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How to Build a Time Capsule Wardrobe

 by Jhussahara Mendieta

With trends emerging and dying at the speed of light and new aesthetics being created daily on social media, we may feel that we can no longer keep.

Lucky for us, building a capsule wardrobe can be the solution. But, how we can make it both timeless and fit for us? 

Starting line: don’t throw just anything out.

Analyse which clothes, accessories, and shoes you are always wearing. Have in mind a set of important questions to consider for your own lifestyle, such as: Do I need to prioritise comfort? Does it still fit me? Is it a basic or a statement piece? 

Look to those endless Pinterest fashion inspiration boards to notice repeating clothing pieces, textile patterns, and silhouettes that you like. Then, look if you already own something similar in your closet, if not you would be able to make a more conscious decision before acquiring something new. Built from what you already have. 

Continuing with how to identify what you are always wearing, you can use the classic hanger tip. But here at Darling, we want to give it a spin: Check some past photos you have, and look out for those pieces you always wear when going out. If you don’t have any, you could start by taking some an ‘outfit of the day’ - even if it’s just your pyjamas (you need to know which one to keep too).

Once everything you already have is organised and curated, you can always solidify your base and look for what you need to make that wardrobe survive the passing of time.

From there, all you may want to add are some essential “It girl” pieces:

1, White t-shirt: A simple white t-shirt is essential especially if we have too many statement pieces that fight each other in our outfits. 

2, Baggy jeans: Comfortable and effortlessly chic. Always a favourite.

3, Trench coat: Timelessly British, they make any outfit chic.

4, Oversized blazer: Makes you look put together in a second.

5, Sweater: We recommend having one in a solid neutral colour that matches others easily.

6, Maxi skirt: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Can be used all year round.

7, Mini dress: A life lesson influencer Ashley (@bestdressed) passed on, if you tuck them in some pants, they become a cute top, and if you put something over, a mini skirt. Truly versatile.

8, White shirt: Not only for the office, don’t be afraid to use it daily.

9, White trainers/ Ugly dad trainers: Some trainers in a neutral colour and not-so-pretty design can be as classic as the white simple ones.

10, Sunglasses: Choose ones that frame your face, but also protect your eyes. The ideal pair keep you looking put together even whilst suffering the worst of hangovers.

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