Creating a Basics Capsule
When building a capsule wardrobe, it’s important to have key foundation pieces. These are pieces that will work for almost all seasons and will be easily interchangeable with seasonal trends.
After 3 years of creating capsule wardrobes on a seasonal basis, I came to find that many of my basic pieces transferred from season to season. This gave me an idea! Why not create a Basics capsule and then just add in a few trendy or seasonal pieces to spice up my wardrobe each season, instead of creating new capsules from scratch! Brilliant idea, I think! So, here is what I’ve come up with. My current Basics Capsule. These items do have a few seasonal type pieces (such as coats and sweaters), but I’ve found that even in the summer, I reach for a sweater once in a while.
Keeping the basics neutral allows me to add pops of color and pattern each season to enhance my closet.
It’s important to own good quality basics! Why, you ask? These are items that will get the most wear by far. Spending a bit more on a good quality tee or pair of jeans, ensures that they won’t wear out in a year and continue to be a favorite for years to come. Would you prefer to purchase a $10 tee that will have to be replaced in a year, every year? Or would you rather spend $25-30 on a tee that will last 4-5 years?
Here is what I’m wearing: (I’ll provide links to the items I’ve purchased or similar pieces if they are no longer available)
Chambray Shirt – eShakti (similar)White Button Up Short Sleeve Shirt – Madewell (new) – purchased this used via PoshmarkWhite Blouse – Cabi Clothing (new)Black Blouse/Tunic – Chicos (purchased new a LONG time ago) (similar)Basic Tank Tops (White, Black, Nude, Navy) – Target! These seem to last forever and are my cheapest basic buy. (new)Striped Tank Top – Target (new)White Henley Tee – Amazon (new)Black Long Sleeve Henley Tee – Amazon (new)Black Clip Art Tank – Cabi Clothing (new)Black Bralette – Cabi Clothing (new)Camel Ribbed Mock Neck – this is a place marker for now. I haven’t found the right one, but I’ll update when I do!Tan Duster Cardigan – LulaRoe via Poshmark (similar)Gray Button Up Cardigan – Hand me down from my mom (similar)Gray Oversized Sweater – Amazon (new)Tan Oversized Sweater – Amazon (new)Black Blazer – FashionNova (new)Dark Gray Peacoat – gifted about 10 years ago from my parents. (similar)Black Faux Leather Jacket – Target clearance (similar)Jean Jacket – Old Navy (new)Black Spaghetti Strap Dress – Express (5 million years ago) (similar)Black A-Line Skirt – H&M (similar)Black Shorts – Old Navy (new)Dark Flare Denim – Madewell via Poshmark (similar)High Straight Denim – Cabi Clothing (new)White Denim – Cabi Clothing (new)Black Wide Leg Pants – H&M (similar)Black Ponte Pants – Dress Barn (new)Athletic Shoes – Nike Flex via Poshmark (similar)Black Pumps – Amazon (new)Taupe Flats – TOMS (similar)Black Ankle Boots – Amazon (new)Black Wedge Booties – Amazon (new)
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to start in your basics wardrobe building, I hope this gives you some ideas. Of course, everyone has different style and favorites….and THAT should be celebrated!