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.
I haven’t really joined the wave of mirrored sunglasses, the ones that reflect thousand colors and all that jazz, but I have to confess that I love colored frame sunglasses. It was only recently that acknowledge my taste for colored rims. Sometimes it is hard to get out of your comfort zone and let the classic black glasses aside. But when I saw these square Louis Vuitton sunglasses in a store in Milan I thought, “pink glasses? well, why not?” I decided I needed them in my life. I bought them without knowing when and how I would wear them.
The pair of pink LV shades looks red in the first picture, but they are the same sunnies from the photo below.
The truth is I do not need a “when” much less a “how” to wear them. I use them when I want, because after all, better than following the latest trends is to have your own style, don’t you think?
This wonderful sunshine in Geneva today and the awakening of nature inspired me to produce an all green outfit, the color of 2013. I have been wanting to talk about this color for quite some time, but instead of talking, it’s better to show. I put together a sleeveless tee, a floral tunic, green pants from Textures Fashion, pumps and some accessoires. Voilà, we have an outfit in the hottest color of the year. A green and floral production – more green than floral – in a casual look with a touch of chic.
If you prefer something even more casual, bet on flat shoes. I would wear them on a hot summer day. A maxi bag would also go well with the look.
These emerald green pants from Textures Fashion are gorgeous and the perfect color to make a fun composition, casual yet chic. The floral tunic was a gemstone hidden in a H&M store last summer. I love it!
Want to look even more carefree? Go without the tunic for a really ALL green look. With the right accessories it can only get better.
My day started with UPS delivering a package from Texture Fashion. On this blog, I have already talked about the brand and how much I liked their online store. They have beautiful things, design their own collections and the prices are excellent. I became a fan ever since I published the first post about them.
The folks at Fashion Texture sent me one of the nicest gifts I have ever received as a blogger.
They are wonderful pieces of fine silk, made and embroidered in India. I took pictures of everything for you – and even my baby who is only six weeks (inside me) received a gift. Yes people, I’m pregnant! Look how cute this is!
This weekend I will make several looks with the pieces that I got, they will go on the blog and on its Facebook page in the coming days.
List of gifts:
2 Dresses, silk patterned
3 Printed Silk Scarves
1 Pair of pants, green (fashion color!)
1 Blouse with brown collar and gold appliques
1 Tunic, beautiful lively emerald green with gold embroidery
1 Tanktop, pink
The emerald green tunic and those silk dresses are wonderful. The dresses have sleeves, but they are so light, the fabric just caresses your skin. Below are the handkerchiefs.
I loved, loved, and loved it ! All so very beautiful – and moreover the pieces are quite different, the tissues are thin and they all fit great. The designers Jennifer, Rebecca and Christine are to be congratulated for these exclusive and unique pieces.
Thank You, Texture Fashion.
Soon, I will make many outfits of the day with what you sent me.
Mode Suisse was on last weekend, and I’m just dying to post it all here for you. I hope to do that later today or tomorrow. For now, I’ll leave you with this picture of a dress all made of rosaries, designed by the guys over at University of Art and Design (HEAD) in Geneva – how about that for an inspiration?
Where do you wear an outfit like that ? Over at the Vatican I guess! Joking aside, I found it very creative and believe me, it was very beautiful! The whole event had a very “conceptual” take on modern fashion, but there was also a lot of prêt-à-porter. I took many photos and am going to show everything in the next post.
Ana Paula Schäpers
Cresceu na periferia de São Paulo, mudou para a Suíça, depois França e atualmente mora com seu filho em Munique, na Alemanha. Sempre antenada e buscando o melhor de cada destino, adora partilhar suas experiências com pessoas, explorando o mundo feminino, da maternidade, beleza, moda e decoração. Acredita que luxo é viver com criatividade.