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Capsule Wardrobe
1/5/2018 1:17:04 PM
Capsule Wardrobe

Traditionally, the fashion world has espoused the idea that "more is more,” but lately, simplifying wardrobes down to just a few sturdy basics has become fashion’s hottest trend. Called "capsule” wardrobes, the idea is to whittle closets down from unwieldy quantities of barely-worn, fast-fashion pieces, which are often of questionable quality, to a set number of classic, well-made items that coordinate with the season. For example, some fashion sites recommend having 12 wardrobe staples for spring, 12 more for summer, etc. However, creating a timeless capsule wardrobe isn’t really about hitting some arbitrary number. It’s about having a wardrobe where all of the pieces work together, creating multiple outfits with just a few key items of clothing. Here are a few things you’ll need (or may already have!) to get started.

A versatile capsule wardrobe starts with a few key pieces of outerwear. It’s smart to invest in a durable coat in a basic color—black, tan, or navy—with sturdy lining. You’ll get your money’s worth on those few frosty days each year, and a quality coat can last a long time. Additionally, pick a nicely tailored blazer in a neutral color that will work all year round: something perfect for a job interview or big meeting. Denim jackets and classic leather moto jackets never go out of style; plus they work just as well for those first crisp days of fall as they do for early spring freezes.

In creating simple capsule wardrobes, some fashion bloggers have gone as far as to do away with all but five or six tops. While you don’t have to do anything that drastic,  there are a few tops that work with all of the above outerwear. A white button-down is a style essential for a look that’s effortless, yet professional. For a perfect fit, make sure it doesn’t pull at the back or gap at the buttons. In addition to a sturdy work staple, pick a fun graphic tee that looks just as cool with a moto jacket as it does dressed up with a blazer. Finally, a simple white tee with a flattering neckline that looks just as great dressed up with a chunky necklace as it does dressed down with a pair of jeans is a go-to choice for any capsule wardrobe. Bonus: find a cozy cardigan that makes you feel comfy in a chilly office all year round. 

Believe it or not, most fashion experts agree that most of us only need two pairs of pants. A pair of black pants that sit at the natural waist with an ankle hem can last years and look just as sharp with a blazer and button down as they do with a graphic tee and a denim jacket. And, of course, a great pair of jeans is a wardrobe must-have for casual Friday and weekend leisure time. Look for a pair with pockets that sit right in the center of your butt and a waistband that doesn’t start to sag after a few hours. Straight-legged denim never goes out of style and tends to be more forgiving than the "skinny” styles that have been popular the past few years.

Most of our closets are brimming with freebie giveaway tee shirts and sale rack items that never seem to make it into our daily outfit rotations. In the New Year, it might be worth asking ourselves, do we really need all this stuff?
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