A capsule wardrobe is essentially a few key pieces which are seen as timeless and usually in a monochrome or neutral colour palette with a couple of statement pieces. A capsule can be seasonal or year round and generally all of the items go with one another to create more outfit options.
So that being said, my travels are going to be across every season and I have no clue where I’m going to end up so my capsule is more ‘year round’ rather than weather/season appropriate. Admittedly there is a couple of bikinis thrown in there but this is my 10 key pieces to start a capsule wardrobe – all of which are from the high street and despite being cheaper, they’ve lasted me forever and are easily replaceable. Obviously you can pick and choose but these are the basics that started everything and ones that I keep going back to..
01 // The Statement Jacket
My leather jacket is my baby. It came from AllSaints a couple of years back and it goes with absolutely everything. Leather jackets are so multi-seasonal because they work in the summer thrown over a vest or in the winter with knit underneath and chunky scarf thrown over.
02 // The Plain Tees
Black, white and grey. They are the most versatile item in my wardrobe and I love styling them alone, tucked in, tied up or even with a lace bralet poking out. I’ll be honest, these were all inexpensive from Missguided and Primark but they’ve lasted me ages and I wear/wash them so often.
03 // The Jeans
Whether you love skinnies, flares or mom style – jeans are always trending. If you’ve followed Copper for a while then you’ll know I live in high waisted skinnies because they flatter my shape the best. Black and white are obviously the classics, but you could always throw a blue jean in if you don’t love white.
04 // The Stripe Sweater
I mean, it totally doesn’t need to be striped but I love anything striped too much to leave it out. I’d definitely say to add one sweatshirt/crew though because they’re perfect for casual days or even wearing to the gym (post coming soon on gymwear essentials).
05 // The Black Dress
Every girls must have item – a little black dress. I actually wear this one to death because it works for everyday as well as dinner, drinks or other evening events. Basically throw on boots or heels and its a winner.
06 // The Cardigan
Don’t want to wear a coat? Then you need a cardigan. I love this neutral longline one for wrapping up warm, styling up a tee and jeans or even just thrown over a bikini for early mornings on holiday. I’ll admit that cardigans aren’t for everyone but its such a key piece to me that it couldn’t be left out.
07 // The Denim Skirt
Or any black skirt – I’m just addicted to denim. When its warmer (or even in winter with tights), sometimes jeans are too much and you want to style up a mini. My denim skirt is from Topshop and for under £30 its lasted me years, but they do release almost exactly the same style each Spring/Summer so its easily replaceable.
08 // The Long Sleeved Tops
Again in black, white and grey. I always pick up the cheap stretch crews from Primark as soon as the chill hits because even though they don’t last forever, they last until the seasons over. To be honest, they make great outfit builders but also make a great second layer under jumpers if its cold outside.
So thats the essentials – the bits that are considered ‘staples’ and never change. I obviously add in statement pieces and other items like jumpers but thats for another post/video. If you’d like to see a more chatty, talked through version then the video of this is below – enjoy!!