Every year about this time, I get the itch to simplify. Life is a little quieter, and I tend to fall into a pattern of wearing the same few pieces over and over. So I thought I’d be a bit more deliberate about it this year. I’ve created a wardrobe capsule of pieces that can be the starting point for several different looks (with help from accent pieces and accessories).
Striking a balance between simplicity and variety
I believe the easiest way to simplify your wardrobe is to create a capsule of neutral basics. (Whatever the “basics” are for your style and lifestyle.) But if I were to try to wear only these pieces for an entire month, I’d get bored pretty quickly (and so would you). Rather, my intention is to use these as a foundation and starting point to my outfits, and add accent pieces (like jackets), and accessories for variety and interest.
See yesterday’s outfit post: Putting a personal spin on a classic look as an example.
Why navy? After a few months of leaning heavily into my browns and golds, navy feels crisp and fresh again. There’s a navy for every person’s palette. And for those who are looking to move away from wearing a lot of black, navy can be a great “stepping stone.”
A navy and ivory capsule wardrobe for January
Here’s (most of) what’s in this capsule…
- Striped tee with bateau neck (seen HERE) For milder days, this layers nicely under jackets and cardigans.
- Navy cashmere crewneck (similar). From a few seasons back. This is the sweater I tend to throw on when I’m hanging out at home. I’ll probably need to replace it by the end of this season.
- Ivory cashmere crewneck. This was one of my travel MVP’s. It’s lightweight enough to layer easily. This sweater has really held up well!
- Striped wool & cashmere sweater. (Yes, I have a Thing for Breton stripes…) Also very lightweight. Purchased last year, haven’t shown in an outfit yet. Here’s a similar budget-friendly style.
- Cotton fisherman sweater. Have had this one for several seasons, and it’s held up brilliantly. I wash it in the machine (delicate cycle in a lingerie bag) and lay flat to dry. Here’s a similar style at a budget-friendlier price.
- Denim jacket (similar). I’ve included this with tops as I’ve been experimenting lately with wearing as a mid-layer. Look for an example later this week. I can’t remember when I bought this but it’s the best fitting denim jacket I’ve ever found.
Not shown: I’ve been wanting to replace a couple of my cashmere v-neck sweaters that were worn out, but haven’t had much luck yet. I have two on order and if they work out (fingers crossed) I’ll work them into the rotation.
- Dark wash slim jeans. I’ve had these for several seasons. Shown most recently HERE.
- Light-medium wash boyfriend jeans (similar). Mine are a couple of years old, shown most recently HERE.
- Ivory boyfriend jeans. I’ve had these for at least a year, worn most recently HERE.
- Navy slim pants (similar). For a break from the jeans, or if we go out. I haven’t worn these much since last winter, shown previously HERE.
Again, these are just the foundation pieces I’ll use as starting points for outfits. I’ll share the combos I come up with throughout the month.
Do you create capsule wardrobes?