The capsule wardrobe: Top 10 fashion items you need this winter

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Picture this: it’s 7am, still dark, and really, really cold outside your bed. You slam the snooze button a few too many times and now you’re standing in a towel with a mere 15 minutes to get ready for work, thinking…WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GOING TO WEAR TODAY?

Before you complain you have nothing to wear, ask yourself a few honest questions:

Do you need to use your whole body weight to push clothes out of the way?
Do you have 15 pairs of light wash jeans?
Do some of your clothes still have the swing tags attached?
Do you say things like, “Oh wow, I completely forgot I owned this old thing”?
Do your clothes hang up without a hanger, supported by the other clothes?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, you’re suffering from a bad case of Clothes Addiction, which is not only affecting your credit card bill, but also your ability to put together a cute outfit. It’s just too overwhelming.

The key to getting your wardrobe back on track is to streamline. You need to go back to basics and start a “capsule wardrobe” – a small wardrobe of 24 items or less that you can live off for every occasion,  just by creating different combinations.

Sound impossible? If you don’t believe me, feel free to return to crying in your pile of clothes on the floor, but if you’d like to save money and dress perfectly for your body shape and personal style, check out my top 10 items to kick off your winter capsule wardrobe.

Country Road Stitch Boxy Rollneck $149
Shoe Box Kardashian Kollection Kayiah Boots $149.95
Mimco Premiere Necklace $249 
Alannah Hill Can’t Stop Fantasising Top $129
Marcs Winter Tweed Short $139
Witchery Leather Waist Pleat Skirt $129.95
Country Road Stripe Gathered Dress $129
Katies Blue Denim Ripped Jean $59.95
Ginger & Smart Jaguar Trench $475
Sambag Nicole Purple Pony Clutch $210

All items are interchangeable, work with all three accessories and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. To prove it, here are five quick outfit ideas:

1. The chunky knit layered over the knife pleat skirt
2. The blouse, ripped jeans and trench coat
3. The stripe dress worn under the chunky knit
4. The chunky knit over the tweed shorts and a pair of tights
5. The trench coat over the stripe dress