Hey darlings! Ready to get back to basics? The pandemic may have heightened the need for more basic clothing and wardrobe essentials that put utility and comfort above all. A lot of us are now working from home and may not even want to give our choice of clothing a second thought. Thankfully, things are now opening up in waves and it’s winding down to that time where we have to appear in public. The need for some effort in our clothing choices is drawing nigh. 

Now, fashion is never one size fits all and like people, is ever evolving over time. Regardless of fashion’s fluidity, there are those basic pieces that you absolutely need to complete your wardrobe. Capsule pieces or ‘closet staples’ that have proven to stand the test of time while remaining stylishly classic. Even though I’m a lover of all things fashion, there are those times where the occasion calls for a more classic, laid back look and those are the times a woman’s capsule wardrobe comes into play. That said, while I may suggest some great pieces in this post, I’ll have to admit some styles I may not necessarily own or even like. Case in point: Denim jeans are the bane of my existence and I only wear them when my friends insist on a super casual date. So if you come across a few styles that aren’t your taste, that’s quite okay. Stay true to your personal style!

1. Blazers 

Blazers are one of the most versatile item of clothing a woman should own. A blazer gives so many outfit possibilities and are appropriate all year round. Get them in as many colours as you wish (solid or patterns) and dress them up or down to fit any occasion.
Balmain Double Breasted Blazer,

2. The Perfect Demin Jeans

One of the easiest items to style, a good pair of denim jeans are a must for most women and doesn’t have to look casual at all. I’m personally not a fan but I know majority are so I’ll ignore my bias and add them to the list. High waisted, skinny, straight or boot cut; when it comes on to denim, make sure to choose a flattering style for your body shape and consider darker colours if you desire a smarter look.

Ripped Jeans, 90’s Vintage Light Blue Boyfriend Jeans

3. Quality Foot Wear- Classic Pumps

Add style and polish to any outfit with the right shoes. It is essential for a woman to have those comfortable pumps that will elevate her look in an instant.

Christian Louboutin, So Kate 120 mm

4. Versatile Button Down Shirts

Do you need that trusty clothing item that you know you can wear a thousand times over AND look chic each and every time? The button down shirt not only looks great, it also saves you a ton on buying tops that make you think hard on what to pair them with! Sustainable and stylish- a win-win if you ask me.

Asos, $45, Relaxed Satin Long-Sleeve Shirt

5. LBD- Little Black Dress

The little black dress is hailed as one of the most enduring contributions to fashion, and you’re never overdressed or underdressed when wearing one.

Nordstrom, $45, One-Shoulder Body-Con Midi Dress

6. Timeless Jewelry

Timeless jewelry pieces help you to go from day to night effortlessly while still looking fabulous! The go-with-everything necklace, diamond studs or a stack of bangles- keep them handy to easily accessorize and elevate your outfits.

The Tiffany & Co Open Heart Pendant, $450

7. The Classic Slip Dress

This classic wardrobe staple always looks conveniently stylish, is flattering on curves and can also be casual or fancy depending on what accessories you choose to wear it with.

Fleur du Mal Halter-Neck Slip Dress, $445

8. Leather Handbag

A bag, if chosen wisely, can last a lifetime. Our style may evolve over time but a timeless leather handbag is always appreciated.

Cassandra Calfskin Shoulder Bag, $2900, Nordstrom

9. Black Strappy Sandals

Far surpassing trend status, the strappy sandal is one of the most essential item every woman needs in her closet. Perfect for casual night outs or an evening at a gala, you can turn to them for whatever the occasion.

Faux Suede Barely There Heels, $26, Missguided

10. The Breton/ Striped T- Shirt

What started out as a functional piece worn by seafarers for warmth, the striped T-shirt is now a symbol of style and Parisian flair. It looks preppy on some, and nonchalantly cool on others but can be pulled off by anyone!

Striped boatneck T-shirt, $24, J.Crew

I hope you enjoyed all these suggestions. I want to hear from you- which ones do you already own? Which will you be incorporating in your closet? Leave a comment below or come chat with me on Instagram @anika.lake.

xoxo