How To Build A Capsule Work Wardrobe, Step By Step

Less is more and quality is key

Wasn’t 2020 a time to be alive? (Thank god that’s over.) As COVID-19 took hold, going out became a novelty and staying in was soon the norm. In-person meetings and office banter were replaced by Zoom calls, Zoom calls and more Zoom calls, with a side of matching tracksuits and athleisure to boot.

Now, as we gradually return to the office, it’s time to reassess our workplace attire. While comfort remains high on the agenda, it is no longer our sole priority. This year, sharp tailoring and handcrafted leather accessories are in, whereas sweatpants are on the out.

Curating a thoughtful capsule work wardrobe will put you in good stead for the year to come. By selecting a handful of quality pieces – just five will do – you’ll feel cool, calm and collected when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Here, your guide to creating a concise-yet-versatile capsule wardrobe that would make Marie Kondo proud:

Step 1: Invest in a pair of sleek black trousers

A pair of well-cut trousers form the backbone of any work wardrobe. Versatile enough to wear (almost) everyday, find a flattering pair of trousers and they’ll serve you for years to come.

Renaissance Renaissance Louis Pants, $776.42 at Net-A-Porter.

Step 2: Treat yourself to an investment handbag

There are handbags and then there are handbags. Tod’s Oboe Bag falls into the latter category. Made in Italy and crafted in leather, the bag’s unique curves make it casual enough for everyday but chic enough to accompany you into the evening. With enough room to fit the essentials and then some, this handbag will serve you well as you dash between meetings in the city with ease.

Tod’s Oboe Bag, $2,280 at Tod’s.

Step 3: Go in search of the perfect white t-shirt

With a white t-shirt in your arsenal, the options are endless. Dress it up with trousers (see step one) or dress it down with jeans (is casual Friday still a still a thing?).  Not all t-shirts are created equal; spending a few more dollars will ensure your do-it-all tee lasts the test of time.

Bassike Turnback Detail Tank, $110 at Bassike.

Step 4: Find a pair of quality loafers

While we’ve shelved our trackies, we’re still warming up to heels. Loafers offer a stylish and comfortable alternative without verging into casual territory. Tod’s has successfully mastered the art of elegant loafers where function meets form – the Kate Gommino Driving Shoes feature branded leather detailing, exposed handmade stitching and an iconic rubber pebble outsole.

Tod’s Kate Gommino Driving Shoes, $780 at Tod’s.

Step 5: Opt for an oversized blazer

The key to elevating any outfit, invest in a blazer now and it’ll serve you for years to come. Pair it with jeans and a tee for a smart casual look or throw it over a silk slip to give your outfit a more corporate feel. Opt for a sharp yet oversized design that will also keep you warm.

Acne Studios Tweed Blazer, $750 at Net-A-Porter.

Brought to you by Tod’s.

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