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Having a stylish and suitable wardrobe for work is so important because let’s face it, there are about 260 work days in the year.
We’re talking about dressing for the job you want and not the job you have. Dressing like a boss and making a good impression all year round. And what better way to do that than with the foolproof and ever so practical capsule wardrobe.
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A capsule wardrobe or capsule collection is basically just a trendy-cool name for a small collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched, are centred around a purpose and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Conceptualised by Caroline Rector on her blog www.un-fancy.com this process of compiling a closet is not only meant to completely de-stress the whole idea of getting dressed in the morning but also be a practical way to save money and look put together all at the same time.
Fast fashion has enabled most of us to stuff our closet to the brim with items we will either never wear, don’t fit well or require a very specific occasion and this is where the capsule collection comes in. All you need to do is make sure to rather invest in a few classic, high-quality items that are versatile instead.
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Creating an appropriate and well-edited office wardrobe is a bit different than a casual weekend one though, and there are a few additional things you should consider like your office dress code, practicality, everyday tasks and the message you want to portray. Start by building the base of your wardrobe with pieces that transcend trends. Focus on staples that fit properly and are made with good quality materials. Items to start with are a pair of tailored trousers, classic fit jeans, a neutral blouse or shirt, t-shirts for layering, a blazer, suit, trench coat, and smart shoes. After that, you’ll need to add a few seasonal pieces depending on the time of year like knitwear. When adding new items to your collection make sure they work with what you already have. Deciding on a simple colour palette will help with this. Keep it minimal, classic and don’t be afraid to show a bit of personality with a couple key accessories.
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