Black Capsule Wardrobe 2024: 20 Must-Have You Need

20 Black Capsule Wardrobe Must-Haves You Need

2 Basic Black T-Shirts

Basic t-shirts are must-haves in your capsule wardrobe.

At the very least owning one black t-shirt is integral to any wardrobe.

And when it comes to high-quality basic t-shirts, it’s not that easy to find good ones.

Among thousands that I have tried so far, I have always come back to the heavyweight t-shirts from COS*, because for me they simply have by far the best quality.

100% cotton and a pleasantly thick fabric have never disappointed me personally – no matter how you combine or style the shirts, they always keep their shape, and don’t wrinkle or shrink. These T-shirts last for years and then still look like the first day!

Ladies, a recommendation from my heart from someone who has already tried everything in that direction.

Don’t walk, run, girls!!!

Boxy Fit Heavyweight T Shirt from COS

A Button-Down Shirt

Next, we’ll talk about shirts – button-down shirts to be exact.

There I would recommend having at least one black as these ones are simply the easiest to combine and at the same time are timeless classics that go with pretty much everything.

Either go for silk or cotton/poplin as an everyday shirt.

Linen shirts can be combined in a variety of styles during the summer vacation and have the advantage of not letting you sweat so quickly. But they wrinkle very quickly and so you can’t easily get that ironed smooth. Thus, outfits with linen shirts often look unkempt and not well done. So in everyday life, I’d rather keep my hands off linen.

Boxy Fit Seersucker Shirt from COS

A Classic Black Top

A nice basic ribbed top will find its place in any elegant outfit – but can be worn under a button-down shirt in winter, for example.

No matter how you combine it – it’s always timelessly beautiful.

Cropped knitted tank top from COS

1 Trench Coat

A trench coat is another must-have in any closet, as it goes with any outfit and enhances any look at the same time.

Due to its classic chic style, a timeless trench coat just always looks elegant and is super easy to combine.

Moreover, it’s suitable for the transition to fall or even on cooler summer days or evenings when you want to wear something over a top or a shirt. Because this chic coat isn’t only elegant but also light and therefore perfect for spring/summer or the transition to fall, because you are guaranteed not to sweat.

The absolute classics here are of course those from Burberry*, who were the first to design the light coats, but now there are also many high-quality trench coats from other brands, which are often cheaper.

So if you’re on a budget, you should try one from COS*, Arket, Mango*, or Massimo Dutti. In terms of quality, they are usually just as good – but only half as expensive as the ones from Burberry*.

Belted Black Cotton Trench Coat from Mango

Oversized Black Blazer

In an elegant, timeless capsule wardrobe, of course, no blazer should be missing.

The chic jackets look very good over any outfit and immediately make you look a lot more confident, self-assured, and elegant.

We have often written about the topic of blazers and those who have been following our blog for a while know that it is one of the most difficult things to find a high-quality blazer that doesn’t cost a lot of money.

Because even if it’s summer, a certain amount (the higher the better) of wool in the fabric mix is essential for the fit of the blazer. As soon as there is a bit too much polyester or other synthetic fabrics in it, the blazer loses its shape and wrinkles just by looking at it – anything but elegant!

wool blazer doesn’t always have to be very warm and unsuitable for summer. Because nowadays it is very difficult to find a blazer with a high wool content anyway, so you don’t have to worry about sweating in it. Besides, as I said, wool is only crucial for the fit.

vOversized Black Wool Blazer from COS

An Oversized Black Sweater

Even though you’re reading this right now in the summer, black sweaters are an absolute essential in your capsule wardrobe.

Because no matter what time of year it is, sweaters still look best when casually tied elegantly over your shoulders.

Just put on a simple shirt (top or t-shirt) and tie a sweater around your shoulders so you can wear it when it gets colder.

This is an effortless look that always adds something and looks casually elegant. At the same time, it provides a good amount of coolness that is very comfortable to wear, especially in everyday life, and incidentally reminds you of the charm of golfers.

Feel free to try it out.

Relaxed fit ribbed sweater from COS

2 Black Dresses

Another item that every closet needs is at least one black dress. It would be best if you have a longer and a shorter one here that you can swap depending on the occasion.

Moreover, if you choose to have two dresses, it’d be good to choose a fancier one and a casual one to match them to the occasion.

According to Karl Lagerfeld, a black dress not only suits every woman, but the strong color also has the advantage of radiating sovereignty, elegance, and mystery.

Accordingly, a black dress that you love is a perfect balance and a really nice piece for fancy dinners or an event.

1 Black Jeans


Straight Leg Pants

You can never go wrong with black (pleated) pants.

These pants are already more elegant and chic in nature than the jeans but are at least as easy to combine. They have the advantage of turning any outfit into a chic business outfit in no time.

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Elisa Steffes reviews designer fashion brands and elegant pieces for a living. She also loves Old Money Brands and is passionate about writing about topics related to this classic style.
She has close to 3 years of experience in SEO and has taken the Streetstylis Pinterest account to one of the most popular magazines on Pinterest and Instagram.
When she's not working, you'll find her doing Pilates, dancing or hanging out with her friends in Malta.

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