5 Wardrobe Basics I Love

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I thought I’d share a fun quick read today about five of my favourite wardrobe basics. These are pieces that have stuck with me for many years and I’m sure will continue to be staples in my wardrobe. If you’re just starting to learn about capsule wardrobes or just starting out with building your capsule, I’d suggest the following five basics.

The Tee

First off is the basic t-shirt. Who doesn’t love a good tee? T-shirts are such a staple piece in my closet. I love cotton t-shirts in particular because they are more breathable and so soft against my skin. T-shirts are great for wearing on their own casually or for layering in the cooler seasons.

All the t-shirts I currently have in my capsule wardrobe are old pieces from UNIQLO and Muji. Although they aren’t from sustainable/ethical brands, they have lasted for many years and are still great to wear.

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The Button-Down

If you know me, you know I love a good button-down shirt. I have button-down flannels, denim shirts, and linen shirts. I love the versatility of a good button-down shirt. They can be dressed up and down depending on how it’s styled. It’s also great as an added layer all-season round. It doesn’t matter what kind of material your button-down is, but I’d suggest having at least one in your capsule wardrobe.

One of my favourites is from the brand Tradlands. They make beautiful, classic tailored shirts with very high quality materials. See the different ways I styled my flannel all winter long!

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The Denim

Next is all about the denim. It’s no surprise that I love a good pair of high waisted mom jeans. That’s my fit of choice, however, I’d suggest choosing whatever fit you feel the most comfortable in because a well-fitting pair of jeans can go a longgg way in your capsule wardrobe. I wear my favourite pair of jeans at least once a week and all year-round.

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high waisted mom jeans

The Trouser

One piece that I go back to time and time again is a pair of trousers. I’m all about versatile pieces that can be worn in different settings and occasions. Normally, fancy trousers might be seen as something more business casual or more fitting for work attire. However, I like to dress down trousers with a pair of sneakers or with a chunky knit to give the outfit a more laidback feel. The versatility of trousers is what makes then an essential in my capsule wardrobe.

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The Turtleneck

Finally the turtleneck. You didn’t think you could read this whole post without one mention of a turtleneck did you? In the past few years, turtlenecks have been such a staple for me throughout fall and winter. Even in the spring time, a turtleneck or mock neck with lighter, more breathable material is perfect. I even have mockneck t-shirts because I just love the look of turtlenecks. They also make a great layering piece for the cooler seasons, which make them so practical yet stylish at the same time. Most of my turtlenecks are again old staples from UNIQLO and Muji. I also have an organic cotton one from Kotn and one from my mother’s closet!

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What do you think of my 5 closet basics? Are these in your own wardrobe? If not, what are your top wardrobe basics?


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