Remember when we talked about building a capsule wardrobe? It’s all about choosing better quality and fewer clothes, building multiple options from a smaller and more well-curated selection of pieces. While we still think creating a capsule wardrobe in general can help you to shop better and even dress better, we get it, fashion lovers want options and they want them in bulk!

So, how about creating a work capsule wardrobe? Office attire can be a drag and finding an outfit that doesn’t bore you to death every morning can make Tuesday’s much gloomier than they need to be. Building a work capsule wardrobe that you love not only helps you to get rid of the work clothes that you keep but don’t even really like but also forces you to be more selective and much more stylish. Plus, it really does make getting ready in the morning much quicker and easier.

First, what even is a work capsule wardrobe?

With so many different definitions all over the net, let’s keep it simple. A capsule wardrobe is a select collection of fashion pieces that can be interchanged and worn regularly in different ways to allow for a smaller, more compact, and well-chosen wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe for work is exactly this but specifically for workwear pieces.

Most of the biggest fashion sites on the planet have pushed the idea of streamlined shopping and building a capsule wardrobe to help with everything from stress to easy dressing and even sustainability. Whatever your reason, capsule shopping is the perfect way to ensure you’re selecting fashion pieces that you will really get wear out of, making way for quality and ridding your closet of fast-fashion and disposable fads.

How to start building a professional capsule wardrobe

Much like our general capsule wardrobe process from our last blog, the process of how to build a professional capsule wardrobe is very much the same. Let’s take a look through what you should do to get the wheels in motion.

1.    Start to Get Rid of The Bad

There’s not too much point having a select capsule wardrobe hidden between lots of additional pieces that you wear once a year to “get use out of”. So, the first stage in creating a capsule wardrobe is to separate all your workwear and casual wear and refine what you have. Separating your workwear and casual clothing will instantly help you to see what you have and what you really need.

Next, you need to go through your workwear and begin to make piles of what you love and want to keep, what you might send to a charity shop, and what you might need to throw in the trash (only old pieces with faults or tears that you don’t know why you still have should go in the trash!).

Remember, the charity shop will welcome your professional cast offs.

Once you’ve gotten to this stage, you can really see the main gaps in your workwear wardrobe, which will help with your capsule wardrobe shopping.  

2.    Take Five (Days).

The next step in building an office-ready capsule wardrobe is to take some time with the refined pieces you already have. Once you have thrown out the pieces you never wear anymore or don’t even like, you’ll be able to see the pieces that you head to on the regular.

Sit with this wardrobe for a week or so and see which are your star pieces, which pieces again you don’t tend to head for, and try to see trends in how you put your looks together. This will all be helpful for you when working out how to dress for work with your new office capsule wardrobe.

3.    Get Shopping

Here’s where the fun starts, you will now see the pieces that you really need to add to your wardrobe. In case you don’t, here are a few essentials for your capsule collection that can all be mixed and matched and worn in several different ways when styled differently.

·     Pantsuit

·     Statement Blazer

·     Trench

·     Wide-Leg Trousers

·     Pleated Midi Skirt

·     Silk Blouse

·     Basic Knit

·     Shirt Dress

·     Pointed Pumps

·     Pointed Flats

Choosing quality over quantity for your work capsule wardrobe

If the above list sounds scarily small to you, don’t worry, it’s supposed to. This is the whole point of capsule wardrobe life. Fewer pieces make you create more options using these key items. This is also why quality is better than quantity and it really comes into play when creating a capsule wardrobe formula.

Better quality pieces tend to last longer. You’ll be wearing each of these items much more often so they need to last and they also need to look good enough quality to remain chic, stylish and professional, wear after wear. The idea is that the less you buy, the more high-end designer brands you can choose from.

Building a designer capsule wardrobe? Shop the sales professionally

When we say shop the sales professionally, we don’t mean plan your shopping for twice a year (or even worse, Black Friday) and buy everything you think you might need for that season. Oh no, shopping sales like a professional is all about having the right tools at hand to help you find exactly what you need.

And the right tool? That’s right, it’s Shop It To Me.

Once you’ve created your account on Shop It To Me, you’re never going to want to pay retail price ever again. Carefully selecting your professional capsule wardrobe is one thing, but what if you could get designer pieces for every section of your shopping list with up to 75% off the retail price? You *literally*can.

Let’s head back to your work capsule wardrobe shopping list and take a look at the type of beautiful quality, designer pieces you can find for work on the Shop It To Me platform. Plus, remember to set price drop alerts and you’ll get an email every time your most sought-after pieces have an online price reduction. (This includes designer handbags and shoes!)

Key work capsule wardrobe essentials:

·     Pantsuit

The trouser suit has changed. Say goodbye to the drab, boring and shapeless women’s trouser suits of the past. Now, they’re chic, sharp and effortlessly stylish. Plus, an absolute staple for your workwear capsule wardrobe. We’ve created a post all about how to choose the perfect women’s suit, where you’ll find key tips on shape options, silhouettes, and styling. Opt for designer suits on Shop It To Me and you’ll be wearing it season after season.

·     Statement Blazer

A statement blazer will be a key addition to your closet. You can mix and match this with your pantsuit, you can wear it with trousers or a midi skirt. Plus, you can even wear this to more casual business commitments with chic skinny denim.

·     Trench

A classic trend just hasto be a part of your work capsule wardrobe. Not only are trenches beautiful in all seasons, but they’re also neutral and easy to style with absolutely anything. You’ll find trench brands like Burberry, Chloe and Vince on Shop It To Me without an RRP in sight.

·     Wide-Leg Trousers

They’re sleek, flattering and classic, a wide-leg trouser can pair with shirts, blouses, camisoles, and knitwear, which makes them a go-to for the office.

·     Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated midi skirts are the perfect balance of on-trend and classic styling. Flattering for all and overtly professional in essence, add one of these to your office capsule wardrobe and you can pair with any of your tops, plus your blazer or trench. From satin to chiffon, find a huge array of pleated midi’s on Shop It To Me.

·     Silk Blouse

Opt for a silk blouse either simple or printed and you’ll love the professional, yet stylish feel it gives to all of your looks.

·     Basic Knits

You need a couple of these in your wardrobe. Choose neutral colors, nude, black, grey and khaki and opt for high necklines or roll necks in lightweight luxe knits, perfect to pair with all of the bottoms in your collection.

·     Shirt Dress

The most classic of dresses for the workplace has had a stylish do-over and is now the go-to style that just needs to be in your capsule wardrobe formula. Keep styles fitted and mid-length and if you want to add a seasonal flair, choose a statement print. You can wear this with both shoes, your blazer or trench or you can layer with your midi skirt and wear it as a shirt for a change of style.

·     Pointed Pumps

A classic in everyday life but especially in the office, a pair of luxe pointed pumps will pair with every outfit in the capsule wardrobe and if you opt for designer on Shop It To Me, they’ll last and last.

·     Pointed Flats

If you don’t feel like wearing heels all day, you can always opt for your capsule flats. Because they’re chic and pointed, these flats are as stylish and professional as your pointed pumps. Plus, they will pair with everything in your wardrobe.

When we’re talking about creating a capsule wardrobe for work, it’s all about finding the right pieces that you’ll want to wear time and time again. Therefore, choosing pieces that can be styled in multiple ways is essential. When you’re looking for a piece for your new capsule collection, ask yourself, can this be styled into 5 totally different looks for different work days? If yes, it’s a winner. If no, ask yourself why you’re so drawn to it. Some pieces of fashion we just love and need at that moment. But building a work capsule wardrobe is about selectivity, versatility and stunning quality.

Head to the Shop It To Me home page and check out the hundreds of brands and household names offered and if you love a more modest style for the office, don’t miss our blog all about how to shop modest fashion.