Creating a capsule wardrobe has always been my key to “stylish success”. A capsule wardrobe, by the way, is a small collection of favourite pieces in your closet comprised of basics in neutral colours. You can style these pieces with each other to create a myriad of looks supplemented with great accessories and pops of colour.
This spring, I added a few key basics to my capsule wardrobe to complement the pieces I already have: an oversized trench coat in khaki, a perfectly-fitting pair of grey skinnies and the navy silk shirt of my dreams, both c/o Mott & Bow.
What I love about these four pieces is that dressed up or down, they always look great.
The Oversized Trench
A great trench elevates every single spring outfit, so much so that the classic trench is one of my favourite pieces of all time.
This year, “oversize” is in, which is particularly great as you can layer more under a trench that has a bit more give. This extra warmth is so welcome on those spring days that cannot decide if it’s still winter or spring.
The oversize fit of this Zara trench is chic and effortless. It actually fits more like a vintage trench coat which I love and will tie me over until I get the Burberry trench of my dreams.
Trench Coat – Zara | Harper Silk Shirt c/o Mott & Bow |Orchard High-Waisted Skinny Jeans c/o Mott & Bow | Snakeskin Boots – Zara |Mama Bag – Fendi | Jacky Sunglasses c/o François Pinton Paris | Pearl Earrings (similar) – Howard Fine Jewellers |Belt – Aritzia
Grey, in my opinion, is a highly underrated colour. This neutral looks chic paired with so many colours, and the distressed tone of these skinnies give them a cool edge.
Why are grey jeans a perfect basic for spring? Their soft, neutral colour isn’t as harsh as black, and the casual feel lends itself well to other quintessentially spring pieces like boyfriend tees, crisp white shirts and light sweaters in soft pastel colours.
Mott & Bow, a New York based denim brand, sent me these Orchard skinnies in Medium Grey and I’m obsessed, truly. The fit, the colour, the softness – all perfect! I’m also pretty happy about Mott & Bow’s philosophy of providing great denim at reasonable prices. They also pride themselves on their low-waste manufacturing process.
Finding the perfect shirt has been hard over the years. For a long time, options for women were quite fitted. I have a larger bust, and these shirts just didn’t work, always pulling at the buttons across the chest. Not a good look.
Finally, looser fit options became available like this Harper Silk Boxy Fit blouse – another winner c/o Mott & Bow. The luxe silk elevates this wardrobe staple to “next level” status. If there is one item you need in your closet, it’s this one.
Why do I love it? The fit is loose and comfortable without looking sloppy, the quality is amazing, and the colour is deep and rich. I cannot recommend this enough. I love it so much, that I’ll be ordering up both the white and black versions.
Those of you who are interested in this shirt, it fits true to size (I ordered a small).
The “No Pictures, Please” Oversized Sunnies
These classic “Jacky” sunglasses c/o François Pinton flatter every face shape, provide more than enough protection from the sun, and give you that totally awesome “I’m avoiding the paparazzi” look.
Originally created for Jackie Onassis in the 60s by Monsieur Pinton himself, these oversized tortoiseshell frames are classic and flattering. I love every single thing about them. Currently on the hunt for a black pair…
If you would like to score a pair for yourself, you can pick them up at Merivale Vision Care or they can order you a pair in the colour of your choice.
No matter what you choose for spring – classic or trendy – it looks best when it fits properly. Ignore the vanity sizing so prevalent today and go for flattering comfort. If an item almost fits perfectly, find yourself a great tailor. That right there is a game-changer.
And on that note, enjoy this fine spring weather!
*Photography: Salt & Streets Photography