Creating A Capsule Spring Wardrobe On Regent Street
Armed with a thousand pounds and tasked with creating a capsule spring wardrobe, I pounded Regent Street shopping the new season collections, with all the impulse of a woman on a mission…ok, it’s a pretty cool job sometimes!
Creating a capsule wardrobe is all about ‘the edit’, as it’s so often called, but it’s also about making each item work in many ways – being able to layer up or down to turn a daytime look into an evening one. I used to be a nightmare packing for holidays – throwing it all in and hoping for the best kinda girl – but thinking about looks, rather than individual pieces, and how they can also work for a number of outfits really helped.
Looking at the new season trends, there were a few items I had to have (hello, denim) but to start with I thought about the palette, 3 or 4 key colours which would blend in with one another and I could build on. I opted for navy, denim and white with gold and tan accessories.
KEY PIECE: Slouchy Boyfriend Jeans
Working my way up Regent Street, I had already earmarked some of my favourite stores to pop into: Zara, J Crew, & Other Stories, to name a few. I was on the lookout for some slouchy boyfriend jeans and J Crew had the perfect pair. A fairly recent addition to the Regent Street brands, its presence in the UK was a long-awaited joy, having been the secret of fashion editors for many a year, we can all now finally get our hands on the collections.
Trying on the headwear in J. Crew (via instagram @FashionBiteUK)
The catwalks were awash with denim for spring, from jackets at Burberry (pictured below) to dresses at Gucci, and this formed the start of my capsule wardrobe.
Alongside jeans, I also picked up a lovely Breton striped long sleeved tee, a navy short sleeved top with a nod to sportwears and a blue cashmere jumper from J Crew.
Being able to layer the tops for a more relaxed weekend look, or teaming with a navy blazer from Zara was key to being able to make each piece work a number of ways.
I also love layering accessories, piling up a number of necklaces or bangles to add bit of chaos to a more simple look. & Other Stories is great for accessories, I picked up some beautiful long gold chain necklaces.
KEY ITEM: The Shirtdress
Another piece top of my hit list was a shirtdress. This is a great example of an item you can dress down with sandals and a denim jacket, or up with heels and accessories for a smarter look. At London Fashion Week, we saw Daks, Marios Schwab and Christopher Raeburn all feature the shirtdress, but it also came in denim from the likes of Gucci and Stella McCartney.
I like the idea of a more ‘grown-up’ version and loved this navy, silk layered shirtdress from All Saints. Under a new design guise (formerly of Burberry), All Saints has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. The price points are a bit higher, but the fabrics, cut and quality definitely have a more luxurious feel.
THE MICRO BAG
You couldn’t move for 70’s inspiration on the spring/summer catwalks and the saddle bag was spotted all over from the likes of Michael Kors, Chloé and Jil Sander. Micro bags in general were everywhere too, much loved by the street style crew. I picked up this tan and gold cross body bag from Michael Kors, which has a bit more structure so is smart enough for work but you can also dress down with a bit of personalisation.
SYLING TIP: Personalise
I saw a lot of furry pom poms on bags at London Fashion Week, one of my favourites was spotted on this Céline bag (Pic via instagram @FashionBiteUK)
Personalising your accessories is a great way to add your own style to a bag. I’ve attached a man’s pocket square from Reiss to this Michael Kors bag to give it a less structured, more relaxed look for the weekend, but you could easily nick one from your boyfriend too.
You can even personalise your perfume at Burberry with your initials, if you opt for the larger version of their new spring fragrance. I got the smaller size, so didn’t customise mine, but it smells very fresh and light – a great scent for the new season.
KEY SHOE: The Flat
Whether it’s trainers or sandals, the flat was undoubtedly here to stay for spring and there are some gorgeous options out there. J Crew has done an exclusive trainer collection with New Balance, Coach has some more grown-up, colourful sandals and Karl Lagerfeld channels Cara with its downtown, sporty vibe. I got some lovely flats from & Other Stories…
But being petite flats don’t always work, so it’s good to have a pair of heels too. I finished off with a tan and gold pair from Russell & Bromley.
Brands Featured: & Other Stories, All Saints, Burberry, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Reiss, Russell & Bromley and Zara.
Thanks to Regent Street for having me!