As the warm weather takes hold it is advisable to review your wardrobe and identify at least two lightweight pieces that when added, will have a positive impact on the modernity and functionality of your closet.
A subtle ‘nod’ to contemporary fashion is all that is ever necessary to remain stylish and up to date and I would strongly advise against chasing transient, novel and often unsuitable trends, in the aim of sustaining eternal youth!
Tip: Keep seasonally informed with such classic publications as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and Porter. More high street orientated interpretations are available in Red, Woman and Home and Good Housekeeping etc.
As an advocate of the Capsule Wardrobe my advice is aimed at establishing and sustaining a stylish, well functioning wardrobe that suits your individual lifestyle and budget. Regular seasonal updates and fresh takes on functional classics will ensure you look modern and well turned out at all times.
Investing in the perfect neutral bag
One timeless classic cbd products will add great value and flexibility to any wardrobe is the perfect neutral bag. Whether shoulder or hand-held, tote or slouchy, you should select your bag with great care if it is to have a long wardrobe life.
A neutral bag will prove a daily essential in the summer months and a perfect trans-seasonal piece when the skies are blue but temperatures are dropping. As Autumn turns, consider pairing a neutral bag with a black suit and crisp white shirt. Add bag-matching stiletto pumps for a perfectly balanced, chic and lighter take on your cold weather style.
‘Neutral’ can be interpreted in many ways; spanning brown to beige, taupe to tan, cream to nude and even dusky rose shades. The colour, style, material and size should be dependent on how versatile you want your bag to be and the colour palette of your wardrobe. As with all colours neutrals come in many different shades and tones, making them suitable for warm and cool wardrobes alike.
Tip on establishing your colour palette: To quickly establish if you are a cool or warm colour palette hold a piece of gold and silver card, in turn, up to your face. If the silver card brightens your face you are a COOL palette, if the gold brightens your face you are a WARM palette.
Cool Palette Neutrals: Typically neutrals such as taupe and mushroom have a grey tone which makes them suitable for cooler palettes. Dusky rose, greyer based creams, stone and cool beige will all accessorise cool wardrobes well and compliment greys, cool brown, mink, grape, white, navy and blue based black beautifully. All of which are likely to take precedence in many Capsule Wardrobes with a cool colour palette.
Warm Palette Neutrals: As a classic natural shade, tan can prove a welcome addition to any wardrobe with a warm colour palette. A warmer spectrum may feature red, rust, warm black, mahogany, camel, maroon, orange, yellow, olive green and ivory. Other neutral bag shades to consider include pinky beige, ivory, caramel, flesh, honey and nude.
Shopping for your investment bag: In advance of your shopping trip it is a good idea to photograph your wardrobe and make notes on the functional requirements of your bag. This will help to keep your search focused and disciplined. Alternatively, consider taking a couple of key garments to ensure that the colour, style and fabrics you are considering are suitable.
In terms of material it is advisable to look for soft leathers with or without a visible grain. Although beautiful, suede can be much harder to keep clean and well maintained, and canvas or raffia versions can look too casual for work and have a short lifespan. You may choose to avoid leathers that are too thick or structured as a slightly softer style will give a relaxed edge that suits the warmer months better.
If you are vegan or vegetarian then Stella McCartney is a label to embrace. Armani Jeans, Vivienne Westwood and Vivienne Westwood Anglomania also offer a wealth of leather look, textile, patent and synthetic bags but tend to be slightly less classic in nature. TKMaxx, Yoox.com, Massimo Dutti and even Autograph at M&S offer many leather, non leather and textile bags at good prices and are well worth a look.
Embrace the Sales, Designer Outlets and the afore mentioned TKMaxx and Yoox.com as these will enable you to invest in a quality bag within a targeted price range. Classic high street offerings should also be available from the likes of Cos, Jigsaw, Hobbs and Whistles.
If your budget is more generous look to high end labels such as Tod’s, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Prada, Gucci and Mulberry who offer high quality, ultra-chic and most importantly, timeless designs each season and should cover most tastes.
Good luck with your search and remember some of the Capsule Wardrobe principles; shop with focus, discipline and high standards at all times!