Capsule wardrobe

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Black trousers

€28 from Littlewoods Ireland

Perfect for… Going to work, going out after work, general wanting to look smartly dressed. Simply place with a glitzy top or white shirt and everyone will know you mean business.

 

Black dress

€55 from Miss Selfridge

Perfect for… There’s a different shape and fabric for all but if in doubt, opt for a wrap dress. It oozes femininity and will show off your waist. 

 

White shirt

€25.95 from Zara

€44 from Evans

Perfect for… Work and play. We love a crisp shirt with a jumper in a luxury or snuggly fabric, or opt for a skirt and shirt combo as seen on the catwalk.

 

 

Denim skirt

€71.50 from White Stuff

Perfect for… Perhaps not something for everyone but a denim skirt is a must-have in our wardrobes. It’s handy for days when you want to look slightly dressy plus it works with boots. Win/win.

 

Jumper

€36 from Principles by Ben di Lisi @ Debenhams

Perfect for… You may prefer a V-neck, you may prefer a round neck, whatever neckline works for you, a jumper in a bright colour will work wonders on the res of your wardrobe. Plus, obviously, it keeps you warm.

 

Roll neck

€42 from Hobbs

Perfect for… Oh so elegant, a roll neck will work under a shift dress (if you’re so inclined) or with trousers or jeans.

 

T-shirt

€7 approx from George @ Asda

Perfect for… Once you find a basic T-shirt that you love, buy it in as many different colours as you can. It is invaluable in terms of what it’ll go with.

 

Tunic

€21.95 from iClothing 

Perfect for… A plain coloured tunic top may not be the most dramatic thing in your wardrobe but teamed with a statement necklace or a great jean and you looked pulled together. 

 

Tank top

€30 from Gerry Weber

Perfect for… Much like a T-shirt, vests, camisoles or whatever you choose to put under your jumpers, make sure they fit well and give you room to breathe. Equally, if you love them, buy them up. 

 

Blazer 

€60 from Wallis 

Perfect for… Throwing on to a denim look and looking instantly more stylish. We’ve opted for a neutral one but whichever colour and fabric works for you will work for your wardrobe. 

 

Camel coat

€77 from Dorothy Perkins 

Perfect for… Camel is super chic and this would be deemed a ‘good coat’ by all. 

 

Denim jacket

€56 from Dorothy Perkins 

Perfect for… Equally if you’re looking for a casual coat, a denim jacket can work with a black dress, jeans, skirts and spring dresses.

 

Jeans

€29.99 from New Look 

Perfect for… Much like black dresses, jeans are entirely personal so you’d need to try on a few to find a perfect pair. We’ve opted for skinny jeans but straight leg is a pretty good option for all body types too. 

 

Pencil skirt

€30 from iClothing 

Perfect for… If you buy one skirt, make it a pencil skirt. It’ll cinch in in the right places and give you a gorgeous shape, plus it looks great with shirts, jumpers and tops. 

 

Nude heel

€99 from Dune 

Perfect for… Well it works for Kate Middleton (!). She understands that a nude heel will give the impression of a longer leg and that can’t be a bad thing. 

 

Black heel

€35 from Debut @ Debenhams

Perfect for… Even if you’re a fan of heels, keep them under your desk in work or in your wardrobe and these will dress up all outfits in seconds. 

 

Loafer

€190 from Hobbs

Perfect for… You don’t have to purchase an expensive pair but a loafer really is having its day. 

 

Ankle boot

€59.99 from H&M BUBBLE: Online only

Perfect for… For jeans, trousers and even with a casual dress, an ankle boot can be as high a heel height or as low a heel height as you like. 

 

Tote

€64 from River Island @ Littlewoods Ireland 

Perfect for… A big bag is essential for the ‘must-haves’.

 

Clutch

€29.95 from Zara

Perfect for… Evenings out, events where you don’t need the ‘must-haves’ contained in your tote.

 

Crossover 

€28 from Next

Perfect for… Maybe it’s not as important in your bag wardrobe (yes, we’ve a bag wardrobe) but it’s perfect for shopping trips plus it’s closer to your body if you’re cautious about being robbed. 

 

Scarf

€18 approx from M&Co

Perfect for… Wrapping up when it’s cooler, using as a scarf, funnily enough, a pillow, a blanket, a wrap, a cushion…

 

Statement necklace

€19.99 from H&M BUBBLE: Online only 

Perfect for… Everything looks better when it’s decorated with a pretty necklace.

What I’d add…

Cashmere jumper €240 from Laura Cashmere

Perfect for… Luxury, feeling luxurious and adding a sense of luxury. Did we say luxury enough? Honestly, it’s the item you’ll have forever and ever in your wardrobe so the cost per wear is minimal. 

 

Skirt €30 from iClothing

Perfect for… Pleats come and go but this bright skirt will work with your existing clothes.

 

Top €128 from Fee G 

Perfect for… A perfect day to night look in a bright colour will cheer up all your key items in your capsule wardrobe.

 

Oversized scarf €29.95 from Parfois

Perfect for… Another scarf because we love them!

 

Maxi cardigan €239 from Stella Jean @ United Colours of Benetton

Perfect for… They double up as coats in cooler weather and they can look as effective over jeans than trouser and dresses. 

Nadine Reid