Now that the kids are getting ready for Back to School, it’s time to refresh your style with a few items that’ll make getting to where you need to go each morning a breeze. If the concept of finding a few key pieces (Yup, the Capsule Wardrobe!) is both intriguing and scary, no worries—we’ve found a few go-to items you’ll want to wear again and again.
What Is a Capsule Wardrobe?
A capsule wardrobe is the idea that one should be able to pair her closet down to a few select, high-quality items that go with everything and never go out of style. It follows along with the minimalist trend we’ve been seeing everywhere, from Marie Kondo’s de-cluttering mantra to the concept of Swedish death cleaning. For anyone who has a ton of cheap/trendy impulse buys hanging around (all of us), pairing a wardrobe down to just a few things can be daunting.
What Items Should You Buy?
photo: courtesy Rothy’s
A (Really) Good Pair of Shoes
Whether you work in an office or at home, there’s nothing like a good pair of shoes to make you feel like you can conquer the world. For busy moms, Rothy’s is the perfect fit. Designed by women, for women, the unbelievable comfort and fit of each shoe is the driving force behind their cult-favorite status. Available in three styles with dozens of colors and prints, choose a pair that best suits your lifestyle and career, whether you’re an FTWM, SAHM, WFHM or PTWM.
photo: courtesy American Giant
A Classic White T-Shirt
We’re going tell you again. There’s no better addition to your closest than a classic white t-shirt. Whether you like crewneck, scoop or v-neck, it’ll go with EVERYTHING you own. We especially love the options from American Giant, because not only each item is made in the USA, but everything fits really well.
photo: courtesy Everlane
Nautical stripes are a classic item everyone should have in their wardrobe. While any shirt style will work, the boatneck is flattering on almost everyone and pairs with almost every style of bottom. We love this one from Everlane. It comes in grey and white or blue and red.
A Denim Jacket
If you don’t already have this staple in your closet, it’s a must. It works with everything from other denim to black, skirts, pants and dresses. And as far as classic goes, there’s nothing better than Levi’s Original Trucker Jacket.
If there’s one way to make basic items seem different, it’s to add in accessories. Whether it’s a new pair of earrings a show-stopping bracelet, you can dress up classic pieces every time with a little bit of bling. And, we think the bracelets from By Lilla are pure genius. Not only do they come in all sorts of colors and styles—from bold to classic to chic—but they also double as hair ties!
photo: Justine C. via Flickr
A Simple Black Dress
If you don’t already own a LBD, may we suggest going to grab one now? There’s something available for every shape and size, and you can wear it just about anywhere. Wondering where to look? Nordstrom’s has a wide selection and array of styles that’ll fit just about anyone.
One Really Good Pair of Jeans
We can’t say it enough—stop buying inexpensive denim. Make it an investment to purchase one pair of really good, quality jeans. You’ll be wearing them almost every day so the price tag will be worth it. Head to a boutique that specializes in denim. The salespeople will be knowledgeable about brands, styles and fits, and will be to outfit you properly.
photo: courtesy Macy’s
A Black Blazer
Boring, you say? We say timeless. You can dress this down for coffee with your pals, sport it for almost any day at work, or even wear it for a date night with your partner. This Calvin Klein version is a great price and is a classic fit.
photo: courtesy Free People
A Graphic Tee
Throw a little fun and color into the mix with a new graphic t-shirt. Go for new and cool or old-school funky, whatever you like best!
— Gabby Cullen