Building an excellent capsule wardrobe takes time and patience and there are certain timeless staples that we at DDW absolutely swear by.
No matter how eager you are to have fun with fashion again after the lockdowns, solid wardrobe essentials are forever. That’s why the capsule wardrobe concept has stood the test of time: outfits made up of a streamlined selection of pieces make day-to-day dressing a breeze. They take away all the bleary-eyed guesswork in the morning and provide you the foundation for whatever personal style frontier you’re venturing into.
Whether you’re clearing out your wardrobe and starting from zero or want to boost your casual wear rotation, here’s a rundown of the ten clothing essentials that will see you through years to come.
The white T-shirt
White T-shirts are a wardrobe MVP and if you don’t rely on one for at least half of the week, you could be doing something wrong. Finding the perfect white T-shirt is undeniably challenging, but it’s a crucial challenge we should all tackle head on.
The Classic Jeans
Sweatpants are great, but denim will last a lifetime. Once you’ve found the ideal pair of jeans, they’ll last you a lifetime. The new classic silhouette is a relaxed, high-waist straight-leg pair of jeans that looks just as good with heels as it does with trainers. A tip for wardrobe staples: versatility is key.
An oversized blazer
Want to add a finishing touch to your evening ensemble? Need an ooutwerwear alternative in the warmer weather? Why not throw on a can’t-go-wrong jacket over your formal dress? All of these questions are rhetorical, of course. A good blazer is a real workhorse in any wardrobe, and louche tailoring can be exquisitely stylish when done right. O ur only advice: m ake sure the oversized fit doesn’t swamp you.
The trench coat
Trench coats have endured the test of time for a reason. They’re easy to throw on and instantly make someone seem put-together. How is it that a coat can do that?
The carry-all tote bag
Tote bags are a ridiculously reliable accessory. Opt for a sturdy one that has enough room to hold everything you could possibly need. Ever.
Footwear dilemma? Loafers are the way to go. They’re both fashionable and functional.
The white shirt
The subtle power of a white shirt should never be underestimated. There’s a shirt for every occasion, whether it’s a crisp poplin or a light linen.
Leggings aren’t reserved for the gym anymore. Allow black leggings to be your style partner in 2022, whether you’re working out, working from home, or pairing them with a lightweight jacket when running to the grocery store.
The little black dress
There’s a reason the LBD is as famed as it is. It’s potentially the most versatile wardrobe staple. And please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you only need one – own as many LBDs as you see fit.
Whether you’re wearing a pair of sunnies to hide your hangover, to add a bit of glam to your look, or purely because it’s sunny outside, a pair of reliable sunglasses should be your best friend.