Capsule Wardrobe Core Pieces, Where to Buy and How to Wear Summer Trousers

If you read my recent post about my 10 Summer capsule wardrobe core items, you will know that a pair of light (white, ivory or cream) trousers is a must have for me.

I have 3 pairs on rotation which serve different purposes; a smart casual straight leg pair for more informal events, a wide leg pair which are good for smarter events and a pair of silk culottes which are more special occasion wear. With these and a variety of tops and sandals or shoes I pretty much have all occasions covered. I simply add tops and accessories when I see them that I know will work with my trousers and give me variety.

Here are some of my outfits and below, as most of my pieces are from previous seasons, some other suggestions that are available now.

The straight leg trousers:

 

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory smart casual trousers

Top Eileen Fisher (old) // Trousers // Necklace (in the sale) // Bracelet // Bag // Shoes (old) //

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory smart casual trousers

Top East (old) // Bag // Sandals (old) //

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory smart casual trousers

Necklace // Bracelet // Top (old) // Shoes // Bag sold out //

 

The wide leg trousers:

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory wide leg trousers

Jacket // Top Pure Collection ( 3 years old!) // Trousers Hush (old) // Bag // Shoes (old)

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory wide leg trousers

 

The Culottes

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory wide leg trousers

Silk top and culottes Eileen Fisher (old) // Necklace // Wedges LK Bennett – similar // Bag – similar //

Suggestions available in stores now…

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory trousers

Black/cream blouse // Bag // Trousers // Sandals //

Pink blouse // Bag // Trousers // Shoes //

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory trousers

Blouse // Bag // Trousers // Sandals //

Gold top // Bag // Trousers // Shoes //

Capsule wardrobe, Ivory trousers

Blue blouse // Wide leg trousers // Bag // Shoes //

Floral blouse // Culottes // Bag // Shoes //

This simple formula that I follow, makes getting dressed for an evening or lunch out simple, whether it’s to a friend’s house or a more formal restaurant or cocktail party.