Capsule wardrobe essentials

January seems like a better time than any to reassess your wardrobe and get rid of the things you don’t really wear, enter in the capsule wardrobe essentials, the pieces that you love to wear and will wear forever.

A capsule wardrobe is essentially a wardrobe of really versatile pieces that you completely love to wear.

Not only will you find yourself spending less money on clothes, but you’ll streamline your wardrobe space which can have a big impact on the stress you feel when you’re trying to decide on what to wear.

Wardrobe essentials

Your essential items are intrinsically basics: neutral, subtle, versatile pieces that pair well with anything. You don’t want them to detract from your statement pieces, but rather balance them out.

‘Capsule wardrobe’ was coined in the 20s by London Boutique owner Susie Faux, and they’re the perfect fashion choices to make because you can dress them up with accessories, you can use them to transition from day to night, and they make travelling a breeze.

The capsule pieces you buy should cost generally a little more than the other items in your wardrobe, simply because you want to be able to get your wear from them. You’ll appreciate having bought a high-quality t-shirt rather than a cheap one from Primark simply because it’s going to last you much longer.

Style uniform

These capsule wardrobe essentials will never date, and they’re going to become your style uniform.

Vera Wang says, “In the end, there is a uniform that works for you. It’s an editing process. And as you become more certain of your own vision, and your own taste and your own style, you do end up in a uniform.”

These pieces are just the beginning of that.

Wardrobe Essentials

You might also like: Classic fashion pieces to buy in the sales

Wool coat

A wool coat that will instantly smarten up any outfit you wear whether you’re throwing on your favourite jeans and sweater or wearing your black trousers and blouse. An A-line cut is the most flattering, it will nip you in at the waist and fall beautifully down the leg.


Again, a blazer will instantly smarten your look for work, or it works as the perfect cover-up for an evening out. Add some style with satin lapels or a double-breasted design, ruched three-quarter sleeves are another simple design option that will elevate your look.

Biker jacket

Whether you opt for leather or suede you can guarantee that you’ll wear this forever and it’ll continue to get better with age. Wear it with dresses, jeans, skirts and more, it’s something that will see you through the whole year too.

White t-shirt

V-neck or crew neck, find the right fit for you and you can throw this on and instantly feel stylish, wear with shorts and sandals during summer, jeans and boots through autumn and layered under your jumpers in the colder months.

Polo neck jumper

Everything seems much more tailored and streamlined with the addition of a polo neck jumper, they’re sleek and sophisticated and look just as good layered under dresses as they do with jeans.

Capsule Pieces Everyone Needs In Their Wardrobe

You might also like: 27 jumpers to keep you cosy through winter

Leather pencil skirt

The leather pencil skirt will become one of your most hard-working items in your wardrobe, you’ll find you’ll wear it for work, on the weekends, nights with the girls and date nights too,  you can pair it with a plethora of pieces in your wardrobe and plenty of different shoe styles too.

Blue jeans

You really can’t go wrong with a good pair of blue jeans, can you? You can dress them up or down perfectly with the items you choose to wear with them. And while there’s plenty of inexpensive high street options out there, you need to look at the higher end of the scale for the most hard-working of them. You want the sort that sculpts your figure and doesn’t lose their colour after one wash

Black trousers

Another hard working piece that you’ll reach for time and time again, find the style that suits you and your body shape best, whether it’s flared at the bottom, wide-leg, peg leg or skinny. Black trousers are versatile and comfortable if you find the right pair.


The loafer is popular, stylish, comfortable, and ever so versatile, we can’t find fault with the slip-on. It’s definitely the shoe every woman needs to have in their wardrobe.

Timeless, versatile and endlessly chic, this is footwear to invest in now and wear forever.

Pearl details for autumn/winter


You might also like: Loafers – the shoes every woman needs in her wardrobe

Breton top

The ultimate piece for the weekend, the Breton top is a must have for any wardrobe. Saturday morning errands wouldn’t be complete without a striped top. What we love about this piece, you can dress it up too with a pleated midi skirt and chunky platform heels, or leather pants and a statement necklace.

Cashmere jumper

The ultimate in luxury item, you know you’re an adult when you’re investing in cashmere. Go for a size up a for a looser fit, and something that you can layer over a white shirt for a look for the office through winter.

Black dress

Every woman should have a little black dress – they can be worn to work, dressed up for a date, and dressed down for casual wear. Some of the most iconic dresses of all time have been LBDs: Holly Golightly’s in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Princess Diana’s perfect off-the-shoulder number. It’s one of those ideal “when in doubt” items, since an LBD always looks classic, sharp, and fashionable – no matter what.

Statement blouse

The piece that will take you from the office to an evening out, whether it’s printed or features frills, ruffles or pleats, we should all have at least one statement blouse in our wardrobe for those days when you want to add a little drama to your outfit.

White shirt

Simple and effortless, there’s nothing quite like a sharp white shirt to make you look instantly modern and pulled-together. Thanks to designers like Johanna Ortiz statement shirts are definitely having a moment, so if the classic button up isn’t to your taste, there are peplum, frill and other fancy details to certainly appeal to your sense of style.

You might also like: Party fashion pieces every wardrobe needs

Ankle boots

Classic black suede boots are still a firm favourite as are the luxurious Chelsea boots from Russell & Bromley, they’re incredibly versatile and you’ll have them in your wardrobe forever. This season we’ve seen the introduction of statement designs in crushed velvet, fur and glitter. But classic black is a wardrobe essential for everyone.

Leather trousers

Much like the leather pencil skirt, a slim fit leather trouser is essential. Wear with skater pumps and sweaters during the day and heeled shoes and a blouse in the evening.


Practical, stylish and crucial to your fashion uniform, the Adidas Stan Smith trainers are a classic for a reason.