Breaking Down My Personal Capsule Wardrobe

Let me start this by introducing myself: I’m Madeline, The Everygirl’s Fashion Editor.

I’ve been running The Everygirl’s fashion section since 2021, and my job occupies the majority of my brain at any given time (that and my 16-year-old dog, if I’m being completely real).

I love writing and talking about fashion for a living—it’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing, which makes it easy to put every fiber of my being into our fashion section.

Part of my job as our fashion editor is to be consistently trying and testing clothes from different brands to make sure we’re covering the best of the best.

TL;DR: I try a lot of clothes.

Another one of my responsibilities as our fashion editor? Writing and putting together our capsule wardrobes.

And I recently realized a pretty wild fact: I’ve never talked about my capsule wardrobe.

I’ve been developing my personal capsule wardrobe for years, and given how much clothing I try, if something sticks around for me, it’s really, really good.

I love incorporating trends into my wardrobe, but also have an arsenal of basics that I build my outfits around every day.

These core pieces are the best of the best; the items that I own, have vetted, and wear constantly in my everyday life.

Without further ado, I’m opening the doors to my closet and breaking down my personal capsule wardrobe.

To work from a coffee shop

– Sunglasses
– Button-up
– Denim shorts
– Ballet flats

If I’m having a day where I want to get ready but still keep it casual, this is almost always what I wear.

This button-up is one of my favorite pieces of all-time; it’s on the thicker side, which means that it doesn’t wrinkle throughout the day, and I’m so glad I finally invested in one nice button-up so I don’t have to keep replacing them.

These denim shorts are what I’d consider absolute perfection.

They’re on the longer and looser side, but don’t stretch throughout the day, and I put mine on literally almost every day in the summer months.

I’ve had mine for two years and I still was excited to pull them out of storage this year.

The Celine Triomphe sunglasses are one of my biggest splurges, but I don’t regret them whatsoever—quite the contrary, actually.

They’re a classic, oversized pair that looks good with any outfit, and I wear mine every single day.

Of my many sunglasses, this is the pair I love the most.

With my favorite ballet flats (that I own in two colors!), it’s a casual, uniform-worthy look I wear on repeat.

To dinner on a patio

– Puff earrings
– Maxi dress
– Beaded bag
– Heeled sandals

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that my love for the Staud Beaded Tommy bags knows no bounds.

I love having fun with my accessories, and this is arguably the most fun you could have with a bag.

I have one I use in the winter months (with dark florals) and one I wear in the summer (that has oranges on it), and while that one isn’t available anymore, I love this fruit salad version even more.

Case in point: How it elevates this simple maxi dress for a chic evening look on a patio..

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