Do you find yourself pulling out the same two or three outfits in a rotation of monotony, but you either don’t have the inclination or budget for a vast wardrobe? Sometimes all it takes is adding a couple extra core pieces to your favourites and having a play to refresh your whole look. Accessories are key in a capsule wardrobe, and whilst not included in the nine pieces, I have kept them to a minimum with a high rotation to show versatility. Investing in a collection of good quality accessories will give you even more options when styling.
Firstly let me introduce you to the nine core pieces:
Atmos & Here Lila Basic Stripe Tank $34.95 (Available via The Iconic)
Ruby & Lilli SIMPLICITÉ | BLANC TANK $40.00
Ruby & Lilli SIMPLICITÉ | NAVY Tee $69.00
Ruby & Lilli CLASSIQUE | NOIR STRIPE TOP $59.00
Target Sophie Jeans (sold out) Similar Feather & Noise Max Jean $79.00
Ruby & Lilli CLASSIQUE | NOIR PEG PANT $59.00
ASOS Satin Tie Belt Shorts $40.00
JDY Collarless Denim Jacket via ASOS SOLD OUT – Similar Birds Nest Threadz $119.00
Ruby & Lilli Rose Leopard Tassel Scarf $45.00
Is there anything more classic and effortlessly chic than distressed denim? I adore my blue denim distressed, the more the merrier, and these Sophie Jeans from Target are the bees knees. While unfortunately sold out now, I have linked similar Feather & Noise Jeans which I have heard have a fabulous amount of stretch which means no saggy bottoms and a bit of extra wiggle room for not so flat areas. Add a cute cami and heels and you have a fun and flattering casual outfit for brunch dates and shopping trips.
The gorgeous Blanc Tank is from Ruby & Lilli and is 100% Slub Cotton which means it breathes, is incredibly soft, and relaxes with wear. The straps are also wide enough to allow you to wear a bra, and the additional length is flattering for anyone with tummy or bottom issues. Paired with cute black peg pants and a bright scarf, this is the perfect outfit for school drop off, errand running and lunch dates.
Because it’s currently Summer I’ve added black dress shorts, however if it were Winter these would be a pair of cigarette slacks. This outfit is super easy and yet still so glamorous, the Leather look shoulder detail on the Ruby & Lilli Noir Stripe Top adds a special touch and make accessories optional, leaving you to throw on a pair of heels or sandals and run out the door ready to tackle anything on your to do list while still looking cute.
Is there anything cuter than a Raglan Tee? This gorgeous Ruby & Lilli tee is buttery soft 100% slub cotton and features an incredibly flattering deep scoop neckline, longer length sleeves and longer curved hemline proving fab coverage while still showing enough shape. Paired with distressed denim and white kicks, this is a cute and easy outfit for days where you will be running around like a mad woman.
“Women who wear black lead colourful lives” – Niemen Marcus.
Black is an essential part of any wardrobe, capsule or not, as it is classic, elegant and doesn’t date. My investment pieces are usually black as I will definitely get my money’s worth out of them. These Noir Peg Pants are incredibly comfortable and look great dressed up or down, up in this case with heels and jacket for a night out with the girls.
An incredibly easy way to change up your core items is to layer! Both the Ruby & Lilli Simplicite Navy Tee & Blanc Tank are 100% Cotton slub so they pair perfectly. The deep scoop neckline combined with tying a knot in the tee ensure the brightness of the tank pops out at shoulder and hemline. Cute and casual, perfect for a breakfast date or day of shopping!
Show off your pins in the shorts by pairing them with a killer pair of heels. For a day-worthy outfit add the Blanc tank and denim jacket to keep it casual. To dress this outfit up swap the tank for the cami and add a pair of statement earrings. Easy!
The Noir Stripe Top from Ruby & Lilli is a gorgeous Rayon|Spandex fabric that drapes beautifully without clinging, the extra sleeve length is incredibly flattering and enables the top to be dressed up or down easily. Paired with the Noir Peg Pants this outfit is as comfortable as it is stylish, and could just as easily be dressed up with heels for a dressier look.
Don’t keep dressier items stashed away for the occasions you actually escape the house! The satin shorts are dressed down with the gorgeous cotton slub Navy Tee and brightened up with the Rose Leopard Tassel Scarf, adding a pair of fresh white kicks pulls the entire casually-dressy outfit together making it ready for brunch, school drop off, play dates or even a movie date (add a jacket).
Now 9 pieces including accessories and shoes is just. not. doable. Well not in my books anyway, but I have kept those used today to bare minimum for those who prefer a limited wardrobe. But! Remember that accessories are the easiest, cheapest and non size related (i.e. you won’t size out of them) items to joosh and change any outfit!
Target Tesni Strapped Sandals $15.00 (I have wide feet and had to size up one size to an AU8 as these are synthetic and won’t stretch, but the size up is comfortable)
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty Ballet Slip White $70.00 (I have wide feet and had to size up one size to an AU8 as these are quite narrow, but the size up is comfortable)
MIMCO Waterfall Heels $149.00 (On SALE was $249.00) I have kept to my standard size of 38 (AU7) because these are leather and while a touch tight across the foot, they will stretch.
Oroton Crossbody Bag SOLD OUT – Similar Oroton Estate Crossbody Bag $135.00 (on SALE was $225.00)
Ruby & Lilli Aphrodite Earrings $24.95 (Available in Gold (5 colours) and Silver (6 colours) and incredibly lightweight, these are an easy and affordable way to glam up any outfit).
What did you think of 9 Pieces | 9 ways, did inspiration strike? Let me know!