1. THE DRESS
A well-chosen dress is your capsule wardrobe’s BFF, taking you through a busy day right the way to evening fun. Keep your options open with a monochrome midi or put all your cards on the table with a statement print – the capsule wardrobe is all about expressing yourself.
Style Tip: A versatile wrap-dress is the ultimate capsule staple.
2. THE JACKET
A beautifully tailored jacket is transformational – it radiates confidence and can smarten up a casual look in an instant. Ideal for layering, use a jacket to add a pop of on-trend colour, shrug on a neutral to tone things down, or luxe it out in leather for a street-smart edge.
3. THE JEANS
Although famously tricky to get right, once you’ve found ‘your’ jean, there’s no looking back. For your capsule jeans decide where you want to go with denim – embrace the new wide-legged trend, invest in a timeless straight leg style, or stay true to tried and tested skinnies.
Style Tip: From darkest indigo to ice cool aqua, there’ll be a blue that’s right for you too.
4. THE SHOES
Devotees of the killer heel, look away now. The hard-working capsule demands a tad more functionality but with flats in the fashion foreground you can hit the ground running in comfort and style. Preppy pumps – peep-toed for summer – or a chunky platform trainer team equally well with your dress or jeans looks.
Style Tip: When you find a shoe style that works, stock up in different colours.
5. THE BAG
The search for the perfect bag is never-ending, but for your capsule you can narrow the options. A cross-body bag is your Goldilocks go-to here – choose a capable style that’s not too big, and not too small. To make it ‘just right’ find one with a detachable strap so you can transform it into a clutch for a dressy look.
6. THE BLING
Your capsule wardrobe may be small and perfectly formed but when it comes to accessorising with jewellery it pays to think big. Chandelier earrings bring drama and fun to any look, while the new passion for big baroque pearls will only grow (they’re everyone’s ‘Favourite’ jewel these days). Go for bold with a chunky necklace or supercharged charm bracelet.
Style Tip: a characterful cocktail ring adds instant glamour.
7. THE KNIT
This capsule essential will carry you across the seasons. You’ll never be caught out with a gorgeous textured knit – it’s the perfect partner in style with jeans for a laid-back weekend vibe. For a more polished look, reach for a fine gauge cashmere or merino or a floaty silk mix knit for an elegant evening look.