How to create an off-duty capsule wardrobe

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There's a lot more talk about capsule wardrobes thanks to the reality of more time  at home and less time spent curating office appropriate looks or attending social events. The first of our Style Series went live on IG TV this week, with Jen's edit for the ultimate capsule wardrobe for off-duty days. 

Building a capsule wardrobe might sound daunting, but we think it’s just about the best money and time saving thing you can do for your closet!  Put simply, all you need to do is edit your wardrobe down to your favourites – those that fit your body and your lifestyle the best.  Then create looks from pairing these key items, leaving you able to focus more on quality over quantity, by adopting a more sustainable approach to shopping through a curated wardrobe, investing in key pieces that will stand the test of time. 

The Off-Duty Capsule wardrobe also makes mornings SO much easier. Think getting dressed in autopilot with an interchangeable, tonally curated selection of pieces which make getting dressed (chicly) so much easier.

And so, to the clothes! You’ll find details and tips on our eight key pieces for off-duty dressing below.  Essential to any capsule wardrobe is to choose a colour palette, and stick to it. We LOVE neutrals at Trading In Style, and our off-duty selects are almost always in hues of grey, black, white and ecru with the occasional addition of a knit or tee in a soft colour.  By keeping things neutral, you can be sure that all your pieces can be worn with one another, making outfits a breeze even on the most hectic of mornings!

 jenna isaacman style

Trench Coat

Trenches are super versatile and the perfect to shape to suit every body. Throw a trench over everything from jeans and a tee, to trackies, or a white shirt and leather pants.  Timeless and stylish, a trench will dial up the chic on even the most casual of outfits.

 

bike short blazer style

Blazer

Everyone needs a classic blazer in their wardrobe. It’s a piece we recommend you invest in, the perfect fitting black blazer will take be your trans-seasonal best friend, and pairs just as beautifully with jeans and your logo tee or crisp white shirt as it does with black bike shorts and your favourite kicks.

For a fun alternative to black, add a textured or statement blazer to your off duty looks which will take any outfit to the next level.

 Anine bing tee

Logo Tee

It’s the piece that needs no introduction. Logo tees are here to stay, add this staple to your off-duty capsule now - we guarantee you will wear it to death. Pair with jeans, tracksuit pants, with s skirt, denim cut-offs, leather pants, the list is endless!

 

Denim

For a capsule wardrobe we’d suggest at least two pairs of jeans. Wide leg high waist styles in your choice of a darker denim or classic, lighter wash will be your best friend and solve every “I don’t know what to wear” morning by being there for you every season. We love the freshness of white denim for Spring, and a muted black tone to add just the right rock edge when paired with a logo tee.

Leather Pants

Our first note on leathers?  Invest in them now and you’ll never look back.  Comfy, easy to dress up or down, super durable – they are not just for nights! They really do make the perfect #lockdown pants. Pair with a neutral knit and flats or hoodie and trench when the weather is cool.

 

cashmere cardigan Jenna Isaacman

Knitwear

When it comes to knitwear, neutral tones are the perfect capsule wardrobe additions.

A simple ribbed or round neck piece in cream, beige or grey marle is an essential off-duty wardrobe piece. Cardigans are having a major comeback, you can layer them or wear done up over jeans or leather pants on cooler days – they’re another trans-seasonal must have.

 

Denim Shorts

Any off -duty wardrobe would be incomplete without a trusty pair of denim shorts. They’re a staple in most of our summer wardrobes for years, pair them with your logo tee and a blazer, oversized white shirt and flats or hoodie and your favourite Golden Goose and you’re ready for an off-duty day whatever that looks like in your world.

 

Tracksuit

We know, track suits used to be “at home” wear, but 2020 changed all that and now they’re a 100% wardrobe must-have. Matching sets are our favourite for simple off-duty dressing, but the versatility of the set means that you can wear the two pieces separately with jeans, shorts, tees and a denim jacket or a trench to up the sophistication and bring your whole outfit together.

If you want more of our style tips, stay tuned to Trading In Style's Style Series with new hints and tips via our IG TV weekly!

 

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