Back to work capsule wardrobe style guide

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Today I am going to show you how to create a capsule wardrobe for work and how I organise my winter wardrobe.

Maybe not in real offices, but it is now proven that getting dressed actually helps to trigger productivity, as stated in the below article:

How Getting Dressed Up (Or Not) To Sit Home All Day Affects Your Mood

Who am I to say the contrary?

Just swap the shoes for cool slippers and there you have it!

The previous lockdown taught me that comfort and style can go hand in hand, therefore these are my main criteria when creating my capsule wardrobe formula for work.

At the beginning of each season, I usually do a capsule wardrobe checklist and declutter what no longer serves me.

I responsibly got rid of a few items ( I am selling them on FB marketplace and Gumtree) that were part of my autumn capsule wardrobe.

There is no place for constricting and flimsy clothes in my winter capsule wardrobe and it doesn't matter if they are the latest fashion trends.

Despite considering myself a minimalist, a capsule wardrobe made only of black and white is not flattering for my complexion and it doesn't stimulate my creativity.

After all, I do enjoy the process of styling and I love fashion.

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My capsule wardrobe basics

These are my go-to classic capsule wardrobe items: I will always own these core pieces as they are the foundation of my fashion style identity (french minimalist capsule wardrobe).

  • a turtle neck cashmere jumper

  • a black cashmere jumper

  • a grey cashmere jumper

  • a blazer

  • a couple of long sleeve t-shirts for layering

  • a white shirt

Despite my love for a neutral capsule wardrobe, I like to inject a pop of colour in my outfits when I am in the mood for it, that's why I have selected a few items in mid-tones (khaki, burgundy) that work amazingly with my neutral core pieces.

Every piece of clothing I own is interchangeable and it is also suitable for weekends, going out dates and any other social occasion, therefore I don't have to purchase items specifically for one purpose. I would just style my everyday clothes differently, using accessories to dress them up or down.

I would usually mix and max accessories of different hues to add my outfits a more interesting twist, but I tend to avoid mixing too many colours.

Find out more about my essential pieces for A/W here:

15 timeless pieces to invest in for A/W

Overall the result is very cohesive and I would always feel confident and at ease as they all represent me perfectly.

Below you can find several smart/casual outfits that I would usually wear for work.

The idea here is to prove that whatever the style, it is easy to create a curated capsule wardrobe when the pieces are carefully selected.

Check out this post to know how to find your signature style and build the perfect capsule wardrobe for you

My work from home capsule wardrobe 2020

Tailored trousers

In my minimal capsule wardrobe list, there is always a spot for a good pair of trousers. I am a sucker for a great pair of tailored slim fit: they are comfortable, they keep me toasty and they make me look polished and professional in an instant, either with a classic combo of white shirt and black blazer but also with knitwear.

I own a plain wool pair in khaki and a patterned one, just to spice things up a bit.

A smart but spacious bucket bag with chain detail is perfect to carry everything I need in style. My beloved burgundy boots are extremely comfortable and they attract attention immediately and I would match their shade with my lipstick.

If the workplace is rather relaxed, I would dress it down with a pair of white trainers, which makes the outfit modern and fresh.

Outfits ideas:

Blazer + shirt + trousers + smart boots: dress up

Blazer + chic turtleneck + trousers + smart boots: smart-casual

Jumper + Trousers + trainers: dress down

Khaki tailored trousers:

Printed tailored trousers:

The satin skirt

In my capsule wardrobe planning, I make sure to include at least a skirt.

The midi satin skirt has been one of the past couples of years' biggest trends that served me very well as a trans-seasonal item.

The fabric and the cut make it chic, elegant yet comfortable.

A no brainer, even for a tomboy like me.

Easily interchangeable with a pleated midi skirt if you own one.

Outfits ideas:

Blazer + shirt or top + smart boots = dress up

Knitwear + casual boots = dress down

Easy peasy.

The pleated skirt dress

Another excellent trans-seasonal item of my minimalist capsule wardrobe: my navy pleated skirt dress.

It is a short sleeve, summery dress with feminine details on the top that you can't see here. It is ideal for smart occasions for S/S while in the winter I just pretend it's a skirt adding a jumper and a blazer on top.

In this case, my preference is to go for a monochromatic body and have fun with the accessories. I don't like to wear tights with this particular one but I would wear a pair of 3/4 leggings underneath and funny socks to keep my feet warm and toasty.

If you have a similar dress, you will see how versatile this style is as you can wear it all year round without problems.

Shop my workwear capsule wardrobe essentials for winter

The curated pieces you'll wear next year too.

As you know, I am all about sustainable fashion and conscious consumption so I encourage you to have a look in charity shops (when they'll be open again) and second hand online stores such as eBay, Vinted and Depop to find all the pieces I am wearing here.

However, if it doesn't float your boat, I have listed some similar items below for you:

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Comfy and cosy tailored trousers

1) The Put-Together Pleat Pant from Everlane

2) Cigarette trousers by H&M

3) Belt detail tailored trousers by Ted Baker

Satin and pleated skirts

1) Stretch Jersey Midi Skirt - And other stories

2) Animal Print Green Button Detail Midi Skirt

3) Pleated Midi Skirt - Arket

4) Pleated leather-look midi skirt black - Monsoon

Pleated skirt winter dresses

1) Jersey Pleated Black Midi Dress - Oliver Bonas

2) Polished Stretch Wool Blend Pleated Dress -Karen Miller

3) Pleated high neck dress - Massimo Dutti

4) Monsoon Blue Monochrome Pleated Skirt Dress

The essential jumpers

1) Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper - Mark and Spencer

2) Relaxed Sweater - And other stories

3) Cashmere oversized jumper

4) Pure Cashmere Ribbed Funnel Neck Jumper - Mark and Spencer

5) Cashmere wool knit sweater -Massimo Dutti

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