A Capsule Wardrobe // The Basics

December 5, 2014

I’m minimizing my closet and building a capsule wardrobe from scratch. I’m starting with a strong foundation of basics, and following the 5-Piece French Wardrobe concept of only buying five new trend or statement pieces each season. Read the full series here.

Last time, I set about defining my style concept and ended up with a signature look and a “shopping” list of clothing items to make different iterations of that look. Based on that shopping list, here is my A/W 14-15 “basics” wardrobe:capsule-wardrobe-aw-basicsThere are 32 pieces there, but I’m not really limiting myself to a specific number – for example, I’ll have a few doubles of items I wear a lot, like white crew necks and black ankle boots. My main aim in doing this is to make sure that I actually wear the clothes in my wardrobe.

Sticking with the 5-Piece French Wardrobe, I’ve still got five trend pieces to add across the season. I haven’t decided what the trends pieces will be yet…I’m considering a leather pencil skirt and a long sleeved t-shirt dress. But I might not end up buying all five pieces since I’m going to be investing in a lot of basics this time round. These 32 items alone make tonnes of outfit combos though, and that doesn’t even include accessories!

I’ve already got a lot of the items above in my wardrobe, others need replacing and some of the bigger items are on my Christmas List! I had a bit of a field day on Aritzia making this collage. That shop is by far my new favourite place for basics! It’s not a new discovery, but I only recently found out they are happy to organise international shipping!! So what used to be a pretty safe window shopping destination has become a pretty dangerous real spending outlet. EEK!

Tees : Crew Neck | Black V | White Scoop Neck | Grey Scoop Neck
Long Sleeves : Dark Grey Tee | Cream Sweater | Light Grey Sweater
Jumpers & Cardigans : Black Wool | Grey Cocoon Cardi (mine) | Black Turtle Neck
Shirts & Blouses : White Shirt | Denim Shirt | Ivory Blouse
Jeans : Clean Black Skinny | Ripped Black Skinny | Boyfriend | Blue Skinny
Trousers :  Loose Black | Slim Black | Leather Look
Coats & Jackets : Wool Coat | Trench (or!)| Leather Jacket | Blazer
Shoes : Superga | Converse | Slippers | Ankle Boots | Knee Boots | Court Shoes

Next week is Part IV of my Capsule Wardrobe Series: The Wardrobe Detox. Stay tuned!


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