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How To Make 10 Basics Into 3 Outfits

The capsule of all capsule wardrobes…

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In the final instalment of my spring capsule wardrobe series, I’m bringing you a detailed look at my current top 10 items in my wardrobe. Today’s video includes a mini review of each one, some cutaways so you can see how they move, flow and fit and dupes for the pricier pieces – scroll down to the bottom to see that – whereas today’s blog post is a little challenge for me. With the 10 pieces that I mention in the video, I’ve come up with three different outfits to wear for my three-most frequent engagements and I’m pretty impressed with the end results. In fact these pieces are so versatile and all work together so well I had to cut it down to just these three outfits – I had loads of ideas! So I feel like this is a post that I’ll definitely come back to when I’m going away for a couple of days or a weekend, as it’s pretty much its own ready-made mini capsule wardrobe.

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THE UNLIKELY WEEKEND OUTFIT

When I first bought these Whistles Trousers I thought they had ‘fancy meeting in London‘ written all over them, but I’ve been surprised by how comfortable they are and have been wearing them for all occasions – even finding myself pulling them on for brunch at the weekend. Times are changing peeps! I think the fact that they’re cropped and slimmer on the leg than your usual pair of suit trousers mean that they’re easily mistaken for jeans and therefore don’t scream formalwear. If I’m cracking them out at the  weekend then I like them worn with super slouchy items like this ASOS Stripe T-Shirt and my Converse to really bring them down to a casual level. I pop on my Chloé Faye Bag which fits the kitchen sink in (still working on the most extensive review video ever seen!) and then I’m ready to go.


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THE IN-BETWEEN OUTFIT

The majority of outfits that I wear are neither super dressy, nor super casual – they’re usually somewhere in the middle. Especially during the weekdays when I’m either up and about in London popping from meeting to meeting, or in the evenings when I’m out with friends or Mark and I are doing one of our date nights which are basically code for ‘eat your bodyweight in pizza‘. These GRLFRND Straight Leg Jeans are one of those items that can go either way. It’s easy to style these raw hemmed, slightly cropped jeans into a casual outfit, but I like them wore slightly on the more dressy side of things. I usually end up pairing them with my Acne Studios Jensen Boots, to show just a smidge of ankle, and then with something baggy and tucked in on top like my Equipment Washed Silk Blouse. It’s one of those outfits that still fits into my comfort zone, but feels a little more daring thanks to the more trend-led denim.


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THE POLISHED OUTFIT

This is my happy place. Whenever I need snapping out of one of those ‘I have nothing to wear!’ moods, this is what I reach for. All black (with a little nod to navy), in a simple and close-cut silhouette – you just can’t go wrong with it. This outfit combo will be different on us all depending on our body shapes and style preferences, but I will forever feel the most comfortable in black and being someone who’s kinda leggy without much going on in the chest department; a form-fitting bottom half, with a semi-fitted, crew-neck top half is just what flatters me best. I’m still in love with my Equipment Cashmere Jumper (I’ve yet to find one that washes and fits as well as this one does) and I’ve recently discovered the Frame Skinny Jeans which are so soft they’re like wearing PJ’s. I like to wear this outfit with a loafer, like these ones from Gucci and until spring really kicks in I’m throwing my REISS Trench Coat for warmth.


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Photos by Lauren Shipley

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