Help basically starting from nothing! Am a size 18 on slimming world losing regularly. Want a complete capsule wardrobe to keep me going for another couple of months. Obviously nothing too pricey. What do I need and how many of each?
That sounds a plan, but it's not very "capsule" is it?
Isn't capsule meant that everything goes with everything? Ie a tunic or dress that can be worn with leggings (casual), tights (sexy) or bare legs (summer) and everything is in colours that combine well (for example white, navy or black and camel)?
Maybe, quite possibly, i don't have a clue what I am talking about
I think Hush are great for that sort of thing, I have some good basics (excellent quality) from them. Not cheap (n fact, a bit £££) but their longer length t-shirts for example last a thousand washes yet never lose their shape.
What sort of "smart tops" were you thinking? Blouses?
I've not got a capsule wardrobe, but I think the idea is that everything mixes and matches, so you go for particular colours that will work together. I'd be inclined to go for separates over dresses so they'd be more versatile. If it was me, and I'm thinking about stuff I actually own here, which is probably not to everyone's taste, plus the time of year, I'd have:
Black skinny jeans Black a-line skirt Grey skinny jeans Other a-line skirt, maybe a leopard print one Dress that could be smart or casual, maybe a navy Whistles shirt dress
Stripy top Turtleneck jumper - grey, I think Black crew-neck fine-knit jumper Grey crew-neck fine-knit jumper Mustard cardigan A couple of blouses, one black and white printed, and another more colourful one Denim shirt
I think that would all work together to make different outfits, but I can wear smart jeans to work. The cardi and denim shirt could both go over the dress, and the stripy top could go under it (it's half-sleeved).
Could you look at things like stretchy tube skirts which will work over a couple of dress sizes?
I always say this, but could you do a big ASOS order and try stuff on at home? Free delivery and returns. I might include a pinafore dress in my list above too, actually, but in reality a capsule wardrobe is my idea of hell!
There are some blogs that offer good capsule advice.
Putting Me Together and the Vivienne Files are probably a good place to start. I also like the Workwear Edit although it's quite formal - but I think you can translate into less formal versions pretty easily.