Capsule Wardrobe Basics: Seven Classic Pieces Worth Owning

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We all dream of owning a wardrobe stocked with fantastic outfits that translate from the office to an evening out without missing a beat. What we’re really looking for are a slew of versatile and flattering clothing pieces that mix and match with ease.

Ideally these will be classic pieces that are hard to grow tired of, and that don’t float in and out of fashion with the changing of the wind. Fortunately, having a highly functioning wardrobe is attainable and it doesn’t take Victoria Beckham’s budget to achieve it.

With the right foundation pieces and a little planning, you will save money, save time, save space in your closet, and most importantly – you’ll always look amazing.

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First up, a tip: Consider your lifestyle! The Australian capsule wardrobe needs to reflect who we are in real life. For instance, do you work from home or do you have a million frequent flyer miles? Are you more likely to be found socialising into the small hours, or are you running the Bondi to Bronte trail at dawn?

Be sure to consider the climate, as well as your best colours (note: these are not necessarily your favourite colours!) You may consider enlisting a colour professional to help you with this if you are not sure. Work around base colours in your capsule wardrobe and add interchangeable accessories for pops of colour.

Here are the wardrobe building blocks to pave the way for a capsule wardrobe that is adaptable and versatile.

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Item #1 – The “Right” White T-Shirt

Include a few white t-shirts in your wardrobe and you’ll wear them in an infinite amount of ways. White t-shirts (V-necks and crew necks) go well under a blazer or with jeans, pencil skirts or shorts.

Your white t-shirts can be dressed up with statement accessories for an evening out, and they adapt perfectly for casual Fridays in the office as well.

  • Vickey Friday 7th October, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    so beautiful bags…. of course photography too…!

  • becci19 Friday 4th July, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Need to buy a LBD now!

  • coyleshana Wednesday 25th June, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Classic blazer always great!

  • Viggy
    Viggy Thursday 12th June, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Gah! I need to get shopping!

  • sommy7
    sommy7 Monday 2nd June, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    The simple white Tee never goes out of style

  • amanda6393 Friday 30th May, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Yep, staple stuff.

  • BellaB Thursday 29th May, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I agree with a lot of this, though if a blazer doesn’t fit your style a good jacket that leans towards classic style will do.

  • betelgeuse Thursday 29th May, 2014 at 9:51 am

    thanks for the tips!

  • yslyenom Thursday 29th May, 2014 at 1:24 am

    I’ve been thinking of getting a good pair of ankle boots myself.

  • Mkett57 Wednesday 28th May, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Great article, love Carey’s LBD.

  • judi1
    judi1 Tuesday 27th May, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Good wardrobe staples!