As we continue collating our capsule closet lets recap the items we have already covered in earlier posts on this site:
Biker Jacket – also known as Moto Jacket
Plain White Tee
The aim of this series of posts in which I am compiling a suggested capsule closet is because I am using this as motivation and inspiration to purge and to quote Marie Kondo; “Spark Joy”. Lately I have lacked the energy, enthusiasm and motivation to tackle and clean up my wardrobes which – I might add – desperately need attention. There always seems to be something more captivating to do then tackle this but I am finding that by writing this series it is giving me some much needed inspiration to go forth and clean up.
The next must have item in any capsule closet is a biker jacket. The biker jacket’s roots are military – having been worn by German Fighter Pilots during World War I as a protective outer layer.
Throughout the jackets various incarnations it has managed to maintain its solid popularity amongst the fashionable and is synonymous with celebrities such as Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Aniston to name a few as is evident below.
Kate Moss leaving The Wolseley in a black leather jacket and ankle boots after having dinner London, England – 22.07.10 Mandatory Credit: WENN.com
Bottega Veneta, founded in early 1960’s creates bespoke consumer goods with a primary focus on men and women’s ready-to-wear clothing, small leather goods and select home items. The company was launched by Vittorio, who ran the company and Laura Moltedo who was it’s creative director and president for many years. Interestingly this luxury goods company, unlike its competitors does not put any label’s or logos on its goods and the only label will be found inside. It is best summed up by its philosophy of when your own initials are enough – which is so exhilarating for a luxury brand. With a showroom in New York it’s headquarters are in Milan. The company merged with Gucci in July 2001.
Most of us will instantly recognize their trademark handbag made of woven leather strips. This much sought after bag is uniquely crafted from the finest materials. More recent incarnations include soft suede and plenty of fringing.
No capsule closet would be complete without a cardigan. This garment is named after James Brudenell, 7th Eat of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who lead the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. The word “cardigan” is a variation from the Welsh Ceredigion. Legend has it that fame achieved by Lord Cardigan let to its ascent to popularity.
The modern day Cardigan owes quite a significant credit to Coco Chanel who detested the manner in which tight-necked sweaters ruined hair when pulled on that she opted to wear the Cardigan.
Modern day Cardigans come in a plethora of styles, colors and patterns. Some are made from luxurious cashmere. They can be machine or hand knitted. Generally worn during the cooler months they can be dressed up or for leisure time dressing.
As these photo’s clearly illustrate even the British Royal Family are often seen with a cardigan on. Famous feminine faces such as Reese Witherspoon, Zoe Saldanha and Amal Clooney often wear them. Even Justin Bieber wears them so there is no doubt just how popular a cardigan is. PS – My favorite is Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cardigan – so stylish.
Readers, for those of you who have been following us on the capsule wardrobe journey will know that we have covered a few items already. Next up is the simplest staple of them all – THE PLAIN WHITE TEE. This versatile top offers seamless shift from season to season. It can be paired with a blazer for a more formal look or a more casual look wiht a chunky sweater.
Not any boring plain tee will do so I’ve searched and found some of the best ones out there. Ahead, a few of my favorites:
Next up is a ballet pump shoe which is an essential part of any modern day women’s wardrobe. Especially if – like me – you run around all day and find that doing so in high heels was something you foolishly did in your 20’s – and without giving too much away lets just say it was a while ago.
The modern day pump was referred to as “pompes” in the 1500’s when strapless shoes without heels were worn by men. Back then these were mostly worn by servants because they lacked the fuss and the funds to have fancy buttons and laces reminiscent of that time.
Thankfully since then it has become a women’s shoe and is adoringly associated with style and glamour. Sensible sophistication of a pump has been adored by the rich and famous and include amongst other Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Alexa Chung to name a few.
The next must have item is a classic Trench Coat and for me it has to be in it’s primary and most recognised colour – Khaki.
This raincoat is traditionally made from heavy duty cotton, poplin, leather and a variety of modern day fabrics with technology constantly evolving to improve upon waterproofness and lightness.
It was originally an item of clothing for Army officers (developed prior tot he war but adapted for use in the trenches of the First World War, hence its name) and shows this influence in its styling.
The two luxury British clothing manufacturers each claim to have invented the Trench Coat. Aquascutum lays claim that they developed the coat back in 1850 whilst Thomas Burberry (which would evolve into the world renowned brand Burberry) submitted his design for an Army Officers coat to the United Kingdom War office in 1901.
Visit the Burberry Website for a closer look at this iconic brand: Burberry
Lets continue building a strong foundation of timeless pieces that can be paired with the other items in our capsule wardrobe. So far we have covered the white shirt, blue jeans and black pants. Next item is a one blazer.
A blazer is a versatile item which can easily be dressed down with a pair of skinny jeans and heels. A more formal look is easily achieved when worn over a dress and heels.This staple wardrobe piece comes in various forms, fabrics and styles but I would stick to a classic style which won’t date.
As is evident this piece is a firm favorite of the Duchess of Cambridge:
Just a quick recap of the items we have covered as we journey towards creating the perfect all year round capsule wardrobe. A simple beautifully curated wardrobe is a must for all modern women who have increasing work/life pressures but still need to look fabulous.
No good wardrobe would be complete without a pair of stunning black pants. They can be worn casually with a pair of trainers, worn with flats for the school run and worn with a sexy pair of heels for the evening. Whether skinny, cropped or wide legged its all about finding the right pair for your body type. Equally important is how you pair your pins. My simple rule is: If it’s tapered and skinny at the bottom then it can be loose and free form at the top and vice versa. If you pair a wide leg trouser with a loose top it can look a tad bit unstylish in my opinion although there are exceptions to the rule such as with a large belt to break the silhouette.
Here are some of my favorite black pants:
To me these five silhouettes would work for me and I think on average most women.