You've perfected your home-office setup and routine, now it's time to curate a 'work from home' wardrobe to take the stress out of pre-Zoom styling. Comfort is your priority but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice professional polish. Read on to see 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 effortlessly with each other. This wardrobe system will help you cut down your morning routine and protect you from that all too familiar 'I have nothing to wear' feeling that can overcome even the most fashionable of us.
Capsule wardrobes can also help to cut down on excessive purchasing, meaning it can be interpreted as a kinder way to shop that prioritises less consumption and therefore, less waste. Capsule wardrobes also have room for a few printed or coloured items, these are used as accents and may lean more into trends.
How do I create a capsule wardrobe?
Pants and Skirts
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, 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, midi skirts, and tailored trousers in slim and wide-leg shapes. Our neutral colours of choice are black, white, camel and navy.
Tops and Blouses
Next, add a set number of tops that pair with each of your bottoms. We suggest choosing six to ten styles. Elevated designs with comfortable fabrics or silhouettes are ideal - think stretchy knits, classic shirts, and long-sleeve blouses. Our tip? Make sure more than half of your choices are neutral in colour. Now, with two or three of your tops, opt for prints or bold hues you love. Florals are always a classic, or if you have a more classic style experiment with geometric prints or stripes.
When video calls fill your calendar, your capsule calls for sophisticated outerwear, such as comfortable blazers and lightweight jackets. Pick three to four outer layers, depending on the season. Spring and summer call for lightweight jackets and blazers made from natural materials like linen and ramie, while cooler months you might want to focus on cosy cardigans and light jackets with less structure.
When it comes to accessories, understated pieces are best. Opt for simple studs or small, gold-tone hoops as your signature accessory. If a touch more sparkle will brighten your day, a delicate bracelet or elegant wristwatch is the perfect accent piece.