Building Your Capsule Wardrobe – Business Casual Edition
What is a capsule wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe consists of a small collection of clothes that can be worn interchangeably. The clothes typically include staple pieces that never go out of style. It makes deciding what to wear quicker and easier. It can save you money by reducing your clothing purchases and it helps you be more intentional about the items you do buy. It can help keep your closet clutter-free and organized. A capsule wardrobe is great for certain situations, like creating a work uniform.
You want to start by creating your capsule wardrobe by season. We are in the winter months, so we’ll start with winter. The point is to create a wardrobe that you can wear year after year without it becoming out of style.
How to Start Your Capsule Wardrobe
When making your work uniform capsule wardrobe, I think it’s best to have around 8-10 different tops to alternate between. This allows them not to be repetitive week after week because you have enough tops to wear on a bi-weekly basis. When it comes to pants, you could get away with only having 4 or 5. How many pairs of black trousers can you possibly need?
Before going out and shopping for these items, you’re going to look at the clothes you already own and pick the clothes that you love to wear. These are the clothes that fit you just right and you could wear them day after day. They are your go to work clothes when you have nothing to wear.
What pieces do you need?
Where to Shop
You should only be buying clothes in beige, white and black since these are the best colours to mix and match. You should be focusing on the quality of the clothes. You want clothes that will last you a long time, but depending on your budget, you might decide not to spend a lot of money. Here are some budget friendly options:
I love Zara basics. When it comes to t-shirts and tops in general, they have the best deals. Whenever I go to Zara, I always find $9.00 t-shirts that are great quality and last a long time. They have all the colours you need for your capsule wardrobe.
H&M has good button up shirts. Don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section. For button-up shirts used for layering they have some great ones that cost less than fifty dollars.
Winners is great if you’re on a budget. They have a wide range of professional clothing to choose from, but you have to shop often to find the best deals. Winners is one of those stores that you either find a bunch of things or nothing at all. The best section is their shoe section. You could find great shoes for work that won’t break the bank.
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