You may have heard the term capsule wardrobe tossed around a lot the last couple of years. A wardrobe with mix and match pieces to create endless outfits and keep your life simple. For me that sounded utterly boring.
I recently was a virtual student to Tan Frances’s MasterClass on style, where he talked about creating your capsule wardrobe. My view changed regarding this issue because he discussed how a capsule wardrobe serves as a base for your closet, not as a complete be all end all to your style. That’s more my speed!
From here on out I will refer to this as a base wardrobe, not capsule, which to me means all encompassing. Base wardrobe, one that serves as a platform for my closet, is what I want to accomplish.
First off, not a single person has the same look and shape as the one next to her. A base wardrobe for me shouldn’t look just like yours. The clothing items below are what work for me and my body type. For reference I’m 5’3 and generally wear a size small/4.
Here are my base wardrobe items for winter, items I can style alone together or serve as the bottom layer to what I want to wear:
~ black long sleeve bodysuit to wear under everything
~ a knit with a pattern that matches all my pants
~ neutral knit/sweater
~ straight leg medium blue jeans
~ a dark skinny jean
~ black leggings
~ neutral warm coat that can be dressed up or down
~ winter beanie
~ black loafers
~ white sneakers
~ all weather boots
Obviously I wear other clothes. When there are days that I don’t know what to wear or don’t care (gasp!) I grab these items. Simple, no thinking. Here’s my style recipe card for my base winter wardrobe ~
Does the idea of a base wardrobe for each season work for you too?