“Why do I need a capsule wardrobe for work?”
A capsule wardrobe is a collection that consists of a reduced number of key pieces. They are usually characterised by high quality, a timeless style and neutral colours, making it easy to combine them interchangeably and wearing them season after season.
Especially at the office, you probably aim at a professional, polished but still effortless look. A capsule wardrobe for work is perfect to achieve that, while also being much lighter on the environment. Bonus: No more hectically going through your clothes in the morning trying to put together an outfit (“Arghhh! I don’t have anything to wear!!”).
“What should I look out for to build my own capsule wardrobe for work?”
The point of a capsule wardrobe is that you don’t need infinite piles of clothes any more, but may rely on a few staple items. To make it possible to match all pieces with each other, it can be helpful to stick to one colour palette. When it comes to a capsule wardrobe for work, three-colour families are especially suitable:
- Earthy neutrals such as off-white, beige, soft nude and natural brown are perfect for the office. Colder seasons call for darker browns while summery temperatures allow you to dress in bright hues. All shades of brown are usually associated with strength and reliability, but also warmth and comfort.
- Any of the tones on the black-and-white spectrum are a safe bet too. These can range from pure white over lighter and darker grays, to charcoal and deep black. While black evokes a sense of power, authority and strength, white often brings to mind feelings of clarity and cleanliness. It therefore does not come as a surprise that black and white are the traditional colours of business attire. Shades of black and gray can frequently be found in formal suits for both men and women.
- The third classic colour family for a professional environment are hues of blue. Navy blue is especially popular in blazers, jackets, trousers, chinos or pencil skirts, while a light sky blue is often found in cotton shirts. These shades of blue can also be paired well with whites and beiges. Blue is usually perceived as calm, serene, orderly, stable and dependable.
Apart from colours, make sure that your capsule wardrobe for work is timeless and does not follow fast fashion trends. It is also advisable to invest in quality rather than quantity. Both material and fit should be excellent, so you can find joy in your capsule wardrobe for a long time.
“I need some inspiration for my capsule wardrobe for work.”
We have you covered with 7 sustainable slow-fashion key pieces to kick off your capsule wardrobe for work – including alternative versions.