5 Building Blocks Every Wardrobe Needs To Succeed


capsule wardrobe

We’ve long sung the praises of including “basics” in our wardrobe. These days, as the cost of living surges and attitudes veer towards sustainable living, capsule wardrobes are looking increasingly attractive for women and men alike.

A “capsule wardrobe” refers to a collection of clothing that’s made up of interchangeable and basic items only, with the aim to have an outfit suitable for any occasion – without needing to own excessive items of clothing.

On the flip side, if you’re not someone who wants to opt for a capsule wardrobe, then investing in higher quality, long-lasting essentials has never been easier, as eco-conscious, anti-fast-fashion brands take the spotlight.

Whether you are organising a capsule wardrobe, trying to simplify and refine what you’ve already got or looking to make more conscious, economic investments in your wardrobe, this guide is your bible.

Looking good, no matter the attire constraints you might be styling within is a piece of cake when you’ve already done your homework. Pad your closet out with timeless basics that allow you to transform one garment into multiple different looks – and don’t forget to accessorise!

Here are 5 tips to help you choose your outfit building blocks to look and feel fabulous.

black thong underwear

#1 – Start with quality undergarments

Every good outfit starts with high-quality intimates as well as understanding their importance. Opt for snug-fitting underwear made from breathable fibres, such as bamboo thong underwear or a seamless pair of briefs. Pair this with a comfortable, functional bra, and you’re on your way to laying the foundations for a flattering outfit.

It’s a fact that many women don’t know their correct bra size, so it’s recommended to get a professional bra fitting to make sure you’re investing in the best fit for your body shape and cup.

Basic undergarments should be nude, white or black for maximum compatibility across your wardrobe. Good lingerie basics will help the rest of your outfit sit well and look great.

little black dress street style

#2 – Invest in a Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress, or LBD as those in fashion spheres have affectionately shortened it, dates back as a staple in women’s wardrobes to approximately the 1920s (think flapper dresses) and 1930s.

Originally introduced to the fashion industry by Coco Chanel, it was actually Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s who is credited with its fame.

Over time, the LBD has evolved, with many different styles available to choose from. It is still agreed that every woman should own a Little Black Dress as a basic item in her wardrobe given the item’s huge versatility and chicness.

Dress your office-friendly LBD up with a classy pendant and pumps for a dinner date, or create a formal look by teaming a black pleated sheath dress with a tailored blazer. The possibilities are truly endless and serve as a testament to the timelessness of the Little Black Dress.

white shirt street style

#3 – Find the right white shirt

Glamour declares that a white shirt is a “true, wear-anywhere” closet staple that stays classy whether it’s paired with pants or laidback denim.

Whether you opt for a button-down or a plain blouse, there are various iterations of this item to complement your personal style perfectly. Regardless, styling a white shirt is a cinch with a wealth of ideas from fashion influencers and stylish women floating around everywhere.

Make your crisp button-down pop for a business meeting with an elegant pair of earrings and a taut pencil skirt, or recycle that same shirt for the weekend’s thrift shopping by rolling the cuffs up under some slouchy knitwear.

There are even ways to vary and play up how you wear your white shirt, including the popular half in-half out technique brought to prominence by the likes of Olivia Palermo. Maintain the brightness of your whites by always washing them separately and choosing a detergent with an added whitening agent.

dressy denim street style

#4 – Depend on denim

Denim is arguably the most universally cherished fibre, celebrated throughout history for its longevity and remarkable wear against harsh conditions.

Every woman needs a sturdy, functional pair of jeans, such as the crowd favourite, Levi’s. Choose a rise that solves any midriff insecurities you may have and a length that suits.

Don’t forget to squat test before purchasing, as you will want a pair of jeans that are comfortable and flexible no matter the activity you wear them for.

Also experiment with various washes and distressed looks, or roll the bottoms up into ankle-hugging cuffs. To adorn a pair of jeans, add a waist chain or belt, or pair with loafers and a chiffon blouse for a sleek brunch-ready look.

new balance sneakers

#5 – Shop smart for shoes

When it comes to shoe essentials, we need to be thinking of comfort, arch support and maximum wearability. For instance, a good pair of chic trainers are a solid option for any lifestyle, whether you are on your feet fairly often or just running errands. Choose a pair of velcro court trainers for that sport-luxe feel or a classic pair of Converse high-tops to play things up.

The right pair of neutral-toned trainers will tie any non-formal outfit together. Be sure to keep your shoes clean to avoid that “I just left the gym” vibe, and replace any laces as they become weathered over time. A white shirt, classic denim jeans and a pair of stylish sneakers is a no-frills, reliable outfit that extols the beauty of the basics.

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