Play up your minimalist wardrobe by layering textures and mixing patterns. Texture adds interest without having to add more pieces to your outfit. I love how the stripes and salt-and-pepper texture of the coat work together in an unexpected way. I’m a big fan of stripes and find them super versatile, and a perfect fit for the blacks, whites and greys in my minimalist closet. So coming up with new ways to wear stripes is always exciting to me.
Can we also talk about transitional shoes? It’s so hard to find shoes for transitional weather. There is definitely a lack of footwear out there that sits between boots and sandals, and works in the rain. Until I found the shoes I’m wearing in this post, I had a very difficult time dressing for rainy days. I either wore flats, which didn’t do much for me in the rain, or boots, which kind of got old after months of wearing boots during the winter anyways. So I’m happy to finally have found casual heels to wear with jeans.
Layering is my way of coping with transitional weather style. I’ve always found dressing for transitional spring weather or transitional fall weather more difficult than dressing for weather that’s definitely hot or unmistakably cold. But the one upside of transitional weather is that it lets me play with layers. And I think layers are very chic. Layered looks let me combine the same old pieces in a new way and give me a completely different look.
This casual spring look combines two of my favorite staple pieces – a leather jacket and a fur vest, that up until now I’ve always worn separately. Worn together, both pieces take on a new meaning and become almost unrecognizable. It’s a really chic way to freshen up a transitional spring look without having to buy anything new. Because why buy anything new when, less is more and minimal is chic.
Your work capsule wardrobe would not be complete without a classic black skirt. Pencil or tulip or fit-and-flare, the black skirt is something that doesn’t go out of fashion and is season-less. For work, opt for skirts that are knee-length to give you a polished professional look. Knee-length skirts give you a classic, slimming and flattering silhouette.
How to make it your work capsule wardrobe staple
Like the classic white shirt, the black skirt is an essential component of a work capsule wardrobe. It looks equally good with a sweater in winter as it does with a sleeveless white shirt in summer. Pair your skirt with a pump or go for a chic look and style it with a ballet flat (the option I usually go for).
It’s a staple, it’s a classic, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Don’t underestimate the power of the white shirt as an essential part of your work capsule wardrobe.
How to make it your capsule wardrobe staple
Paired with slim black pants and worn slightly loose, the classic white shirt becomes sexy and desirable. If the shirt and pants are well cut, you need little else to make you look good. A nice pair of shoes and a minimalistic hairstyle, and you are ready to go.
When it comes to a capsule wardrobe, less is more. And minimal is chic.
If a pared down take on the classic white shirt is not for you, try a look that incorporates a white shirt with a bit more detail.
While I intend for this blog to be focused on minimalist style, minimal living, capsule wardrobes and Scandinavian interior design, I’ve decided to kick off the first post with a photo from last summer and my pick-your-own bounty from a local farm (all except the eggs; those were from the farm store).
But there is something very minimalistic about this photo and is in keeping with the theme of the blog. This blog is about living simply, but stylishly, and valuing quality over quantity. It’s a blog against the race to the bottom, of always looking for the “cheapest” without considering the true cost of something that is cheap (or as economists would say, the “negative externalities”). But that’s for another post.