The turn of a new season brings with it a plethora of information surrounding what to wear, how to shop and who to look to for inspiration. Whilst it’s undeniably exciting to update your wardrobe with trend-focused pieces, it’s now, as we start to move away from winter and hint at the start of spring, that we focus on the capsule wardrobe builders that promise to hold their relevance for longer than the foreseeable future. We list the tried and tested outfit combinations that are not only refreshingly straight-forward but that will work whatever your age, for just about any occasion.
Consider these refreshingly straight-forward looks your new capsule wardrobe mainstays
Statement Outerwear + everyday Staples
The simplest way to elevate capsule wardrobe staples is with the right piece of statement outerwear and this season’s champion piece is the checked trench coat – a striking yet refined design that lends itself well not just to any age range but any occasion as well. A softer alternative to classic monochrome, the Mae coat is woven using cream, black and brown yarns so it carries a certain heritage-inspired charm, plus it feels right for that tricky period in-between seasons. For now, shrug the cocoon silhouette over a simple white cotton T-shirt and blue jeans, experimenting with denim silhouettes if you’re feeling daring but keeping things simple with a skinny-fit style if you’re looking for something a little more understated. Add this sartorial star to your line-up to master city-cool with a dressed up edge.
Silk shirt + leather trousers
Leather trousers can be a daunting option whether you’re in your 20s or your 50s but there are tricks to finding the perfect pair that will make them seem that little bit more approachable. Firstly, choose a style with the structure of a classic skinny jean as opposed to leggings as they’ll flatter most physiques, add a little design interest to the look and lend themselves well to cropped jumper or shirting as well as longline silhouettes. A silk shirt is a failsafe styling option and with that as the only brief, you’ll be free to experiment with colour, silhouette and style. The Tala is designed with a self-tie bow detail at the neckline which will bring a little femininity to a look that traditionally veers on the side of tough-luxe.
Leather jacket + tailored trousers
It’s time to think outside the box when it comes to tailored styling and firm up the suit trouser’s position in your weekend line-up as well as your workwear one. For effortless cool, take your go-to black pair up an inch at the ankle, wear them with a classic white cotton T-shirt and drape a leather biker jacket across your shoulders. Styled with nude heels or a pair of statement point-toe pumps, there’s little that this combination won’t be appropriate for.
Sleeveless blouse + midi skirt
The midi skirt has become something of a capsule wardrobe staple of late and it shows no sign of stepping down from its top spot as we move into the new season. The best way to make it weather appropriate? Switch your styling from an oversized knit to a softly draped blouse. Separates in varying shades of the same colour will make for a harmonious look that feels perfectly put-together. By day, team the look with a simple point-toe mule but add a metallic touch for evening and complete the look with silver-tone heels.
The knitted dress and heels
The knitted dress is a key capsule wardrobe addition and it’s artfully-designed silhouettes that make a particularly striking addition to any transitional rotation. Fusing the comfort and effortlessness of an oversized roll-neck with the sophistication of a pencil skirt and the versatility of a neutral hue in one stylish package, the Cyra is the kind of piece that promises to needs little additional styling.