A few weeks ago you may have read my post on a capsule wardrobe. I had mentioned that I would be testing out a small wardrobe myself by selecting a maximum of 15 items, and only wear those 15 by mixing and matching. Unfortunately due to the unpredictable climate that I live in, this didn’t work too well as I selected my 15 for the season we were in but our temps ranged from 16 to 31 degrees within a week! So I cheated by then pulling in a few winter woolies and swapping out light weight pants for warmer jeans, but having been trialling it here and there since, where I can, I have definitely found my ideal colour palette (I think I knew this all along but having been conscious of it has just reaffirmed what I always knew). Knowing your palette is probably one of the first steps to a capsule wardrobe as everything needs to be able to mix and match. Then on top of these basic items (or some of them may not be that basic, but statement) still falling within the palette. You will then have your velvet skirt, sequinned top, camo jacket, leopard print heels etc to add the fun and interest to your outfits. Sometimes you may add trend items but statement pieces aren’t necessarily always trend items. A sequin top for example is a statement piece but you can keep if for years and wear it season after season without it dating. An example of a trend now would be an off the shoulder dress, or a ruffled wrap canary yellow skirt. Trends will come and go, you will adjust your wardrobe every season to chuck out the dated or overused shoe, bring in the floral tea dress, the canary yellow skirt etc, but the base of your wardrobe will remain the same. The denim shirt, the striped t-shirt, the grey jumper will always remain (until they grow balls and develop holes 😉 )
I favour blues, whites and grey’s. I definitely wear a few shades of green, sometimes black, pinks and creams or beiges but mainly stick to my palette of blues and whites.
Here are a couple of links to some seasonal items that you would bring in as your statement or interesting items, but that would not date too fast from one season to the next and further below some inspirational pics of what basic outfits from a staple wardrobe look like and wouldn’t change too much from one year to the next.