Elevate Your Style with the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

Unveiling the Art of Curating a Capsule Wardrobe A Beginner's Guide

The Beginner’s Guide to a Capsule Wardrobe

If there’s one thing that 2023 has shown us, it’s that fashion trends are taking a backseat to timeless, elevated basics. Celebrities like Sofia Richie and Gwyneth Paltrow have been spotted rocking label-free, basic ensembles, igniting a trend known as “quiet luxury.” It’s all about investing in high-quality, versatile pieces that will stand the test of time.

Now, if you’re a fashion lover looking to curate your own capsule wardrobe, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 must-have items to fill those gaps in your closet. Our editors have also shared their tried-and-true versions of each piece, so you can confidently splurge on items that are worth every penny.

So, grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and let’s dive into the world of timeless fashion.

The Essentials

White Tee: The Foundation of Every Outfit

A white T-shirt is a wardrobe staple, but you don’t have to break the bank to find the perfect one. Tees get worn out easily, so it’s best to find a few that fit you like a dream. Trust us, armpit stains are unavoidable! Check out these options that are great for both solo wear and layering:

Brand Style Colors
Abercrombie Essential Tee 4 available
Everlane Box-Cut Tee 8 available
Madewell Cotton Tee 5 available
COS Clean Cut T-Shirt 10 available
White Tees

Straight-Leg Jeans: The Ultimate Versatile Pair

Amidst all the denim trends, one style remains a timeless favorite: straight-leg jeans. They flatter every figure and are perfect for any occasion. The key is to find a pair that fits just right and molds to your body over time. Here are some options to consider:

Brand Style Colors
Abercrombie Ultra High Rise ’90s Jeans 30 available
Madewell ’90s Straight Jeans 6 available
Levi’s Ribcage High Waist Jeans
Madewell Plus ’90s Straight Jeans 2 available
Straight-Leg Jeans

Timeless Accessories

Tote Bag: The Perfect Companion for Every Occasion

Whether you’re heading to the office or running errands, a quality tote bag is a must-have. It should be durable, spacious, and able to withstand the test of time. Check out these editor-approved totes that are both functional and stylish:

Brand Style Colors
Cuyana Classic Leather Tote 9 available
Madewell Essential Bucket Tote 4 available
Everlane Leather Studio Tote 2 available
Quince Leather Handwoven Tote
Tote Bags

Blazer: The Versatile Power Piece

Gone are the days when blazers were reserved strictly for the office. Now, they add a touch of sophistication to any outfit, whether you’re working or going out. Opt for an oversized fit and choose classic black or a bold statement color. These blazers will become your go-to staples:

Brand Style Colors
Abercrombie Suiting Blazer 5 available
Abercrombie Vegan Leather Blazer 2 available
Sézane Camel Blazer 19 available
Eloquii Houndstooth Blazer

Must-Have Outerwear

Wool Coat: Embrace Effortless Chic

When the temperatures drop, a wool coat is a must to stay warm and stylish. It instantly elevates any outfit, whether it’s jeans and a tee or a cozy sweat set. Here are some wool coats that will never go out of style:

Brand Style Colors
Quince Wool Double-Breasted Coat 2 available
Quince Wool Cocoon Coat 3 available
COS Belted Wool Coat 2 available
J.Crew Wool Topcoat 5 available
Wool Coats

The Perfect Finishers

Going-Out Bag: Compact and Chic

For those evenings when you only need the essentials—phone, wallet, and a lipstick or two—a small going-out bag is a must. It should add a touch of style without overpowering your outfit. Check out these versatile options:

Brand Style Colors
Cuyana Croc Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag 2 available
COACH Studio Glove Shoulder Bag 2 available
Mansur Gavriel Mini Hobo Bag
STAUD Mini Moon Bag
Going-Out Bags

Sneakers: Comfort Meets Style

Even if you’re not a sneaker lover, there are moments when they’re a must. Whether you’re grocery shopping or going for a casual walk, a good pair of sneakers will never disappoint. Elevate your style with these picks that are both comfortable and chic:

Brand Style Colors
Sézane Lace Up Trainers 3 available
Reformation Leather Sneakers 2 available
Gola Hawk Sneakers 4 available
New Balance 327 Sneakers 4 available

Heels: Conquer Every Special Occasion

For those rare occasions when you need to dress up, a comfortable pair of heels is a game-changer. Choose a neutral color that can complement any outfit and prioritize comfort over everything. Check out these editor-approved heels that strike the perfect balance:

Brand Style Colors
Sam Edelman Slingback Pumps 13 available
Loeffler Randall Twisted Heeled Sandals
Sam Edelman Pointed Toe Pumps 37 available
Larroudé Slingback Pumps 3 available

Cashmere Sweater: Luxury Within Reach

You might think cashmere sweaters are unattainable luxury, but fear not! Brands have made them more affordable without compromising on quality. Embrace the softness and warmth with these options:

Brand Style Colors
Quince Cashmere Polo Sweater 7 available
Quince Cashmere Fisherman Sweater 11 available
J.Crew Cashmere Classic Crewneck 18 available
Jenni Kayne Oversized Cashmere Crewneck 4 available
Cashmere Sweaters

Trousers: A Modern Twist on Classic Pants

You’ll be surprised how versatile and comfortable trousers can be. They are a chic alternative to your beloved jeans and can be effortlessly dressed up or down. Take a break from denim and embrace these wide-leg wonders:

Brand Style Colors
Abercrombie Tailored Relaxed Straight Pants 6 available
Everlane Way-High Drape Pants 5 available
Abercrombie Sloane Tailored Pants 21 available
Madewell Wide-Leg Pants 7 available

Congratulations! You now have the essential pieces to build your dream capsule wardrobe. Mix and match these timeless items to create endless stylish outfits. Remember, fashion is about expressing your unique personality, so have fun exploring different combinations and discovering what makes you feel confident and beautiful.

Which item from this checklist is your absolute favorite? Let us know in the comments below!