The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Work Essentials

April 23, 2016

Building on the original 12 "closet basics," it doesn't take much—just six more items—to create new outfits that are suitable for business casual work environments. I recommend adding (1) drapey blouse that tucks easily, (1) tweed or printed jacket for textural interest (really love this J. Crew new arrival), (1) three-season pencil skirt, (1) knee-length sheath dress, (1) dress pant, and (1) leather satchel.

For your work essentials, I would hew to the primary color scheme that you selected for your basics, adding perhaps one more neutral shade.

As I've mentioned in past posts, a little black dress with a small twist can be incredibly versatile (just add some color or texture to help them shine). I love my Black Halo Jackie O dresses because they are wrinkle resistant and universally flattering. 
Here are 12 more looks created using these six new pieces:

The next installment will likely involve pieces for casual looks. Stay tuned.

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  1. This is awesome!! I will def be back to see the casual outfits version of this! This has really made me realize how many classic outfits I have ready to go in my closet! Any other suggestions for a silk blouse? also - what are your thoughts on mixing black with navy? I have a great fringed tweed jacket from J Crew in navy and while I have the matching skirt I'm not sure how to break them up to wear separately. Thank you!

  2. I LOVE this idea!! I have way too many clothes and always find myself wearing the same essential pieces. You've inspired me to do some belated spring cleaning of my own :)

    I recently started my own fashion blog "Taylor Elle" feel free to check it out!

    Thank you and have a great day!!

  3. Great post! What brand is the tweed jacket?


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