I’ve been wearing a capsule wardrobe for two seasons at this point, and I find that there are a few basics that I plan to always have in my capsule. These are simple, casual pieces that can be worn in so many different ways, and their versatility makes them perfect for a capsule wardrobe. Today I’m sharing four basics for your wardrobe, and while I’m sure there are more than four basics in my closet, I think these pieces are a great place to start in a more intentional wardrobe!
The Denim Shirt, The Striped Tee, The Denim Jacket, and The Cross-body Bag.
The Cross-body Bag
My favorite kind of everyday handbag is a small leather cross-body. They keep your valuables secure and easy to access at the same time, and I think they do a great job of looking both laid back and chic. I recently got this little vintage Coach number from Dear Golden Vintage, and I’m in love with it! A vintage bag is a great option if you want the durability of leather, but don’t want to purchase new leather. Mine dates to the 1980s, and combines a classic vintage charm with modern practicality. Be on the look out for a What’s in My Bag featuring this bag on my YouTube channel in the next couple of weeks!
The Denim Shirt
My denim shirts are some of the most worn items in my wardrobe. I love to throw them on with jeans in a different wash of denim, tuck them into a midi skirt, or wear them open over dresses. They can dress down more tailored pieces and give them that casual cool look. I love the combination of an open denim shirt, fitted dress, and movie-star-esque shades. In my summer capsule I’ve been wearing this polka dotted Madewell shirt I got from ThredUp. I love the pin dots and the longer length.
The Striped Tee
I’m pretty much obsessed with stripes, and love the classic feel that they give a look. Audrey Hepburn vibes much? Right now I’m loving the micro striped tops that are available for their mix of classic and on trend. This tee from Everlane is so comfortable and practical. I wear this one just with a pair of high-waisted jeans or with skirts. It’s a great basic to build off of.
The Denim Jacket
Between jeans, denim tops, and denim jackets, denim makes up a good percentage of my wardrobe! I included a jean jacket in this summer’s capsule, and I’ve worn it a ton! I think it’s the perfect casual completer piece, and I plan to include it in my autumn capsule as well. I love it over dresses (Actually what I’m wearing today!) as well as with more feminine tops. It adds a little bit of an edge while making my outfits look a little bit more put together. I found this Loft jacket on ThredUp, and love the slightly cropped cut of it as well as the little bit of distressing on the collar.
What are some of your favorite wardrobe basics? I’d love to hear! If you guys enjoyed this post, let me know, and I’ll put together more posts about basics!