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With the hope of spring nearing, but certainly still a winter season upon us, as well as the reminder how mood lifting a thoughtful outfit can be, picking up a few items for my capsule wardrobe here and there as the year begins as revealed its subtle magic.
From wearing my first pair of heels to school yesterday with a classic black high-waisted skinny jean and silk blouse to remember how it feels to see people in-person, the jazz of style and dressing for going out and taking on the day is slowly being rekindled.
And this is where building a capsule wardrobe comes in handy.
Every item I donned yesterday were pieces I have had in my closet for at least two years, if not more. When we buy well, when we buy for timeless style that aligns with how we love living, even if a pandemic keeps us at home for a year or so, our closets will still be able look fresh, effortless and thoughtfully put together.
Part of the secret of always having a capsule wardrobe at the ready is updating one or two items every season or keeping your list of items to update handy so that when a sale takes place and you catch that perfect item, you can be reassured, the investment item is worth the purchase (remember, cost-per-wear).
Below are six ideas to consider as you peruse your favorite shopping sites – items to add, items to replace, items to save for later when the price drops (some are already on sale below) – to finesse your winter wardrobe and preparing for early spring.
Staples from Brunello Cucinelli
The Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli designs prized pieces, so when you find them on sale, and they fit your capsule wardrobe, scoop them up. Often found in neutral hues, offering a slightly looser silhouette, and oh so sophisticated, I became a fan of Cucinelli’s collections a couple of years ago while traveling in the south of France when a fellow American who was far better dressed than I recommended the brand to me as something she thought my style would gravitate toward. She was right. Now I just need to save up for my first piece. 🙂 Thankfully, The Outnet has many of their pices available and on sale and I have shopped them for you below.
~Wrap-effect bead-embellished striped cotton-blend midi dress (two color options)
~Cream Silk-blend satin tank (many color options)
~Orange bead-embellished silk-blend satin tank (more colors)
Simple, Necessary Staples for Outdoor Attire
From clothing for working in the garden while still looking presentable to my neighbors, a raincoat for walking and moving well, LL Bean and Lands End offer super low prices for items that work very well for just what I need. Save 50% off Lands End clothing with promo code SHINY, and check out a couple of rain coats, linen button-ups (I purchased the plaid in the top middle), as well as shorts with comfort design.
~Lands End hooded waterproof raincoat (black)
~Lands End Hooded waterproof long raincoat (blue and white plaid)
~L.L. Bean washable linen shirt (green)
~L.L. Bean Washable plaid linen shirt (many different colors)
~L.L. Wrinkle-free bayside shorts with hidden comfort waistband (navy and khaki shown – more colors)
Absolute Must-Have Classics – a Trench, Boots (bootie or knee-high) and flats
Any time I can invest in a quality item of any one of these pieces, I do so with out any guilt. When purchasing quality, such items will last easily for five, even ten years or longer.
~Theory Oakland Trench in Crepe (four colors available)
~Theory Leather Knee Boot (oxblood and black available), 40% off
~Theory City 55 Bootie in Leather, on sale
~Theory Suede Pleated Ballet Flat (guava, more colors)
A Touch of French Finnesse from Sézane
Sézane just launched a new collection, and while items are selling quickly, I have shopped a few still available that caught my eye for that subtle touch of femininity and effortless chic.
~Christie Jacket, camel (more colors)
~Jim Coat (black)
~Suzanne Blouse (blush)
~Servanne Shirt (denim)
~Florence Shirt (silk)
~Luisa Dress (polka dots)
A Touch of Luxury
A brand for feminine luxury that is new to me is CEFINN (I have included one of their dresses below). Check out their full collection and keep them on your watchlist, just one of the reasons I enjoy perusing Net-a-Porter. I rarely am able to purchase an item from the site, but when I do, I am never disappointed by their quailty pieces and vast offering of top designers.
~L.K. Bennett Fern pointed toe leather pumps, 4″ (one of my favorite brands and styles for nude pumps)~
Something Cozy and Casual (yet Chic, bien sûr!)
Cozy and comfort will always be part of my everyday wardrobe, but it must also be chic. From the coats, to the dresses – shirt dresses and wrap-effect, oversized sweaters and silhouette flattering denim, there is no need to lose the style while welcoming the functionality.
~Kinsale Turtleneck, La Ligne
~Sadie Dress (navy and pinstripe)
~Cynthia Button Fly High Rise Straight Jeans, Reformation
~Belted Tailored Blazer Jacket, light blue – & Other Stories
~Alpaca Blend Knit Sweater, yellow, & Other Stories
~Handmade Wool Coat, pastel pink, Mango
~Biscotti Belted Shirt Dress, Shirtini