The next must have item

Dear darlings,

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.

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The Commandments of Style

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.

Visit the official Bottega Veneta site here

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9 of the best plain white tee shirts for women

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:

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What Trench Coat to invest in

Dear Friends,

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

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Be a trail blazer…Which Black Blazer is worth spending money on

Hi Friends,

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.

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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:

Stay tuned for more great items to follow.

xxx

Keeping it simple…

Dear friends,

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.

So far we have covered:

The white shirt –  recap here

Blue Jeans – check it out here again

Black Pants – summary here

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More jaw dropping fashions to follow so come back soon to see more no risk ideas for your styled capsule wardrobe.

xxx

Romper Round-up

Yippee… A few weeks from now I will be on vacation and I will be sipping cocktails in the sun, swimming, captivated by a book and enjoying some much needed restorative R&R with my favorite people.

I get so excited before a trip that I spend my time thinking about what I am going to pack/ buy before we go.  A girl’s got to look her best.

A must have item I will be packing is a Romper and here is my roundup of stylish rompers:

Nicole Miller Diamond Lace Cut Romper

This Diane von Furstenberg Romper can be dressed up/ down just by changing shoes and accessories:

Diane von Furstenberg Romper with Textured Cap Sleeves
State One Shoulder Floral Romper

BCBGMAXAZRIA Womens Skort Romper

Trina Turk Printed Romper

Olympia

I hope you have enjoyed my selection of Rompers!  Happy Shopping!

Confessions of a bag lady…

I have to confess I LOVE HANDBAGS!

Be it a tote, clutch, hobo, satchel, saddlebag, purse, shoulder bag or a holdall I wonder in amazement.  It is said that some 5,000 years ago Otzi the Iceman carried a purse.   Young Edwardian girls were taught to embroider – in fact it was considered a skill for marriage and they used their skills to craft magnificently adorned bags.  The emergence of the modern purse, clutch or handbag is said to have taken place during the Industrial Revolution.  Samuel Parkinson ordered a set of travelling cases and trunks in 1841 when he noticed that his wife’s purse was too small and the material not strong enough to withstand the rail travel of the time.  At his instance a set of luggage made out of leather (and not carpet as was the custom at the time) was manufactured.

Today bags are essential everyday gear which hold our daily lives together – can you image the secrets which would be lost without them or the number of cracked cellphone screens?  I don’t think any other garment is as strongly influenced by sociatal changes and technological advancements as the revered handbag.  The modern woman expresses herself through the bag she chooses to carry as a signal to the world around he of her power, status and beauty.

So I confess as a bag lady, here are some of my favorites:

1.  LANVIN SADDLE BAG:

This elegant side saddle bag is pure Lanvin elegance.  Crafted from smooth calfskin leather with a brass strap detail spanning across the centre front and a brass chain shoulder strap enhance the half moon silhouette of this striking piece.

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2.  MULBERRY TESSIE TOTE:

Designed to develop a beautiful suppleness over time, Mulberry’s ‘Tessie’ tote is crafted from brown textured-leather. This faux suede-backed piece has visible stitching to showcase the label’s meticulous craftsmanship. Roomy enough for your tablet and a change of shoes, you can wear it on the shoulder or in the crook of your arm.

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3.  GUCCI CONTINENTAL WALLET:

Gucci’s coated-canvas wallet is woven with the label’s heritage monogrammed pattern. It opens to an organized interior with 10 card slots, a zipped section for coins and three compartments for bills and receipts.

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4.  LAMBCHOP (a.k.a LONGCHAMP)

All my girlfriends and I have one in varying sizes and colors.  We even joke that at some events we need luggage tags as there is a pile of Lambchops in the corner.  Lambchop being the nickname given to it by a seriously funny friend.

But this one is a must….

This ultra lightweight nylon canvas model with slender straps and a snap closure leather flap is one of Longchamp’s most emblematic bags.

The Le Pliage bag is inspired by the Japanese art of origami. Simple yet eminently ingenious, it has become a firm favorite all over the world. The Le Pliage line comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes, in around a dozen colors each season. As light as a feather, Le Pliage folds down into a notebook size and is sturdy enough to be your everyday companion.

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These are my 4 must haves for the day – get yours at this site or that one

xxx