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Building Your Capsule Wardrobe: Tops + Dresses

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

It's only recently occurred to me the importance of having good quality, versatile pieces that can be worn over and over again in different ways, rather than constantly spending money on cheap pieces that can only be worn once. It's not only a way to make creating outfits easier, but it is also a sustainable and more affordable way to develop your wardrobe.

I'm a list person, I think it makes information much easier to retain if it's broken down. I'm going to give you some tips and hints as well as my explanation of what a capsule wardrobe actually is and how to collate one. Watch out for next week's blog post as well, I'll be continuing the series on how to dress affordably and sustainably with a few money-saving hacks.

By the way, even though when you think capsule wardrobe you probably think I'm going to say that everything that's coloured should be thrown out, but the truth is - that's boring, and I LOVE COLOUR.

Tops - Basics and Blouses

When it comes to tops, there are a few basic pieces that everyone needs, especially to wear with your statement accessories and other layers.

For basics, I wear these on repeat:

- a fitted white short sleeve tee

- a fitted black long sleeve tee

- a white/black fitted tank

- a loose fit t-shirt (preferably white, grey, or black)

I'd check out H&M, Bassike, MNG and Kookai for some basics

For blouses, I have a few choices that are better for going out or when you have plans:

- a long-sleeve white or black blouse

- a short sleeve floral blouse

Knitwear and Sweaters

I have a knitwear obsession, they are perfect for winter, and just help you to feel cosy yet dressed up, just make sure to choose long-lasting quality fabrics like cashmere, wool or cotton:

- a thick cream knit cardigan (I prefer round-necks, but completely up to you)

- a thin fitted cardigan top

- two knitted sweaters, (neutral tones/classic shades)

I love browsing for knitwear at & Other Stories, MNG, and Theory

I think that if you're going to purchase a piece of clothing, it's important to consider the shape - you must choose shapes that flatter the body and can be worn with many of the pieces in your wardrobe. For example, I always choose products that aren't loose or drapey at the waist!

Tip: When choosing knits and sweaters for your capsule wardrobe, avoid buying crop designs as they lack versatility!

Winter Add-Ons

Sometimes in winter, it is just way too windy or cold to have only a sweater. Sometimes you just need a warm coat to layer with, or in spring, a trench coat is essential. Aside from coats, scarves and beanies make great accessories!

- trench coat (neutral tones like beige only)

- thicker warm wool coat (neutral tones work best, but over plain outfits, a pop of colour is always nice)


The one-piece outfit, perfect for every occasion - a dress! Mini or midi, knit or cotton, there are so many to choose from. There are some basic and floral dresses I think everyone needs.

- Button-down knit dress

- Fitted black dress

- Fitted white dress

- Floral wrap dress

Capsule wardrobes aren't boring, they are essential to every wardrobe; making it easier for you to dress sustianbly and affordably. Next week i'll be showing you how to create a capsule wardrobe for pants, skirts, and shorts!

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