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The PERFECT wardrobe?

(22 Posts)
mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 11:00:00

What do you think the perfect capsule wardrobe should contain? I'm making a list, as I feel I need a few more items (at the moment I always feel like I have nothing to wear)! This is partly because I've spent the last year in maternity/post preg clothes & the year before that travelling & wearing the same 3 outfits on rotation. Consequently my style has changed & although I'm back to a size 10, my tummy is no longer flat & I need to disguise that.


Already have:
Skinny jeans
Tunic top
Wide belt
Smart black trousers
Cute sun dress
Smart jacket/blazer
Good underwear
Ballet pumps
Breton striped top
Long cardie
Sparkly clutch
Good quality big handbag
Flattering swimwear

Need to get:
Jersey wrap dress
Classic trench
Leather jacket
Sparkly top/vest
Retro Tees
Jersey 'throw-on' tops (I like batwing & off-the-shoulder, but of course different styles suit different people)
Skinny belt
Converse trainers, or similar

What have I forgotten?!

wordsonapage Fri 24-Jun-11 11:02:34

Flip flops
Beach bag
Beach dress/ kaftan

wordsonapage Fri 24-Jun-11 11:02:50

Gym kit

LovelyDaffs Fri 24-Jun-11 11:06:51

Jeans other than skinny?
I like a good loafer - goes with the breton/black trs/trench

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 11:21:40

Ooh, all good suggestions!

wordsonapage, I think I have all those apart from a kaftan (forgot to put them on my list - doh!)

LovelyDaffs I have got other jeans too, but find I don't really wear them - skinny jeans seem to go with more outfits (for me anyway). Loafers - I like! Or maybe brogues..?

franke Fri 24-Jun-11 11:24:35

Some cashmere - maybe round-necked short cardigan.

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 11:50:17

Now on the list - thanks Franke!

brookeslay Fri 24-Jun-11 12:16:50

White shirt though apparently cream is more flattering there is a lovely one in Reiss.

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 17:22:12

Ooooh, thanks brookeslay, I do need a new one of those.

What do we think about this..?

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 19:09:08

...too Bet Lynch..?

franke Fri 24-Jun-11 19:14:46

I'm not sure it belongs to a capsule wardrobe...

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 19:25:30

You're right - I'm too easily influenced; read somewhere that leopard print is a "neutral"...

katieconundrum Fri 24-Jun-11 19:28:38


mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 19:55:59

YES! Pencil?

Also maxi dress I think...

lipglossandlashes Fri 24-Jun-11 20:32:34

Good thread!

Just purchased grey cashmere round neck cardi from Pure Cashmere.

Have worn my Mulberry leopard scarf to death, actually looking forward to winter to wear more it more!

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 21:10:02

Thanks lipglossandlashes!

Can I ask what shops (online & highstreet) you would recommend?
I like ASOS, M&S (for undies), French Connection & Reiss if I'm feeling flush...

LovelyDaffs Fri 24-Jun-11 21:55:25

Isabella Oliver 365 pencil skirt is 40% off at the moment (have ordered myself one) only in chambray, but they get rave reviews.

mamaGool Fri 24-Jun-11 22:38:02

Thanks LovelyDaffs, will check it out!

bambiandthumper Fri 24-Jun-11 23:05:42

this is my idea of a capsule wardrobe -too tired to read your long one above-- blush, and can't see whats missing!!

Underwear: Good quality, basics and some nice sets. Pair of good quality opaques (Wolford?), White, Grey and Black lace trim camis (prettier imho)

Tops: Loose white v neck and soft coloured t shirts (love T by Alexander Wang and Gap), Breton, Pretty loose and long camis,

Jumpers/Cardis: (disclaimer - i'm a complete sucker for cashmere and imho its is the best material for jumpers, but this complete material snobbery on my behalf, but really you cant beat it blushblush!!) Oversized Jumper, Zip up hoodie, Bright Cardis, Cropped round neck jumper

Jeans/Trousers: White, Blue and Black, in whatever style looks best, ideally one should be skinny, (Flares), cropped trousers, black leggings

Dresses: V smart black tie, Floaty summer evening dress, Loose jersey maxi dress, Casual day dress - printed?

Shoes: Bright ballet pumps, Black heeled pumps, Nude Wedges, Pretty flat sandals, Long leather riding boots, One pair of v. colourful high heels

Jackets/Coats: Blazer a la Pippa Middleton, (Bright) Trench, Warm mid thigh winter coat, Leather jacket, Smart chanel-esque cropped wool jacket (loads in Zara atm)

Accessories: Clutch, Neutral big enough for everything hand bag, Pashmina/ sheer scarf/shawl, Sunglasses, Purse big enough for keys/oyster card when you don't want to take handbag

Gym Kit

NB..I haven't included skirts as I haven't worn one since I left school, I find them a bitch to coordinate with anything, and so have no idea what constitutes a 'capsule skirt!!',

mamaGool Sat 25-Jun-11 09:38:28

Thanks bambiandthumper - I'm off to Zara this arvo..!

Emo76 Sat 25-Jun-11 16:49:37

you have forgotten old pair of tracksuit bottoms and uni/beer t shirt accessorised with bottle of rose and family size bar of dairy milk

mamaGool Sat 25-Jun-11 20:26:11

Unfortunately I have too many of those outfits Emo76!

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