Friday, 4 January 2013

What's in a capsule wardrobe?

So the whole blogging thing has been a bit of a shambles this week as all of us chez Sickofmystylerut are in a post Christmas daze. But now I'm back eating healthily, (I cunningly tidied away all the leftover Kettle chips and chocolates straight into my tummy) the kids are back in school after the weekend and Project Capsule Wardrobe starts on Monday (by which time I can hopefully fit into all my clothes again!)

In the meantime I've been googling and gaining ideas to develop the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe. I've bought a great blazer with leather lapels, which fits perfectly and really hangs well for the price (now only £50 but I paid a little more) in the sale at Mango.

 And following the wise advice of Susie So So I'm going to get some fantastic black pointy courts. I'm tempted by this lovely Sam Edelman pair, in the sale at Matches for £84:

However, I keep coming back to these classic black leather stilettos from Zara, they're cheaper but full price, so less of a bargain- but every time I see someone in them I think they're way more expensive, they're brilliantly cut and comfortable too (and I could get a tan pair too for only slightly more than the Matches pair, two for the price of one!)

While I wrestle with that conundrum, here's a few of my ideas for my new capsule wardrobe. I've pasted pictures that are on sale now but I'll be mostly using items that I already own (remember I said mostly).
What would you put in a capsule wardrobe?

Red coat: Joseph £275 in sale but sold out at Matches still full price at Joseph
Black court shoes: £49.99 at Zara
Cream chunky knit: H&M (can't find online)
Black A-line mini: Jigsaw
Angomania dress (oh how I long for this but my old one will have to do!): MY-WARDROBE new season
White pintuck shirt: Jigsaw
Black chiffon printed shirt: This is Equipment, mine is Zara but old
Jacket: Mango (this season sale)
Outfit inspiration: Marant (this will be me a cheaper version)
Chelsea boots: Topshop (I'd like these but a little higher ideally!)
Trench: Mine is an old Whistles number but this is Patrizia Pepe down to £185 at Flannels
Jeans: Zara
Skinny indigo jeans: Gok at Sainsbury (still no online shop)
Scarf: Ebay
Red drape top: Anglomania  ( I am desperate for this but at well over £100 I am sure I can find a reasonable and cheaper lookalike)
Breton: Zara
Leopard heels: New Look
Black skinnies: Gok at Sainsbury (no online fashion)
White scoop neck (and black): Next
Black cashmere jumper: Uniqlo
Red V neck : Uniqlo
Black polo: H&M


  1. Jane, you are hilarious. I look at those towering heels and I feel myself positively flinch from the pain and you are there declaring them comfortable! I have to say, from the pics, I prefer the Zara ones and you get two pairs for the price of one if you head for those! Thanks for the mention too!

  2. Great choices - the blazer is amazing as are the Topshop chelsea boots. I tried them on before Christmas and I'm so sorry I didn't buy them as I think they are sold out now :( Good luck with the healthy eating….I'm trying also… Avril x

  3. Have you got that blazer yet?? I'm in loooooove! Will be nabbing that, being as my wardrobe appears to play a starring role in this glorious blog (not that I'm biased)! I would definitely get the Allegra boots from topshop as they have been on your mind for a solid two months... I don't mind, honest! I also think my red military blazer from Zara would slot into this capsule wardrobe nicely, you have my full permission to use it:) I have also been awaiting a new post for a while now, so please return those fingers to the keys and type away! Lots of love, your DD- Megs xxxxxx