The pandemic surely has warped our sense of time. In the past year, we’ve seen boots in spring and bralettes in winter. The traditional fashion calendar has been upended, now witnessing a reformation as major fashion houses like Gucci go season-less and designers all over the world produce spin-off shows in their own time.
The concept of a capsule wardrobe is not new, but minimalism as a way of life has garnered great favour - and rightly so. From our wardrobes we want elevated classics that are timeless and tailored to a 24/7 life, where clothing items go round the clock. A sturdy jacket, crisp white shirt and tailored-to-perfection trousers are investment pieces that are steeped in timelessness.
Instead of copping what’s hot this season, invest in pieces that reflect your personal style which you are likely to wear all year round. As Yves Saint Laurent once put it, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
Here’s the 101 on building a future-proof capsule wardrobe.
THE WHITE SHIRT
This staple works with just about everything - from wide leg pants to cycling shorts.
Good denims are an essential component of every closet. Paired with the right accessories and shoes, denim can easily be dressed up or down. Jeans silhouettes may come and go, but a straight leg will be your faithful friend forever.
For when you get tired of living in jeans or just need a more sophisticated look, a pair of tailored trousers will come in handy. These pieces are more structured, but can be worn from the boardroom to the bistro for happy hour.
Next on the list is the wear-anywhere nap dress / house dress / spring dress. Whatever it’s alias, it is the one-piece mood lifter that doubles up as a fuss-free answer to what to wear as you do your chores at home, grab coffee with a girlfriend, or shop for weekly groceries.
A light layer adds depth to your outfits. A denim jacket is a closet must-have no matter where you are in the world.
There’s nothing quite like the hug of a cozy knit or the warmth of a sweatshirt. Add some loungewear to your capsule closet for days when you need comfort over anything else. Whether you opt for a co-ord set or team up a knit sweater with jeans, add a cute crossbody bag as a finishing touch to your at-ease look.
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