How to create a working-from-home capsule wardrobe

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How to create a working-from-home capsule wardrobe

10 July, 2020

You've perfected your home-office setup and routine. Now it's time to curate a working-from-home wardrobe to take the stress out of pre-Zoom styling. Comfort is a priority, but professional polish shouldn't be compromised. Here's how it's done.

What is a capsule wardrobe? 

A capsule wardrobe is a select number of minimalist pieces, often in neutral colourways and timeless designs, that mix and match seamlessly with each other. This system will help you avoid confusion about clashing styles or colours and eliminates excessive purchasing, making your wardrobe cost-effective, effortless and chic all at once. A capsule will typically be updated where necessary from season to season.

How do I create a capsule wardrobe?

   

  Start at the bottom

The key to building a successful capsule is to opt for neutral bases and add splashes of colour sparingly. An easy way to start is to select five bottoms in neutral hues. This capsule is for working from home, so ensure you opt for styles that are comfortable and easy to sit in all day, but still make you feel polished and professional. We suggest classic jeans, flowing midi skirts and high-rise pants in slim and wide-leg shapes. Our neutral colours of choice are black, white and sand.

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  Up top

Next, add a set number of tops that pair with each of your bottoms. We suggest choosing six to nine styles. Elevated designs with comfortable fabrics or silhouettes are ideal - think stretchy knits, classic shirts and relaxed blouses. Our tip? Make sure you're sticking to the hues you've chosen for your pants and skirts. Here, we've selected five tops in black or white. Now for the splash of colour. With two tops, experiment with vibrant colourways, playful fabrications and seasonal prints. We've opted for peachy florals and metallics - the perfect additions to a summer workwear wardrobe. 

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  Layers to Love

When video meetings fill your calendar, your capsule calls for sophisticated business outerwear, such as comfortable blazers and lightweight jackets. Pick three to four outer layers, depending on the season. Summer work capsules may only need two blazers, while cool-season wardrobes may call for a few jackets and a luxurious coat. The same rule applies as with your tops: neutrals should be the focus, broken up by a few items in bold colours or trend prints. 

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  Keep accessories minimal

When it comes to accessoriesunderstated pieces are best. Opt for simple studs or small hoops as your always-on accessory. If a touch more sparkle will brighten your day, a delicate bracelet will have you feeling put-together.