Easy ways to wear your essentials in your capsule wardrobe
A round-up of black pants, pencil skirt, and white shirt. The essentials for a capsule wardrobe.
“You work here?”
He couldn’t possibly be speaking to me I think as I look over my shoulder. I have this cute outfit on, why would he think I work here?
“Who me?” I ask.
“Yes you, in the white shirt and dark pants.”
This was at a gala for my kids’ school. The theme was Blue Jean Ball and I had on a crisp white shirt and dark denim jeans with big blue feather earrings. The jeans looked black in the lounge lighting, I’ll give him that. Plus he’d had one too many at the open bar. I later found out he was throwing insults at people all night and trying to pick up ladies. This isn’t a singles mixer dude, it’s a fundraiser for your kids’ school.
So I took his comment as an attempt to flirt with me. Not a dis on my outfit. I can tweak anything into a positive if you give me a minute.
But it does make you think twice about wearing black and white together. A white shirt, black pants, and pencil skirt are part of the essential 8 for your capsule wardrobe and when done correctly look nothing like a server’s uniform despite their black and white coloring.
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The essentials for a capsule wardrobe
Black pants, a white shirt, and a black skirt are the most essential of all the basics for your capsule wardrobe. If these are good, all of your outfits are great. Once the foundation is solid, it’s easy to take your look up a few notches from there.
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I like easy things. I’m guessing you do as well.
This traditional white shirt can be monogramed if you wish. It has a little stretch and tapers in at the waist for a more feminine fit. If you’re looking for a white poplin shirt with a bit of a twist, give this one a try. It has fuller sleeves than a traditional white button down. Ann Mashburn, the brand of this shirt, has TONS of beautiful shirts, so take a look. They aren’t cheap, but they are well made and timeless. A silk white blouse is a great option if you have a dressier lifestyle. This is perfect for work. For nights out add some big funky earrings or a statement necklace and pair with jeans. For more ideas on how to wear this essential, check out this post on how to wear an oxford shirt outside of the office.
Black pencil (or not) skirt
The black skirt in your capsule wardrobe basics does not need to be a pencil skirt if that doesn’t work with your lifestyle. This longer bias cut silk option is looser fitting, more versatile, and universally flattering. This one is a washable silk, so it’s more durable as well. If you have a more corporate capsule wardrobe or lifestyle, this pencil skirt is for you. It’s a great work essential that makes almost anything you pair with it look professional. This partially pleated skirt is just asking to be twirled. This can be dressed up or down and the pleats make this skirt very current. This can go from a t-shirt to silk blouse and handle itself. It also comes in a number of colors if black is not your neutral color for your capsule wardrobe.
Spice up your essential pieces
Now for the fun part. You have your solid essentials for a capsule wardrobe in place, but it feels boring. This is where you get to add in the color, pattern and texture to your wardrobe. Choose your color palette and then get busy spicing things up. Here are a couple of ideas on ways to do so.
There are some great options here to fill in any gaps you may have in your capsule wardrobe essential 8 pieces. Once you have identified these items, play with accessories that you own to change up the looks of your basics. If you need a thing or two, there are some great ideas included here, but I always suggest you start in your own closet with things you already own.
Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite way to spice up your basics?
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