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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Shoes

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Black Leather Boots

Black boots are essential to any closet, especially when living in a four-season country! There are so many different styles, cuts, colours, and heel height options to shop, so when it comes time to find the ones for you, there are so many choices! Here are some links to shop: Charles David | Valentino Garavani | Christian Louboutin

Leather Riding Boots

This style of boot comes from English riding designs, specifically those of field boots, dress boots and hunt boots. Field boots were traditionally worn by military officers ranked “field officers” and are characterized by their black colour and lacing at the upper front part of the boot, which offered more flexibility. Dress boots are similar to field boots, however they do not have any lacing and are more structured. They are also mainly black in colour and some are cut extra high on the outside of the knee for added style. Lastly, hunt boots, which are traditionally worn for fox hunting, are much the same as dress boots, however they have a cuff at the top of the boot. Here are some links to shop: Lauren Ralph Lauren | Frye | Tory Burch

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Sandals

Sandals are perfect for warmer-weather seasons as they leave almost the entire foot exposed. There are 23 different types of sandals, all of which alternate materials, cuts, and colours. There are numerous ways one can style sandals, and they can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion. Here are some links to shop: Christian Louboutin | Saint Laurent | Chloé

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Black Heels

If I could choose only one shoe to have, it would be a black heel. This is definitely the most classic shoe that has ever existed, and can be styled into virtually any outfit. Since this shoe will most likely be your most-worn one, it is important to prioritize quality and comfort. Paying a higher price for a shoe that will last you much longer saves time, money, and energy. Here are some links to shop: Versace | Christian Louboutin | Prada

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Nude Heels (or White Heels)

Nude- or white-coloured heels are almost just as much of a classic as black heels. These are more typically worn during warmer seasons with lighter-coloured outfits. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Sam Edelman | Manolo Blahnik

Black Flats

Another great classic and a perfect alternative to heels, but with added comfort. This style of shoe is inspired by a ballet shoe and consists of a little or no heel. Just like heels, flats can be styled in multiple outfits, no matter the occasion. Here are some links to shop:  Salvatore Ferragamo |Tory Burch | Taryn Rose Collection

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White Sneakers

White sneakers are my go-to casual shoe! They really bring an athletic vibe to the outfit and are super comfortable! Sneakers became part of pop culture back in the 1970’s; hip hopers would wear mainly Nike, Puma and Adidas, while rockers would wear primarily Converse and Macbeth. In recent years, the white sneaker has made a come-back, especially with last year’s dad-sneaker trend. Here are some links to shop: Prada | Valentino Garavani | Adidas

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Bags

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Leather Satchel

A satchel is a bag that is carried over the shoulder with a shoulder strap and that has handles. This style of bag originates from the messenger bag English students would use for school, hence the traditional Oxford and Cambridge satchel bags. Today, they are incorporated into everyday outfits, and are worn for numerous occasions.

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Structured Tote

A tote bag is a large bag that is used to carry a large number of items. They started as reusable fabric bags for running errands and purchasing groceries, but have evolved into their own fashion trend. For school, I actually use a tote bag instead of a backpack; it is much more fashionable and convenient and I still have enough room for my MacBook and other school supplies.

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Nude Shoulder Bag

Typically in a smaller size, this style of bag if worn over the shoulder. This is the most common bag style for designer brands, some of whose bags are iconic. For example the Chanel Boy Bag, Chanel Flap Bag, Gucci Marmont,  and Yves Saint Laurent Loulou, just to name a few. They are convenient for small daily necessities, such as keys, cards, and lipsticks. Due to their smaller size, they are lightweight and are easy to manipulate when moving around.

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Dresses

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Little Black Dress

This style of dress originates from Coco Chanel and Jean Patou in the 1920s, where the aim was to create a dress that affordable, versatile, neutral in colour, and appealing to the majority of the market. Its many uses include business wear, cocktail dress for lunches and dinners, and even can be dressed up for special occasions for a more glam or ornamented look. Here are some links to shop: Eliza J | Michael Kors | Dress the Population

 

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Bottoms

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White Denim

Now a days, white denim is just as a classic as blue denim. Usually worn during the Spring and Summer seasons, white denim helps bring out the saturation of coloured tops and accessories. Here are some links to shop: Hue | AG | Balmain

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Leather Pants

Leather pants originate back to the Native American tribes, and then were worn by the cowboys in Western America. Skipping forward to the 1950s, greasers were a huge fan of leather, which became a representation of teenage rebellion. They really came into fashion in the 1960s, inspired by rock n roll musicians, such as Eddie Cochran, Jim Morrison, and even Elvis Presley.  They progressed into 1970s fashion, and then into the  1980s where punk fashion became even more popular. Today, leather pants are still a major trend in the fashion industry, and have made a recent comeback in the past year. Here are some looks to shop: Topshop | Habitual | Good American

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Dark-Wash Denim

Denim originates from 19th century America, where the first pair manufactured was by a tailor called Jacob Davis. He then partnered with Levis Strauss & Co., making that the first company to mass produce denim pants. Today, denim is fully integrated into our fashion trends, and are now worn almost daily. Dark-wash denim is considered the more expensive and luxurious of all jeans, because of the amount of dye that goes into their production. Here are some links to shop: Articles of Society | Hudson Jeans | Paige

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Straight Leg Trousers

Mainly used for business attire, straight leg trousers are a staple in any wardrobe. They are very versatile, and add structure and class to an outfit. Here are some links to shop: Akris | BOSS | Karen Kane

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Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are, once again, more common in an office setting, however can be dressed up or down according to the occasion. Aside from the solid black, they come in multiple different colours and patterns. They are characterized by the tighter-fit, following the shape of the hips and legs, and narrowing at the knees. There are many pencil skirt lengths, some ending at the mid-thigh, above the knee, or below the knee. The longer the skirt, the tighter it gets as it progresses down. Here are some links to shop: Rachel Parcell | St. John Collection | Halogen

A-Line Skirt

This style of skirt is fitted at the waist and hips, and gradually gets wider towards the hem. This term actually originates from Christian Dior’s 1955 collection, which portrayed the most desired silhouette in Paris at that time. This shape of clothing can also be seen on other articles of clothing, such as dresses and coats. Here are some links to shop: Cece | Gucci | Ming Wang

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe: Sweaters

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Cotton Cardigan

A great piece for layering over a blouse or shirt. Having a cotton cardigan with a finer weave creates a sleek and professional look, perfect for the office, but can also be worn in a more casual outfit. Here are some links to shop: Comme des Garçons Play| Vince | Tory Burch

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Chunky Knit Cardigan

 A really good alternative to a classic cotton cardigan, however with thicker strands for added warmth, texture, and comfort. Predominately worn during the Fall and Winter, it is an easy piece to wear for layering over a camisole or blouse, and under a coat. Here are some links to shop: Wilfred | Design Lab Lord & Taylor | Polo Ralph Lauren

Chunky Knit Sweater

This item is literally all I wear during the Winter. It is comfortable and can is a great layering piece to keep warm. Chunky knitwear is a fun garment, since it comes in so many different colours and weaves. For an elegant and luxurious look, try neutral colours and natural fibres. More on that HERE. Here are some links to shop: Canada Goose | The Group by Babaton | Dior

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Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere is a fine, soft wool that originates from the Kashmir goat. It is one of my favourite natural fibre for clothing, read all about why HERE. Cashmere makes for elegant sweaters that are so versatile in use. They can be dressed up, dressed down, and even styled for an office-look. Here are some links to shop: Victoria Beckham | Vince | Polo Ralph Lauren

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe- Coats, Jackets, & Blazers

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OOTD: Black and Camel Luxe

Wool Coat

This coat is definitely an essential fashion staple. It can be during Fall through Spring, styled with different accessories for unique looks. Its classic cut goes with everything; whether you are wearing a dress, skirts, dress pants, or jeans, you will always be fashionable. The wool material provides a certain standard or quality and warmth not found with acrylic or polyester. Pea coats come in a variety of colours, however purchasing one in a neutral colour looks more expensive (due to natural fibres being neutral in colour) and is much more versatile. Here are some links to shop: Givenchy | Max Mara | Dolce & Gabbana

Trench Coat

Trench coats are loose, belted, double-breasted raincoats in a military style. They are very practical during Fall and Spring, to provide a little warmth against the wind and to stay dry in the rain. Trench coats can be effortlessly styled with all outfits. They come in a variety or colours, however once again I recommend purchasing one in a neutral colour for it to come into further use. Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Burberry | Ted Baker London

Military Jacket

Military jackets, also known as officer’s jackets, are a suit-type jacket of who’s style originate from British militia uniforms. Iconically known for the double-breasted front and gold buttons, this jacket also comes in a variety of colours and cuts, sometimes with further gold ornamentation along the sleeves, shoulders, and collar. Here are some links to shop: Ralph Lauren | Saint Laurent | Saint Laurent

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OOTD: Black & Cream

Tweed Jacket

Brought to life by Chanel, this iconic jacket emirates elegance and class. Gabrielle Chanel revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1920s and 1930s, inspired by menswear. Back then, women were constricted to corsets and thus could not move comfortable. She began to wear her beau’s clothes, and quickly noticed the suppleness and comfort of his clothes. To this day, the tweed jacket still recognized as the archetypal Chanel look. Here are some links to shop: Karl Lagerfeld | Chanel | Rebecca Taylor

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OOTD: Luxurious Black

Black Blazer

Owning a black blazer is almost just as important as owning undergarments; it is a essential piece of clothing in this modern world. It can be styled for casual, business, and formal wear; the possibilities are endless. There are numerous cuts and details, so find one that speaks to you! Here are some links to shop: Saint Laurent | Balmain | FRAME

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Timeless Capsule Wardrobe Series

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Welcome back! I have decided to introduce a new mini-series to my blog: the Timeless Capsule Wardrobe. It has been a long-time coming, so I am excited to finally be sharing it with you all.

As you know, I am currently in university and am living the life of a broke student 😦 My reality involves working 30+ hour weeks to be able to pay for school out-of-pocket as I go. My goal is to avoid student loans in order to graduate debt-free. It is doable, however it is challenging and takes great discipline in order to maintain a tight budget.

Unfortunately, as much as I love fashion and beauty, I do not have the funds to afford all the luxuries that I desire. Therefore, when shopping, my philosophy is putting more money towards one item with high quality that I know will last me a long time. I am not a fan of fast-fashion; buying multiple cheap clothing items of low quality that do not last long. You might get a couple of wears out of them before having to purchase a whole new item once again. This shopping mentality not only exhausts your money, but also your time. Time that could be spent at your job working and making more money (increasing your cash inflow), instead of spending more money (increasing your cash outflow).

With that in mind, I have chosen a few items that I find every wardrobe needs, but that create a variety of timeless outfits. The whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to exploit as many different outfit combinations with a select number of clothing items. The trick is to buy neutral pieces that can alternate well with each other.

Every week, I will be posting a continuation of this series, focusing on a certain type of clothing item. First one to come will be about coats, jackets, and blazers. Stay tuned!