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.
Kate Moss leaving The Wolseley in a black leather jacket and ankle boots after having dinner London, England – 22.07.10 Mandatory Credit: WENN.com
Next up is a ballet pump shoe which is an essential part of any modern day women’s wardrobe. Especially if – like me – you run around all day and find that doing so in high heels was something you foolishly did in your 20’s – and without giving too much away lets just say it was a while ago.
The modern day pump was referred to as “pompes” in the 1500’s when strapless shoes without heels were worn by men. Back then these were mostly worn by servants because they lacked the fuss and the funds to have fancy buttons and laces reminiscent of that time.
Thankfully since then it has become a women’s shoe and is adoringly associated with style and glamour. Sensible sophistication of a pump has been adored by the rich and famous and include amongst other Jacqueline Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Alexa Chung to name a few.
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.
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:
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.
No good wardrobe would be complete without a pair of stunning black pants. They can be worn casually with a pair of trainers, worn with flats for the school run and worn with a sexy pair of heels for the evening. Whether skinny, cropped or wide legged its all about finding the right pair for your body type. Equally important is how you pair your pins. My simple rule is: If it’s tapered and skinny at the bottom then it can be loose and free form at the top and vice versa. If you pair a wide leg trouser with a loose top it can look a tad bit unstylish in my opinion although there are exceptions to the rule such as with a large belt to break the silhouette.
Here are some of my favorite black pants:
To me these five silhouettes would work for me and I think on average most women.