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A Miami stylist’s tips for creating a capsule wardrobe

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Minimalism isn’t for everyone (sorry, Marie Kondo), but a capsule wardrobe—a tightly edited selection of essential garments that never go out of fashion—saves you time getting ready and cuts down on clutter. “Your wardrobe needs to be filled with items you truly love,” says Carolina Benoit, stylist and owner of boutique Please Don’t Tell. Benoit takes us through the basics of streamlined personal style.

The basics. Underpinnings are serious business, and Benoit suggests starting with good shapewear, a well-fitted strapless bra, nude lingerie and a couple pairs of ankle socks.

The musts. “You might end up spending more on your ‘musts,’ but these will become your favorite items,” says Benoit. Every woman needs a variety of denim (black, white, blue and distressed); high-quality tees and camisoles in black and white; as well as a cashmere sweater, a striped T-shirt, a white blouse and a chambray button-down. Staple outerwear (even in Miami!) includes a leather jacket, a denim jacket and a trench coat. Tailoring ensures the perfect fit.

The seasonals. Items such as lace tops, printed pants and maxi dresses, which can be worn only seasonally, are also worth the investment, but spend wisely. “Seasonal items tend to be trendy and can change often,” she warns.

The trends. Even capsule wardrobes incorporate trends, but sparingly. Benoit suggests you don’t just jump at the latest Instagram craze but shop thoughtfully, with yourself in mind. “Buy pieces that reflect your personal style and that mean something to you—you’ll shop smarter.”


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