Below is the 'secret' to all fashion editor's fabulous wardrobes
This secret changed my life
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A capsule wardrobe is a go-to range of basics that mix together to making look stylish, every day easy, quick and cost-effective.
1. The Everyday Bag
The bag you carry describes your style, at a glance. Choose your everyday bag considering your lifestyle, what do you do most days/nights, what does this bag need to hold - focus on the word 'need'.
What's your bag recommendation? Add below in the comments section.
It's about the feel, the shape, practically, purpose and durability. This bag could be a forever bag, an heirloom - consider these factors when you are deciding.
Other suggestions are:
Maybe your pocket or your values are better tailored to vegan leather or PU for this I recommend Louenhide - PU classic black bag.
2. Flattering Pants (also known as) Trousers
Anywhere, anytime, dress them up and team then down.
The right pants also known as trousers will be in heavy rotation, they work with a magnitude of items and are a dependable essential.
Make sure you choose a flattering cut for your shape, this item is worth investing in both time and money.
Brands to look at are:
4. The Ballerina Flats
Ballet flats are a classic, timeless and a trans-seasonal wardrobe staple.
Keep it simple or choose a modern take like featured here:
This ideal shoe for your capsule wardrobe slips on at a moments notice, is both casual and dressy, and the low height makes them a comfortable and practical option.
For a fashionable classic pair choose:
4. The Classic Black Dress
Ah, the black dress, easily and effortlessly styled to suit different occasions. You need one that makes you feel like you are skimming the surface of the earth with confidence.
Your dress should move perfectly with your shape, and work stylishly with both denim, leather or tailored jacket.
You will wonder how you ever lived without these dresses:
5. The Blazer
The classic blazer, another piece that transcends the day to night, casual to corporate and sophisticated to rock chic - wow what a hard working literally incredible capsule wardrobe essential. How can a piece of clothing be capable of so much?
Truly a necessity, a key pin, and a high rotation piece.
Finding the right cut and fabric is paramount.
I personally love:
6. The Classic T-shirt
Whether you spend $12 or $120 or even more on a classic t-shirt it is up to you, there is good rhyme and reason for both. The critical fact is you need a selection as the styling possibilities are endless, chances are you will wear this item more frequently than you can launder.
Owning a selection of t-shirts in your chosen base colours is recommended. Some more form fitting to wear with skirts and some looser to wear with tighter trousers.
A general rule to balance your outfit is if the top half is loose the lower half can be fitter and vice versa.
Try to find fabrics that wash and wear well, generally, linen, cotton or cotton blends are your best bet. Wash gently as holes can appear, this consideration will help you get good mileage out of t-shirts.
My current essential favourite:
7. The Cashmere Sweater (also known as) Jumper
Whether you call them sweaters or jumpers there is no questioning that cashmere is superb and supreme in quality and longevity.
Choose simple round-neck or v-neck, the style is up to you, what feels best, what looks best to suit your form?
Cashmere fabric is soft and warm - the benefits of cashmere are your skin is warm, not hot - as the fabric breathes very well.
Best to stock up and have one in each of your base colours.
I find these options are quality at an unbeatable price:
8. The Silk Shirt
Dependable, faithful, always ready to go, the silk shirt is another capsule wardrobe essential. If you find a good one don't hesitate too long to snap it up - they sell out at lightning speed.
The fit should be slightly oversized but not too big, your aim is to be able to wear it tucked in or out depending on the styling occasion.
Perfect with jeans, trousers or a skirt, layer yours underneath a cashmere sweater, add a biker jacket, coat or blazer to mix up your look.
I adore these silk shirts:
9. The Sandals
Choosing capsule wardrobe sandals is not an easy task, some criteria to consider is an elegant silhouette, sandals are a clever tool to dress up your style.
Take for example sandals, jeans and a t-shirt versus sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt - very different look and feel with only changing one component of your capsule wardrobe essentials.
Comfort, colour, quality and how your sandals make you feel are all factors that need to be carefully considered.
I have a fondness for:
10. The Perfect Fit Jeans
Everyone has their favourite brands, but do your jeans make you feel excited when you put them on?
RE/DONE featured above are amazing. Seriously - AMAZING.
I love these perfect fit jeans so much, washing them is heartache as they are momentarily out of the rotation.
They need too or you haven't found the right pair - settle for nothing less.
Your aim is to find jeans that are trans-seasonal, that fit your form, that don't loose stretch as the day wears on.
The shape; skinny, flare, cropped, mom, vintage or ripped it up to your style taste.
Remember the aim your capsule wardrobe jeans - they need to make you feel fabulous - or keep searching.
Why not add your favourite brands in the comments section below.
Make sure you do check out RE/DONE though - I promise you will be happy.
11. The Leather Biker Jacket
A classic wardrobe essential adapted from the Harley-Davidson jackets of the1940's.
Wear with jeans, a dress - to be honest absolutely nearly everything you own.
Butter soft and complete luxury look at:
Non leather (mock leather) alternative;
I recommend this favourite:
12. The Ankle Boots
If you choose your ankle boots well - as in exquisitely crafted, they will only get better with age.
That is they become more fashionable, more comfortable to wear and evidently feel better when you wear them.
Wear yours with jeans, skirts, and trousers, choose the heel height that suits your lifestyle.
My favourites are:
13. The Classic Shirt (with a twist)
The challenge on this piece is finding the right cut, your aim is to look like you effortlessly put on a classic shirt, teamed with jeans, trousers or a skirt and looked fabulous, easily.
Well worth it once you have this capsule wardrobe essential item - mastered.
The perfect classic shirt fabrics are; crisp cotton, poplin blend or a cool linen fabric.
I recommend for a classic style shirt with a playful twist:
Hardworking and simple, you can wear this item all year round.
A style that suits many sizes and shapes, another day to night wardrobe opportunity.
The idea is you feel fabulous, energized and excited to wear this dress.
This is an item that you can put on if the morning isn't feeling all to positive and it has the power to create a shift in your mindset.
Its a wardrobe item people comment on time after time, tell you how wonderful you look making you feel special, elated and powerful.
Styling tip: Wear your wrap dress as a lightweight coat.
The master of this classic style:
Also worth looking at:
15. The Midi Skirt
Flattering on nearly every frame, and perfect for any occasion.
This capsule wardrobe piece transcends the office to weekend, weddings, day and night welcome the midi skirt into your wardrobe.
You won't believe how you ever did without this wardrobe essential and how easy you will find stying this piece in a magnitude of ways.
Style tip: Add a blazer and a belt over the top at your waist - creating a striking cinched waist silhouette.
Available in many variations I recommend a sculptural style, designers to look at:
16. The Wool Coat
A beautifully cut coat never goes out of fashion and radiates a sophisticated styled look.
Depending on your climate tailor the thickness to suit the temperature and this coat will see you through over half the calendar year, possibly the entire year if you work in an air-conditioned office.
Style tip: wear your coat over your shoulders only - in a cape style way.
The perfect place to start looking:
17. The Scarf
Ok, so there is a long list of possibilities for this one item...
From summer to winter the opportunities are potentially - endless.
Your capsule wardrobe essential scarf can be worn in an arrange of ways around your head, neck, shoulders or waist.
Style tip: Your scarf can be used to accessorize your everyday bag - loop and tie through the handle.
Get creative, your capsule wardrobe scarf can change up any outfit, adding energy and personality to your style.
Do you have some scarf styling tips?
My favourites are from designers:
18. The Camisole
A camisole should have an air of sophistication, be semi-loose fitting and the best quality you can afford.
Let's not get into an underwear or not underwear debate, this capsule wardrobe item is intended to be able to be worn as a stand-alone top.
Worn on hotter days or layered under your jackets or shirts and is a very versatile addition.
Style tip: layer over your classic shirt finishing the look with your scarf styled around your neck.
Best camisoles I have found are:
19. The Street Style Sneakers
How many do you own?
You can never have too many street style sneakers.
Choose yours depending on your price tag, brand addiction, and your personal style.
Styling tip: branch out from wearing them with your jeans and trousers choose to wear them with your capsule wardrobe dresses and skirts too.
There are a sea of sneaker options out there some other favourites:
20. The Pleated Skirt
Wear your pleated skirt with your sneakers, your boots, a t-shirt and all your shirts.
Realistically you can add nearly every item on the above list to create a different look and feel, quickly, easily and stylishly - day after day.
Who is creating the best-pleated skirts?
Showstoppers for me are:
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