Pinup Capsule Wardrobe: Office wear

Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called Wardrobe in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces. One of the main hurdles described by those new to pinup fashion is not knowing how to accommodate the style into their pre existing wardrobe. This problem is further compounded by how pricey some of the mainstream labels are, especially if you’re not sure if pinup fashion is a permanent investment for you. 

Capsule wardrobes were all the rage last year with a number of fashionistas doing mini challenges on social media. While I am not about to part with my extensive wardrobe and become a minimalist any time soon, the concept of putting together a pinup capsule wardrobe did present an interesting opportunity to take inventory of items I own and create a lookbook for days where I simply cannot be bothered putting an outfit together on the spot. 

This is the first of a 4 part series which will cover both formal and casual looks. I have decided it would be best to approach the series from a garment angle and so this first part relates to styling a pencil skirt and top combo.  I deliberately chose black as it is a colour a lot of people feel comfortable wearing and it is easy to source from chain fashion stores like Target and Kmart. 

Shopping list

1 x Basic black top/t shirt

1 x black pencil skirt

2 x pairs of ladies flats: black and your choice of neutral colour (ivory/tan/blush)

2 x belts (black and a neutral colour)

1 x black chiffon hair scarf

1 x patterned or colorful scarf

1 x black cardigan

1 x cardigan in your fave colour

1 x medium sized brooch.

Lets get started!
1. Experiment with a chiffon hair scarf

2. Add a cardi!

I experiment with belt colours too.

3. Experiment with brooch placement

4. Keep the outfit monochromatic and add colour with accessories

5. Play with contrasting colours

I think this look would work really well in an office setting or even for casual evening drinks with friends. By adopting a lighter colour pencil skirt such as blush or changing the top to cream, the look can be softened and made suitable for daytime. 
If you have any questions or feed back please do leave a comment below!


4 thoughts on “Pinup Capsule Wardrobe: Office wear

    1. Hi Natalie! Thank you very much! This top is by Aussie brand Dangerfield and is of their label “Revival”. They bring out a few new colours every year.


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