Holiday Capsule Wardrobe With 10 Must-Have Fashion Essentials

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The more the holidays are approaching, the more we dream of beaded gowns, party dresses, “ugly” sweaters, glitters and sequins. However, these pieces are not the most versatile, and we tend to spend a lot on them at this time of the year. Which is perfectly fine when you have an unlimited budget, but as most of us don’t, here’s my idea.

This year, instead of splurging on holiday dressing, you can update your wardrobe by investing on winter essentials that are perfect for holidays, yet they will go a long way! These are major wardrobe staples that every woman must own, and the best part is that they are also perfect for your busy holiday party schedule!

Remember that the key to a successful holiday capsule wardrobe, that will still be wearable after the holidays, is to have foundational items that are:

✔ Classic

✔ Versatile

✔ Flattering

✔ Of good structure, fit & quality

Your Perfect Holiday Capsule Wardrobe With 10 Fashion Essentials

#1 The perfect black blazer

A well-structured, tailored blazer is classic, feminine and looks great on all body types. This is my number one wardrobe essential in general and also perfect for a holiday capsule wardrobe! You can pair it with jeans, skirts, tailored pants, little dresses and anything in between. What’s more, you can wear it with your holiday evening gown! Just make sure to pick a really good fitting one! For me, the perfect black blazer is the iconic Yves Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking. Here are some similar cuts below on more affordable versions.
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#2 Turtleneck sweater

As I mentioned in a recent outfit post, a turtleneck sweater is the ultimate winter layering piece. This baby will not only keep you warm but it’s perfect to wear on its own or under your favorite dresses! Plus, it ensures that your neck is nice and snug all winter long!
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#3 A red/burgundy velvet dress

Instead of a long, evening embroidered gown, you can choose a red velvet dress this year. Look how my blogger friend Rina has perfectly styled the same red velvet dress, for a holiday appearance and a day-look! Isn’t it perfection?
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#4 Leather jacket

For me, leather jackets are on top of the must-have wardrobe essentials list. Every girl needs to add a little bit of edgy to her wardrobe. A leather moto jacket will give you the “cool girl” vibe you need that still remains classic and timeless. It can serve perfectly, from a basic model-off-duty staple to an unexpectedly cool and sophisticated topper for an elegant evening attire!
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#5 Cashmere crewneck sweater

Instead of buying an “ugly sweater” –by the way I don’t know why we call them ugly, I just love them- you can wear the same like last year, and invest on a cashmere crewneck sweater which will go a long way. This super chic layering piece can be as easy to dress up as it is to dress down!
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#6 Black single-sole pumps

If you must own one pair of shoes, this is it! You can choose a patent leather one for more holiday glam. Try to avoid the very high stiletto heel, especially if you choose patent leather, so that they can be worn at work and match with as many daily looks as possible, after the holiday is over.
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#7 Evening clutch

This is the best time to invest on an evening clutch. For a night out, you can wear a pair of leather pants and a cashmere sweater, and style it up with an embroidered clutch in metallic tones, as it looks like a big piece of jewelry. My favorites are from Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Monique Lhuillier, but there are similar affordable versions too!
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#8 Black ankle boots

A good pair of black, ankle boots, is a perennial wardrobe staple. This shoe never seems to get old! You can wear them with jeans, dress and tights during day, or finish off any going out look! Suede boots are very hot right now, and they add texture to your outfit, making it look more expensive.
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#9 Midi Skirt

A tailored midi skirt has the power to make any girl feel extra stylish and on point! Midi skirts can dress up any outfit, making it perfect for all the big events in your calendar.
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#10 Tailored Leather Trousers

Most probably you already have a pair of rocker-style leather (or vegan leather) leggings. Try updating your leather game with a pair of tailored trousers for an alternative to pair with a dressy top for a night out during holidays, or even a crisp white button-down and blazer for the office. You’ re welcome. 🙂
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So what is higher on your shopping list for this holiday season? And what do you tend to splurge the most when it comes to fashion and holidays? I would love to find out in the comments below!

Thank you so much for visiting and happy Black Friday!



  1. 25/11/2016 / 14:44

    My dear Stella,

    thank you so much for this great Inspiration! I absolutley love Midiskirts, as you might know 😉 I will have a closer look at the H&M one as I like the color. Great post my dear Stella


    • Stella Asteria
      28/11/2016 / 19:13

      I am always happy to hear I have inspired you in any way, as you are such an inspiration for me as well! I just saw your leather & velvet combo and I am amazed! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great start to the week my friend!

  2. 25/11/2016 / 16:00

    So many beautiful items which I really need! Especially one of these blazers and burgundy velvet dress!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Have a nice weekend:)


    • Stella Asteria
      28/11/2016 / 19:12

      So glad you like them dear! Thank you for your lovely comment! x

    • Stella Asteria
      28/11/2016 / 19:11

      So glad you like it my dear Nissi! Yes that black leather jacket is the bomb! 😀 Have a great week!

  3. 25/11/2016 / 17:30

    Love all of these items and love how you thought about how to wear it also after the holidays by being classic, versatile, flattering and of a fine structure, fit & quality! Hope you have a lovely weekend and black Friday shopping! Xx Susanne –

    • Stella Asteria
      28/11/2016 / 19:11

      So glad you like them my dear Susanne! I actually did;t have time to shop on black Friday, it was an extremely busy day at work, involving a day trip too haha! Thankfully I got back to Thessaloniki on time to visit the Chanel beauty store, where I scored some great goodies! 🙂
      Wishing you a great start to the week and thanks for stopping by! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      28/11/2016 / 19:10

      Glad you like them Violette!x

  4. 25/11/2016 / 19:55

    I love this holiday capsule wardrobe! I think a leather jacket is a great piece to have around because it’s so versatile and adds some edge to an outfit! Thanks for sharing!


    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 20:11

      I agree 🙂 Glad you like my holiday capsule wardrobe! Have a great start to the week Helen!

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 20:02

      Thanks Carmen, glad you like it!

  5. 25/11/2016 / 22:45

    Oh wow, what a lovely selection of things! I could take one of each of the velvet dresses, they are absolutely beautiful. And the black boots… you can never have too many of those. Have a lovely weekend, gorgeous! xx

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:55

      I know right? Who can have enough (black) boots? haha! Have a great start to the week my dear Lisa and thank you for stopping by! xoxo

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:55

      They are timeless 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:54

      Glad you like them! 🙂

  6. 26/11/2016 / 06:41

    Such great winter essentials for the holiday party season. You’ve got me hooked to that velvet one shoulder dress. The color is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you’re wearing for the holidays!!!

    xx Yasmin

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:54

      Thank you Yasmin, I am going to make a post soon! 🙂 Have a great start to the week!

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:54

      Glad you like them Elise! 🙂

  7. 26/11/2016 / 15:33

    Beautiful selection! Comfy turtlenecks are my absolute favorite this year.

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:53

      Thank you Marta, mine too! 🙂

  8. 26/11/2016 / 19:03

    This is such a fantastic selection Stella! I looove those Gucci booties – definitely on my wish list!
    xx, Carmen –

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:53

      I am definitely suggesting them, I have the white ones! They go with everything and they are the most comfortable shoe ever! You will really make the most of them! Thanks for stopping by! x

  9. 26/11/2016 / 21:10

    Great choice my Stella! 🙂 So happy to realize that I thankfully already have most of these pieces! Still missing that red velvet dress tough! Thanks for this perfect inspo my sweety!


    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:52

      Thank you my gorgeous, so glad you like it! Wishing you a lovely week! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:52


  10. 26/11/2016 / 23:36

    Such a marvellous inspiration honey! Outstanding work! Thank you so much for this detailed description in such a beautiful frame!
    Love your selection and I have to say that that velvet dress was love at the first sight! I can imagine for NYE with a pair of stilettos and a glass of champagne …. Perfect! ♥
    The leather is one of my passions and that moto jacket and pants are fabulous. The GG booties are one of my favorites ! You know how I love your white ones ♥ ♥
    Thanks again for this amazing post and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Lot of love ♥

    Lady Trends

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:52

      Oh I am so glad you like it my dear Rosa Mari1 The GG booties are my favourite fashion investment ever, they go with literally everything which I never though of a white boot! And they are so heavenly comfortable too! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I am always happy to read from you! Have an amazing start to the week my darling! xo

  11. 27/11/2016 / 00:47

    Aww it means so much that you found my holiday dress post inspiring! I definitely look to you for continuous outfit inspo, so it means a lot! There are so many pieces you’ve listed that I have yet to get for this fall and winter. Still on the lookout for the perfect turtle necks for layering. I also need to get myself a midi pleated skirt, those are super versatile. I totally agree with the need for the perfect tailored leather legging. I’ve finally invested in a pair and have had no regrets! I wear them at the very least, weekly and I have endless styling ideas for them! They should definitely be on everyone’s wardrobe capsule list! Lovely post as always babe and thanks so much for sharing my holiday post on your blog!

    xoxo Rina

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:50

      Thank you my dear Rina, I had a huge inspiration by that velvet dress, and now I know how my NYE dress will look like 🙂 It’s a pleasure sharing your blog, you are so stylish and every post and outfit is a serious fashion inspiration for me as well! Have a great start to the week love!

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:49

      I need too a new blazer in my life! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Mel, hope you have found what you’re looking for!

  12. 27/11/2016 / 07:35

    WOW !
    This is such an amazing Post ! Loving the construction of this Post , how you organize and show us chapter wise so many examples !
    One of the best !


    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:49

      Thank you my dear Amanda! Glad you like it! x

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:48


    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:48

      Thank you!

  13. 27/11/2016 / 17:29

    Your article is AMAZING !!! I have a big crush for «  RED/BURGUNDY VELVET DRESS ».
    I would like to have everything
    Thank you for sharing all these good ideas

    • Stella Asteria
      27/11/2016 / 19:48

      So glad you enjoyed it my dear Marie! Wishing you a great start to the week! xo

  14. Gaby Illescas
    07/12/2016 / 08:37

    Love all your picks dear Stella!! so stylish and chic! 🙂

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