So many of our clients have heard the term ‘capsule wardrobe’ but who really understands what a capsule wardrobe is? Well, your Tradesy stylists are well-versed in creating the capsule wardrobe (after all it’s the backbone of your closet). A capsule wardrobe consists of those classic pieces that you grab to pull any outfit together, a collection of essential items that will never go out of style and can be augmented with seasonal pieces.
So what items constitute a capsule wardrobe? Tradesy Closet Concierge recommends 10-15 classic items in a neutral and monochrome color palette.
Let’s dive right in …
A classic white shirt: Invest in quality and shape. A crisp shirt should be whiter than white and should stay that way. It should have a mannish aesthetic but be fitted in all the right places.
A pair of black pants: We recommend high-waisted on all body shapes and a firm nipped in waistband that hits at your smallest part (below the rib cage). Tailored shape, a cigarette, pencil or peg are all good choices. For longevity, avoid bootcut or flared.
A little black dress: Every closet needs one. It’s that dress you reach for whatever the occasion is. A staple piece that can be dressed up with accessories for a night on the town or dressed down if necessary by the addition of a blazer or cardigan. Choose a great fabric in a dark inky black that won’t fade over time.
The perfect pair of jeans: We always hear ‘I hate shopping for jeans’. Of course you do! With the constant changing denim trends, it’s a shoppers minefield. Accept that you’ll have to try on many pairs to find the perfect ones, but here’s what to bear in mind to make sure yours are classic. No crazy washes- stick to simple indigo, jet black or blue denim. Keep the waistband high! And unless you’re deliberately purchasing cropped, make sure the length is nice and long. If you’re choosing skinny, they should bunch a little at the ankle. For bootcut or slightly flared, they should hit midway at the front of your foot and a centimeter off of the floor for when you’re wearing heels.
A simple black cashmere knit: we recommend a skinny knit, which will become your favorite layering piece. A black cashmere sweater was Brigitte Bardot’s wardrobe essential and who would argue with that! Off the shoulder makes for an easy day to evening knit.
A good pencil skirt: Skirt styles have changed a lot over the years and it’s the one item that during curation appointments our stylists find themselves editing out of clients closets. Once a skirt style is done, it’s done. So for your capsule wardrobe, we need something that stands the test of time. Again, choose a midi-length fitted with a high nipped-in waist. Choose fabrics with a tiny bit of stretch for the that perfect ‘Victoria Beckham’ inspired aesthetic.
A pair of nude pumps: Every great closet should have preferably two: one open toe sandal and one pump. Nude shoes are the easiest color that go with almost any outfit. They are super slimming and can make anyone look taller in a second.
A good winter coat: If you choose correctly, this will last you many Fall/Winters to come. Look for a wool or cashmere mix in black, navy, camel or grey. Long is a great choice (so is midi length for perfect coverage). Remember, during the winter months, your coat is the only item of clothing most people will see so splurge on this one. Invest in a classic that you’ll be excited to whip out every year come October.
An oversized structured blazer is one of our TCC must-haves. A good blazer can be thrown on for work with pants and a button-down, or worn casually with jeans and a white crew neck t-shirt. For a blazer that will last forever, go for a masculine aesthetic, tailored long (at least hip-length), nipped slightly at the waist, with ¾ length sleeves. Make sure you pick a blazer with shoulder shaping or padding to give you that perfect shoulder to waist ratio.
Last of all: the statement bag: It’s on every woman’s wishlist. The advice is the same here, invest in a classic. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes will never go out of style. Pick something roomy enough that you’ll be able to carry it for every occasion and stick to black or a classic monogram so you have a bag that will go with every outfit.
Invest in these classics and your wardrobe will never go out of style!