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Autumn capsule wardrobe

Since I came in London I have always struggled with space.

A full size wardrobe only for me is still a dream after 3 years as I share a small one with my boyfriend. We are on a hunt for a bigger flat hoping to find one with a walk in wardrobe but for the time being I need to select carefully the items I am buying and keeping.

After the Marie Kondo viral declutter influence, I recently noticed on the web that bloggers are challenging themselves with a capsule wardrobe consisting in 10 items or more that to shift around for a week or even more.

Surely I am not playing with only 10 items, however, I suddenly realised that I am kind of doing it already as my wardrobe staples are by far the most worn.

Capsule wardrobe doesn't mean less range of choices in my personal point of view: it means owning only what you really like and what you will definitely wear more than just once. The rest will go to charity or on Ebay to be sold so with the money I can invest in new clothes.

These are my key autumn pieces:

-Leather jacket: why we should have at least one? It add a rock twist that brings your outfit to the next level, no matter the colour. My choice is the timeless black.

-Black leather jacket: Zara

-Tailored coat: it gives a smart look even to the plainest outfit. You can wear it over a hoodie and leggings and you will still look put together.

Red coat: Alessandro Dell'acqua (old)

-Trench: practical and chic, it is an essential outwear piece for the transitional weather and rainy days. I opted for a short version in a khaki colour for a countryside touch.

Belstaff khaki trench (old)

- A printed foulard is cute when knotted to a bag to emulate the Parisian style and they are handy to have with you to tie around the neck in a windy day.

Vintage foulard

-Cashmere jumpers are a luxurious comfort against the cold. They don't feel itchy on the skin and they will look incredible with absolutely everything.

Orange cashmere roll neck jumper (old from Max Mara)

-Cross-body bags are the perfect size for the city life as they are super versatile and chic.

Handmade leather zebra crossbody bag

-Bucket bags are also a good choice because spacious yet elegant.

Oliver Bonas bucket bag (current)

-Trainers: perfect with jeans for the weekend but they also add a cool, younger style to smart dresses and skirts.

Unbranded white trainers

-Printed mini or midi dresses are amazing to jazz up you neutrals and they work well all year round.

Oliver Bonas midi dress (current)

-Boots are the best shoe choice to give your outfit a bit more personality while keeping your feet dry and toasty. Lace ups and western are the trend of the season and they will bring your look to the next level.

Oliver Bonas snake print boots (last winter)

-Cardigans are crucial too keep you warm when the weather is tricky and the oversizes ones will be super stylish over a dress or a shirt.

Oliver Bonas camel cropped cardigan (current)

-Jeans: must have for every season of the year!

Primark lack skinny jeans (current)

-Blazers are so strong in fashion right now because they have the super power to dress up every look in an instant. I have got a navy with gold detail and a long black one and I couldn't live without them now.

Vintage M&S St Micheal woll blazer

-Skirts are a good alternative to dresses and they avoid the boredom of always wearing jeans or trousers. Midi satin skirts are a the way to go for a sophisticated look from work till night out.

Miss Selfridge black satin skirt (current)

-Jewellery is the ultimate way to make a statement and elevate you look. No matter the metal colour you choose, make sure to always wear some when styling your outfit, even better if you like to layer them: the combination of a couple of necklaces, studs and hoops plus several bracelets and maybe a ring will look great with pretty much everything.

Astrid and Miyu reose gold hoops - Missoma rose gold necklace - family heirloom ring

A neutral colour palette is crucial in order to rotate all the items around easily.

Having versatile pieces that I can dress up or down according to the weather and the occasion is just the most efficient way to make the most of them.

For instance, a smart midi dress can be layered with a cardi or a jumper on it and paired with trainers for a casual every day look but it can be also dressed up with heels and a blazer for an event.

Same for jeans: a blouse underneath a blazer, chic accessories and boots or heels always add a smart touch while oversized sweaters and trainers give it comfort and a weekend vibe.

I tend to buy printed dresses or skirts but I prefer to purchase plain, neutral colours jumpers and accessories to get a lot of wear out of them all and make every look seem effortlessly stylish.

Nothing beats the classics: navy, grey, camel, black, khaki and brown. I build all my outfit using one, maximum two solid neutrals and either a pop of colour or a pattern to keep things interesting.

Then again, jewellery, bags and shoes are essential to elevate the outfit. Accessories truly make a huge difference!

Thank you for reading! Next post: on Friday :)