Creating a capsule wardrobe | 3 key pieces
Although I've written previously about finding my 40 something style I've never done a personal style shoot for Design Hunter before, so for today's post I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a little and putting myself in front of the lens.
As I've got older I've learned a few things about what does and doesn't work for me in my wardrobe. Here are a few of them...
Sunglassess and a good handbag are your best friend.
Sunglassses cover up wrinkles and instantly elevate any outfit, and a new handbag will always make you feel better whatever you are wearing. Plus you can wear them from season to season, so you'll quickly be able to justify investing in them on a cost per wear basis.
having a well edited capsule wardrobe makes Getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier
I carried out a ruthless edit on my wardrobe a couple of years ago and I haven't looked back since. I've never regretted getting rid of that bright green dress I once wore to a wedding five years ago, and trust me, you won't either.
cut and fabric are key
I still pick up everyday basics on the high street but pay a lot more attention to cut and detail now than I used to. I'll look out for good quality tailoring and fabrics, and I'll often search around endlessly for the perfect black t-shirt.
With all of the above in mind I was very happy to be introduced to Enlist recently. Their seasonless classics and luxury essentials bridge a gap in the market between high street and designer, offering aspirational design, quality and finish at an attainable price point. The cut and fabric of the pieces is great and the ethos of the brand is focused around freedom, self-expression and creativity.
They've interviewed some really cool and interesting people over on their style blog Enlist.ed so I was hugely flattered when they got in touch and asked if they could feature me too. I'll share the link to the interview as soon as it goes live, but here are a couple of different looks I put together with a few pieces from their current collection. In choosing them I tried to pick out items that would work really hard at filling a gap in my wardrobe, as well as being easy to mix and match with pieces I already own.
For the backdrop to the shoot I chose Compton Verney - an art gallery set in an idyllic Capability Brown designed landscape. The mix of traditional and modern architecture means that there are lots of interesting angles and details, and it's just a few miles from my home in Warwickshire so it's one of my favourite places to visit.
The perfect black t-shirt
You can never have too many black t-shirts, but I've become increasingly fussy when it comes to choosing the right one. I'm happy to pay a little more for quality and cut because I know that the perfect black tee is something I'll wear time and time again. This one is made from soft touch bamboo jersey with a silk neck trim detail. The shape - which is inspired by Japanese kimono - strikes just the right balance between loose and fitted. Flattering and perfect for dressing up or down.
The tailored blazer
Back in my pre Design Hunter days I worked in corporate marketing and wore a jacket or suit to work most days. These days you'll mostly find me in jeans and a sweatshirt at the studio, and so I'd forgotten just how good it can feel to slip on a really beautifully tailored jacket. The Lana blazer from Enlist is cut for a slim silhouette and has lovely shiny buttons perfectly positioned to flatter your waist at its narrowest point. I've styled it here with culottes and trainers but I know I'm probably most likely to wear it over jeans and a t-shirt when I'm popping out for a coffee. Not forgetting the sunglasses of course.
The high octane party top
One look at this gun metal lamé blouse is enough to instantly put me in the party mood. If like me you are happiest wearing black then a hint of metallic is perfect for when you feel like adding something with a bit more edge for a night out. And if you want to go all out and indulge in more than just a hint then how about the matching trousers?
Pass the champagne.