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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part eight: coats

A coat is one of the most expensive investments that you will make clothes-wise because it has to fulfil many roles.  It needs to be stylish.  It needs to be warm.  It needs to go with practically all of your wardrobe. 

And it must make you feel glamorous because you’re going to wear it for many months each year. When you arrive anywhere, your coat is the first thing that will be noticed about your appearance and this is particularly important if you are in a business situation and especially if you are meeting somebody for the first time.

For all these reasons, you shouldn’t economise on your coat.  Well chosen it will be an excellent investment and a confidence booster.

While the colour should be basically neutral, with coats you can play around a little without dating too quickly – a petrol blue coat, an ocre coat, a green coat, even a red coat beautifully cut in a good fabric will last you for years.

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You can of course stick with the classic standbys of black, grey, navy and camel, but they can be unexciting unless the style is more ‘futuristic’ or you will have to be creative in accessorising.

If you work, remember that it will need to go over a jacket most of the time (this season’s styles are very accommodating in this respect while still figure flattering.  A chunky scarf and nice boots finish off the look).

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The lengths this season are slightly longer, some just below the knee; and others even longer especially the wrap style.  These tend to have large collars with a strong 80s influence.  (Minus, of course, the huge shoulder pads).

My favourite coats this season are semi-fitted so that you can still wear a jacket underneath; and are very glamourous when left open.

Be sure that if you’re buying  coat that is below the knee, that the length of the coat is right for your height.  If it’s too long for you, it can look mumsy.  As always, there is no substitute for a triple mirror and a knowledgeable sales assistant.

Next week: raincoats

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part seven: sweaters

As a buyer sweaters are difficult because there are far fewer talented knitwear designers around who are able to do chic simplicity.  That’s why I’ve supported Piero Cividini: for many years, he has managed to create innovative knitwear with minimalist styling in interesting yarns.

  • A t-shirt shaped sweater in cashmere/silk is a very good fabric weight and classical shape and a basic standby. This can be short sleeve, three quarter sleeve or long sleeve and the neckline can be as low (within reason!) or as high as your neck and décolleté allows and depending on the season and work circumstances.
  • Too much detailing on sweaters that you will put a jacket over is unnecessary and can often fight with the shape of the jacket
  • Each season you can find special pieces of knitwear which can be worn for work or on their own for more casual wear. It could be a twin set with a very long belted cardigan and a tanktop underneath to wear with a pencil skirt which is part of your suit; or it could be a short chunky cardigan jacket to wear with your stylish trousers from your trouser suit.

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  • A turtle neck sweater, either sleeveless or with a short sleeve is a very good standby and always has a stylish feel to it.  And particularly next season it’s going to be very popular. As a buyer I have found that turtle necks which are slightly wider and don’t hug the neck so much are more flattering if your chin is less than perfect.
  • I have a personal dislike of knitwear which have different fabrics mixed together – I think it cheapens the styling. It only works if it’s done in an incredibly expensive way, perhaps with wool and leather or wool and flannel.  But you should get advice before you buy these kinds of mixes.  However, Cividini has this season done cashmere with silk – and it look really beautiful.
  • Stick with quality yarns. Merino wools can be as soft as cashmere.  There are hundreds of different qualities of cashmere – and not all of them are any better than merino.  A cashmere sweater that costs £49 is going to be made with a shorter hair than one that costs over £200 and will not be anywhere near as soft.  Longer hair lasts longer and is softer too.
  • In summer, choose cotton knitwear which is easily washable.  But do check the washing instructions and compositions of all knitwear.  I was caught badly with a t-shirt bought abroad recently, which I thought was cotton; but it had another man-made fibre in it and it totally lost its shape in the first wash.

It’s raining and windy outside as I write this.  So it seems appropriate to move on to coats next time.

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part six: shirts

The most important item for next season will be – as it has for the past couple of seasons, a beautifully cut white shirt with tailoring details such as well cut collars, top-stitching and very good shaping so it doesn’t gape open when you move around.

Best fabrics are again cotton/lycra and can have either a three quarter or long sleeve. A couple of new white shirts each season is a really good standby if you travel a lot as hotel laundries tend to be able to cope with them.

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Be sure that the buttoning works on you, so that if you leave the first couple open, the neckline is neither too low or too high; and again do check that quality of the buttons is good (if not you run the risk of them breaking).

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Shirts are very important for next season and there will be some colour around, particularly petrol blue and green; but steer clear of black, particularly in cotton as the colour fades very quickly after washing. Also, white is a much more flattering colour for most women (particularly if you’re wearing a dark colour over it) as it illuminates the face.

Collars tend to be a little smaller this season which allows you to have them standing under your jacket. To avoid make-up marks on your collar, I always put my towelling dressing gown on for five minutes after I’ve made up so excess comes off on that rather than on my shirt. Wearing a scarf on your way to work has the same effect and is much easier and cheaper to launder.

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part five: dresses

I think a dress is the most difficult garment to design.  Because it’s all one piece, it’s unforgiving if it’s not cut well.  It has to fit very well to flatter. There are not many designers that can make a really good dress and from my experience, more than for any other garment, it requires the craft skills of an experienced designer using top quality fabrics.

For many seasons, the tailoring houses shied away from making dresses. But lately they have come back in a big way – so much so that a tailored dress can now substitute for the jacket/skirt/trousers suit that is so essential for successful women. 

Which is great, because when they fit well dresses are a very sexy garment.  And the beauty of the dress is that you don’t need to worry about what goes under/over it.  It’s a much easier garment to travel with.

However, I would still suggest that if the dress has no sleeve you continue to wear a jacket on top for formal meetings.  But many dresses now are being made with full or three quarter length sleeves and obviously do not need a jacket.

Here are some tips for choosing and buying  your capsule wardrobe dress:

  • Getting the perfect fit usually requires some work.  It’s easier if the fabric has a little stretch in it; but for most women, most of the time, a little tweaking is necessary to make it fit perfectly.

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Today’s dresses at the cutting edge are more sculptured thanks to the beautiful fabrics around. So when you do try your dress on, be sure that the line that the designer envisaged gets translated into your figure – a straight skirt (the most flattering of styles for winter) tapered to your requirements by your shop’s friendly tailor, the length of the skirt and even the fit of the sleeves are crucial.  This can sound daunting, but this is the new direction and once you’ve experienced it for the first time, I think you will enjoy the freedom a dress gives.

  • Think of the top of the dress as a jacket (in finer fabric) with a skirt attached – so as with a jacket the neckline is important.  In my experience women with larger busts are better with a rever/lapel rather than something that’s collarless.

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  • If you do go for a collarless dress, it’s crucial here the neckline – round, square or boatneck – is flattering and hair plays a big part in this.  If your hair is short, quite often an interesting earring or modern scarf can soften the look.  At Wardrobe, we use chunky scarves a lot to soften necklines (even if the dress is sleeveless).

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  • A very useful dress, of which I think everyone should have one or two in the cupboard, is what I call the ‘body dress’.  This is a very simple style, sometimes with a little detail around the waist and can be used for so many outfits –  for example as the base for a really nice jacket or coat during the day – or for dressing up in the evening with appropriate accessories, particularly belts.

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  • One of the most important things is how you get in and out of a dress.  For most women a back zip is the most desirable option, even though you may need to get into a yoga position to close it if you’re on your own.
  • The other thing that is important now that dresses are back is shoes, boots and tights.  Many women will not be that pleased to have to show their legs again – but with the right heel height and shape, boots or opaque tights will solve their dilemma.

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  • A coloured shoe with a plain grey, black or navy dress looks lovely – a forest green suede plain court shoe put with a neutral coloured suit – particularly grey looks very chic.  You don’t need to match your bag.

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  • Getting the right proportions between your dress and accessories is vital: putting a thin heel with a thicker fabric garment in my opinion looks totally wrong.  However, the same dress in an evening fabric might well look good.

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  • An extra accessory that can add a bit of interest is a belt – not too wide – and of course with a very chic buckle.  Good buckles are hard to find – it always takes us a lot of research to find ones that look good enough to accessorise our clothes
  • Looking at this Autumn season, the in fabrics are new technology jersey wools which really hold the form well with the new more structured shapes as do the stretch wool flannels.  Two of my favourite colours this season are teal blue and forest green.

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part four: trousers

Trousers are the bane of every woman’s life unless she’s got perfect legs.  The fit is more important than for any other garment, as when you take off your jacket there is a big expanse of fabric on show.  But equally a very well cut pair of trousers is the best camouflage you can get for irregularly-shaped body parts.

Here are some of the secrets we’ve been using at Wardrobe to ensure our trousers give the best fit in town.

  • There is a classic shape of trouser which transcends manufacturers and seasons.  Don’t stray too far from this and you’ll have a garment that will last longer than most in your capsule. 23-26 cms at the bottom of the leg; regular waistband; slanted pockets or no pockets; fabric which is 96% wool and 4% Lycra for a bit of stretch.  In neutral colours.  This is a good basic for your capsule.

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  • Try several on.  Bit obvious, possibly, but the reason we get complimented at Wardrobe for our trousers is that we always, always try them on before buying.  Manufacturers’ patterns can vary and some manufacturers trousers will fit you and others won’t.  I personally find the trousers of Incotex and Piazza Sempione consistently good each season. When you try on trousers in a shop, make sure there is a triple mirror so you can easily see your behind.
  • To achieve the best fit for you, before you go shopping take a critical look at yourself in the mirror, so when you’re in the shop you’ll know what to look for.
  • If you have thick thighs, do not go for a narrow trouser as this will only accentuate the bits you want to hide. Also avoid fabrics that are too fine as it can rub and wear out more easily between the top of the legs.

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  • If you’ve got long legs, you need to pay more for good trousers as less expensive ones end up too short as manufacturers economise on fabric.
  • The hem of the trousers which when laid flat should measure between 24 and 26 centimetres for a classic shape, whatever your size.  Below or above these figures and you get into the realms of ephemeral fashion trends.
  • In the past few seasons, slightly wider hems (28-30cms) have become some of our best selling widths and are becoming something of a modern classic as they are very flattering on most shapes and because jackets are shorter.  However, I would still advise people who are shorter to stick with a maximum of 26-28 and wear higher heels.

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  • What you’re looking for is a good fit over the tooshie and an elongation of the legs – and in this respect you get what you pay for.  Many British women find that on high quality trousers the waist is too big but the hips fit very well.  This is because most of Europe does have different body shapes.  So buy to the hip size and have the waist altered – a very simple alteration.
  • Although I personally prefer to have pockets, their removal in certain instances can be more flattering – for example when hips protrude a little more than you would like.
  • For smaller, thinner people, a well cut Capri pant or cropped trouser (shorter and narrower than the classic shape) with a wedge or small heel is very flattering in the summer. In winter, this shape can be worn inside a boot and looks edgy, especially in a techno-fabric; or over a boot that has a small chunky heel, perhaps in a modern tweed or stretch wool flannel.

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  • Wear a narrower trouser with a longer jacket and a wider trouser with a shorter jacket.  Do not be misled by the idea that a longer jacket covers more – often it accentuates what you’re trying to hide.
  • Finally, the waist:  in previous seasons a low waist has been fashionable.  Fortunately this now on its last legs. I, for one, won’t miss seeing the rolls of fat drooping over the top of low cut trousers.  For most women a waistband that finishes just on the navel is the most comfortable and flattering.  For women who tend to work out more and have a more defined shape, the new higher waist trousers are modern and chic.


 

 

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part three: skirts

For next season skirt suits will be more popular than trouser suits, so I’ll start with skirts.  Here are my tips:

A straight skirt with an interesting back split is the most flattering shape on most women and the most versatile of all shapes.  Unless you have a really good figure, do not attempt an a-line, pleated or full skirt.  Whatever a shop assistant tells you, wide skirts will make the vast majority of women look wider – so stick to straight.  The length and tapering can be adjusted to suit the legs and the fashion.  A straight skirt also looks good with most shoes.

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  • Straight skirts are more forgiving when they’re made of a fabric with some stretch in it – for example 96% wool and 4% lycra – to give you ease of movement and are less likely to split when you stretch to get into a taxi
  • Very  short skirts are best left alone since few women over the age of 35 have knees good enough to expose.   Save them for summer holidays or discos.
  • Equally, long skirts should be left to religious sects for the time being.  In the office they tend to look very mumsy; and I would advise steering clear of long skirts for evening as well.  Evening trousers are a more modern option if you want to cover your legs.
  • Make sure there is no detailing that will conflict with the buttoning of your jacket. For example a skirt with a plain front panel will look much better with your jacket as it will not conflict with the buttons.
  • Colour – if the jacket and skirt are different colours, make the skirt darker than the jacket: you’ll find it has a useful slimming effect.  If you’re buying a skirt which you want to wear with a jacket of the same colour make sure that one part is in a textured fabric and the other a flat fabric.
  • If you are uncomfortable in skirts because you have some worry about your legs, I would suggest investing in opaque tights in a dark colour which hide a multitude of sins, especially when worn with knee high boots which is fashionable most seasons.  Many shoe designers have created comfortable heel shapes and heights this season as they know women are going to be wearing more skirts and will need the shoes to complement them. 

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – Part 2: jackets

 In part one of this capsule wardrobe series I explained that the jacket is the most important piece to get right in a wardrobe that will make you look and feel confident and successful.

To my mind, the jacket has to be the basis of every busy woman’s wardrobe. Research has shown that women are taken far more seriously when they’re working if they wear jackets.  Cardigans are all very well, but you may be asked to make the tea.

So, more than for any other item, you should buy the best that you can afford.  It really is an investment in your future which, if properly chosen within a co-ordinated capsule, that will pay dividends.

Here are some tips to ensure that you make a wise investment:

  • Fabric is key – a textured fabric is easiest to co-ordinate if bought as part of a suit as it can also be separated for use independently. It can be worn more easily, for example, with a non-textured bottom half in different colours because it won’t look like part of the suit.

 

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  • A jacket with a collar, especially when it’s slightly higher at the back of the neck, is very flattering to most women and much easier to wear than a collarless jacket.  If you do go for a collarless jacket you need to be sure that your hair is the right length and your neck is in good condition.

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  • Proportions: for your capsule wardrobe,  an average length  jacket – approximately 63-64cms (and this doesn’t vary according to your height) – is a stylish length that can be put more easily with skirts, trousers or over a simple dress 

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  • Go for a jacket with an interesting cut rather than fancy trimmings: it’s much more chic and will date less quickly.  Next season there are lots of interesting shoulder and seaming details (like in the picture below) to choose from

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  • Make sure the jacket has good buttons.  This is very important because the buttons can, and often do, ruin a garment and make it look cheap.  On expensive clothes you should expect buttons made of natural materials – not plastic and preferably not with logos. As a buyer, I’ve been known to refuse to buy a garment unless they exchange a cheap button for a better quality one.

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  • Make sure the jacket fits your bottom half (as described in this previous post).  If you are a size 10 on top and a size 12 bottom make sure you buy the right size for your hips and adjust the jacket.  Any jacket, unless very short will hit the biggest part of you at some point. 
     
  • It’s important that the sleeve fits and that you can move in it – always stretch your arms out in front of you to see if there is enough fabric to enable ease of movement.
  • The shoulder line is very  important too: if it’s too narrow you can get a bulge of the upper arm showing through, which is very unflattering.
  • If you buy a longer jacket, you’ll need a narrow bottom half, so pick a straight skirt or narrow trousers.
  • A double breasted jacket is better for smaller sizes and a single breasted tends to be a shape more easily worn.
  • A jacket with two or three buttons is the most flattering for most people; a one-button jacket is best avoided if you have a large bust

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Using  the capsule approach, you should also be thinking about the clothes you will wear with the jacket.  Next up: skirts and trousers.

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Re-introducing the capsule wardrobe – part 1

For more than 30 years since I developed the concept of the capsule wardrobe, it has been at the heart of Wardrobe’s approach to helping women develop their own confident style as they progress through their careers. It has also, I’m flattered to say, been copied countless times in many different contexts.

 

The principles of the capsule wardrobe for the busy successful women with whom I work seem to have stood the test of time; but as styles change the details need updating. So over the next few weeks I’m going to describe the definitive capsule wardrobe and give some tips on how to select the various elements.

 

If you’re serious about developing your style (and if you’re serious about developing your career, you should be), the capsule approach is a vital starting point.

 

While we update the styles every season in the shop, this is the first time I’ve done it in print for more than 10 years, so I hope you’ll find it useful.

 

Buy fewer, better quality clothes you’ll wear more often

The basic idea is simple: by building a capsule wardrobe you will buy fewer clothes of a higher quality that you will wear more often. You will look and feel confident and successful because the quality will show and because you know that the overall look works. And never again will you have a cupboard stuffed full of clothes that you don’t wear and yet be unable to find anything to wear when you’ve got an important occasion.

 

Buy the best you can afford and end up spending less

For certain key pieces you should always try to buy the best you can afford – quality really does show and well made, classic clothes, beautifully cut in quality fabrics last longer because they date more slowly and because they are more durable; but most people find that they end up spending less overall because they make far fewer mistakes.

 

Go for neutral colours

The capsule is the foundation of your wardrobe, so you need to make sure that it all works together and that it will provide a canvas for accessorising. Since you are going to invest in quality for your capsule, you also want to make sure that it will not date quickly.

 

For all of these reasons, you should go for neutral colours for your capsule. Navy, olive, chocolate, grey, petrol blue and the ever popular black – and in summer add ‘greige’. The reason for this is that colour doesn’t last in fashion. Elements of the capsule wardrobe can last indefinitely – colours don’t. Also, bright colours are not a good idea as they tend to look cheap. If you do want to add bright colours, limit it to smaller items – your blouse, a scarf or sweater.

 

“Won’t it be boring?”

Many women worry about the idea of having fewer clothes. They worry about getting bored and looking predictable. In practice, having a capsule wardrobe is liberating (particularly if you have a wardrobe clear out before you start – and I’ll come back to how to do that later).

 

Boredom doesn’t come into it – the whole point of having a capsule wardrobe is that it is versatile and that you can wear it in many combinations. It also takes away the possibility of making expensive mistakes in the future. If you’re bored of your clothes, chances are it’s because you’ve made mistakes in the past. With a well put-together capsule at the core of your overall look, you’ll be able to bring in variety with non-essentials, accessories, hair and make-up.

 

What makes up the definitive capsule wardrobe?

The definitive capsule wardrobe centres on a jacket – this is the most important piece and the one on which you should not compromise – in fact the success of the capsule pretty much depends on getting choice of jacket cloth right. I’ll come back to this next week when I look at jackets in detail.

 

The other elements are:

  • a skirt,
  • trousers, which could be part of a suit,
  • a blouse,
  • a sweater,
  • shoes,
  • tights,
  • a coat or raincoat,
  • a dress,
  • a bag,
  • a belt,
  • jewellery,
  • gloves and
  • evening wear

 

Over the coming weeks, I’ll look at how to choose each of these for your capsule wardrobe. And how to make the whole look work together.

 

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Confidence Tips #4: what to wear when travelling

“At airports I think you can spot British people because they are so badly dressed. I know comfort is important but surely it is possible to look good too.”  So wrote Penelope on the Confidence Tricks Fashion Forum page.

Here are some tips on how to look good when travelling. 

The two things, above all, to remember are: stretchy not baggy for comfort; and it’s the scarf, bag, belt and shoes that makes you look like the confident international jetsetter.

Many people, when they travel take things that are comfortable but don’t work together – so they end up with a mix of styles and colours.  From personal experience (and I travel a lot) I make sure I have within my wardrobe pieces that work particularly well for travelling (whether by car or plane).

Essentials are:

·         Comfortable well cut stretch jeans – blue denim or a light colour – or techno fabric trousers with elasten.  The great thing about stretch fabrics is that no matter how long you sit in them, they still look respectable

·         Summer or winter sweater depending on where you’re going

·         A shortish jacket because you’ll be sitting in it for long periods and you don’t want to be sitting on it

·         A chic scarf, soft bag, belt and, depending on whether it’s summer or winter a comfortable short boot, shoe or sandal. 

·         For longer flights, when your feet swell, you could do worse than these shoes from Ruco Line that have a slight wedge to them. 

 
Also Russell and Bromley do a shoe with a slightly elasticated body, also with a slight wedge, so they look good and allow you walk comfortably through the never ending airport corridors.

·         Summer or winter,  always accessorize with a scarf – it looks modern and finishes your outfit.  And you can find very fine ones for summer

·         On long haul flights, don’t wear mascara, just eye shadow to avoid the panda eyes look; and also use a night cream, rather than day cream as moisturiser as it’s slightly thicker and helps combat the in-flight dryness

·         If you’re not travelling business class, take an easily accessible toothbrush/paste as after a long flight brushing your teeth is a quick revitaliser.  And a small Evian spray or similar is a good way to moisturize and leave your face looking and feeling fresh

·         I always take a shawl to cuddle up with in case the air conditioning is fierce

When the destination climate is very different from the departure, the trick is layering.  Stick a t-shirt in your bag to change into if its going to be hot at the other end.  Or just wear a long sleeved stretch shirt.  When you arrive, roll up the sleeves, take off your socks and pop your jacket over your arm.

And finally, wherever you’re going, keep your sunglasses at the ready – even if it’s not sunny, at the end of a long journey, they’re a good way to hide your travel eyes.

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The summer holiday capsule wardrobe – feeling confident in your skin

Summer seems to be doing it’s best to break through and we’re told this one is going to be hot one.  It’s about time too.

So let’s turn thoughts to taking your confident personal style with you for holidays and weekends in the sun so it’s all fun and no fretting.

People tend to take far too many clothes away on holiday – bringing some back unworn.  Out of their normal environment, climate-wise particularly, they don’t know what they’ll need.  So they take everything and then try to make it work together when they get there.

You can avoid this by applying my capsule philosophy to your summer/holiday wardrobe.  Less is most definitely more in the summer.

The first principle: don’t introduce too many colours.  Just two or three colours in your clothes and then add others with necklaces or lipstick.  This season, think about black or brown, with either white, yellow or orange to add a splash of colour.

With this in mind, a pareo that can be worn over a swimsuit at lunch, for example, can be used as a skirt with a t-shirt in the evening. 

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Your holiday capsule wardrobe:

  • A couple of swimsuits
  • A few pareos that co-ordinate with your t-shirts and swimsuits
  • A few t-shirts – sleeveless ones are a bit more glamourous – can be rolled up to take little packing space
  • A couple of pairs of light summer, cropped trousers and a summer skirt – this is where you could bring in a print that co-ordinates with your choice of core colours.  A lightweight pair of jeans can often come in useful too.
  • A couple of dresses for those special dinners… when you need to feel sexy and show off your tan!

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  • If you’re short, wedged espadrilles or flip flops – like these Havaianas High Looks – will give you a little extra height, especially when walking around the pool!

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  • A smart sandal – gladiator style – is very popular this season, but there are watered down versions of this if you have wide feet. I particularly like Unutzer’s styles (pictured below in gladiator and cut-down versions) because they are up-to-the-minute and comfortable.

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  • Hats have become more of a holiday fashion statement recently.  Baseball caps have had their day unless you’re worried about the wind blowing your hat away.  Cowboy/Stetson style hats have become very popular in lightweight straw.
  • A lightweight linen or cotton cardigan to deal with fierce air conditioning or cool evenings – linen or cotton; or even a casual little jacket of lightweight material like the ones from Herno . I always take one that can be rolled up small and put in my bag.
  • A couple of nice belts

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In the Summer more of our skin is exposed, so while it’s always important to take care of your skin, in the Summer, it plays an even more important role as a part of the ideal capsule wardrobe.

Here are some tips for feeling confident in the skin you don’t expose for the rest of the year:

  • A little muscle toning on your arms and legs can go a long way.  Before you go sleeveless, a couple of months of lifting weights (either in the gym or just using 2 litre bottles of water) for the arms and a few lunges for the legs can make a big difference.
  • Lose your pale wintry skin tone by building up a little colour before you go out in the sun. As I said in an earlier post, I like Nivea Self Tan Lotion.  But do make sure you exfoliate for the best results. This way you can arrive on holiday not feeling too washed out – and this will reduce the temptation to go try to get colour from the sun too quickly.  Which leads to the next point:
  • Protection.  This is not just about not getting burned.  It’s about the long term ageing effects of the sun.  Getting some sun on your skin is, for most people, a good thing.  But prematurely aged skin is not a good look for the rest of the year, so you should be looking at factor 30 protection, especially for your face – which will, after all, be on show all year.  One excellent product I’ve found recently is a firming sun cream for the face by Chantecaille
  • Don’t forget your lips and hair.  I’ve found Guinot’s lip balm to be the most moisturising on the market. To avoid your hair drying out in the sun and pool chlorine, Kerastase’s hair products are very good.

                                 

Keeping your skin hydrated will keep you looking good afterwards too – so drink plenty of water and use after sun lotion.

And a final tip: after a few days on holiday, when you start to look more relaxed, I find it easier to dispense with foundation and use a lightweight bronzing powder like the one from Shiseido applied with a proper bronzer brush to complement your eye make up and lips.

Do these things and you’ll feel good when you arrive on holiday and continue to look good well after you return.

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