Christmas Capsule Wardrobe Essentials

It’s that time of year when invitations are likely to start dropping through the letterbox. It’s exciting to be invited but your first thought might be “what on earth am I going to wear?” Having a few party pieces – some of which you can wear for other events – ready and waiting will make life so much easier. Here are the items I would recommend having as part of a Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

A Lace Dress – Choose one in a neutral colour that you can then accessorise with metallics, and accent colours or another neutral. For this example I have chosen Navy. This dress will take you to smart cocktail parties, lunches and weddings, both now and in the Summer too.

Velvet – The fabric of this party season, but one that is always right for Christmas. Now you can wear it for both day and evening. A jacket is perfect because you can use it to add a finishing touch to smarten up a simple dress or separates.

Sparkly knit – Perfect to add to any trousers, skirts or jeans to make them a little more festive. Another item that you can wear both day and night.

Metallics – In a camisole top and/or accessories. Adding a gold or silver pair of shoes and bag dresses up an outfit and can take you from work to a cocktail party.

Dressy blouse – This could be a silk blouse or shirt or something with a print. Choose one in an accent colour or print that will work with other party pieces in your wardrobe.

Statement jewellery – a statement necklace will add the finishing touch to your outfit. Alternatively choose a pair of earrings if the neckline of the otfit you are wearing doesn’t need or work with a necklace.

Embellished accessories – jewels, beads or sequins instantly say ‘festive’. Look for embellished shoes and bags or perhaps a beaded wrap.

Here are some examples to include in an evening capsule wardrobe:

Party capsule wardrobe

Lace dress // Velvet jacket // Floral blouse // Sparkly knit // Satin trousers // Gold top // Skirt // Earrings // Quilted bag // Necklace // Gold bag // Suede embellished shoes // Gold shoes //

Party outfits:

party capsule wardrobe

party capsule wardrobe

If you would like more ideas for what to wear over the Christmas party season, including Black Tie, Cocktail and more relaxed events, have a look at our Christmas Capsule Wardrobe containing 62 outfit ideas (31 for warm skin tones and 31 for coll skin tones)