How To: Build Your Looks

So you’ve purchased all your pieces – now it’s time to play! Don’t let your seemingly empty closet fool you. Take a look at all of your pieces, while you may only have 34 things looking back at you, the outfit possibilities far exceed the number of pieces in your wardrobe (I’m sure we could figure out the actual number of outfits you could create using some complex math equation but that doesn’t sound like very much fun to me). Don’t get stuck on only pairing one particular shirt with one particular bottom. The great thing about a capsule wardrobe is that everything “goes” together so you really can’t make a wrong move.

Using all 34 pieces, I was able to create 40 outfits without too much effort. Remember any of the “top” combinations shown above can be paired with any bottoms pictured. Coats/Jackets can be mixed. This mix of outfits will get me through most of the everyday activities in my life.

Here are my “Top 5” looks:

Perfect For: Running Around Town

Just because you're running around doesn't mean you have to look like you've just come from the gym! Try putting a button-down shirt under a sweatshirt for a casual yet polished look. It's just as comfortable as a t-shirt and instantly elevates a jeans and sneakers outfit.

Yellow Rain Jacket available at Old Navy $49.90*; Brunette The Label Sweatshirt available at Below the Belt $79*; White Button-Down Shirt available at Old Navy $26.94*; Skinny Jeans available at GAP $79.95*; Shoulder Bag available at GUESS $98*; Converse White Sneakers available at Town Shoes $105*.

Perfect For: A Day at the Office

The great thing about a relaxed-fit yet tailored blazer is that it's dressy enough for work but still looks great with jeans. Who says that your blazer and skirt have to match? Not me!

Grey Blazer available at H&M $59.99*; Silk Blouse available at H&M $39.99*; Pencil Skirt available at Cleo $49.90*; Shoulder Bag available at GUESS $98*; Nine West Pumps available at Town Shoes $130*.

Perfect For: Girls Night

Wide-legged white trousers for a night out with girls? Yes please! Pair with your striped t-shirt and leather jacket for a chic, sophisticated look.

Vero Moda Faux Leather Jacket available at Below the Belt $99*; Striped Shirt available at Reitmans $39.90*; Wide-Legged Trousers available at Le Chateau $89.95*; Clutch available at Aldo $40*; Nine West Pumps available at Town Shoes $130*.

Perfect For: Sunday Funday

Weekend looks should be casual enough to spend all day in, yet polished enough that you can bounce around without feeling under-dressed. This look will take you from brunch to shopping to afternoon drinks in a heartbeat.

Wool Coat available at Reitmans $160.90*; Chambray Shirt available at GAP $64.95*; Denim Skirt available at GUESS $79*; Calvin Klein Tote Bag available at Hudson's Bay $168*; Booties available at H&M $49.99*.

Perfect For: Date Night

I love pairing a classic LBD with a moto jacket and booties. It's a great way to add a little bit of edge to a classic shape.

Vero Moda Faux Leather Jacket available at Hudson's Bay $99*; LBD available at Le Chateau $99.95*; Clutch available at Aldo $40*; Booties available at H&M $49.99*.

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change.