Create the wardrobe of your dreams
First conceptualised by American designer Donna Karan in 1985, the ‘capsule wardrobe’ aimed to provide women with stylish yet practical pieces for every day of the working week. But while the concept has grown in popularity over the years, crafting a skeleton of style staples that can be worn year round is a tricky task. Let us break it down…
When it comes to your bottom half, versatility is key. Whether for the office, after-work drinks or elegant weekend styling, you’ll want to choose well-tailored foundations in neutral hues.
Dress them down with slip-on sliders for exploring this summer, before polishing them up with patent loafers for the office.
The investment bag
A cornerstone of any capsule wardrobe, a large, neutral tote bag is a must-have companion for any day of the week. Spacious enough to carry your working week essentials, yet pretty enough for weekend outings and staycations, you’ll find this piece quickly becomes your most-worn item. We think this simple design by Lacoste fits the bill perfectly.
A well-tailored blazer is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to versatile, everyday styling. We love an all-white design to lighten up your look for summer – then contrast it with a navy rollneck for winter.
A throw-on-and-go shirt
A great capsule wardrobe starts at the top – and more specifically, with a classic blue shirt. Best worn slouchy for that just-got-out-of-bed look, this enduring design exudes effortlessness.
Tuck yours into a pair of white cut-off shorts for summer and skinny jeans come autumn.
Get the look
Regular-fit shorts in satin-touch stretch cottonv
K/ Korat bucket bag
‘That’ leather jacket
With its cool, nonchalant vibe, a leather jacket adds serious gravitas to any look – making it a transformational piece for your capsule wardrobe. Wear it over a maxi dress when summer evenings get cool or channel an off-duty model in autumn with chunky knitwear and matching ankle boots.
Keep forever denim
A day-to-night transitional piece with true staying power, it’s no wonder denim has remained a fashion favourite over the years. Style yours with box-fresh trainers and a V-necked T-shirt for summer daycations, and butter-soft cashmere and biker boots come autumn.
The constant crossbody
Round off your capsule collection with an elegant crossbody fit for any-occasion dressing. Made for day to night transitions, these mini masterpieces can be swung on for everything from drinks in the city to weekend coffee dates. With its compact size and glamorous sparkle, this Furla design is being added to our wish list immediately.
Whether cycling through city parks, visiting museums or enjoying summer picnics, a pair of shorts is perhaps the most playful part of your capsule collection. Keep yours neutral and longer in length for year-round appeal. They’re best styled with a simple white blouse and wedges during summer, and gold jewellery and a blazer for the warmer autumn months.
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The go-everywhere shoe
Modern life has a way of filling up your time and making demands on your wardrobe. From social events to running errands, summer is set to be hectic: enter the classic white trainer. This wardrobe saviour merges style with practicality. Try this pair by Polo Ralph Lauren, which can be paired with a swishing skirt, blue denim or long bohemian dress.
The silhouette enhancer
Waistlines with a little too much room, dresses without shape: your secret weapon is the classic black belt. Perfect for cinching in a dress, tightening a pair of trousers or adding shape to a shirt, it forms a key part of any enduring capsule collection.