Your Capsule Wardrobe

Spring/Summer 2014

Over the coming months we’ll be building a capsule wardrobe of versatile garments from the spring/summer 2014 trends  that will mix n’ match with ease to create a whole range of seasonally literate looks to have you at your most stylish and confident best.

We’ll tell you what we’ve picked and why and each month we’ll add more garments to our recommendations so you can see how we work the trends within our wardrobes. We also match the new looks with what you’ll already have in your wardrobe so if you followed our recommendations last season you can create a seamless flow of updated looks.

Read on below for our assessment of each item and follow the link to buy it for yourself!

Biker Jacket (in anything but black)

This summer the black rock chic biker is taking some time out while her more serene sister get’s her turn. Yes we’re talking biker jackets in softer summer pastel shades as seen at Antonio Berardi, Vanessa Bruno, Richard Nicoll and Versace.

Pastels are a hit again this summer and we love this biker jacket from Karen Millen which is perfect if you take your fashion afters a little less sickly sweet, giving edge to your summer looks while being perfectly playable for Winter.

Team with this season’s capsule wardrobe floral skirt, white shirt and arty heels for a chic summer look. Go for a androgynous take with last spring/summer’s blue trousers, printed shell top and geometric hues. In fact this jacket will work with any look – slung over a summer dress to teamed with your favourite jeans and sandals.

Come winter this jacket will perfectly complement the greyish tones in your autumn winter 2013/14 capsule wardrobe.

Signature Leather Biker Jacket


Sizes 6-16

Karen Millen 

Arty Shoes

Art influences were both subtly visible and firmly on display on many of the catwalks this season and extended from a variety of references – from tribal art work to street artwork to art noveau. At Alexander McQueen, dresses were transformed into Mondrian-esque works of art.

Add you own artistic reference to your own outfit with these sandals from Nine West with their soft colour blocking and sculptural heels. By showing your fashion at your feet is also a great way to tap into a trend with jumping in head first.

Team with your jumpsuit and statement necklace for an instant easy way to inject some extra oomph to your look.

Neeway by Nine West


Sizes 36-41

Available in black and tan

Skirt (florals, pleats and longer length)

There would certainly be something amiss if we had Spring without some florals so in true Spring/Summer fashion beautiful blooms are back for 2014. As banal as flowers in Spring might sound – there were plenty of novel interpretations to mix up the bunch. With science-book dissected florals at Christopher Kane, 3D appliqué flowers at Mary Katrantzou and Dolce & Gabbana and hothouse blooms at Dior, flowers are more than just flowers this season.

The key to give florals a Spring 2014 spin is to team with a bit of an edge and off-beat styling such as pairing this floral skirt from Betty Jackson at Debenhams with the clean, contemporary white shirt that we have selected as your other capsule wardrobe item this month.

This skirt is one of those items that is ticking off a number of trends yet still has a classicity that will serve you for many years to come. You’ll be able to update with seasonal accessories to give it a fresh spin. The blown-up, colour-injected floral print taps into this season’s artwork trend as well as that more edgy non-obvious floral feel of the season. The longer length skirt trend is also here to stay. What is more, pink remains a favourite in fashion’s colour palette and tight pleats were all over dresses, skirts and even accessories. This skirt is certainly a fashion all-rounder.

Betty Jackson.Black Pink Pleated Border Skirt


Sizes 8-20


White Shirt

The white shirt is a classic items that should be a staple piece for any wardrobe. It may have many-a- Fashion Editor rolling their eyes at it’s lack of wow factor but, on the contrary, this season, rather than just being a foundation piece of your wardrobe, the white shirt is taking centre stage for Spring all with a bit of a twist – think new interpretations with asymmetric cuts, ingenious panelling, necktie detailing and embellishment. Examples of such can be seen at Victoria Beckham, Paul & Joe, Preen, Valentino, Theyskens’ Theory and Tods.

This shirt from Hobbs gives a clean, contemporary aesthetic offset by detailed embroidered eyelets and rolled sleeves. Team with the skirt to perfectly offset the florals and keep the look modern and fresh. It’ll also work stylishly with tailored ensembles or more dressed-down jeans looks.


Madelyn Shirt


Sizes 8-18











To see Autumn/Winter 2013/2014′s capsule wardrobe click here.

To see Spring/Summer 2013′s capsule wardrobe click here.

To see Autumn/Winter 2012/2013′s capsule wardrobe click here.

To see Spring/Summer 2012′s capsule wardrobe click here.

To see Autumn/Winter 2010/2011′s capsule wardrobe click here.