We all know her: No matter what circumstance she finds herself in, she turns up on time looking flawless, fashionable and on trend. How does she do it?
The ever-ready wardrobe
The answer is simple. She is the proud owner of a capsule wardrobe -- a small but versatile collection of clothes designed to take her from the office to a night out with the gals. Here's how you can develop your own capsule wardrobe and create a multitude of outfits from a few well chosen staples.
A few simple rules
Start by choosing a base color. This can be gray, black, white, or navy. Ensure that 75 percent of your wardrobe is made up of plain-colored clothing, and the remaining 25 percent is in prints.
Limit the number of dresses you have. Instead, concentrate on accumulating a collection of separates.
If you live in a seasonal area, pack away a few essential items that you know you will wear later in the year. Clearing space in the closet is essential for creating your new capsule wardrobe (not to mention good karma).
Consider your lifestyle. Are you a stay-at-home mom or high-flying career girl? Do you work outdoors on in? Design your wardrobe with your circumstances in mind.
Now the fun begins! Go shopping with a list of items needed to create your limited-edition re-invention.
The essential eight
So what are the actual, essential eight pieces necessary to start your new wardrobe?