A capsule wardrobe – that is, a finite number of pieces which form the architecture of your seasonal look – can differ from person to person. Without being too prescriptive, we’ve rounded up some of the most reliable pieces that you can wear on repeat for autumn …
If you don’t own a trench, it is a piece worth investing in. On the high street, Massimo Dutti does a good take on the ubiquitous coat. Technical trench coat with belt, €169, at Massimo Dutti.
A pair of chunky loafers is the perfect go-to for a daytime look. If loafers are too boyish for you, look to a ballet flat instead. Loafers with gold detailing, €29.95, at Zara.
Everyone’s definition of a capsule handbag is different – for some it might mean a work tote that will fit the kitchen sink, for others it might be a cross-body bag that can look good for brunch at the weekend and when going out for drinks. This cross-body by JW Anderson is certainly lust-worthy. Corner leather cross-body bag, JW Anderson, €950, at Brown Thomas.
Buy a good pair of jeans and they will last you for years – we promise. A straight-leg is a reliable style that won’t date quickly. Pinch waist high rise kick flare, €289; www.agolde.com.
Is it a blazer, or a coat? We’d wear it as either – it’s warm enought to be worn as outerwear but the chic shape means you may not want to take it off when you get indoors. If a blazer isn’t your vibe, look into a leather jacket or even a quilted jacket if that’s more your speed. Oversized wool-blend blazer, €199, at & Other Stories.
If you’re looking for a reliable winter boot that’s also polished, these pull on boots with kitten heel could be for you. An alternative is a Chelsea boot or the season’s biker style (that’s also rather timeless, too). Kitten heel tube boot, £495; www.russellabdbromley.co.uk.
This shirt will sit in your wardrobe season upon season, just dying to be worn. It’s a true capsule piece. If blue stripes aren’t for you look to plain white, or maybe you’re more of a long-sleeved T-shirt aficionado (we love a style that’s got a balletic scoop neck). Relaxed cotton-poplin shirt, €79, at COS.
Whether you choose a bold XL shape or a neat sleeper, you will never go wrong with a classic gold hoop. These ones by Bottega are an investment that will make a statement for years to come. Gold vermeil earring, Bottega Veneta, €450; www.net-a-porter.com.
Make space for some cashmere in your wardrobe. It’s a natural fibre that’s better for the earth and will feel luxurious with every wear. Pure cashmere striped collar knit, M&S Collection, €140, at M&S.
We waxed lyrical about totes above, and this one is a great price that’s made from 100 per cent recyled leather. Medium banner tote with drop handles, Ganni, €275, at Brown Thomas.