Ladies, if you don’t already own a capsule wardrobe, then make it your resolution for 2016 to do so. The secret behind it is timelessness. Buy a few simple but chic essential items of clothing and wear them together in a variety of ways, year after year. A great capsule wardrobe will see you through your job, your social life, and your holidays. And the best thing about it is that you can find every item in women’s clothes stores in London. So what are you waiting for?
Head to Regent Street, where you find some of the best women’s clothes stores in London. Your first port of call is Japanese retailer Uniqlo, which stocks well-made, logo-free basics, and is just as popular with men as it is with women, so don’t be afraid to bring your boyfriend. As the two of you enter the brightly lit store, you’re struck by the rainbow of colours, from tangerine jumpers to aquamarine jeans. You get the feeling that you may have stepped into the future, as displays are functional and streamlined, with some T-shirts sold in clear plastic tubes.
First things first, you scoop up three plain T-shirts in black, white, and grey. Next, you pick up three irresistibly soft crew neck cashmere jumpers in black, grey, and navy. You try these on with a pair of boyfriend jeans for slouching around in at home, and skinny jeans for a smarter look. It’s still chilly, so you also grab a couple of polo neck jumpers in cream and grey and a classic pea coat in navy blue, as it’s a look you know will never go out of fashion. While you’re at it, you spy a simple shift dress that would be perfect for work. Your boyfriend has disappeared into the male changing room, but that’s always a good sign.
Your next stop is Spanish clothes emporium Zara, which has been slowly taking the UK by storm for decades. You’re immediately struck by how immaculate and high-end Zara’s window displays are. Your boyfriend looks nervous, but you tell him not to worry because there’s a men’s section upstairs. In the women’s section, you find the latest catwalk-inspired designs, but you walk carefully through the softly lit interiors, past the fun, “fast fashion” range to the classic items made from luxurious fabrics. Yes, we’re talking clothes made from leather, silk and chiffon, all timeless fabrics that feel great on your skin.
First, you pick up a pair of slim fit black leather trousers that make you feel instantly sexy. You team these with a classic white shirt, a silk blouse, and a tailored blazer for a smart, yet feminine look. You pick up a neutral scarf in black and match it with a classic leather handbag, also in black. On the way to the till, you grab a pair of pointed toe court shoes to lend you some height and complete the look. You know that you could wear this outfit to work or when you’re out and about in the evening. The next time you meet your friends for a cocktail, why not pretend you’ve just come back from Barcelona?
& Other Stories
You’re almost there with your capsule wardrobe. Finally, you visit & Other Stories, H&M’s older, more sophisticated sister store. It’s womens wear only, so ditch the boyfriend for this last part of your fashion mission. Every collection stands out against the shop’s stark white interiors, and the looks that catch your eye are sometimes sculpted, often feminine, and always detailed. You haven’t bought any jewellery yet, and you’re drawn to the long necklaces on display, so you opt for a couple of these and some shorter necklaces that you can layer up with your capsule wardrobe. Not leaving the accessories alone yet, you pick up a pair of elegant Chelsea boots, some classic white trainers and a pair of sleek, structured slippers that you know will go with just about anything. It’s skirts next, so you try on an elegant pencil skirt that’s smart yet sexy and a colourful mini skirt that you can pair with one of the shirts you bought earlier. Finally, you see an oversized grey coat, which completes your capsule wardrobe. Finally you can sum up your look: simple, classic, and timeless.