Capsule wardrobes may sound complicated, but all it takes is a few key pieces to transform your daily struggle to find something to wear into a series of effortlessly chic ensembles:
1. Court shoes
Whether you go for patent or matte leather, the crucial consideration here is comfort. Nothing kills a professional impression like tripping in your heels, so don’t go higher than you can handle.
2. Pencil skirt
An eternal work wardrobe essential, this is a classic cut that works for all shapes and sizes. Just make sure yours fits comfortably around your hips and waist and that the hems sits just below or above your knees.
Perfect power dressing requires sharp tailoring and the blazer is a versatile, must-have piece – don’t be afraid to look at brighter colours, or even patterns.
4. Flattering trousers
It may take a while to find your perfect fit, but once you do, these should be a fail-safe confidence booster. This season, look out for cigarette cuts in dark blue or grey.
5. White shirt
If it’s good enough for Carolina Herrera, it’s good enough for us! Just make sure yours is beautifully fitted, stylishly cut and always impeccably ironed.
6. Shift dress
See Mad Men for proof of the style impact of these dresses: classy and feminine, they work equally well with black heels, wedges or even flats.
7. Statement necklace
Adding an instant dash of personality to an otherwise professional appearance, a good jewellery collection is the easiest way to update timeless outfits. Opt for chunky necklaces in bright colours and layer over a collared shirt or cashmere jumper.
However gorgeous your stilettos are, some days it’s just not worth the pain – and no matter how many people do it, the suit-and-trainers commuter look has never been a winner. Take pity on your feet without sacrificing your fashion credentials by investing in some smart and supportive wedge heels.