Do you love the stylish looks of Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet or Princess Diana? Some of the world’s most recognizable beauties chose a classic wardrobe style and for good reason, a classic wardrobe lasts, rarely goes out of style, and a few well selected pieces can take you just about anywhere.
Here are tips on how to build your own classic capsule wardrobe
Start with a neutral palette.
Black, navy, grey or tan work as an anchor color to build your classic capsule wardrobe. Choose wardrobe staples in one of these neutrals and build your capsule wardrobe from there.
Choose classic shapes
A classic capsule is built from tailored classics that flatter the body. One of the best investments is a fitted blazer, a flattering style that works on just about any size or body shape.
Select a blazer style jacket in your chosen neutral shade. Make sure the blazer buttons comfortably and doesn’t pull across the bust line, and it’s loose enough through the arms and back to allow ease of movement as well as allow you to comfortably layer a shirt or sweater underneath. J. Crew has many well made blazers in classic shapes and materials.
A stylish pair of cropped pants are another classic wardrobe staple. A flat front style with a side zip is flattering for most body types. They work with flats, booties or heels, and can transition easily from daytime to evening with a simple change of jewelry or shoes.
Choose fabrics that can work year round
A crisp cotton poplin shirt can be worn knotted with a pair of cropped pants for summer, or worn underneath a sweater and jacket for fall.
A cashmere or lightweight wool sweater can work during winter months when layered with other shirts and jackets.
Invest in a few high quality timeless pieces
It may actually save money in the long run to invest in a few well made pieces that will work for years to come.
A leather or suede jacket in a classic shape, a wool overcoat, trench coat and merino or cashmere wool sweaters are all pieces that will stand the test of time.
Start with a classic white shirt that you can layer underneath jackets and sweaters. Add a silk blouse that can be dressed up with slacks or worn with jeans for a more casual look.
- Ann Taylor mixed media flutter tee
- J. Crew cotton poplin button front shirt
- NYDJ henley blouse
- NIC+ZOE v-neck silk top
When selecting knits, select styles that are not too clingy, especially if you tend to carry weight in your stomach area. A longer cardigan sweater can help camouflage a tummy area without clinging, and cover your arms when wearing a sleeveless top or dress.
If you carry weight around your hips, avoid sweaters that hit above your hip, which can draw attention to that area and make you appear fuller.
Sweaters that fall at or below mid hip work well on most women and flatter lots of body types.
- Banana Republic cashmere blend v-neck pullover
- Halogen v-neck tunic sweater
- J. Crew cable v-neck sweater
- Ann Taylor ribbed trim open cardigan
Pants and Jeans
- Vince Camuto side zip pants
- J. Crew dark rinse distressed cropped 5 pocket jean
- Charter Club slim legged pant with tummy control
- Eileen Fisher skinny ponte stretch pants
Dresses and Skirts
Invest in a classic dress. A sheath or wrap style are both classic shapes that will quickly become wardrobe staples.
Pair with heels for work or dressy events and tights paired with booties for more casual days.
Select skirts in a length that flatters you best (an inch or two above the knee is flattering for most women). Stay away from anything too tight or too baggy.
- Banana Republic flutter sleeve dress
- Reiss embellished neckline dress
- Topshop wrap dress
- Banana Republic faux wrap style dress
Make sure the jacket fits properly, but not too snug.
- Banana Republic classic trench coat
- J. Crew single button blazer
- BLANKNYC faux leather moto jacket
- J. Crew wool cashmere overcoat
- Halogen pointy toe ghillie flat
- J. Crew heeled ankle boots
- Louise et Cie kiltie loafer
- Sole Society slingback pump
Bag and Jewelry
Add color to your classic capsule wardrobe with tops, jewelry and accessories.
Pair your basics with statement necklaces, scarves and bold accessories to add emphasis and personality.
- Sole Society bucket bag
- J. Crew mini rider bag
- POVERTY FLATS by rian hobo bag
- Rebecca Minkoff envelope clutch
- BP Autumn Plaid Scarf
- MANTERO silk scarf
- BP brushed stripe scarf
- Skagen mesh strap watch
- J. Crew tortoise bud necklace
Here are 10 looks created from these classic wardrobe choices.
A well designed classic capsule wardrobe will make you feel pulled together, chic and confident, and will make getting dressed easy and stress free.
Shop the pieces and looks featured in today’s post below.
Do you have a classic style personality? What are your go-to pieces?