I’ve been asked to discuss a capsule wardrobe for: “a weekend away in a country house hotel; in London doing the sights, shows and shopping and dining; and a long weekend in a luxury hotel in a warm (not hot) hotel abroad”.
In fact all three can be pretty similar when you get the capsule wardrobe right.
What you’re looking for here is what I call comfort chic. This can easily be achieved with a couple of well cut pairs of trousers (one of which could be black) and jeans; a comfortable boot or shoe; and a coat or raincoat depending on whether it’s winter or summer, as the basis.
Then add a couple of white shirts; two or three sweaters and a chic cardigan and a coat for winter – or a casual jacket for summer. A great scarf and a chunky necklace to wear over the shirts can be very useful.
For the evenings, I suggest a simple well-cut dress and a change of earrings and some sexy shoes to glam it up a bit. You could also take an evening shirt which could be worn with the black trousers.