The term “capsule wardrobe”, is having a set number of clothes that can be mixed and matched with one another to create many outfits. It's easy to accumulate too many clothes in a world of fast fashion where trends come and go even sooner. Approaching shopping with a capsule wardrobe in mind helps to prevent you from spontaneously buying pieces that you end up never reaching for, and ensure that every piece in your closet is something that will be part of your clothing rotation. Here are tips on how to look polished in your office wear, smart casual looks, or even outfits for the weekend!
#1 Neutral-coloured Tees & Blouses
Good, classic neutral colours are the best place to start when building a capsule wardrobe. It is something that doesn’t focus on trendy pieces, but timeless ones that will last you through season after season. When selecting these essentials, make sure they are all neutral colours, such as black, white, ivory, cream, and grey. These colours coordinate well with each other. Some other colours also have neutral-like characteristics, such as earth tones like sage and olive greens, burnt orange, sand, and shades of blue including navy and denim.
#2 Bottoms in Different Shades or Colours
No capsule wardrobe will be complete without a classic pair of denim jeans. Denim is a versatile basic you won't want to forego and a few great pairs will bring you a long way. Based on your personal style, choose from flattering high waist jeans that suit everyone, to mid-rise 90s-style jeans that are on-trend right now, relaxed 'mom' jeans that are ideal for weekend outings, or straight-leg jeans for smart-casual days. Be sure you have at least two pairs of jeans on hand, and decide on the wash you prefer.
Not a fan of denim? Opt for linen for a similar structured look. Have a mix of dark and light colours for your bottoms to easily match with any tops that you have.
#3 Tank tops for layering
An essential and versatile building block of any wardrobe includes the trusty tank top. Worn alone as casual wear or under a blazer, paired with jeans or tucked into a skirt, a tank top can be worked into just about any look. Simple yet effective, it works well as both a layering piece or on its own. Definitely a favourite for our year-round summery weather in Singapore!
#4 A few button-up shirts
The button-up shirt is a closet essential that should be included in every capsule wardrobe. A chic and classic item, these shirts create an effortless look and can be styled in so many different ways. Even if you’re a dress lover, the button-up shirt can always be worn tied over a dress for a more feminine look when decked out in casual wear.
#5 Sweaters & Cardigans in Neutral Shades
Sweaters and cardigans fit into a wide array of categories such as loungewear, formalwear, layering, and outerwear. You can choose a piece of women’s loungewear for relaxing around the house, or a well-fitted cardigan or sweater made from high-quality material for an office setting. Dress it up with some trendy pants and heels, or dress it down with your favourite leggings.
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