Back to basics

Style essentials for your capsule wardrobe...

Ready to get back to basics? While trends come and go, there are wardrobe essentials that will last a lifetime. It’s all about the basics, the kind that will help you bring your outfits together from start to finish without having to spend a single second worrying about what to wear.

There are certain classic items that should always be in your wardrobe, but don't let the concept of "basic" fool you: These items are the essentials of any well-dressed woman's wardrobe, providing the foundation for a variety of outstanding looks.


"What is a capsule wardrobe?"

A capsule wardrobe is the perfect collection of basic items that will never go out of style – timeless essentials. This means you can combine the basic items in your wardrobe with more seasonal, special garments, which are more appropriate for a specific time. It’s all about giving you affordable flexibility.

Go for pieces that are basic and versatile. This keeps the cost down and practicality up. Choose neutral and timeless shades. That way you can pair them with the season’s hottest trends. Pick clothes you DO wear, rather than those you’d buy on a whim. This will help you get more wear out of them and pair them with other pieces to create outfits.

You get the idea. Things you’ll always wear and can blend into other outfits.


Start your outfit off with a clean slate. The staple white tee is versatile, cool and a piece that you can wear any day of the year.

Stylist tip: Put your white tee to work. It anchors statement pieces like printed shorts, colored denim and layers perfectly under sweaters.


Borrowed from the boys but in better prints and colors, the button-up shirt always strikes a balance between looking casual and polished. Wear it with jeans or a pencil skirt depending on what vibe you're going for.

Stylist tip: Take your button-up up a notch by choosing one in a luxe material like chiffon or silk.


A knee-length skirt is versatile enough to be casual, work-friendly and appropriate for more formal settings. We call that a win-win.


The most universally-flattering dress of all, a wrap dress looks good on everyone. Really. Pair yours with heels for a dressy occasion or dress it down with fashion sneakers.


A jean jacket is a timeless layering piece that can be worn season after season. A classic medium wash is the most versatile option.

Stylist tip: Look for a jean jacket that fits snuggly on your shoulders, but still has some room for sweaters in the fall and dresses in the summer.


Whether they’re tie-waist trousers or pencil-straight, a pair of black pants is another foundation piece to stock up on.

Stylist tip: Don’t be afraid to invest in these. A great pair will stay in your closet for years and years.