Back to Basics: Essential bottoms (trousers/skirts) for a Capsule Wardrobe

Last week I shared my Essential Tops for a Capsule Wardrobe. This week I’m bringing you a round up of my essential bottoms.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I shared my full 38 Piece Autumn Capsule Wardrobe over on my YouTube Channel earlier in the week, which you can check out HERE. You’ll see my entire collection of trousers, jeans and skirts there.

I find in my wardrobe I don’t need as many bottoms as I do tops. I included 14 tops in last week’s post, but I only have 8 bottoms. Any bottoms I do have tend to be quite basic and versatile so they go with a lot more top options. Versatility is key when you want to have less items in your wardrobe.

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I own 2 pairs of trousers. One is a pair of plain black, high waisted, smart trousers, with a slight cropped and flared leg. These are very comfortable but very fitted so I wear these with a slightly looser fitting top tucked in, or if I’m feeling my best I’ll be brave and go for a tighter fitting polo neck with them. They look great with flat loafers or a nice heel.

The other is a paper-bag style trouser with a subtle(ish) stripe pattern in grey. These are the trousers I wear when I’m wearing a tighter fitting top, maybe a bodysuit, and I want something looser on the bottom. The paper-bag waist is so flattering. These look great with any kind of footwear from heels to vans to ankle boots. I get a lot of wear out of these trousers becasue of the comfort level. Comfort is so important for me.


I have 4 pairs of jeans in my wardrobe at the moment. I do have an extra pair of black skinny jeans packed away in my winter wardrobe still, but I’m not really feeling them lately, so they’re staying put for now.

I have mainly high waisted pairs of jeans, because I find these the most flattering and easy to wear. I like to tuck in my tops, and I find mid-rise jeans unflattering on me when I tuck in a tighter fitting top. I have a pair of slim-fit mom jeans in a light wash, a darker wash pair of straight leg jeans,  a skinny cropped pair in a very pale wash (which I love mixing with red or leopard print – I think it looks so good) and a pair of almost high waist ripped jeans, for something a bit different than just plain.


I have 3 skirt styles in my wardrobe right now: A-line, pencil and long/midi length.

An a-line skirt is my favourite fit. It’s very flattering on the body, nips in the waist, and either creates a bit of shape on the hip (if you don’t have it) or skims it (if you do have some shape). I have one in a plain black version, and for autumn/winter, or for going out I have a leatherette version that I made myself. A-line skirts are super easy to make, so you can have your perfect one in your perfect colour, fabric and length very easily. (Check out my tutorial here)

A pencil skirt is a great option for a smarter look. It’s usually worn to work if you work in an office environment. However, I love dressing down a pencil skirt with a t-shirt or a sweater and some boots or vans. This shape is new to my wardrobe so watch this space while I figure out how I’m going to style it up.

A midi skirt is a great choice all year round, depending on the fabric. If it’s lightweight like cotton, linen, chiffon etc. it’s great for warmer weather, and a heavier weight fabric like denim, satin, wool or a heavy polyester is great for cooler weather. It looks great with a chunky jumper and ankle boots for A/W and just a simple t-shirt and sandals or trainers for S/S.

Don’t forget to check out my full 38 Piece Capsule Wardrobe to see all of these pieces on, and the rest of my essential pieces. You can watch the video HERE

Do let me know what your wardrobe essentials are, that you just can’t live without, and if you have any questions on how you could style some of your items to get more wear out of them, I can do some styling videos for you. Just pop a comment down


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