The Twentysomething's Guide To A Capsule Wardrobe For 2018

For those who want to shop smart and quit impulse-buying.

The purpose of a capsule wardrobe is for you to shop less—or shop wisely, by building fewer than 12 key pieces that will never go out of style. A major rule to remember: You can only shop for a *trendy* piece two to three times a year, and only as the fashion season changes. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. A multi-purpose bag you can grow old with.

    Imagine yourself five, 10, even 20 years from now. Will it be a bag you’ll be proud to get caught toting?

    Basic tote bag, P4,599, Charles & Keith

  2. Classic blue jeans that aren't distressed, acid washed, or ripped.

    Ask yourself: If I wear this over and over again, will people notice? The answer should be no.

    Skinny dark blue jean, P1,795, Mango

  3. Classic flats that can withstand trials.

    Consider these your go-to shoes that can match ~any~ outfit, and go through anything—from commutes in the city to an entire day running errands at work.

    Black leather flats, P1,200, Tipi and Folk 

  4. An LBD you can have endless fun with.

    There are a million LBDs in the market and you shouldn’t fall into a trap and buy them all. If you can imagine numerous exciting ways to dress up your LBD of choice (e.g. wear a shirt underneath, cinch it with a belt, dress it up with heels or keep it low-key with sandals, etc.), then you’ve found the one.

    LBD, 1,299, Susto

  5. A blazer that’s tailor-fit for you.

    Your blazer shouldn’t have to be in navy blue or black just because it’s a capsule wardrobe. Work jackets come in different styles, and all you really need to do is try them on to see which cut and silhouette flatter your frame the most. Then go for it!

    Yellow blazer, P995, Shop Copper

  6. A chic pullover.

    Tip: nothing too lousy or frumpy so it wouldn’t look like a sweater you wore to bed.

    Cable-knit sweater with side buttons, P4,288.83, J Crew

  7. A casual-but-not-really tee.

    It’s supposed to be what you can easily put on on casual days, but at the same time, it shouldn’t look too ~street-style casual~. Keep it chic!

    Casual t-shirt, P590, Uniqlo

  8. A pair of stud earrings that can go well with both a cocktail dress and a jeans-and-tee outfit.

    Stick to the classics. If earrings aren’t your thing, a simple bracelet or a single strand necklace will do.

    Pearl earrings, P1,250, Braveries

  9. A white shirt you’ll want to wear forever.

    Most would say you need to invest in a crisp, white button-down. But if it's not for you, a white shirt with a bit of ~personality~ is what you need—perhaps a ruffle here or there, or one with unique buttons, depending on what you like.

    White shirt, P1,290, Pink Manila

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