Tuesday, 8 April 2014

CAPSULE WARDROBE

CAPSULE WARDROBE

Decision decisions, what to buy to create the capsule wardrobe? Winter months in the Southern hemisphere does not exactly require Canadian goose or down jackets, however the wind chill factor does require some warm cover up. Irrespective of your means, the best way to go about it is to obtain items that can be mixed and re-matched with each other and that will blend in with the rest of your wardrobe. So where to start, classic coat or trench, cocoon or oversized, wool or cashmere? A Trench is a staple item that is worth it's weight in Gold, and will serve you well for may years. Although I 'm a great fan of the cocoon coat, my favourite remains the classic all wool double breast coat in either fine Cashmere or a wool mix in either  White or Black. A Khaki coloured trench is probably the most practical. My love for winter White takes preference when it comes to picking a classic coat, and although you have to find a specialist dry cleaner to maintain it's virgin look, it's an item worth investing in for many winters. The Black version is always more practical, but then again, we don sometimes stray......! A well made pair of loafers in Black will provide for happy feet, and with the addition of a funky pair of tights, gives your look an instant edge!
 
My beloved Aquazzura suede lace up pumps in Cobalt Blue is considered sacred, and an absolute must if you venture towards the more colourful shades. Trust me, this pair will contribute greatly towards your creative ability to assemble outfits!  As for over the knee boots, I find the leg hugging slimming stretch suede the most flattering and less masculine. A leather skirt will serve you  well, and last for many seasons to come. If you cannot find a suitable button up shirt in crisp White cotton, don't overlook the men's section in department stores. My husband recently came to my rescue when he put my on track of beautifully tailored man's shirt that actually follows the female curve, slightly tapered in the waist, with a collar firm enough to put our grandmothers redundant acts of starching collars, to shame. One last thing that a capsule wardrobe needs is a Breton shirt, in honour of Ms Chanel who made this wonderful item so useful. The addition of a timeless cross body bag or small purse will finish off  your look, and voila, what more does a girl need? If you're into online shopping, a great place to start is Asos. You can virtually create a plethora of outfits with these basics!