While we’ve had a penchant for fast fashion in the past, thanks to its purse friendly prices and gentle nod to the catwalk trends, our desire to save the planet has led us to the capsule wardrobe movement. One in which cheap man-made mass-produced materials are ditched in favour of ethically sourced and organic items that transcend current fashion trends and are considered modern day classics. Here are the key items, you should consider when planning your capsule wardrobe.
Plain white t-shirt
Perhaps the most underrated item in a capsule wardrobe, we guarantee it will become the most overused. A plain white t should be the first thing you invest in for your capsule wardrobe. Available in a variety of shapes, find the one that suits your shape and stick to it. Styles in linen work great for summer months, whilst cotton will always be a classic.
The holy grail of all jumper materials. Cashmere has the ability to be cooling on warmer days and insulating in winter. If possible, opt for one with a higher cashmere content as they last longer and tend to keep their shape better. Neutral colours like black, grey and camel will always look chic, and suit any age group. And where possible go oversized to make it look effortless – it will also leave more room for layering on those colder days.
Pair of jeans
A staple in every man, woman, and child’s wardrobe; a good fitting pair of jeans can transform any outfit. Black skinny jeans are the epitome of Parisian chic and look just as good with a white t-shirt and ballet flats as they do with stiletto heels and a camisole.
A leather handbag
A classic leather handbag is a must when creating your capsule wardrobe. Choose a style that’s large enough for the essentials – phone, purse, keys, water bottle, and make-up – but not so big that it becomes cumbersome. You’ll want to choose one that works well as an everyday piece – perhaps with a pop of colour to add interest to your capsule – especially as you’ll want to keep the rest of your closet neutral.
A trench coat
A favourite item amongst the fashion elite, a trench coat can be worn in any season. The perfect transition piece for those April showers, and October frosts, a trench coat is a timeless classic. When choosing the perfect hue, you can’t go wrong with a camel or stone colour. They look just as glamorous on a twenty-something, as they do an eighty-something.