MIX AND MATCH

GET BACK TO BA­SICS WITH THIS WARDROBE HACK THAT EX­UDES ETER­NAL EL­E­GANCE

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It’s a style se­cret of the French and an eth­i­cal ap­proach to fash­ion, but achiev­ing a cap­sule wardrobe can feel over­whelm­ing when your closet is chock-a-block. Cap­sule wardrobe dress­ing is the art of own­ing min­i­mal at­tire for max­i­mum results – ev­ery gar­ment is time­less, clas­sic and neu­tral, and matches with each other.

Lilac and Lil­lies bou­tique owner Michelle Dimarco says the first step in com­pil­ing a cap­sule wardrobe is to imag­ine your closet is bare, and then iden­tify or in­vest in some key items that would work as out­fit bases.

“Let’s pic­ture that your wardrobe is to­tally empty and you must re­build it lit­er­ally from scratch,” Michelle says.

“Your per­fect cap­sule wardrobe must con­sist of high-qual­ity es­sen­tials. Stick with a ba­sic pal­ette of beige, black and white. This colour pal­ette also ap­plies to your un­der­gar­ments and shoes.

“Later on, when you are ready to mix and ex­per­i­ment with colours, these es­sen­tial cloth­ing items will al­low you to build new looks sim­ply by adding lit­tle de­tails and ac­ces­sories.” TOPS

Michelle says a clas­sic white but­ton-up shirt is an adapt­able piece that can be dressed up or down. “This is an es­sen­tial in your wardrobe,” Michelle says. “You can wear it un­der a suit or even over a bathing suit for a more ca­sual look.”

A tai­lored black blazer is al­ways a safe op­tion for a jacket, es­pe­cially if it’s fit­ted and flat­ter­ing. “It’s a def­i­nite must have. Just think about how many dif­fer­ent ways you can style it – over a work dress or over a fun graphic tee paired with jeans.”

BOT­TOMS

Praise the pen­cil skirt – it tucks in the tum and is suited to all for­mal oc­ca­sions.

“Ver­sa­til­ity is the key,” Michelle says. “You can wear this skirt to work then eas­ily tran­si­tion it to din­ner. The high-waisted de­sign is for great cov­er­age – no muf­fin top.”

Michelle says great-fit­ting jeans are also an im­por­tant el­e­ment of a cap­sule wardrobe, es­pe­cially if they’re com­fort­able. DRESS

There’s no need to con­vert you on the virtues of a lit­tle black dress, so if you were fright­ened your trusty LBD wouldn’t make the cap­sule cut, you can breathe a sigh of re­lief.

“A lit­tle black dress is some­thing that will never go out of style,” Michelle says.

“Think of a LBD like a blank can­vas. You can change up your look by adding a dressier blazer or denim jacket to even your ac­ces­sories.”

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