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How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe

Stacey Duguid | How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe

A fashion-forward wardrobe is only as good as its foundations: those perennial classics that we'd all be lost without. Here, our Fashion Editorial Director, Stacey Duguid, reveals the ten pieces to invest in, now and forever.

"'Fashion is what you're offered four times a year by designers,' decreed the inimitable Lauren Hutton. 'Style is what you choose.' And who am I to argue? With her signature silk blouses and iconic runway moments (including the couture show of the AW19 season, Valentino), Hutton practices precisely what she preaches. S-t-y-l-e.

"If I've learned anything from my years in the fashion industry, it's that a quality capsule wardrobe of timeless and style-minded classics is worth its weight in gold – and you can take that to the bank! Invest in these ten pieces now."

The Silk Blouse

"Crisp cotton shirts can feel stiff and uncomfortable on a hot day. A silky blouse, by contrast, is always soft and romantic. I own four – and they go with everything!"

The Cross-Body Bag

"I can't leave the house without a cross-body bag. Even the smallest of silhouettes can make for a great styling accent, from the office floor to a dance floor."

The Slip Dress

"Kate Moss circa 1992 isn't the only person who can wear a slip dress. I love the design's simplicity as much as I love its easy fabric (always silky), and how it works oh-so-effortlessly beneath a blazer or a cardigan, and even over trousers. Is it any wonder that I'm in a long-term relationship with the slip dress?"

The Biker Jacket

"Clothing-wise, a leather jacket is the most important thing I own. In the summer, I'll drape it over my shoulders; at a fancy party, it looks cool thrown over a gown."

The Hoop Earrings

"One day, I had two ear piercings. The following day, I had seven… Thing is, I had no choice! The hoop earrings at Maria Tash are so good, I couldn't pick just one."

The Tailored Trousers

"Otherwise known as a morning life-saver, a great pair of tailored trousers renders 'I have nothing to wear!' moments a thing of the past. They are the foundations of my wardrobe. White sneakers, skyscraper court heels and mules – you can wear them with anything if you get the length right."

The Mules

"Not every season requires an entirely new wardrobe. Sometimes, it's the little tweaks that make all the difference. Enter the mules: a shoe style that literally goes with everything and never fails to feel elegant and elevated."

The Trench Coat

"Where would we Brits be without a trench coat? A stylish defence against the (near) daily rainfall is essential. Burberry's iconic iteration – recently reimagined by Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci – is my pick of the pack. Classic without ever being boring, a camel trench coat is an heirloom in the making, a forever piece, and the definition of modern luxury."

The Boyfriend Jeans

"Recently, I've felt the pull of boyfriend jeans. Slouchy, flattering, and universally appealing, they look great rolled up above block-heel ankle boots, and folded down with sneakers."

Citizens of Humanity
Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans

The Little Black Dress

"Something to keep and wear for seasons to come, there's nothing chicer than a little black dress! If ever in doubt style-wise, just think: what would Coco Chanel do?"

Victoria Beckham
Open Back Midi Dress
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