HOW TO: BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE

HOW TO: BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE

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HOW TO:

BUILD A CAPSULE WARDROBE

Denim, loafers, sneakers: these are the everyday essentials that make up the foundations of your wardrobe.

WORDS: MARNI ROSE MCFALL + HANNAH DUNN Photographer: jane doe

Pieces that pair with everything, that you can wear to anything? It may sound too good to be true, but that’s the magic of a capsule wardrobe. Allow us to introduce you to the sartorial saviours who are bound to be your new best friend.

First things first: what (actually) is a capsule wardrobe? In short, it’s a compact closet. Think curated clothes that work together and co-ordinate to make fire fits. Think of them as the building blocks of your wardrobe. The sartorial stalwarts that you wear on repeat, season after season.

From loafers and sports-luxe sneakers to lightweight jackets and basic knits, this is how to build a capsule wardrobe.

THE LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET

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The weather in the UK is unreliable at best, downright miserable at its worst, which is why you need a jacket of some description to hand at all times. A lightweight, goes-with-anything layer can be one of your best investments, all year round. Throw on over a t-shirt when the clouds come rolling in in the summer, shield yourself from inevitable showers in spring, and use as an extra layering piece when the weather starts to cool again come autumn and winter.

Top of our list this season? Jacquemus’ beige denim jacket, which works for office, play and everything in between. Balenciaga have designed the dream, long-line raincoat. While Givenchy’s pale blue windbreaker is practical and bang on the money for our current obsession with all things outdoor-coded.

THE STAPLE KNIT

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It’s weird to say knitwear is having a moment, but we can’t get enough of the stuff right now. And while we’ve always got big love for a statement sweater that’ll make an outfit, there’s a case to be made for those low-key, laidback knits that slot seamlessly into your looks. We’re talking knitwear in hues of cream, black and brown. Button-up cardigans and knitted polo necks (one of the biggest pieces of the moment thanks to our current obsession with preppy, tenniscore style) and loose-fitting jumpers. This is knitwear that’ll take you straight through the year, no matter the season.

THE TRUE-BLUE JEANS

A pair of true-blue jeans is a wardrobe stalwart. A piece that can seamlessly transcend seasons, trends and occasions, it’ll become the backbone of many a look. Whether you’re wearing yours straight and relaxed a la Bottega Veneta and Jacquemus or low-slung and baggy like Givenchy’s ‘Reg Fit Jean’, there’s a cut that’ll suit your demands.

THE CLASSIC SUNGLASSES

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A good pair of sunglasses has the ability to pull any look together. Suffering in sweats? Throw on a pair of sunglasses. Dressing down a tailored look? Add sunglasses. Heading to the beach? You’ll want sunglasses. And the pair that’ll go with anything? Classic black sunglasses. Go for easy shapes – square and round frames – and they should pair with just about anything. Top of our summer essentials list? Alexander McQueen’s Contrasting Hinge Sunglasses and Prada’s Logo Rectangular Sunglasses. Easy.

THE CHUNKY NECKLACE

The easiest way to lift a look? A chunky necklace. Think thick gold and silver chains, pearls and branded logos which’ll add a point of difference to a look, lifting simple and casual outfits for evening. On the wish list this season? Gucci’s Trademark Necklace – a big silver chain that joins together at the neck with a branded Gucci ‘Made in Italy’ clasp - and Givenchy’s ‘City Necklace,’ which features a sweet plaque with the words ‘Paris. Givenchy. Don’t forget me,’ on it.

THE CROSS-BODY BAG

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Get the right cross-body bag and it becomes part of your outfit. Worn across the chest, it pulls together loose items, adds shape and definition and a touch of interest, whether in a texture, a print or a different hue. Bottega Veneta are the masters of creating It bags and anything that features their signature intrecciato weave is a winner. If you want something patterned, Burberry’s check is almost a neutral at this point. As for a diehard classic that keeps returning season after season? Look no further than Loewe's Puzzle Bag. 

THE BLACK LOAFER

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Loafers have never been more on the money than they are right now, but they also have real staying power as a capsule wardrobe piece. Go for neutral shades to add to their longevity and keep branding to a minimum. Top of our list currently? Gucci’s ‘Millennial Loafer’, Saint Laurent’s ‘Saint Le Loafer’ and Prada’s ‘Mocassini Loafers’. Wear with everything from baggy jeans and tracksuits to polished tailoring come all those summer weddings.

THE SPORTS-LUXE SNEAKER

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It seems like a strange thing to say that trainers are getting sportier, but that’s exactly what’s happening. Urged on by recent obsessions with preppy tennis style? Maybe. But form and function have never been more in vogue. Take Bottega Veneta’s ‘Orbit Sneaker’, which features a lightweight, technical mesh, padded ankle collars and perforated tongues to deliver support and breathability. Or Casablanca’s ‘Atlantis Sneaker’, complete with a sculpted sole designed to absorb shock. And Hoka, a functional running trainer brand that’s been adopted by city dwellers. Take the ‘Mafate Speed 2 Origins,’ which come in a shade of eggnog and celery – amongst others – and provide a thick rubber sole and maximum grip. Whilst Asics have become as at home in the office and at the restaurant as they have in the gym. Our favourites right now? The Ascis Gel Nimbus 9 trainers.


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