When it comes to capsule wardrobe basics, you need to know what to look out for. Trends come and go, but the following seven staples are here to stay. Forever. And no, we’re not just talking about jeans and t-shirts. We’re talking about real, versatile, stylish wardrobe staples.
If you’re a regular reader of STYLE BY SAVINA or you follow me on Instagram, you know that I practically live in staples. The more versatile the item, the better. Although a good old pair of classy mom jeans and a basic cotton tee are certainly among my top ten wardrobe essentials, this post is not about them.
The following is a thoughtfully curated edit of pieces that may not necessarily make the essential capsule wardrobe base cut – according to each and every fashion editor out there – but I promise you that having them in your closet will make a major difference! You want to have items that will help you elevate your outfits, and these 7 gems are exactly what you need!
You Won’t Need To Worry About Trends With These 7 Capsule Wardrobe Basics
1. White Coat
Are you an owner of a timeless white coat? If you’re not, you should consider correcting this mistake asap. White coats are often overlooked for their famous cousin – the camel coat, and that’s okay if you want to stick to the standard capsule wardrobe basic pieces. But if you wish to go one step further and challenge the Meghan Markle in you, then getting your hands on this 12 STOREEZ Belted Trench Coat is highly recommended. It’s currently on sale, so it’s a really good time to get one.
A bit out of budget still? Worry not, my dear. Here is another more affordable option for you, equally chic and stylish. The styling options for white coats are literally limitless. Your one and only worry should be not spilling your coffee on it.
2. Smart Wide Leg Trousers
The beauty of these capsule closet basics is that they actually go really well together. You can wear the white coat listed above with these gorgeous wide-leg trousers, a pair of sleek white trainers or ankle boots, and a sweater of your choice, and totally rock any look you decide to go for. Feeling brave and sassy? Opt for a colorful sweater (tip: go for a grass green color like this) and add a little colorful bag as an accessory. The green JW PEI vegan handbag would be perfect for this ensemble.
If you’re more of a neutral outfit kinda girl like me, these wide-leg trousers will be your magical ingredient to any tonal look you put together. You can dress them up or down according to the occasion and wear them all year round as they allow layering.
Here are some more budget-friendly options:
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3. Stripe Polo Knit Sweater
Trust me when I tell you this! If you want to skyrocket your style game, you must include this Stripe Polo Knit Sweater in your wardrobe basics checklist. It’s one of the most versatile items I own, and it ALWAYS looks good on, no matter how you style it. Black leggings and trench coat? Yes, please. Blue jeans, chunky sneakers, and a puffer vest? You know it! The options are limitless.
Not only will it elevate all your looks, but it will also become your go-to sweater for any kind of style emergency. Never again will you complain that you have nothing to wear, making your poor boyfriend wait for half an hour whilst you’re deciding on an outfit. (Yep, guilty of that too!) Bonus points: it’s one of the comfiest pieces I own and every time I wear it, someone compliments it.
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4. Stylish Sage Leggings
For someone who is always cold, I don’t know how I existed for so long without adding a pair of cute thermal leggings to my capsule wardrobe fall basics. Luckily, just a couple of weeks ago, I discovered the ADAY Layered Up Thermal Leggings, and my quality of life drastically improved. (My quality of style, too, for that matter).
It was the color that sold them to me at first, but what made them an irreplaceable part of my capsule wardrobe basics 2022 is how comfy they feel. Like a second skin! My only advice is to size up if you’re in between sizes, as they are quite compressing.
Here I filmed a video with seven different ways to style them for some fashion inspiration. I’m 5’4, and I’m wearing size S.
More great leggings worth checking out:
5. Neutral Colored Polo Sweater
You most likely already have a good neutral polo sweater in your closet, but if you don’t or want to refresh your current one, get the Everlane Cashmere Polo. It’s a staple you will always get back to. Nothing else to say on the matter.
P.S. If you ever wonder where to buy capsule wardrobe basics, Everlane is your place.
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6. Everyday Statement Bag
Having a great everyday statement bag that can fit all your belongings but still look cute is not just preferred but essential. You’ll know it if you’re already an owner of one. The absolute best bag for me is the ADAY Off-Grid Tote. It’s a work + travel + beach + everyday tote, all in one.
The three pockets inside are game-changers. You can fit your laptop, journal, water bottle, chargers, sunglasses, beach towels, and pretty much your entire life!! No, but seriously. The size is wonderful, and the design justifies the price. If you can afford it, I’d say – treat yourself. It’s bound to become your new favorite accessory.
More budget-friendly suggestions:
7. & Other Stories Blazer
Remember, when it comes to outfits, the biggest staple is the one you see most. More often than not, this ends up being your coat, as it takes up over half of your look. This is why having a gorgeous, versatile throw-on at your disposal is vital.
I recommend this Oversized Wool Blazer from & Other Stories. Made from responsible wool, the oversized fit makes it super comfy. Plus, with this flattering design, you can switch back and forth between casual and less casual looks. With this staple, you don’t just get the look. You ARE the look.
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