No idea what capsule wardrobe essentials are? You’ll soon be a huge fan, as creating a capsule wardrobe can save you time and money, without compromising on great style.

After all, keeping on top of a busy schedule can be tricky. When you wake up in the morning, you want to do everything you can to make your routine easier. But you inevitably end up staring at your wardrobe for at least a few minutes.

What are you going to wear today? It’s the same question you ask yourself most days. Throw in a few nights out and special events, and you’ve got plenty of decisions to make about what to wear. Investing in some capsule wardrobe essentials is the answer to all your style problems.

Having plenty of choice might seem like a good idea when it comes to fashion, but it can complicate things and slow you down. You end up buying numerous items you rarely wear. To simplify things, a capsule wardrobe is all about wearability – it’s essentially a reduced collection of clothes you can mix and match to easily create numerous outfits without having to think about it too much.

For example, invest in a white shirt and wear it with your staple jeans one day, and a tailored suit the next. Wear your favourite blouse with jeans and a scarf at weekends, and dress it up with a blazer for work. You get the idea.

To see how a capsule collection could work for you, check out our advice for picking out essentials pieces that all complement one another. Before we start, we want to give you a bit of advice when picking out essentials. Every component of a capsule wardrobe should fulfil the following criteria:

  • Will be worn over and over again (until it falls apart)
  • Made of quality material (so it can be worn repeatedly)
  • Goes with 90% of what you already own or brings together existing garments
  • Can’t live without it

How to create a capsule wardrobe – Women

Women’s fashion is almost typified by the amount of choice on offer. Every season, new trends and styles add to an already confusing expanse of ladieswear. There’s a pressure to keep up-to-date and get it ‘right’.

But we’re here to tell you great style is about wearing clothes that you love, and forgetting about the trends (unless they suit you). Choosing capsule wardrobe essentials will simplify the choice for you. We suggest the following:

  • Two plain vests (dark and nude)
  • A short-sleeved t-shirt
  • A long-sleeved t-shirt
  • A blouse
  • A jumper
  • A cardigan
  • Little black dress
  • A party dress
  • A jumpsuit
  • Jeans
  • A blazer

The choice of individual clothes should be personal to everyone. If you don’t like t-shirts much and know you won’t wear them, stock up on more shirts. Tailor the capsule wardrobe to your own tastes. To help, we’ve put together a few sample looks.

First up, we’ll show you how you can easily interchange a few key items to create different casual looks. With a great pair of blue jeans (like this get-it-or-regret it denim choice from ICHI), a crisp white shirt and a fabulous pair of heeled boots, you’ll to ready for most events.

We recommend this blouse, with a subtle sparkle, and boots from the well-loved brand Hudson.

It’s the versatility of a capsule wardrobe that makes it so useful. For one weekend’s activities, keep the blouse and throw over a waterfall jacket for an effortless look. The next time, swap in a summer vest and biker-style jacket.

The jackets we love include Bellfield’s flattering suedette choice, which is great for layering, and ICHI’s take on a biker jacket. It’s super soft with plenty of detailing and would look just as great with a pair of black jeans, or over a little black dress.

You’ll have noticed all of our capsule wardrobe essentials form a neutral colour palette. Whilst there’s nothing stopping you refresh your collection with seasonal updates, including splashes of colour and pattern, the core elements of a capsule wardrobe should be fairly muted so it’s easy to mix and match.

How to create a capsule wardrobe – Men

It’s not just women who could do with a bit of extra time in their day. Men could also benefit from an easy choice of stylish clothes in the morning. Luckily, it’s just as easy to create a capsule wardrobe full of stylish menswear.

You don’t have to follow in Mark Zuckerberg’s footsteps and wear the same outfit every day. Instead, you can stride out ahead in the fashion stakes. The key capsule wardrobe essentials for men include:

  • Some t-shirts
  • Three or four quality shirts – including a white one
  • A three-piece suit
  • A separate blazer
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • A jacket
  • Chinos
  • A jumper
  • A sweatshirt

To show you how you can easily mix up these essentials, let’s assume you’ve got a first date to go to. You want to impress, but don’t want your outfit to say you’ve rushed straight from work. To make the right first impression, we suggest some relaxed, blue jeans (Luke 1977 do some great options), a crisp, white shirt and a smart fitted blazer.

Grey is the perfect colour for your capsule wardrobe blazer, as it will go with so many great shirts, as well as different jeans and chinos. We love this blazer from Italian brand, Antony Morato. You’ll exude confidence as soon as you put it on.

You’ll inevitably want to add some more colourful additions to your shirt collection for different occasions – to express some personality, you can’t go wrong with Claudio Lugli. Their range is unrivalled, with bold, head-turning prints and sophisticated subtlety. You’ll be able to pick a few key shirts to see you through the seasons.

For more casual occasions, you can wear the same jeans or chinos, but mix up your top half. When you’re buying t-shirts, we highly recommend a striped one. Stripes have outlasted all trends and fads, and are a timeless addition to your capsule wardrobe.

If you were lucky enough to impress on your first date with the shirt and blazer combination, prove your style again with this Bellfield long-sleeved striped top and tan bomber. The outfit would look just as great down the pub on a Friday night as it would for Sunday brunch with the family.

After all, that’s the point of a capsule wardrobe. Whatever the occasion, you should be able to easily pick out an outfit that’s stylish enough to convince people you’ve put the effort in, but versatile enough to swap out one or two elements and create your next look.

If you’re convinced, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you pick out key elements that you’ll be able to mix and match at home. With Monks Clothing, style is straightforward.