Capsule wardrobe. You probably heard this term a fair amount of times already. And although it is among the last trends on fashion and lifestyle, one could be surprised to learn that actually the concept of an essential-stapled wardrobe collection date back to the 70’s. Yes, the unpretentious era itself! Here we will show you how to simplify your life curating a collection of quality staples that will have you well dressed literally everywhere. Less time doing laundry and tiding up, more time left for yourself. We curated for you the ultimate designer’s capsule wardrobe!
We also wrote a guide for you to understand all the dos and don’ts of capsule wardrobes, who first thought about it and why, and WHAT TO CONSIDER when shopping for your own capsule wardrobe.
Browsing through our suggestions for the ultimate quality capsule wardrobe, remember we went bunkers and picked pieces and brands among the best you can find in the fashion industry. But you can easily adapt the list to your budget or to your favorite brands. Our picks are classic but stylish, as only us designers know to be. 😉 So this capsule wardrobe is specially curated for you. Have fun and stay classy!
1. A crisp buttoned up white shirt
Shirtini produces only shirts. Talk about a quest on perfection! This is their Great White Shirt.
2. A classic, straight cut blue jeans.
Levis. Straight cut. Blue. What else screams “timeless” louder if not those? Levis 714.
3. A well-made white tank.
This racerback cut tank from T by Alexander Wang is universally flattering. The relaxed fit works well over jeans and sneakers on off-duty weekends or tucked into tailored trousers to the office.
4. THE Belted Trench
This Heritage English treasure needs no presentation. Burberry Extra Long Heritage Trench Coat.
5. A minimal Biker Leather Jacket
This staple from french house The Kooples is minimal yet stylish. Made from lambskin for lightness and wearability.
6. A Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater
Tibi is well known for delivering impeccable cashmere sweaters. This oversized piece can be worn literally anywhere.
8. A Black Well-Cut Blazer
It’s in almost every woman’s closet. Or at least it should be! This oversized option from Isabel Marant works beautifully during summer but also winter, when worn over chunky sweaters or some extra hot-chocolate-weight..!
9. An Elegant Leather Belt
10. Black Pumps
A sexiest or more timeless shoe is yet to be invented. This model is the Heist by Stuart Weitzman, one of the most celebrated shoe makers today.
11. The Now Impossible-To-Live-Without Skinny Jeans
J-Brand is considered by many to be the best jeans brand in the market. If you own one, you will know why. It fits perfectly and it’s flattering. As are the skinnies and the high-rises. This is the already classic Maria.
12. The Comfy White Tee
American Vintage produces t-shirts with high quality fabrics that are soft to the touch and have great fit. Here, the Jacksonville.
13. A Versatile Silk Scarf
Around the neck, as headwear, as a skirt, or a top. A silk scarf brings elegance to any outfit. Try The Signature Silk Shawl by Fendi, in light blue, which by the way is a great, sophisticated accent color for any capsule wardrobe.
14. A Spacious Tote Bag
Goes from work, to shopping and even traveling. Versatile and spacious, this tote from And Other Stories combines scuba fabric and sleek leather.
15. Chelsea Booties
From the alleys of Paris to the streets of Berlin, this pair crafted by Freda Salvador will make you feel home wherever you are.
16. The LBD
The little black dress is an entity in every wardrobe. It can be worn during any season, with sandals, boots, sneakers, by itself, with tights, under a sweater – you name it. This piece from Michael Kors features a halter neck and a fit & flare cut. Looks great on e-ve-ry-one. Want to find exactly the perfect dress for your shape? Check this guide.
17. Quality Sunglasses
Good lenses are the least we can do to protect and thank our eyes for the everyday work. Owning this pair of Gucci‘s, you won’t need to own a second. Classic tortoise shell cat-eye models go with any outfit that your heart desires.
18. White Sneakers
These you will love and wear forever. Chances are you already do! Puma Classic Basket.
19. Black Pencil Skirt
Again a classic. Pair with your black pumps and you will kick ass, pair with your sneakers and your white t-shirt and you will be ready for the weekend. This is a silk-blended staple by Victoria Beckham.
20. Tailored Black Trousers
Paired with a graphic tee you’ll be the coolest girl, throw on your blazer and elegance will be walking by your side. This pair is by Vince Camuto.
21. Block Heels Summer Sandals
These are sandals to take anywhere. Block heels are without a doubt the most comfortable heels to endure the day on. Though they’re still heels and will surely help your figure. The powder pink is a pretty and sophisticated color. Sounds like a capsule wardrobe accent color winner! These are brought by Steve Madden, whose shoes are loved by women around the globe.
22. A Casual, Layering-Star Camisole Top
A camisole top can be worn with trousers, skirts, paired with t-shirts, under blazers. Versatile and feminine. We love this Free People piece.
23. A Sunny Dress
You know you’ll live in it during hot days. And it can be easily layered on more chilled days. Better yet if it’s a shirt dress. Timeless, classic, elegant yet easy-going. Cos Grosgaine Detail Shirt Dress.
24. Leather Flats
Ballerinas, d’orsays, loafers, oxfords, sandals. Pick whatever suits your style better. A good leather flat shoe will never disappoint you. These point-toe flats are Jimmy Choo‘s (yup Carrie!) and are suede-made.
25. A Stylish Clutch
This blush beauty is from Cos and it’s foldable – it allows you to be creative in terms of size and looks.
26. A Cool (and Warm) Parka
A really warm parka is really, absolutely needed if you live anywhere in the North Hemisphere. If it’s stylish and durable, even better! You can find this gorgeous staple in J-Crew. It’s made with their exclusive stadium-cloth wool that adds warmth without bulk.
27. Cutoffs That Fit Just Perfectly
Can you think of a better outfit than a white tee and those cut-off that look just GREAT on you? We can’t. Spare a bit of time and invest some money on the perfect-for-you jeans shorts or bermudas. You won’t regret. These are Rag and Bones. Check here for a guide to the coolest cut-off styles.
28. A Masculine Cut Coat
This cut is flattering to everybody. And a good wool coat is indispensable to stay elegant even during cold days. This beauty is a Stella McCartney. To make it more classic, go for the camel version.
29. A Neutral Hoodie
Superdry is an institution when it comes to sweatshirts and jumpers.
30. And Finally, The One and Only Bodysuit
This is the piece that started it all. In 1985’s 7 Easy Pieces Collection by Donna Karan, models would walk the runway wearing only bodysuits and tights. They would then come back slowly incorporating the other 6 interchangeable pieces to completely change their outfits. You can still get the same bodysuit that became legendary, although there are many other options of colors and cuts. The bodysuit is meant to be worn under trousers or skirts instead of a fitted top or a tank that tends to bunch up. A figure hugging bodysuit ensures a lean and streamlined silhouette. As miss Karan would say herself, “you’re set to go”!
With this dream team stocked in your wardrobe, you’ll need very few add-ups every season to dress like a boss. And practicing the capsule wardrobe concept doesn’t mean you won’t have as much comfort, looks, variety and quality as you aim. It just means you will have it all, however wasting much less time and energy when opening your closet every morning. Hurray minimalism! Long life capsule wardrobes!
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