When the term, ‘capsule wardrobe’ first entered our collective consciousness, it seemed like a radical idea. Along with the suggestion of a considered, streamlined wardrobe came the implication that we should overhaul our shopping habits. When I first heard about it, as a newly-salaried graduate with money to spend on clothes for the first time in my life, I quickly disregarded the idea.
But in 2022, my attitude to shopping has completely changed and I’ve naturally gravitated to a more capsule-like wardrobe. I’m definitely not alone in adopting a more thoughtful approach; many of the influencers and celebrities whose style I admire lean toward classic, versatile pieces that are easy to mix and match. Between the environmental impact of fashion and the short-lived nature of trends, there’s a strong case to be made for focusing on timeless designs crafted from high-quality materials.
If you’re a Londoner who’s starting your journey towards a capsule closet, I know exactly where you should start. Taking the unpredictable UK climate and perennial Brit-girl favourites into consideration, I’ve curated the perfect beginner’s capsule—comprised of just 12 easy-to-style, trend-defying essentials. Scroll on to see and shop.