To ensure you have everything you need for a complete closet, you need to have a wardrobe basics checklist. Today’s blog post is all about answering the following questions: ‘What basic items go into a capsule wardrobe checklist?’ and ‘What are some examples of classic wardrobe essentials?’.
Without thousands of different explanations, descriptions, and statistics (trust me, there are A LOT), the sustainable philosophy is simply the counterpoint to how the fashion industry works nowadays. With new collections released all the time and social media hype asking us to consume more and more, the change actually starts with buying fewer clothes and fewer items in general – not random ones, but ones that will elevate your personal style no matter if you’re dressing for super special occasions, the effortless style perspective, or any other outfit look.
I have already done a capsule wardrobe guide with items you need to own, so consider this the upgraded version that a wardrobe basics woman like you didn’t know she needed.
Yes, I sound confident, and that’s because each of these capsule wardrobe essentials is a game-changer. Starting from the best-tailored jacket, through to your new favorite jeans, and ending with the white sneakers of your dreams. Below you will find a collection of clothes allowing you to get creative for thousands of #OOTDs. They are from brands I personally love and support because even I can’t resist good quality and care for the planet.
Forget what I said about the lengthy description. Here’s your wardrobe basics list.
The Complete Wardrobe Basics Checklist For 2023:
It might sound a bit farfetched, but if you don’t own a trench coat, I have no idea what you are doing with your life. Consider it the first step to building (and elevating) your capsule wardrobe. Plus, you will never wonder what to put on as the finishing layer. Ever.
As it’s my most recent closet addition, I can confirm this structured beige coat is such a beautiful piece. If you are going for the classy/stylish/elegant POV, it’s a must. This New York-based brand is sustainable and worth the try. Keep in mind it’s all about ethical production. They even support young girls in sub-Saharan Africa, as most don’t have access to proper education. It’s the gift that is giving back.
It’s not like you don’t know it, but you can wear a good old denim jacket with pretty much everything. Size up and mix with your favorite basic white tee, sports sneakers, and a pair of jeans. There’s something super sexy about denim on denim, you can’t deny it. I mean, you can try, but no one will agree.
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Looking for a way to effortlessly make any outfit better than it already is? No need to score Rihanna’s red Super Bowl outfit, just go for the classic structured blazer. The long-length silhouette makes it quite formal, so it’s perfect for one of those occasional walks to the office. Definitely worth a place on your work wardrobe essentials list. Match with pants in the same color to look like you have your life all figured out.
Any cardigan would do the work, but why not let this recycled cotton one take care of you? It’s what you need for those casual afternoons when you have a long to-do list that you’ll get around to doing… eventually. Pay attention to those contrasting color details. Every good capsule wardrobe needs a statement item like this!
Tweed jackets are the moment, according to the fashion giants in the industry and my credit card statement. Make sure there’s room for some Parisian elegance in your closet. I love cream shades, don’t you? Très chic!
The neutral sweater has never been left behind, but it’s a lot more fabulous this time around. I’m talking rib patterns, crew necklines, and plush feeling. They are a great option for every time you feel cold. If you are anything like me, that’s often. Grab a couple so you can mix and match them in different outfits.
Having in mind that you love the minimal perspective, you probably already own a few striped sweaters. However, if you are looking for a new favorite, check this & Other Stories piece. Three words: Oversized. Mock-Neck. Stylish.
As seasons change, the white hoodie will and shall become your new BFF. I know it’s hard to believe, but the subtle contemporary touch in this one makes it a clothing item you can definitely wear anywhere the day takes you. Maybe not for your first meet & greet with BAE’s mom, but for dinner with the girls? Or running errands around the town? Hell yeah.
Another wardrobe classic that would never disappoint is the white shirt. The relaxed, patch-pocket shirt you will wear all the time. Style it with a pair of black leggings and black ankle boots to secure the first place in any best-dressed smart casual list. Finish the look with an oversized blazer or a timeless trench coat.
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A classic crew neck t-shirt, easy short sleeves, a slightly cropped length, and a relaxed fit for a truly timeless look. What else could you possibly want? Stock up with two pairs, or go for Everlane’s best deal and score three for the price of two. We don’t want any unnecessary stuff in our closet, but the basic white T-shirt will always come in handy.
Sure, a silk cami could be considered more particular than the way Kendall Jenner cuts cucumbers, but it’s a classic piece for a reason. It looks simple yet sexy in a way that’s not too provocative. Throw on the blazer from above, and you are already dressed to impress.
Introducing the perfect pair of jeans. Crafted from organic and recycled cotton, this 5-pocket style offers a high waist, a full-length slim leg, and comfortable stretch. Opt for one in classy blue and also get one in black. You know, black pants fit all body shapes.
Yes, we are still living in the wide smart pants era. That’s not why you need to have at least one pair in your own closet. It’s because I don’t see them going out of style anytime soon. Pro-tip: Style with a pair of heels and watch heads turn in awe.
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The elegant A-Line midi skirt is a good idea if you want a piece that will stand the test of time, but can also make a statement when you need to. Wear it with the striped sweater, with the structured beige coat, or with that raspberry pink top you bought six years ago.
You don’t need a magic number to look hot AF, you simply need a pair of faux leather pants. Match them with your favorite black t-shirts or with a solid-color bomber jacket for some added volume.
News flash, but not really. Plain, chic sneakers are your go-to choice when it comes to shoes. The color is up to you, just remember to keep it classy and simple to make the most out of their use when it comes to styling your outfits. You’ll find them at the bottom of any stylish minimalist outfit, and at the top of any minimalist basic wardrobe checklist.
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Investing in a pair of black ankle boots is something you should not question because you will wear them over and over again. They are comfortable, durable, look fierce, and bring a certain level of casual sophistication.
We don’t need many designer items. We don’t really NEED any, but if we can invest in just one, my choice would be this Saint Laurent bag. Come on, you know it will go hand in hand with the eternal little black dress and that over-the-top evening dress you bought before devoting yourself to classic items.
Apparently, these CELINE sunglasses look amazing on every face shape, so if you can afford them, you should add them to your cart as the summer months are coming up. I would be jealous, but 100% supportive.
P.S. And if you can’t afford them, but want to get something similar, I just ordered these MANGO x CAMILLE sunnies. I just couldn’t help it!!
Of course, I know the capsule wardrobe basics concept can sound tiresome, but making any of the moves above is a great starting point. After all, you are upgrading your individual style whilst making a difference.
Sure, building your own capsule wardrobe might take a long time, but it’s worth it. Now I need to take a break and stretch, but feel free to hit me up with any questions on Instagram. I’m @savinaofficial.
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