Every person reading this will have different wardrobe basics in mind. Your lifestyle, climate, and personal taste will determine what you wear most often and what suits you. I’ve been asked many times to share a list of the items one should have in a capsule wardrobe, but the answer will vary from person to person.
This white denim jacket has been perfect to wear on cool mornings. I bought it here. It took me a while to realize that a fitted, mid-hip-length jacket works best for my shape. I was purchasing a looser fitting, longer style in the past and rarely wore them.
The straight-leg jeans are the best choice for me to wear in the fall with loafers since they touch the top of the foot and skim the body. The jeans in this year’s color are here.
The white cotton tank is the perfect layer under jackets, cardigans, or v-neck sweaters. I am wearing a size medium, and I bought it here.
These three clothing items are must-have basics in my wardrobe. I take these with me when I travel, and I reach for one or all of them at least twice per week. When these pieces start to wear out, I will look for something similar in the best quality I can afford.
The statement animal print loafers are a couple of years old, but similar ones are here. My no-show socks are here. The Kate Spade bag is also not new. The color is anthracite, and I bought it about three years ago. Here is a similar style of bag.
I enjoy having versatile basics in solid colors to mix and match with different accessories since it removes the stress from putting myself together. For example, it took me three minutes to get dressed, and I felt confident and comfortable when I wore this look to the grocery store. That’s why I started planning my retirement wardrobe a few years ago. I want getting dressed to be easy, but I always want to look my best. Shopping for trends or changing my style frequently seems a waste of time and money, so I stick with what I know works for me.
I pulled the white pieces I wear most from my wardrobe as an example of building part of a capsule to suit you. For instance, while wearing any top shown with a pair of jeans or even black slacks, I can create looks from super casual to going out to dinner. Focus on having a few pieces in a light color, medium, and dark color. This variety will allow for numerous combinations.
White is my base light color; if I add a few more base pieces in a medium color such as denim blue and a few in a dark color such as navy or black, my wardrobe would be stocked for the year. The items included by number are 1. Knit tank. 2. Long-sleeve knit tee. 3. Silk blouse. 4. Eyelet summer top. 5. Long-sleeve oxford cloth shirt. 6. Denim jacket. 7. Straight-leg jeans.
I hope that this exercise answered some of your questions about building a capsule wardrobe.
I stopped at one of our city parks to take outfit photos on the way to Fresh Market today. Fall colors haven’t arrived yet, but the vivid blue skies are free of the haze that lingers for most of summer.
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