Autumn capsule wardrobe

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Today I am sharing with you my autumn capsule wardrobe: what my staples pieces are and how I style them.

Since I moved to London I have always struggled with the lack of space.

I still share a small wardrobe with my boyfriend and having a full-size wardrobe only for me is still a dream. We are on a hunt for a bigger flat hoping to find one with a walk-in wardrobe, but for the time being, I still need to select carefully what to buy and to keep.

After the viral Marie Kondo's decluttering trend, I recently noticed that many bloggers are embracing the challenge of building a seasonal capsule wardrobe consisting of either 10 items for 10 outfits per week or only keeping 30 items per season, including accessories.

Surely I am not playing with only 10 items a week, however, I suddenly realised that I am near of following the 30 items rule without being aware of it.

A capsule wardrobe doesn't necessarily mean having less range of choices in my personal point of view: it means owning only what you really like and what you wear regularly.

Below are my core pieces for autumn:

-Leather jacket:

A well-made leather jacket is the perfect transitional piece of outerwear.

It immediately adds an edgy twist to a plain outfit.

My choice is the timeless moto jacket in black.

-Black leather jacket: Zara -Charcoal jeans: Primark - Sunglasses: Just Cavalli - Triangles necklace: Faye - Pebble necklace: Oliver Bonas
-Black leather jacket: Zara

-Tailored coat:

A warmer piece of outerwear for the coldest days is imperative.

I love long woollen coats: they keep me toasty and they are very stylish, no matter what you wear underneath. A good quality coat is super versatile, I will still look put together even when wearing a casual hoodie and leggings as well as smarter outfits.

Hoodie: Primark - Jeans: Pure collection - Trainers: Sketchers
Red coat: Alessandro Dell'acqua (old)

-Trench: practical and chic, it is an essential outwear piece to have in my capsule wardrobe in case of rainy days and the unpredictable weather typical of London.

I only own a short khaki trench coat that has a countryside vibe to it, but I would love to invest in a classic long one soon, which would be perfect for spring as well.

Micheal Kors bag - Vintage Scarf - H&M white jeans
Belstaff khaki trench (old)

- A printed silk foulard is a must-have accessory to knot to my bag to add a chic touch to my look and it is handy to have with me in case of a windy day.

Vintage foulard

-Cashmere jumpers is all I wear when the temperature drops around October. They are a pricey investment but they are totally worth it: cashmere is softer and warmer compared to polyester and acrylic, as well as being a better choice for the environment.

Mango mom jeans - Oliver Bonas pebble gold pleated necklace - Dolce&Gabbana trainers
Orange cashmere roll neck jumper (old from Max Mara)

-Crossbody bags are the perfect size for city life as they are lightweight, practical and super versatile when commuting.

Handmade leather zebra crossbody bag

-A cool bucket bag is also a good choice because it is spacious and elegant.

I prefer it to the classic shopping bag that now feels a bit outdated.

Pure collection wool blazer - Asos men grey jumper - grey Primark jeans -
Oliver Bonas bucket bag (current)

-Trainers: A good pair of white trainers are perfect to add a fresh, younger style to smart dresses and skirts as well as my old pair of jeans.

-Printed mini or midi dresses are amazing to jazz up your 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.

Asos men navy jumper - Kling navy dress with pleated skirt
Oliver Bonas snake print boots (last winter)

-Cardigans are now back in fashion and they are crucial to keeping you warm when the weather is tricky. A cropped, oversized one will be super stylish over a summery dress or shirt.

New look organic cotton t-shirt (current) - Sport max trousers (old)
Oliver Bonas camel cropped cardigan (current)

-Jeans: The must-have bottom for every season!

My favourite cut is skinny but straight leg and mom jeans are also very popular right now.

Massimo Rebecchi blazer - New Look organic cotton t-shirt - Sketchers trainers
Primark lack skinny jeans (current)

-Blazers are a great core piece to invest in because they have the superpower to dress up every look in an instant. I just got myself a second-hand navy blazer with gold details and a long oversized black one and I couldn't live without them now.

Pure collcetion striped cashmere sweater (old) - Mango Mom jeans (sale) - Unbranded basket bag
Vintage M&S St Micheal woll blazer

-Skirts are a good alternative to dresses and they are comfier than wearing jeans or trousers. Midi satin skirt is a way to go to achieve a sophisticated look that us suitable from work as well as for a night out.

Vintage cashmere jumper - Oliver Bonas snake boots (last winter)
Miss Selfridge black satin skirt (current)

-Jewellery is the ultimate way to make a statement and elevate you look. No matter the metal you choose, make sure to always wear your favourite pieces when styling your outfits.

The combination of a couple of necklaces of different length, a pair of earring, several bracelets and maybe a ring will immediately bring even the simplest look to the next level.

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

More tips to build an excellent capsule wardrobe for autumn

A neutral colour palette is crucial to achieving a cohesive style, especially when experimenting with a capsule wardrobe for the first time.

Owning 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 out of them.

For instance, a smart midi dress can be layered adding a cardigan or a jumper on it and paired with trainers for a casual everyday look.

Moreover, the same dress can be also dressed up adding with a pair of heels and a blazer for a smart event.

Same for jeans: wear a silk blouse underneath a blazer, add chic accessories and you'll get a stylish outfit for a date night while wearing the same pair of jeans with an oversized sweater and trainers to obtain a casual, weekend look.

I also have printed dresses or skirts in my wardrobe, however, I wear more often my plain, neutral clothes. They just make every look seem effortlessly stylish.

Nothing beats the classics colours: navy, grey, camel, black, khaki and brown.

I would usually build all my outfits using one, maximum of two solid neutrals and add either a brighter shade or a pattern to keep things interesting.

Monochromatic outfits using neutral colours are chic and easy to put together!

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