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STYLE ADVICE: Can you recommend a new season capsule wardrobe?

Posted on: January 19, 2015

QUESTION: Can you recommend what to include in a capsule wardrobe for the new season. I work in a smart casual work environment and am also a mum. I mainly shop on the high street.

ANSWER:  A capsule wardrobe is the best way to get maximum use out of each item in your wardrobe, so a mix-and-match collection should be a selection of clothes you absolutely love wearing and look fabulous on you!

1. Gap Dress, £39.95: – A versatile dress is a wardrobe must have – one that can be worn to work with heeled courts or ballet flats and with flat ankle boots on the weekend. We love this grey number by Gap as the accentuated waist will give you a gorgeous silhouette whilst the pleated skirt softly glides over your hips and bottom. Plus at under £40 you can’t really go wrong!

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2. Reiss Trousers, £49: – Navy trousers are a great alternative to jeans and can easily be worn to work with flat loafers or lace up brogues. Instantly smarten up the trousers with a pair of brightly coloured strappy sandals and a tucked-in blouse:

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3. Oasis Blouse, now £15: – Pale mint is a gorgeous shade to wear now that New Year is out of the way and Spring is peeping round the corner. Team with the tailored navy trousers or wear loose over a pair of slim fit jeans. Compliment this beautiful pastel shade with a simple necklace or pair of delicate earrings:

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4. Banana Republic jeans, £55: – When it comes to jeans, it’s all about getting the perfect shape for your body. Slim leg as apposed to skinny will be a really fab style for you as it will help balance out your proportions without swamping you like a wide leg or boyfriend jean would. Darker blues are often more flattering and the illusion of a slimmer, longer leg is created by the shading down the centre. For casual errands or days out with the kids, pop on a breton stripe sweater. For an smart/casual office outfit, swap with the Oasis blouse and a soft fluid blazer:

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5. Uniqlo sweater, £24.90: – We all love a cosy knit sweater and let’s face it, in England you can wear them all year round! Neutral shades always look timeless so we’d suggest a pale colour that can be worn over a pencil skirt for work or with your new pair of jeans. Pop on a printed fabric scarf to add some pattern and colour to your look:

garment-2459812-31762816. Banana Republic Skirt, £55: – A pencil skirt with a slightly high waist is a great style for you as the structured fit creates a flattering slim line. Classic prints are a playful yet sophisticated way of breaking up your outfit so look out for colours that are versatile and can be matched with a bright, pastel or neutral top:

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7. Oasis Bag, £38: – complete your capsule wardrobe with a bag for all occasions! A grey shoulder tote bag is a great option as it’s large enough for all the necessities and more. This leather option will be hard wearing and can be slung on when you’re in a hurry. Plus is will only get better with age: Karen x

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