfit. Especially in the cold winter months of rainy England. Choosing a classic shape in a texture and hue that fits your wardrobe best is the way to go. This could mean a tailored pea coat or the timeless trench that pairs with everything.
Accessories are the finishing touches to every outfit. A great pair of hoops are the perfect option to choose when building your capsule wardrobe, they can be styled both casually and for occasions. We are all lovers of chunky gold hoops. This season however, silver is unexpectedly making a comeback with celebs like Kendall Jenner spotted swapping out their usual gold for silver.
A belt is sometime the missing piece in an outfit and has the power to pull together any look, adding a chic and elegant detail.
We champion this modern-day trend, investing in quality pieces in classic cuts and styles is always a smart idea. So, we hope this post has made you feel a little more confident about the prospect of the daunting capsule wardrobe!
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