After living in my trailer for several months, and only having a closet that held very few hangers, my style changed. I went from having way too many pieces to having just what I needed. I found this made it increasingly easy to put together outfits, which was a relief to me as I am not skilled in this area!
I work in an office setting that is somewhere between business casual and formal. If you work in a more formal setting, you may want to consider adding blazers, and removing the t-shirts to more tailored shirts in this capsule.
Psst! Before you begin trying to put together outfits, check out the primer on how to build a capsule wardrobe!
Here is my list of pieces needed to build a work capsule wardrobe:
- 3-4 pairs of dress pants
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 dress or sweater dress
- 3 cardigans
- 3-4 scarves
- 2 long sleeved shirts
- 3 t-shirts
- 1 pair of boots
- 1 pair of flats
- 1 pair of leggings
I went out on four different shopping excursions to get all the pieces that I needed. One of my favourites stores to hit up is Marks’. Their clothes are comfortable, and provide basics like soft Denver Hayes t-shirts or more dressy business attire. I have a hard time concentrating between all the activewear, Columbia goodness and hiking shoes! I can usually come out with several bags that will serve my wardrobe well.
Beyond that, I tend to go thrifting to find new clothing for a fraction of the price & support local charities and nonprofit organizations. My best advice is to go in with a list and try on everything. The hanger can be deceiving!
Out of these 20 pieces, I was able to assemble the following a multitude of outfits. I’m still finding combinations that I didn’t expect each week. The solid pants (grey, black with pinstripe and black) mix well with almost everything.
Top Left: DH3 Chunky Cable Long Cardigan – an easy throw over your favourite long sleeved t-shirt (maybe a soft cozy one like Denver Hayes Soft Everyday V-Neck?). Top Right: Blue Cardigan with Denver Hayes Soft Everyday Grey Shirt. Bottom Left: Red Sweater Dress with Black Fleece Lined Leggings and sweet Tan Boots. Bottom Right: Alfred Sung Striped Edge to Edge Cardigan, Denver Hayes Artisan T-Shirt.
What other outfits do you think I could make with the pieces above?