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A capsule wardrobe is about decluttering, simplifying, and curating a collection of core pieces that can be paired in multiple ways, freeing space in your wardrobe and your mind. Not only is creating a capsule wardrobe about making dressing easier, but it’s about shopping more sustainability too. Read on to see why you should re-organise and update your wardrobe, this spring.
Make life easier with a capsule wardrobe
Getting dressed in the mornings shouldn’t be complicated, but when we have a million decisions to make every single day and a to-do list that seems never ending, it can be a headache in the morning we could do without. A capsule wardrobe is about taking the stress out of getting dressed and making fashion more fun and liberating. If you’ve had a sense of dread stepping into your wardrobe in the morning, this could be your answer.
With the right pieces, the clothing in your capsule collection can be worn in multiple ways, with different accessories and shoes, to help change the tone of your outfit, whether for business or pleasure. You’ll not need to ponder what to wear, or what goes with what, as these core pieces make it all so effortless. Be inspired on how you can do this, below.
To make things even easier, Very provide a one-stop shop for all of your clothing and fashion needs. Including items from your favourite brands and high street stores: such as Mint Velvet, Pour Moi, Crew, All Saints, Accessorize, Superdry, Boux Avenue, Chi Chi London, Evans, Monsoon, New Look, and luxury brands like Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood, as well as a vast collection of their own, affordable and high quality range, across nightwear, loungewear, sportswear, swimwear and beachwear, occasion wear, shoes and accessories; you have every occasion and need covered.
How to curate your capsule collection
When picking out the core pieces for your capsule collection, you want to think versatility. Here are some things we’d recommend you have as part of your capsule collection that never go out of fashion:
- Black trousers
- White t-shirt
- Striped top
- Everyday dress
- White sneakers
- Black court shoes
Add in a few on-trend pieces
Each season, add to your collection a few on-trend items that can be integrated into your everyday wardrobe. Be inspired by the new in section for the latest fashions and trends to help you find the items that complement the clothes you already own, or to help you find that must-have piece for a special occasion. With celebrations, holidays, and parties now in full swing once more, it’s time to showcase your personality, effuse confidence, and dress to impress.
Must-have items for your capsule collection
You may think you need tons of clothes to keep your look fresh but we share 6 must-have updates for your capsule collection this spring and the different ways you can style them.
You may select an LBD to form part of your capsule collection but we’d say go for something in an animal print. An animal print is always in circulation and holds a little more personality and vibrancy than a black dress. Plus, black doesn’t compliment most complexions, whereas an animal print, because it incorporates 2-3 colours, tends to lift and brighten.
We love the V by Very Angel Sleeve Tiered Midi Dress in animal print as it is conservative enough to wear to the office but has a playful split and hem in the skirt for something more fun. Day to day, or on those colder spring days, pair with a relaxed fitted jumper (see our pick of knitwear below) and sneakers. For the weekend, go in espadrilles or sandals for summer vibes- a crochet strap will give you an urban safari look. If you want to wear out to dinner, a pair of tan or black sandals and a clutch will be all you need.
A blazer may seem one dimensional- you wear a blazer for formal functions or to that big important work meeting, but we love teaming a blazer with a tee and sneakers for a pulled together power look that turns heads. Equally, a blazer will help you to feel more confident because they tend to be more tailored.
We instantly fell in love with the Mint Velvet Fitted Military Blazer which is weightier than other blazers we’ve tried but easy and comfortable to wear; you’ll easily be able to wear this season after season. The positioning of the lapels and button detail make it an extremely flattering jacket too. We envision this as the must-have for your holidays (you’re sure to get upgraded in this, right!), a structured look for the office, or to wear day-to-day to keep you comfortable and feeling in control.
A striped top is another item that can easily be worn for business or pleasure. During the week, dress it up by tucking your top into a black skirt or wide leg trousers and paired with boots and a blazer for a comfortable but structured look.
Whether you go long sleeved or short, it is sure to be your new go-to top throughout the year as it can easily be layered or stripped back, depending on where the day (or weather) takes you.
Plain white tee?
White t-shirts are essential for a capsule wardrobe but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo all of your flare. This Crochet Trim T-Shirt by V from Very adds some distinctive personality to your look and perfect for the spring/summer season. We love it because it is pretty but flirty and sits beautifully on the hips. We also love that they’ve worked in partnership with Better Cotton Initiative to help support cotton farmers, work towards protecting the environment and the communities they serve.
Pair with jeans and sandals for a relaxed weekend at the beach or wear a tailored skirt and chunky jewellery for date night. You can always tuck the pretty crochet trim in to have just the detail on the arm show if you want to wear a print on your bottom.
We know the weather can be a little unpredictable in the spring and summer months, although seemingly warmer, there can still be a chill in the air. For the next few months, you want some lightweight jumpers that’ll keep you warm, without overheating. If you find the right kind of knitwear, you can wear it for any occasion. This Knitted Clean Seam Jumper from V by Very is incredibly soft and comfortable to wear and looks just as good with a pair of jeans as it does with a fitted skirt. On a warm day you’ll not need anything under it, on a colder one or throughout autumn and winter, layer with a vest top and a long chunky cardigan.
You may think a shirt is only good for those times you need to ‘dress up’, but a shirt can be just as suitable for a day out shopping as it can for anything else. Plus, if you don’t know what to wear, throwing on a shirt is the way to go. Although you may need a white shirt for the office (every now and then), we’d recommend having something a little different in your capsule wardrobe that you’ll get more use out of. We tried the Cupro Relaxed Shirt from V by Very; the relaxed fit does make it extremely comfortable and easy to wear for both work and pleasure.