How to Build a Work Capsule Wardrobe for the Office

Alexandra offers a range of high quality office and business wear for both men and women. Whether you are looking for work dresses, pencil skirts or suits, we have a wide range of workwear solutions to suit your personal style.

When budget and sustainability fuels decision making, it’s important to build a perfect capsule wardrobe. One that is versatile, hard-wearing and ultimately offers you a sense of style in the workplace.

What is a work capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is a collection of items that complement each other. This allows you to create a variety of different outfits and looks. The goal is to have fewer pieces but more versatility. This allows you to easily put an outfit together and save time decision making. 

A work capsule wardrobe is exactly the same, but exclusively including workwear. If your workplace has a business casual dress code, you need to select pieces that you can wear throughout your working week. 

Having a work capsule wardrobe allows you to switch off from work and save valuable time deciding what to wear to the office. Your personal wardrobe will stand the test of time as it is separate from your workwear. Each item in your workwear wardrobe will set you apart from everyone else, giving you your own sense of personal style in the workplace.

What items should I include in my capsule work wardrobe?

What to include depends on your business workwear policy and dress code. The most common dress code in an office environment is usually business casual. A mixture of tops that you can wear with work trousers and skirts offers a good starting point for a capsule wardrobe for work. This will help lessen the feeling of repeated outfits. 

Having a range of staple pieces in black, navy and grey allows you to introduce secondary colours to complement and elevate your look. Having loud and colourful work clothes can present difficulties when trying to mix and match outfits. Some colours just don’t pair well with others, and you’ll find yourself wasting your precious time on choosing what to wear.

Work Capsule Wardrobe Essentials for the Office

To create a capsule office wardrobe, begin with your staple pieces. We recommend these essentials which will provide outfit ideas to suit almost any office dress code:

Trousers and Skirts

Form a great base to pair with a selection of tops with quality trousers and skirts from Alexandra.

The Cadenza Womens Slim Fit Trouser is a great starting point to build your capsule wardrobe. Available in 3 colourways and 4 lengths, you can be certain to find your perfect fit. The Cadenza range also features classic slim leg trousers for men too. These are another excellent starting point for putting together work outfits. 


Our Icona Women’s Pencil Skirt is a classic piece to begin building your outfit with. Available in black, charcoal, ink navy and navy, it is a reliable and stylish staple. 

Shirts and Blouses

Whether long sleeved or short sleeved, shirts and blouses remain high on the list of essential clothing items for work. No matter your company culture, a smart shirt will always work with a pair of jeans or smart suit trousers.

The EasyCare Womens Long Sleeve Shirt is available in over 10 colours. It’s easy to find one to match your personal style or work environment. If you are part of a team, you can match these perfectly with the EasyCare Mens Long Sleeve Shirt.

Jackets, Blazers and Knitwear

You should always take seasonality into account when building your capsule wardrobe. Ensure that you choose products that you can layer. This means over the cooler months you can maintain your wardrobe versatility whilst supporting your sense of style. 

The Womens Long Line Cardigan has a classic shape and traditional colour palette. It’s the perfect canvas for any extra branding. Wear with a contrasting shirt or a sleek pencil skirt for instant elegance – and some much-needed warmth in the winter months. 

Similarly, the Icona Mens Tailored Fit Jacket provides a classic, sharp look which you can also pair with a waistcoat. 


Explore our office wear collection to start building your capsule workwear wardrobe.

Don’t forget that we also offer a tailored personalisation service on a large range of our workwear. Discover the benefits of personalising your workwear and view our full range today. 

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