I mentioned at the beginning of the year that one of my big goals for 2019 is intention (more on that here). I’ve done a lot of closet (and life) de-cluttering the past few weeks and it has given me a lot of clarity. Creating a capsule wardrobe felt like a good way to kick off 2019 and jump-start a new approach to personal style. A few things about this capsule wardrobe. I created this based on what I had in my closet (and kept) after my wardrobe clean out. These are the pieces I find myself wearing again and again, with the exception of the blazer I already have everything included below (I did have a blue blazer but it was too small so I had to donate).
You might be wondering why certain things are left off (heels and dresses for example). I really wanted to hone in on the items I wear most often. I don’t wear heels, and for the most part I also don’t wear dresses (aside from special occasions/events or rarely during summer). This capsule wardrobe is meant to be an everyday collection of core pieces that you can tailor to your own personal style. I plan on creating a few smaller seasonal capsules (probably summer, fall and winter) with items specific to that time of year, for example swimwear, a summer dress, straw hat, etc. I’ve written more about each piece, why it’s included, and where you can find it below. I’ll be sharing different ways to style these pieces and how to get the most wear out of them here on the blog, on Instagram and on YouTube. I’ve also done my best to include sustainable brands where possible. I hope you enjoy this capsule wardrobe and have fun making it your own.
Leather Ankle Boots // Cashmere Sweater // Barbour Jacket
Camel Coat // Missoma Horn Necklace // Jean Jacket
Crop Chino // Cashmere Wrap // Crossbody Bag
Stripe Shirt // Cuff Bracelet // Leather Loafers
Basic Tee // Boyfriend Jeans // Bandana
Converse Sneakers // Wool Blazer // Polarized Sunglasses
Silk Camisole // Skinny Jeans // Cotton Sweater
Leather Tote // Signet Ring // Faux Leather Leggings
White Button Down // Denim Shorts // Slide Sandals
Leather Ankle Boots: Probably no surprise these are first on my list. Madewell always makes great ankle boots and this pair comes in a few different colors. This pair is really comfortable and versatile.
Cashmere Sweater: A neutral cashmere crewneck can make just about any outfit look chic. Everlane has a super affordable selection of cashmere sweaters and bonus points because they’re sustainably made.
Barbour Jacket: One of the oldest items in my closet and undoubtedly the most worn. The Barbour waxed jacket is stylish, durable and classic. I have it in sage but I also love the black. I recommend reading the website for sizing, I have a US 8 which fits slightly oversized (roomy enough to layer).
Camel Coat: A piece I wear again and again, season after season, the camel coat is classic and timeless. This is a chic and affordable option. An easy piece to dress up or down and wear to work or on the weekends.
Jean Jacket: The Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Denim Jacket fits slightly oversized. I love the vintage look of the lighter wash. Looks like the jean jacket you’ve had for years. For a less stiff denim, I love this style from Madewell.
Crop Chino: For something other than denim a straight leg cropped chino is a super stylish option that can be worn so many ways. I can’t get enough of this pair from Anthro that has a slightly wide leg fit. This pair from Everlane is really flattering.
Cashmere Wrap: I absolutely love my cashmere travel wraps. Wear them for a long flight, bundle up for a cold day, bring one as a shawl for a dressed up event, it’s definitely an item you’ll get lots of mileage from. I have the camel heather and misty grey.
Crossbody Bag: You definitely do NOT need a designer crossbody bag. The Chloe Faye was a very rare designer purchase for me, and I use mine a lot, but it’s a big splurge. Another really beautiful style I love is the Sezane Heritage Victor Bag. Both are perfect styles for travel and anytime you’re going out but don’t need a big tote.
Stripe Shirt: I bought a Saint James minquiers tee (in heavyweight cotton) several years ago on Block Island and it quickly became a favorite. I probably own a few too many striped shirts to admit but I wear them often. I love this style from Sezane, especially the button detail. This is a really cute and affordable style that’s great for layering.
Cuff Bracelet: Are you noticing a trend here? Aside from the heirloom pieces I’ve inherited Missoma is pretty much the only jewelry brand I wear everyday. This classic cuff is gorgeous alone or layered with others like this Malachite cuff.
Leather Loafers: I can’t say enough good things about these Sam Edelman Loraine loafers. They are SO comfortable and a great price point. The Modern Loafer from Everlane is also really stylish and the leather is super soft.
Boyfriend Jeans: Madewell is always a favorite for denim. My other go-to brand for relaxed fit denim is AG, especially the Isabelle fit (my favorite wash is on sale!). While they don’t really promote it, they are actually a sustainable denim brand and great quality.
Converse Sneakers: This pair of converse is actually slightly different than the regular chuck taylors. The All Star 70s oxford sneakers are a bit more comfortable with extra cushioning for your feet, and the style is a nod to the originals.
Wool Blazer: You just can’t go wrong with a classic navy blazer. Wear it with denim, a cropped chino, or to work. I’m on the hunt for one as mine was too small and this one by Club Monaco caught my eye. I like the tailored look and gold button.
Polarized Sunglasses: I actually bought these sunglasses while we were in Portugal because they were on major sale (like 50% off). I normally wouldn’t buy designer sunglasses because they’re rarely worth the price, but these were comfortable AND polarized. Another pair I love is this style from Smith (also polarized) and super lightweight.
Silk Camisole: I have this silk camisole in green and black which looks great layered under a cardigan, blazer or jean jacket. This is an affordable option from J.Crew and this style from Reformation has adjustable straps.
Skinny Jeans: I can’t stop wearing these skinny jeans from Everlane. They are so comfortable and flattering. I also love this pair from Madewell and this style from Sezane(see my review here) is really comfortable and great quality.
White Button Down: Sezane’s take on the classic white button down is feminine and timeless. I love the round collar. Pair it with white chinos for a chic monochromatic look or with a pair of skinny jeans.
Slide Sandals: A more seasonal style but had to include this pair of slide sandals because I lived in them all summer long (and they’re great to bring along on your warm weather getaway). These sandals are crazy comfortable (the leather needs a little breaking in, the suede you can wear right out of the box) and come in a few different colors.
Feel free to use the below as a “Cheat Sheet”