There are so many benefits to having a work capsule wardrobe. It will save you time, and money, and when you look this good, you feel good.
There are so many benefits to having a work capsule wardrobe. One of the most obvious is that it makes getting ready in the mornings SO much easier. Another benefit is that you can always be sure that regardless of what the day throws at you, you’ll be ready and looking damn good while you do it.
Now, here’s a less obvious advantage that comes with having your best capsule wardrobe work for you. When we look good, we feel good, and when we feel good, we work better. Who knows, you dress well for work, you do a better job, and you get that promotion/raise.
Next thing you know, you’re sitting next to Kendall Jenner in the front row at Paris Fashion Week, inviting her and her entourage to your after-party being held in your penthouse suite over the weekend. All because you decided to follow some work capsule wardrobe checklist you saw online. — Hey, a girl can dream!
So that leaves you wondering how to build a capsule wardrobe for work. Well, it won’t be long before you have all the answers you need if you continue reading. This post is full of tips and tricks that will have you making your very own professional capsule wardrobe the easy way. Here we go!
Work Capsule Wardrobe Checklist:
Capsule Wardrobe Work Edition Tips & Tricks:
1. Invest in quality t-shirts, shirts, and blouses
We girls may have a reputation for being picky, and there should be no exception. Usually, we want to have quality pieces so that our clothes last and are therefore more sustainable. This is also true now, but for this particular capsule, we also want high quality because it helps give us that extra polished look in a professional setting.
Even if we’re wearing a blazer or jacket over the top, our tops will be the first thing to crease and ruffle if the quality is low. Don’t let those opportunities slip just because you settled for a bargain blouse that lasted all of two washes. Instead, opt for better-made ones from the likes of & Other Stories and Everlane.
2. A couple of tailored suits are a MUST
When it comes to suits, you don’t need a huge variety. A couple of well-made suits (and ideally tailored) will take you a long way. One light and one dark are all the versatility you need. Just the blazer alone will add a huge amount of possible outfit ideas to your repertoire.
Finding that balance between professionalism and ‘damn gurl, you look a-ma-zing’ can be a challenge, but it’s totally worth it. You can check out ARKET or COS for a variety of beautiful tailored pants and blazers at great prices to get that classy yet modern look.
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3. Add a black oversized blazer
The hidden gem of any fall capsule work wardrobe. This staple should be at the top of everyone’s work wardrobe essentials list. You can wear it pretty much anywhere for anything. Important meetings, work lunches, casual Fridays, it just works.
Even after the work day is done, you keep it on for the night out to celebrate the weekend. Go from Power to Happy Hour by simply adding a belt around the waist. My absolute favorite is this one from Everlane.
4. Bring back the maxi skirts
We see trends come and go, and skirts are no exception. However, the maxi skirt has held on season after season. It’s safe to say that the maxi is going nowhere. You can now find it as a staple of all women’s work capsule wardrobe.
A beige maxi skirt is a timeless classic that can be paired perfectly with blazers and soft-knit sweaters. Just as with the oversized blazer, this one can also smoothly transition from the work day to the Par-tay.
5. Opt for elegant knits
When it comes to Autumn, many people will resort to their chunky baggy sweaters to keep them warm. My advice is simple. DON’T. Instead, get your hands on some feminine, elegant knits. They are a must-have for all fall closets, even your work-from-home capsule wardrobe.
Look for materials such as cotton and cashmere (ideally recycled). As for the color palette, I recommend cream, black, and beige with a clean simple design. No patterns needed here. Simplicity is elegance.
6. Invest in comfortable pumps
Your wardrobe isn’t just about looking good. As I said before, we want to feel good too! Part of creating that feeling is being comfortable, and this is where your footwear shines. This is especially important if your work has you on your feet for most of the day.
Pointed toe courts are a classic that you can rely on to elevate your look to give you those Girl Boss vibes. If you can’t wear heels – personally I struggle with them – you can use loafers or ballet-inspired heeled shoes like these:
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7. Don’t be afraid to layer
In the world of styling, layers are your friends. Work with them and they’ll work for you. Not only do they allow us to make an outfit our own by adding little touches personal to our preferences, but they also give us the power to maximize versatility by just changing one or two of them to make different outfits.
You are more than your shirt. Our sweaters, blazers, coats, and jackets will allow your capsule to keep providing day after day, week after week, year after year.
8. Logo belts get the seal of approval
Although your outfit may be sleek and simple, our accessories are what allow us to make a look pop. One of those accessories is your belt, and I’m happy to announce that logo belts are back! Even if you’re not one to follow trends, I highly recommend you give this one a try.
A strong belt will not only last, but it will complete the ‘I know what I’m doing’ look. As a bonus, it might actually hold up your pants, so there’s always that.
9. Find the perfect little black dress for you
The little black dress is world-renowned for its ability to wow the masses. It’s a staple for every other wardrobe, so why would your work one be any different? The key to finding that perfect one for you is finding the right fit.
Look for one that suits your body shape. For example, if you’re more apple than pear, then go for tunic dresses. Got more of an hourglass going, then it’s time for fitted LBD. My pear ladies should avoid dresses with side pockets and tight-fitting skirts. Maxi dresses bring maximum style to those with curves. Style it with a blazer and pumps. And to all my petite Mademoiselles, a great look is just a fitted (or semi-fitted) black dress away.
10. Matching sets will maximize your style
Here’s a great way to get that ‘put together’ look. It just screams fantastic, doesn’t it!? You also save time as it’s one less decision to make when choosing what to wear with what.
You may think matching sets might limit your versatility, but actually, they give you even more. As well as working together, a great set can also be used with other clothing pieces to create even more combinations.
11. Classic bag
Last, but by no means least, we have the classic bag. Functional in its ability to carry all your essentials, the bag is the cherry on top of your otherwise delicious outfit cake. A beautiful cake with well-put-together layers, I might add.
Your bag brings it all together, like the frame around an artist’s masterpiece. Here is a selection of classics that will complete your work capsule wardrobe 2023.
By now, you should be able to answer ‘how does a capsule wardrobe work?’ and have a good idea of how to put one together for your work. I’d love to see how you’re curating your own. Take some pics and tag me on your socials. Let’s turn that walk to work into the catwalk of workin’ it!
Babes, we’ve sashayed our way through the essentials of workwear, and what a journey it has been! Now, the pencil skirt isn’t just a piece of clothing, it’s a statement of poise.
Those neutral colors? Honey, they’re not just shades; they’re the backbone to countless work outfits that scream ‘boardroom diva’. Our exploration of the workwear capsule wardrobe has proven that style is never about abundance, but always about essence.
There’s magic in versatile pieces. Think of that white T-shirt you can wear with work pants in summer and layer under a black blazer during the colder months. Or the white blouse that pairs beautifully with both the smart pair of black pants and the casual wrap dress for those easy-breezy casual Fridays. The classic pieces meet the statement pieces in a dance of elegance, creating a symphony of looks suitable for both business casual and smart casual.
Your body type, sweethearts, isn’t a challenge. It’s an opportunity to curate clothing items that flaunt and flatter.
Bold colors and bright colors? Think of them as the salt and pepper of your work style; just a pinch adds a dash of visual interest. And when you’re thinking of switching things up across different seasons, remember the trench coat for the spring and that snug wool coat during winter, both working wonders for your capsule workwear wardrobe.
And now, the best part, darlings: take these guiding stars and make them your own. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is a template. There’s nothing more fabulous than imprinting your own personal style on it. Reimagine, reinvent and rewear these beauties in new ways.
After all, a capsule collection isn’t just a small selection of clothes; it’s the canvas of your professional panache. So, slip on those knee-high boots or that leather jacket on a chilly morning and strut into your work environment with unmatched confidence.
Fashion For Thought
Picture this: a carefully curated selection of high-quality pieces that dance harmoniously within a defined color scheme. Why, just last year, I found myself absolutely smitten by the ease of it all. Less truly is more, and with fewer clothes, one finds creativity bursting in different ways.
Instead of a closet bursting at its seams, one witnesses a symphony of timeless pieces, from the crisp white shirt to essential pairs of shoes that transition seamlessly from boardroom to casual Friday cocktails.
Remember the last time you stood befuddled in front of a wardrobe full of work clothes, yet felt you had nothing to wear?
Girl, a work capsule wardrobe is the answer! With the right pieces aligned to an elegant neutral color palette, you can effortlessly concoct a variety of different outfits for every mood, meeting, or martini night.
Every white shirt or dark-colored trouser becomes a canvas for bold color accessories or that great piece you snagged during summer sales. And speaking of the sultry summer months, pivoting to a summer work capsule wardrobe can make a huge difference in how you feel and present.
Whether your office dress code is strictly professional or leans towards a casual dress code, curating your own capsule wardrobe ensures you’re always in vogue. And if you think this is all too haute couture, think again!
Taking the first step is as easy as sorting your current wardrobe and identifying those classic outfits that always make you feel like a million bucks. The latest trends come and go, but darling, a classic work capsule wardrobe remains eternal.
So the next time you’re contemplating those new pieces, consider how they play with your own office wardrobe. It’s a game of mix and match, and with the right pieces, every day becomes a runway. Your office capsule wardrobe awaits its maestro. Ready, set, style!
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