This week I have created a mini casual capsule wardrobe inspired by an email from one of my lovely readers. She said “I run my partners business from home, I do the school run etc and meet friend for lunch and coffee, I can’t bring myself to throw on sweatshirt and trackie pants everyday. A few ideas on looking reasonably put together for Mums like me would be great please. Practical yet stylish.” I know this is a concern for many of us who work at home (believe me if it weren’t for the school run, on days when I am working from home there’s a good chance I would still be in pyjamas at 11am! I’d be working but just not properly up and dressed)
So with that in mind, and having listened to comments about some more budget friendly options here are my suggestions:
- Look for easy care and wear fabrics – T-shirts and machine washable trousers and skirts
- Use accessories to add style to a plain jeans/T-shirt combination
- Wear colour, choose coloured jeans rather than blue
- Choose layers that you can add or remove depending on the temperature
- Buy new when the pieces you have are worn – just because you are casual you don’t want scruffy
- Choose a few key trend items so you look modern, but don’t spend too much on them – here I’ve chosen a denim skirt, but in Ivory rather than blue and espadrilles, both key seasonal trends
My favourite places to find these capsule wardrobe essentials at purse friendly budgets are Marks & Spencer, Next and Uniqlo (caveat here though, check on the quality. Choose natural fabrics like cotton, linen and viscose where possible)
Below I’ve put together a mini capsule and shown a week’s worth of outfits (but there are more combinations not shown) to extend it add a couple more coloured T-shirts that work with the bottoms and a third bottom, perhaps another pair of coloured jeans. You can also wear all of the top combinations with blue jeans you already have.
You will see that by adding a few key accessories the outfits go from plain to stylish.
Red cardigan // Olive jeans // Neutral shirt/jacket // Ivory skirt // Red T-shirt // Olive vest // Stripe jumper // Necklace // Linen shirt // Red espadrilles // Trainers // Scarf // Bag // Moss T-shirt // Neutral cardigan //
Seven days of outfits from this mini capsule wardrobe:
This capsule wardrobe can easily be adapted to suit your colouring by changing the accent colours of red and moss green and the neutral olive green to colours in your palette.
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