If your wardrobe is bursting at the seams but it still feels like you have nothing to wear, let us introduce you to the 10-piece capsule collection fashion girls swear by. The theory? Having less clothes actually gives you more outfit options – provided you take proper care of them, of course.
Here are the key multi-taskers that will ensure you have a solution on hand to every fashion dilemma:
A black blazer
If you fell hook, line and sinker for the Camilla & Marc Marguerite Blazer this season, rest assured it was a smart buy (and not just because Meghan Markle wore it). A black jacket can instantly dress up any outfit – simply pair it with jeans and a white tee for a smart-casual look, or throw it over the top of a dress to look like you mean business.
A white tee
The search for the perfect white tee has long plagued the InStyle office – until we realised no less than three staff members owned a certain Country Road style. Regardless of the brand, once you’ve found your holy grail, you’re going to want to take good care of it – and that means investing in a fabric conditioner such as Comfort 4in1 Fabric Conditioner. Just as you wouldn’t dream of skipping this vital step after washing your hair, nor should you ignore it when caring for your basics – after all, who doesn’t want softer, silkier clothes?
A little black dress
Choose a style you can wear to work and after dinner drinks and you’ll be laughing all the way to the sartorial bank. This season, the midi-hemline is still going strong, while a slip dress works wonders for a multitude of occasions.
The perfect pair of jeans
As everyone knows, the search for the perfect pair of jeans is long and arduous – so once you find the style that suits you, it’s worth snapping up every available shade. Just think of the cost per wear.
The Breton tee
Channel your inner French girl via a stripe tee – we guarantee it’ll never go out of fashion (and will work with all the pieces in your capsule collection). Simply slick on a red lip to match and you’ll look instantly polished.
A wear-anywhere skirt
If you’ve been stalking that Realisation Par Naomi skirt for the last few weeks, here’s permission to buy it: not only is leopard print never going out of style, neither is the slip silhouette, which transitions easily from day to night.
A leather jacket
Add a little grit to your prettier pieces by styling them with a staple black leather jacket. Perfect for weekend brunch with the girls or a night out on the town, this statement necessity will easily become one of the most versatile investments you make.
A cashmere sweater
Blair Waldorf was correct when she called cashmere one of life’s necessities – not only does the fabric feel luxurious, it’s also lightweight enough to layer in any season. Bonus: many of today’s washers will accommodate the delicate material, which means less trips to the drycleaner.
A statement silk shirt
If you’re an Instagram addict, you’ll have noticed the new cool-girl way to wear a button-down: either paired with ripped Levis (half tucked in) or worn off-the-shoulder with a denim mini. Violà! Instant chic. Top tip: boost the longevity of your shirt with Comfort 4in1 Fabric Conditioner, as it can smooth the silk fibres. Smoother fibres help your shirt to keep its shape. Bonus? Thanks to the perfume experts, it also smells amazing.
A classic trench
The best thing about a trench is its seasonal versatility – wear it open over a spring dress or buttoned up with a scarf in winter for the ultimate in Audrey-Hepburn level chic. Our pick? The iconic Burberry coat, of course.
Once you’ve mastered these basics, you can easily incorporate cheaper, trend-driven pieces into your wardrobe. Keep in mind however, that each item need to be well-cared for in order to last the distance – so if you’ve lived by the “wash and wear” mantra till now, it’s time to embrace the humble fabric conditioner.