It’s getting darker earlier and there’s a definite chill in the air. With autumn upon us and winter on the horizon, what better time to update your wardrobe? If you love fashion, or you’re looking for easy, effortless ways to stay stylish as temperatures tumble, here are some tips to create the perfect capsule wardrobe.
What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?
Before we take a closer look at what’s hot for autumn/winter 2020, it’s worth exploring what a capsule wardrobe is and why it’s beneficial to have one. A capsule wardrobe is essentially a collection of essential, versatile pieces, which can be put together to create a host of different looks. If you have the right staples, you can build outfits that tick all the style boxes without spending a fortune on new clothes every team the weather changes.
A good capsule wardrobe should make dressing and putting outfits together stress-free and straightforward. The key lies in investing in good quality pieces that you will wear time and time again and revamping your wardrobe with a few seasonal or statement items to keep your look fresh. The idea is to mix and match tops and bottoms and add accessories to design ensembles for casual and formal occasions.
How to start building a capsule wardrobe
If you don’t already swear by a capsule wardrobe, you may be wondering how to get started. The first step to take is buying basics and essentials. Think about what kinds of clothes you like to wear and what types of occasions you have to dress for. If you have a job that has a smart dress code, for example, it’s a good idea to stock up on midi skirts, shift and wrap dresses, tailored trousers, blouses, camis and shirts. Once you have these items, you can put different tops with skirts, trousers and dresses to vary your look and diversify your wardrobe. Add a fitted blazer in navy, grey or black and a smart coat to cater to seasonal changes. If you tend to live in casual clothing, investing in a couple of different pairs of jeans, t-shirts, cardigans and jumpers, mini and midi skirts and easy, throw-on dresses will help you build a collection that works for you on a daily basis. When you’re buying basics, it’s worth spending a bit more on quality items, as you want to be able to wash and wear these pieces without worrying about them fading, losing their shape or bobbling. Look for items that go with everything, such as plain white t-shirts, a leather jacket, well-fitted jeans and simple, understated jersey midi skirts and dresses.
Once you have the backbone of your wardrobe, you can add accessories and statement pieces each season to experiment with new trends and inject interest and personality into your capsule collection.
Where to find ideas for new additions and seasonal updates
The beauty of fashion is that it evolves constantly. Every season, there are new looks and ideas to explore, and there is always a raft of different themes and styles to discover. There are many sources of inspiration, and you can take ideas from people whose style you admire, from catwalk shows and fashion magazines or from browsing items in stores and online shopping.
Try and celebrate your personality and taste through fashion, and don’t feel like you have to buy pieces just because they’re on-trend and everyone else seems to be wearing them. You can mix and match different styles and trends to create unique looks and put your own stamp on tried and tested favourites to modernise classic outfits and make your wardrobe more versatile. Follow brands and labels you love online, look at fashion blogs and social media profiles and keep an eye on what celebrities and influencers are wearing. Sign up for email updates and offers from your favourite stores and follow people whose style you like on social platforms. You can search for everything from casual outfits, plus size clothing, holiday fashion and winter wardrobe ideas to streetwear, work outfits, Christmas party dresses and wedding inspiration. If you do see items you like, be bold and try them on. We often assume that things don’t suit us or that they won’t look good without any real reason to write them off. Have confidence and be open-minded. The worst that can happen is you put a dress on in a fitting room or you try a skirt or a coat on at home and you don’t fall head over heels for it. If you don’t like something, you can simply pop it back on the rack or return it.
Autumn/winter 2020 trends: What to buy now
A new season offers an opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy and have fun with new trends and different looks. Every year, there are must-have trends to try out and colours, styles and themes that dominate the catwalks and glossy magazine spreads. If you’re looking for inspiration for autumn/winter 2020, here are some fabulous additions for your capsule wardrobe:
Chunky, masculine boots are everywhere this season, and they’re a brilliant option for those who love a laid-back casual getup and fashionistas who like to combine ultra-feminine touches with more androgynous styles. From sturdy Chelsea boots and biker boots to lace-up shoes with platform soles, these boots are perfect for wearing with jeans, jumpers and casual coats or for adding a tough edge to dresses and skirts. Black is always a good choice because it goes with everything, but if you’re looking for a statement shoe, you could opt for white, beige, red or burgundy or even add a print. Leopard print always goes down a storm in the autumn and winter months.
This season, making a statement is all in the sleeves. Balloon sleeves, puffed shoulders, shoulder pads and ruffles can be found on tops, blouses, jackets and coats, providing an instant update to the most basic and understated tee, vest or shirt. Statement shoulders are eye-catching and they make outfits more distinctive and unique, but they can also be beneficial for balancing out body shapes and drawing attention away from parts that you’re not hugely confident about. If you’re keen to enhance an hourglass figure, for example, bold shoulders can even out larger hips, creating the illusion of a smaller waist. If you’re conscious about your tummy, making people look at your shoulders will detract from your waist. Catwalk styles are audacious, but there are more subtle ways to embrace this trend if you want to give it a go without turning heads when you go to the office or jump on a bus. Look for jumpers with balloon sleeves or a sleeveless cami with padding under the shoulder straps and team with a pair of jeans, a pleated skirt or some casual roll-up chinos.
Capes are the perfect addition to your wardrobe at this time of year, when we can experience four seasons in one day. Capes are sophisticated with a cool edge, and they’re great for throwing on at the end of the evening or draping around the shoulders to add warmth at an outdoor event. Whether you’re attending a formal occasion, or you’re heading out for drinks and there’s a terrace with a view, having a cape with you will ensure you stay toasty and look chic.
Autumn 2020 is all about the lady in red. Vivid shades of pillar box red and scarlet are ideal for brightening up grey days and making an impact. If you have a special occasion coming up, and you’re feeling brave, go for a maxi dress, a jumpsuit or a tailored trouser suit. Keep accessories simple and let the colour do the talking. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and hair colour and don’t write red off if you tend to gravitate towards black, or you rarely experiment with colour. You may be surprised at how incredible you look when you look in the mirror.
Do you ever feel like you don’t have time to shop or put outfits together, or are you bored of wearing the same clothing all the time? If so, why not embrace the start of a new season and create a stylish, functional autumn/winter capsule wardrobe?