Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe. All You Need to Know

Business casual capsule wardrobe is a growing trend of last years. If you are a beginner or an experienced minimalist enthusiast, I can answer any question you might have. I am Nathalie Neuilly, styling coach, CEO Dressarte Paris, would like to share my 5+ experience with you as a capsule wardrobe styling coach.

How to Build a Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe?

Building a business capsule wardrobe involves creating a versatile and cohesive collection of clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of professional looks. By following the steps below, you can create a business capsule wardrobe that is professional, versatile, what is more important, reflects your personal style. 

  1. Identify your staple pieces. Start by selecting a few basic items that will form the foundation of your wardrobe. This could include a blazer, trousers, a skirt or dress, and a few basic tops. Choose classic and neutral colors like black, grey, navy, and beige to ensure that your pieces are versatile and can be easily mixed and matched. 
  2. Add some personality. While a business capsule wardrobe should be professional, it’s also important to show off your personality. Choose a few statement pieces that reflect your personal style, such as a bold-colored blouse, patterned skirt or a pair of unique shoes. 
  3. Invest in quality pieces. A capsule wardrobe is all about investing in quality items that will last a long time. Consider spending a little more on key pieces, such as a well-tailored blazer or a high-quality pair of shoes, that will look great and hold up well over time. 
  4. Keep it simple. The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that you don’t need a lot of clothes to create a lot of different looks. Stick to a few key pieces and mix and match them to create different outfits. Don’t be afraid to repeat items, as long as you style them differently each time. 
  5. Consider the seasons. Depending on where you live and work, you may need to adjust your capsule wardrobe for the seasons. Consider adding a few pieces for colder weather, such as a warm coat or sweater, or lighter fabrics for warmer weather. 

 

 

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Nathalie Neuilly, capsule wardrobe style coach, CEO Dressarte Paris

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Kerry, US

Being a mom and a business woman is pretty challenging, but very rewarding!

I’m a huge fan of the work of Dressarte. I’m super happy about all the pieces that I have. This is my first time being able to use a bespoke experience brand. The customer experience of this brand also has to be truly recognised. It is phenomenal! The messaging, the attention to detail, making sure you’re happy with your choices. Thanks Nathalie for her deep styling analysis, she could help me to find my true self and express in my custom wardrobe.

Sarah, Finland

 I have been trying to do my best to have an ethical and sustainable wardrobe for a few years, but my move to Europe from Australia really threw me off, suddenly I didn’t know where to get clothes anymore. Personally, I have been interested in clothes that fit me across multiple sizes as my weight naturally goes up and down over years, so having items that I love and can loosen or tighten rather than discard or put away is important. Thanks Nathalie and Dressarte for styling me and creating my beautiful wardrbe!

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How Many Items Do You Need in a Casual Capsule Wardrobe?

The number of items you need in a casual capsule wardrobe can vary depending on your personal style, lifestyle, country you live in, and personal needs. However, a good rule of thumb is to aim for around 30-40 items, including clothing, shoes, and accessories. This should be enough to create a variety of outfits for different occasions without feeling overwhelmed by choice.

To create a functional capsule wardrobe, start by selecting versatile, high-quality pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Choose neutral colors and classic styles that can be worn season after season, and add a few trendier pieces to keep your wardrobe up-to-date.

Some essential items to consider including in your casual capsule wardrobe might be:

  • A well-fitting pair of jeans or trousers
  • A few basic t-shirts or blouses in neutral colors
  • A comfortable sweater or cardigan
  • Skirts in neutral colors
  • A versatile dress that can be dressed up or down
  • A classic blazer
  • A pair of sneakers or comfortable flats
  • A simple but elegant handbag
  • A few pieces of jewelry that can be worn with multiple outfits

Remember, the goal of a capsule wardrobe is to simplify your life and make getting dressed easier. By choosing a carefully curated collection of pieces that you love and feel confident wearing, you’ll be able to create countless outfit combinations without the stress of decision-making.

Do Capsule Wardrobes Work?

Yes, capsule wardrobes can work very well for many people. The idea behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a collection of versatile, high-quality clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. By focusing on quality over quantity, you can save money, reduce clutter, and simplify your daily routine.

A well-curated capsule wardrobe can also help you develop a personal style that feels authentic and cohesive. By choosing pieces that you love and that fit well, you can create a wardrobe that reflects your personality and makes you feel confident and comfortable.

However, it’s important to remember that a capsule wardrobe isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

It’s important to tailor your capsule wardrobe to your own needs and lifestyle, and to make adjustments as necessary.

Additionally, while a capsule wardrobe can simplify your life, it’s not a magic solution to all your fashion problems. You may still need to add a few new items occasionally to keep your wardrobe fresh and up-to-date.

Ultimately, whether a capsule wardrobe works for you depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle. Some people find that it simplifies their lives and helps them feel more confident in their fashion choices, while others may prefer a larger, more varied wardrobe. The key is to find a system that works for you and makes you feel happy and comfortable.

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A Summer Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe?

By building a summer business casual capsule wardrobe, you can simplify your morning routine, reduce decision fatigue, and ensure that you always look polished and professional at work.

As I have mentioned above, a capsule wardrobe is all about versatility and choosing pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different outfits. Think more about he fabrics to feel comfortable and confident even if it is +30 outside.  Some popular summer fabrics include:

  1. Cotton. A versatile and breathable fabric that is comfortable to wear in hot weather. It is easy to care for and comes in a variety of styles and colors.
  2. Linen. A lightweight and durable fabric that is perfect for summer. It is highly breathable and has a relaxed, natural look.
  3. Tencel. It has a soft, smooth texture that is similar to silk or cotton, and it drapes well. It is highly absorbent and has excellent moisture-wicking properties, making it a comfortable fabric to wear in hot and humid weather. Tencel is also naturally wrinkle-resistant and easy to care for, making it a popular choice for travel clothing.
  4. Silk. A luxurious and lightweight fabric that is perfect for summer evenings. It is breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool and comfortable.
  5. Ramie. This fabric has a slightly stiff texture, which can be softened through washing and wearing. It is often used for summer clothing such as dresses, blouses, and shirts.  Ramie fabric is also often blended with other fibers like cotton or silk to create a softer, more luxurious fabric with the benefits of both materials.

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A Business Casual Winter Capsule Wardrobe

A winter casual capsule wardrobe is a collection of essential clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of comfortable and stylish outfits suitable for a casual dress code during the winter season.

Items to include:

Warm coat or jacket, boots, pants, scarves and hats and sweaters.

Fabrics:

  1. Wool. A classic winter fabric that is both warm and durable. Wool comes in a variety of styles, including tweed, flannel, and cashmere.
  2. Cashmere. A luxurious and soft fabric made from the hair of cashmere goats. It is incredibly warm and lightweight, making it perfect for winter sweaters and accessories.
  3. Fleece. A synthetic fabric that is soft, warm, and lightweight. Fleece is often used for winter jackets, vests, and other outdoor clothing.
  4. Corduroy (velvet). A durable and textured fabric that is perfect for winter pants and jackets. It has a unique ribbed texture that adds visual interest to outfits.
  5. Flannel. A soft and warm cotton fabric that is often used for winter shirts and pajamas. Flannel is cozy and comfortable, and comes in a variety of patterns and colors.

When choosing winter fabrics, it is important to prioritize warmth, insulation, and durability to keep you comfortable during cold weather. Look for fabrics that can be layered for added warmth, and choose natural materials like wool and cashmere for their breathability and comfort.

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