I am a fashion editor and these are the capsule wardrobe essentials I swear by

If the concept of creating a capsule wardrobe has left you scratching your head, then you’ve come to the right place. While it might seem like ‘capsule wardrobe’ is a buzzword that has been circulating in the fashion industry for some time, the premise is actually quite simple. It pertains to the idea of investing in key wardrobe pieces that can be used to build outfits and be endlessly mixed and matched. 

A capsule wardrobe is not about statement items, but rather the kind of wardrobe foundations that feel seasonless and can be worn on repeat or styled alongside other pieces that have equal longevity. Think a timeless camel coat (opens in new tab), a classic blazer, a white t-shirt and the perfect pair of blue jeans (opens in new tab).

Creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself is the easiest way to take the guesswork out of getting dressed. As a Fashion Editor, I rely on a capsule wardrobe of about 15 pieces and I can confidently say that it has helped me streamline my morning routine. Over the years, I have invested in a set of timeless basics that will never go out of style (and have even tailored (opens in new tab) a few items to ensure the perfect fit). These have become the pieces I mix and match constantly, wearing each in new and different combinations. 

Fashion Editor Capsule Wardrobe

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What do I need to start my capsule wardrobe?

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some ideas to get you started on your capsule wardrobe. You probably already own several of the pieces below.

  • Straight-leg Jeans
  • A classic white t-shirt
  • A timeless black blazer
  • Wide leg trousers
  • A trench coat
  • A crisp white shirt
  • Neutral-toned ballet pumps
  • An everyday crossbody bag
  • A cosy cardigan
  • Black ankle boots
  • A slip skirt
  • A beige jumper

My capsule wardrobe in action: 

From my tried-and-trusted Barbour trenchcoat (opens in new tab) to my favourite Levi’s jeans (opens in new tab), everyday gold jewellery and wear-with-everything chunky ankle boots, below I have outlined exactly which pieces keep my closet in check. In fact, I have tried to keep the shopping list below as close to my actual wardrobe as possible—you’re welcome! 

As the seasons change, so too do the closet staples you need. The edit here is specific to winter, but as the weather improves, there’s no reason you can’t swap out that winter coat for (opens in new tab) a cute linen dress, or replace those ankle boots (opens in new tab) with a chic summer sandal.

Indeed, the options are endless when you opt for quality, timeless essentials. Keep scrolling to shop my 15 piece editor-approved capsule wardrobe below. 

Shop my capsule wardrobe below: