Do you have nothing to wear but a cupboard full of clothes? Building a capsule wardrobe could be the solution. Rather than buying a whole new rack of clothes every season, a capsule fills your wardrobe with just killer basics and essentials.
Clear out your wardrobe and start with these 10 classic pieces that should easily mix and match, dress up or down and cater for all occasions and seasons.
No longer just a corporate classic reserved for the boardroom, this wardrobe essential can add a chic edge to any outfit. Re-imagine the staple black blazer in peach or navy and consider fabrics like linen. For a casual look style it with a leather mini skirt or jeans and white sneakers.
Alma linen blazer, peach: Just Jeans
2. Classic white button-up shirt
A classic white shirt is incredibly useful. Pair it with pants for a professional look, or radiate long lunch vibes by tieing the bottom and pairing with jeans. Sportsgirl have a white or lemon linen number perfect for the office or throwing over a bikini on beach days.
3. Everyday jewellery
Elevate your look by finishing it with a frosting of jewellery. First commit to a metal – gold, silver or rose – then consider what your collection is missing. Diamond or pearl studs will serve you forever. Fine rings and necklaces for stacking and layering are super on trend. And, of course, a classic watch is timeless.
Silver CZ round halo stud earrings: Goldmark
Tissot everytime watch: Angus & Coote
Sterling silver ring: Wallace Bishop
4. Perfect pair of jeans
A great pair of classic jeans will make you look and feel amazing. Just Jeans have designed a “denim fit guide” and its trained staff can help you find the right shape, length and colour to flatter your body shape.
5. Tote bag
Striking that balance between pretty and practical, a big carry-all tote is spacious enough to haul around those daily essentials. We love this bag from Colette Hayman as it has a removable laptop pouch and a zippable inside pocket.
Black and Red Angelina Tote: Colette
6. Classic knit
While it’s tempting to splurge on that big chunky knit, first ask yourself if a) you really need it and b) if you’ll wear it year after year. A classic knit, like a simple pullover sweater in a fine knit and block colour would be a more practical purchase. Pick your favourite colour, like this baby blue sweater, from W.Lane.
Textured detail pullover: W.Lane
7. LBD – little black dress
It was Coco Chanel who first coined the Little Black Dress, a simple staple for every woman’s closet. An elegant black evening or cocktail dress can be a magical piece to style up or down. Add a blazer for the office or huge earrings and pumps for a formal event. Temt has plenty of options in many styles.
Bahamas lace dress: Temt
8. Trousers in a neutral shade
If you have ill-fitting trousers in your wardrobe, donate them and find a pair that makes you feel a million bucks. Target is known for high quality workwear at low prices. Drop in to try different styles and stick to neutral, block colours like black, navy, white or tan.
Preview Ankle Slim Pants: Target
9. White t-shirt
A high-quality white tee with jeans and a blazer makes for a killer smart casual business look, or throw the trench over the top when nights get breezy.
10. Classic jacket
Living in Queensland, coats can feel more optional than essential, but that’s why it’s worth investing in a classic piece that will stand the test of time. One style that never goes out of fashion is a beige trench coat. It’s the perfect weight for cooler Brisbane days and is easy to layer over jeans or dresses.