What does your wardrobe look like? Be honest, is it neatly organised with just the essentials or full to the brim with clothes that you’ve never even worn? If your wardrobe is more like the latter then you could benefit from putting together your 2016 capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is a condensed collection of clothing that includes items specifically chosen to mix and match with each other. As a capsule collection tends to just cover the basics, you’ll save time and money by avoiding short-lived fashion trends and embracing more of a classic look.
Before we show you the pieces that we’ve included in our 10-item capsule wardrobe, there are a few things you should do to prepare.
To help all of the items in your collection match easily and co-ordinate with each other, you should first choose a colour palette. When doing this, try to go for more neutral tones or a colour palette that you tend to wear often.
Once you’ve got an idea, pick out any items from your wardrobe that fit with this colour palette. By doing this, you’ll make sure you don’t waste your money by purchasing any items that you already have.
Now that you’ve done your bit, we’ll do ours and take you through what we’ve included as the core of our 10-item capsule wardrobe*:
With the UK weather as unpredictable as it is, you could quite easily make it through the year with just one coat – if you choose wisely, that is. When you’re making your decision, it’s best not to go for anything too seasonal but rather opt for a classic, like this camel trench coat from Primark.
There’s nothing quite as chic as a trench coat and it’s still versatile enough to be dressed up or down. Don’t think that you need to pay designer prices to find a decent trench, as this one comes in at just £14!
A staple in any woman’s wardrobe should be a decent pair of jeans – for a casual, off-duty look, you can’t get much better. If you’re planning on these jeans lasting you a year, then you’re going to want something strong.
Although we’re unable to fully vouch for this pair, we can say they’re getting rave reviews online and are only £14!
As you can’t just rely on jeans, you’re going to need something else to throw into the mix. A pair of khaki trousers can help to add a bit of colour to your wardrobe and you’ll be able to wear them with a basic tee, shirt or a jumper. This pair is affordable at £14.99.
We all need a good piece of knitwear in our wardrobe that we can just throw on and go, so make sure you include one in your capsule collection. When it comes to choosing your knit, you can either go for something like this cardigan from H&M or this Primark jumper.
The neutral tones of both mean that they’ll go perfectly with either trousers or a skirt and as they both come in at under £12.99, they’re budget-friendly too.
Suede is a trend that you’re going to see a lot of this coming year and always looks chic no matter the changing fashions, so why not pick up something like this suedette skirt to add into your collection? This skirt would look great in the spring paired with tights and boots, and could be worn with ballet flats and a loose top in the summer. At only £8, it’s a bargain!
Denim is one trend that continuously comes back into fashion, and this year it’s returning in the form of a dark-wash denim dress. This shirt dress from New Look is £24.99 and although a new trend, would make a classic addition to your wardrobe.
You can’t have a capsule wardrobe without a few basic t-shirts, so make sure you have a couple in a few different colours. You can pick up a jersey top quite cheaply – for example, this one from H&M is only £3.99.
Blouse or shirt
To make sure there’s something slightly dressier in your wardrobe, it would be wise to invest in a blouse or shirt. Stripes in particular are set to be a big trend for this coming year, so you could pick up this striped cotton shirt from H&M. Alternatively, the shirt does come in a white or light blue shade if you’d prefer something a little plainer and is affordably priced at £14.99.
Shoe-wise, you’re going to need to invest in a good pair of flats to go with your chosen outfits. Ballerina flats are a safe bet as they go with trousers, skirts and dresses – this tan pair is great value at just £3.50.
Dress up your casual style with a pair of heeled ankle boots like these from F&F at Tesco. At just £25, you’d be able to pair these boots with a skirt or dress.
So there you have it, this capsule wardrobe features 10 different items in total and costs no more than £144.43 (with the inclusion of three basic t-shirts). Don’t worry, you don’t need to live by a collection like this but hopefully seeing how easy (and affordable) it is to streamline your wardrobe will make you think twice the next time you go to make an impulse purchase.
Stay tuned next week, when we take you through our 2016 capsule collection for men.
*Prices correct at time of writing - 01/03/16