I must seem that I seem to be wearing a honed down capsule wardrobe since the start of lockdown. My more restricted lifestyle has resulted in wearing fewer items more often, and made me realise how important and hard wearing certain pieces are.
These are really wardrobe foundations upon which we can build and add but they are the core pieces, they are timeless, and they are worth the investment where possible as they will not let you down.
1. The White Shirt
There's nothing quite as flattering as a crisp white shirt. Paired with jeans it's business like enough to feel crisp and ready for those zoom calls, but without feeling overdressed. A white collar peeking out of a sweater is one of those perennially elegant looks whether paired with a feminine pleated skirt, a tailored trousers or your favourite jeans.
2. The Perfect Jeans
Not usually a jeans wearer I have to say that since I've been at home I've been living in my grey skinnies. Maybe it's a touch of laziness, or just convenience ? Whatever your favourite cut a pair of great fitting jeans are an essential part of your wardrobe and once you find a style that suits you, just invest in some different shades and washes.
3. The Classic Sweater
This is just an elegant and easy to wear sweater that will work with smarter pieces or jeans. Focus on classic elegant colours in either Navy, Grey or Camel and make sure you have at least two of these in your wardrobe. A crew neck means you can layer it over shirts (or that perfect white shirt) maybe a high neck is great for colder days. I'm not suggesting that you don't also have some fun stripes or brighter colours and textures in your knitwear wardrobe, but don't underestimate the value of a classic piece or knitwear.
4. The Classic Coat
I love coats, I do have quite a few of them, but nothing makes me feel more ready to face going somewhere or going out (in these strange days) than a good coat. A little like knitwear it's great to have a fun option in a bright colour or tweed, but ultimately the coat style that I return to season after season and always looks timelessly stylish is the belted coat in a classic colour of Navy, Grey or Camel. An all year round wardrobe warrior that will never let you down.
5. A Dress (or two) You Love
OK much as the wardrobe classics above will never let you down, one also needs a couple of dresses. We underestimate how versatile and easy dresses are, an all in one solution and midi lengths look great with boots or trainers as we all spend more time in more functional footwear. At least one or two with print to feel dressed up and feminine in, and a couple of plain options for more formal meetings, a shirtdress or wrap will never look out of place, again both are timeless styles- and yes all importantly sleeves !