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FASHION NOTES: HOW TO BUILD THE PERFECT CAPSULE WARDROBE

19.04.15

Trends come and go but timeless classics will form the basis of a well-edited capsule wardrobe. We've picked the key pieces that you’ll turn to season after season for an effortlessly stylish look with minimal fuss. Wear them together or style them with on-trend separates to keep the look grounded.

THE LUXE KNIT

Endlessly versatile, a luxe knit works year-round both layered with classic separates in winter and worn solo in warmer climes. Cashmere and merino wool are sumptuous to the touch and work to upgrade basics in the most understated and elegant way.

Doina from The Golden Diamonds styles her grey REISS sweater with a pleated midi skirt for a look that's perfect between seasons. Shop the Chapman knit here.

 

THE TAILORED TROUSERS

Tailored separates hold their relevance in any wardrobe and the sleek cut of a cigarette pant is what gives it its feminine allure. Black, navy and grey hues are typically timeless and work with a host of tops and accessories both on and off duty.

Jessie Bush from We The People styles our Lee tailored trousers with the matching blazer and high-shine loafers.

THE WHITE SHIRT

No wardrobe is complete without a classic white shirt. Loaded with styling opportunity and imagined in a range of guises, there’s a cut to suit everyone. For optimum longevity, choose crisp cotton or fluid silk styles that work just as well with sharp suiting as they do with faded denim.

The Julie blouse brings softness to a single-breasted blazer and cigarette pants.

THE BOYFRIEND BLAZER

An oversized blazer is the ultimate in effortless cool. An ideal year-round cover-up, it works draped nonchalantly across the shoulders of a formal dress or teamed with distressed boyfriend jeans and heels. Dress it up or down to suit the occasion, but always be sure to keep it on hand to add a dose of sophistication.

Zanita stlyes her REISS navy blazer with a fine knit and wide-leg trousers. Shop the Skorpios blazer here.

THE TRENCH COAT

The trench coat is an undeniable style icon and one that needs little by way of introduction. Classic camel and beige hues add spring-ready slant and navy alternatives work best in winter or worn with white for a nautical hint. Emphasise the fluid lines by tying the belt at the back and wearing it open.

Take your cue from Berta from Absolutely Berta and take on spring's unpredictable climes by styling the Radzi trench with bare legs and heels.

THE BASIC T-SHIRT

It’s the simplicity of a T-shirt that makes it essential to any off-duty requisite. Invest in pure cotton styles that will last, rotating white, black, grey and navy tones – these are the colours that hold forever relevance and work with almost everything.

Lending itself just as well to jeans as it does to soft tailoring, the Daina T-shirt is the ultimate wardrobe staple.

THE BLACK DRESS

Ever the wardrobe perineal, the black dress suits all manner of occasions and takes the stress out of getting ready for an event. Keep things understated and pair it with strappy black heels or add colour-pop or metallic accessories for a personalised twist.

The off-shoulder cut of the Edita dress brings that little something extra to the look and lends itself perfectly well to a statement necklace or a slash of red lipstick.

THE LEATHER JACKET

Invest well and the leather jacket will transcend trends and stand the test of time. Smart and casual in equal part and perfect for tricky trans-seasonal climes, it’s a wardrobe mainstay and a street style favourite. Drape it over your shoulders in spring and style it with a chunky wool scarf come autumn.

Adriana from Fake Leather gives nautical stripes a rock'n'roll edge with her REISS leather jacket.

THE LEATHER TROUSERS

Leather trousers will instantly upgrade your outfit. Sleek leggings make for a streamlined silhouette and biker detailing adds a tough-luxe twist. Dress them up with a silk top and heels or wear them with a slouchy sweatshirt and chunky white trainers for a sporty feel.

Berta from Absolutely Berta teams her Harvey leather trousers with another capsule wardrobe contender, the Skorpios boyfriend blazer.

THE PERFECT JEANS

Much more than just a weekend staple, the perfect pair of jeans can instil you with confidence. Fit is key; decide whether your body shape suits high, mid or low rises and choose a wash that works throughout the year. Skinny styles are especially versatile and work with both heels and flat shoes – perfect for 18-hour styling.

Shop skinny jeans here, choosing a soft blue hue like those in our fashion feature for a classic look.