Research suggests that most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of their lives. With that in mind, and to help you to wear everything in your closet, Image Intelligence has developed a Fashion Dictionary. This guide showcases the essential pieces for dressing easily and without second-guessing your choices. The Fashion Dictionary provides a list of signature clothing pieces everyone can use for professional and personal occasions. The goal of this glossary is to assist you in spending wisely, planning your wardrobe in advance, and implementing a budget for all your seasonal needs.

Our 12 – Piece Capsule Collection also provides an overview of the best investment pieces for any wardrobe. When curating pieces for a foundational wardrobe, a “less is more” philosophy keeps this process simple. Elevate your look with must-have investment pieces that will stand the test of time. From the classic blazer, iconic trench coat, a pair of jeans, or straight pencil skirt, these are the building blocks of a wardrobe that never goes out of style and may be the most important part of your wardrobe.

To begin your capsule collection, start by building on what you already own to create groups of five to twelve related pieces that can be worn in a multitude of combinations. Here are some specific guidelines:

  • Choose solid color pieces that mix more readily than patterned ones
  • Pick a few print pieces that will be links connecting the solids into combinations
  • Every item should be in your most flattering colors and shapes.
  • Versatility is worthless if all of the combinations don’t flatter YOU.

This collection does not have to consist of only items that can all be worn together. Consider these items as clothing styles that go with anything your own. Let go of the idea that everything has to go with everything. If most of the pieces work with the majority of the capsule collection, you’ll have as many outfits as you need. Once your collection is established, you will love all these most important clothes and pair them with everything!