A minimal, wearable wardrobe which can suit a busy life may seem an unobtainable dream but that’s precisely why the capsule wardrobe was thought up. The general idea is to invest in select pieces you can wear over and over in multiple ways as opposed to the alternate wear and discard culture many have become accustomed to.
The worry for many can be what is worth the investment. To assist STYLEetc has put together our top five capsule wardrobe pieces which will provide lasting wear and style which never dates.
Taken on by Aquascutum, Burberry and Mackintosh alike, the Trench defines conventional British style in the very best way. Flattering of shapes and structured to fit impeccably (if you invest wisely) this coat style is effortlessly chic. For elongation opt for an A-line style and to flatter curves choose one which ties at the waist, the belt version additionally adds aesthetic value in the belt.
For Parisian chic throw over black denim jeans, a striped top (see below) and simple logo ballet flats. For business use, style with a crisp, white shirt, tailored trousers and power suit heels. For Spring suited attire, drape over a pretty floral tea dress, with sunglasses and an oversized bag for cute design.
You can’t go wrong with a classic white shirt if you choose your subject wisely in the first instance. What you need to look for is opaqueness, good quality of fabric and a clean cut. Collar length is additionally important, decide how much cleavage you’re comfortable to show. Opt for breathable cotton to adhere to warmer days and still keep you warm during less favourable conditions, Lacoste offer Oxford shirts which fit the bill.
The white shirt is a chameleon of fashion, easily suited to a multitude of various combinations, sure to stand the test of time if cared for correctly. We recommend worn loose with tailored suit for business formal or paired with bold tulle skirt and heels for a modern twist on Dior’s new look. To give edge to your sartorial staple, throw on a leather biker jacket from Acne to create a juxtaposing, effortless result.
Every Girl needs a decent pair of denim jeans. Not just for ticking style lists off but to enrich your wardrobe and add new dimension to your casual collection. Finding the perfect dream jeans can be strenuous work, it may require a solid effort shopping trip to get a feel for different store’s fits and shapes, see Levi’s, Topshop and River Island to start. Once purchased you won’t regret it, finding that pair which will suit anything and everything and get you through those low body confidence days is a feat to be proud of.
We could harp for days about the options of styling jeans, but in the interest of keeping things sort and sweet, will just stick to current trends recommendations. A ruffle blouse tucked into high-waisted jeans will create a retro seventies feel which this season is all about, choose flares to really nail the look. Classic skinny jeans will forever flatter the majority, throw on with loose shirt and jacket for a care-free cool attitude. Sports inspired fashionista’s can pair theirs with low rise trainers and a cute logo tee for street-style kudos.
We say killer heels in the figurative sense of course, with the main aim to have heels which look killer but fit like a glove. Killer heels couldn’t be of feature without including Christian Louboutin’s. Louboutin’s signature red soles are legendary in design, with a pointed high spike heel also notably familiar. Bold red heels will set your look apart if eye-catching is the end goal.
Statement heels will elongate the legs so optimise your assets further with cigarette trousers, finished with a chic blouse. For a girly approach, throw on with a pretty tea dress to inject drama to an otherwise innocent ensemble. Our final look envisions date night appropriation in a fitted little black dress, classic Chanel bag and killer heels to complete.
Every woman needs the bag. The bag which will support you through busy work days to active trips out. The statement bag will fit all your essentials, reminiscent of Mary Poppins, no file or device too tricky to stuff in and cart around the city. Your statement bag needs to be sturdy and durable, made of lasting fabric. Research Dior, Givenchy and Prada for those value pieces you can pass on.
Opting for a classic black leather bag ensures maximum combinations can be met with ease. Pair your arm candy with a structured jacket to upgrade your standard 9-5 wear. Match with an all-black ensemble, jeans, fitted tee and boots for an ideal casual-drinks scenario. Lastly, drape alongside your usual denim skirt and cami for a fun-loving season -suiting approach.
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