You maybe asking what is a capsule wardrobe? Well let me explain, it’s a well thought out collection of clothing that works with your everyday lifestyle.
I was lucky to work with Susie Faux who invented both the phrase and the concept of “The Capsule Wardrobe” back in the 70s.
The owner of the London shop Wardrobe, is a great believer that women require less quantity, more quality. “A woman only needs two pairs of trousers”, she says, “but they have to fit perfectly, and you won’t get a well-fitting pair of trousers for less than a £100″.
No one needs wardrobes of clothes to look fabulous. We are going to focus on the denim capsule wardrobe as jeans tend to be most women’s preferred item of clothing.
Think about your lifestyle: When do you wear your jeans? Everyday, only on weekends or mostly going out. This will be your guide to bring in the clever pieces to make up your capsule wardrobe work for your lifestyle.
Picked out are 4 pairs of different styles of jeans, which can be teamed with all the 11 pieces below.
Mix & Match your 15 piece capsule collection.
This look is a quick and easy one, which should be a no brainer if you have the basic elements in place such as good fitting slim jeans, layering pieces and this seasons must have parka.
1: A great fitting pair of jeans, is the foundation of your denim capsule wardrobe. Here I have picked out Mary Portas high-rise, slim leg jean in indigo which will tuck in any love handles and give a slim silhouette to the body (sizes 8-18). A perfect jean for winter, as it will give you the option of tucking them into boots, wearing with heels or flats.
2: There’s nothing better than sliding into a pair of Corduroy trousers when the weather gets chilly. The J Brand Ali high-rise flared cords are a perfect for an office to bar look. A leather jacket is an investment piece so worth spending more on. The blouse is so versatile it can be worn dressed up or down. This animal print blouse updates any wardrobe.
This season texture is all important. Velvet, satin, sequin and leather all have a place in your capsule wardrobe.
The Marrakesh mid-rise flared jeans by MiH is a hybrid, a great fitting pair of black jeans that look like trousers are both classic and an investment purchase. Mint Velvet’s Leather Front Skinny Trousers will keep you stylish and can be teamed with any of the 14 tops/ jackets in your capsule wardrobe.
Here’s Helen’s straight talking tips on wardrobe management and how to build a successful wardrobe.
1: Be ruthless! If you haven’t worn a garment for over a year, you certainly are not going to wear it now. This will go a long way towards developing a capsule wardrobe.
2: Only keep garments in your wardrobe only if you feel good wearing them. Why keep something in your wardrobe that makes you feel ‘fat’ and ‘frumpy’? Your clothes should accentuate you and your personality, not cover you up.
Lesley Torson Buyer & Owner: Trilogy stores
Body shape : Curvy hourglass
Self confessed denim lover Lesley talks ilovejeans through her must-have styles, perfect for her hourglass body shape.
“I am an absolute denim lover with the majority of my outfits centering around jeans. Since we opened Trilogy there has been so much development in fabric and fit that there are so many exciting ways now to update the wardrobe.”