How To Look And Feel More Stylish - Every Day

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Start creating your capsule wardrobe today!

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 

Tori Burch - Everyday tote bag navy blue leather

Navy blue leather tote bag by Tori Burch

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: 
A.P.C - Black 'Juliette' shoulder bag  
Mackage - Black mini 'Rubie' shoulder bag

Non-leather alternative; 
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

Theory - Black slim-leg cigarette trouser pants

Black slim-leg cigarette trouser pants by Theory

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: 
Jil Sander Navy - Black high waisted trousers 
Balenciaga - 'Le Monsieur' wool pants
 

4. The Ballerina Flats

Toga Pulla - Silver buckle ballerina flats
Black pointed ballerina flats by Toga Pulla

Ballet flats are a classic, timeless and a trans-seasonal wardrobe staple.
 
Keep it simple or choose a modern take like featured here:
Tori Burch - 'Caterina' ballet flats
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: 
Repetto - Blue suede leather ballerina flats.


4. The Classic Black Dress

Hugo - Black textured 50s style dress

Black textured 50's style dress by Hugo

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: 
Edit - Black circle skirt dress
rag & bone - 'Bigsy' black jersey comfy dress


5. The Blazer

Theory - Essential black tailored suit blazer jacket

Essential black blazer by Theory

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: 
Helmut Lang - Shiney lapel black blazer
Acne Studios - Single-breasted wool and mohair black blazer


6. The Classic T-shirt 

Isabel Marant Etoile - White linen tshirt

White linen t-shirt by Isabel Marant Étoile

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:
Organic Basics - White organic cotton t-shirt


7. The Cashmere Sweater (also known as) Jumper

Valentino - Pullover black round-neck cashmere sweater
Pullover black round-neck cashmere sweater by Valentino

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: 
Totême - white 'Biella' sweater
Steffen Schraut - Cashmere pullover sweater
rag & bone - White cashmere 'Sabreena' v-neck sweater


8. The Silk Shirt

DKNY - White silk blouse

White silk blouse by DKNY

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:
Marc Jacobs - Black pussy bow silk shirt
Gucci - Silk Flounce black shirt

9. The Sandals

Jacquemus - Black round and square suede sandals
Black round and square suede sandals by Jacquemus

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:
Ancient Greek Sandals - Classic wear-everywhere black leather sandals
Isabel Marant - 'Elwina' black leather sandals
 

10. The Perfect Fit Jeans

RE/DONE Levis - Straight-leg blue denim jeans

Straight-leg blue denim jeans by RE/DONE

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

3.1 Phillip Lim - Black leather biker jacket
Black leather biker jacket by 3.1 Phillip Lim

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: 
Saint Laurent - Black leather classic moto jacket.
Non leather (mock leather) alternative; 
I recommend this favourite:
Acne Studios - Mock leather biker jacket.
 

12. The Ankle Boots

Gucci - Black new 'Jordaan' ankle boots

Black leather 'Jordaan' ankle boots by Gucci

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:
Saint Laurent - Black leather army ranger style lace-up ankle boots
Dolce & Gabbana - Black Nappa leather brogue ankle boots.


13. The Classic Shirt (with a twist)

Closed - White cotton shirt
White cotton shirt by Closed

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:
Tibi - White shirred gathered shoulder classic shirt
Mansur Gavriel - White linen pointed labels shirt

14. The Wrap Dress
Carvan - Black wool-blend v-neck wrap dress
Black wool-blend v-neck wrap dress by Carvan

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:
Diane von Furstenberg - DVF black knit wrap dress with electric blue trim 
Also worth looking at:
Theory - Black kimono wrap dress

15. The Midi Skirt 

Maison Margiela - Black wool midi skirt with satin panels

Black wool midi skirt with satin panels by Maison Margiela

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:
Marc Jacobs - Pleated wool black midi skirt
Joseph - Navy blue wool flared midi skirt

16. The Wool Coat

rag & bone - Black and white stripe colour-blocked wool coat
Black with colour-blocked subtle white undersleeve stripe wool coat by rag & bone

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:
MM6 Maison Martin Margiela - Long grey wool coat
Totême - Double-breasted black wool Bergerac coat

17. The Scarf 

Gucci - Black 'Guccy' Bugs Bunny scarf

Black 'Guccy' Bugs Bunny scarf by Gucci

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:
Burberry - Floral Scribble Printed Silk Scarf
A_Plan_Application -Blue Peter Saville Edition Silk 'Blue Blue Glitch' Scarf


18. The Camisole

T by Alexander Wang - Black silk camisole top
Black silk camisole top by T by Alexander Wang

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:
Anne Bing - Black silk camisole with lace 
Simone Pérèle - V-neck black dream silk camisole
 

19. The Street Style Sneakers

White leather street style sneakers by Bottega Veneta

White leather street style sneakers by Bottega Veneta

How many do you own?
You can never have too many street style sneakers.
Comfortable.
Versatile.
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:
Y-3 - Black with white trim 'Kaiwa' sneakers
Woman by Common Projects - White retro low white leather sneakers


20. The Pleated Skirt

Jjil Sander Navy - Pleated navy blue and black skirt

Pleated navy blue and black skirt by Jil Sander Navy

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:
MSGM - Polka dot black pleated skirt
Noir Kei Ninomiya - Black Alternating Pleat Skirt

 


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