How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

How To Create a Capsule Wardrobe

And still be a fashionista

Is your New Year’s resolution to finally save some money, but you just so happen to be a serious shopaholic? Well you’re in the same boat as me. (Read More: How to Keep Your New Years Resolutions) I am constantly making plans to travel the world and telling myself I WILL save money, just after I buy these shoes… that go perfectly with this dress. Yes, it happens every time, and of course I still haven’t made enough for my dream trip.

Well this New Year is going to be different and it can be for you too – whether you want to save to travel to paradise or buy yourself that one designer handbag you’ve had your eye on. You just need to get yourself the perfect Capsule Wardrobe and your goals will be met in no time.

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What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

In simplest terms, a capsule wardrobe is an extremely downsized wardrobe made up of versatile staple pieces. The idea originates from 1970s London, when boutique owner Susie Faux coined the term. Designer Donna Karan then brought the idea to the U.S. a decade later with her “seven easy pieces” collection. Traditionally, capsule wardrobes include approximately 30 items or less, with Faux recommending less than 12. The wardrobe can be added to a couple times a year.

The definition of a capsule wardrobe has evolved over time thanks to ideas from style bloggers like Un-Fancy, whose capsule wardrobe includes 37-pieces rotated every three months.

At its core, a capsule wardrobe is ultimately meant to promote a minimalist style and save money, time, and space — things I’m all for! To me, a capsule wardrobe should include ever-lasting clothes and reusable accessories that will take you from the office to the dance floor without your friends hearing you say, ‘but I haven’t anything to wear – I need a new outfit’ for the 100 billionth time!

I’ve been busy collaborating with Betabrand.com to come up with the essential wardrobe I believe every woman needs to save them time, money, and hassle for every morning and every event.

Capsule Wardrobe Essentials Checklist

To save money, time and effort you want your wardrobe to be full of gorgeous items that can be everyday wear for the office and can easily be accessorised to take you through to the after work drinks and spontaneous night-time dancing. If you love the items you’ve chosen, you will always enjoy wearing them over and over again, styling them in new ways.

 

These are the 6 essentials you need to own and can easily purchase online to complete your capsule wardrobe.

  1. PantsMy pick: High-waisted dress pant yoga trousers £61.50, Betabrand.com
  2. SkirtMy pick: Nude faux leather pencil skirt £13.32, Choies.com
  3. Crisp White Shirt My pick: Fitted white shirt £12.99, H&M
  4. Statement Necklace My pick: Statement silver necklace £29.97, humblechic.com
  5. Black Handbag My pick: Black zip handbag £25.99, New Look
  6. Boots My pick: Knit-trim black ankle boots £20.33, charlotterusse.com

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The most versatile item on this list is definitely the Betabrand pants. I love these pants because they are the ideal office trousers – comfy, stylish and smart – yet totally multi-functional. The stretchy material gives you the flexibility to still do yoga after work or in your lunch-break and the skinny leg gives you a flattering shape when paired with heels and sparkles for a night out.

Hallelujah to the 2-in-1 amazing trousers! They also come in every style to suit your body shape including Cropped-leg for petites.

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Black is a great colour to opt for because it goes with everything but I also love the dark grey yoga pants too which are just as everyday.

Once you’ve got your comfy trousers in a classic shade you need one more option for work – a simple and smart pencil skirt. I chose this faux leather midi because it’s a fab neutral shade to pair with a crisp white shirt for work or crop tops for the evenings. Find the pair of women’s pants you love most here.

How to Build Your Own Stylish Capsule Wardrobe

These are my steps to curating your own capsule wardrobe, without sacrificing style or the joy we all get from fashion.

Step 1 — Clean Out Your Closet

Firstly – do you really need everything that’s in your wardrobe? We both know the answer is No. So don’t wait until Spring — have a wardrobe clean out today and get on Vinted or eBay to make some extra money. Those poor clothes that still have their tags on need a caring home. It’s just plain clothes cruelty! Check out my Vinted page for cheap dresses, tops, jumpers, trousers and skirts for sale in great condition.

Step 2 — Pick Your Essentials

Once you’ve gotten rid of what you know you don’t want, it’s time to sort what’s left into three categories:

  1. Currently love / wear
  2. Seasonal
  3. Other

Guess what happens to the “other” category? That’s right — go back to step one and get rid of those clothes!

Make sure you do this for each piece of clothing — bottoms, tops, accessories, and shoes.

Step 3 — Compromise

Now, building a capsule wardrobe can be an unexpectedly emotional and difficult process. That’s why I think it’s important to compromise and give yourself a little wiggle room on your favourite part of fashion, meaning allow yourself to have a little more in this area. For me, that’s accessorizing.

When i’m planning what to wear, accessories are often the favourite part of my outfit and can even be the main asset to show off (that’s why classic clothes are always good to help them stand out!)

If you’re like me and accessories are your thing, think bold statement but neutral shades of additions that can easily be paired with your essential outfit. Sparkly jewels, chunky black boots and a sturdy tailored handbag (big enough to fit all of your daily necessities!) are just what you need to tick off all the essential items on your shopping list.

Step 4 — Make Outfits

Once you have your essentials, start pairing them with each other to make sure you can make a number of outfits with them that will keep you excited and happy. Did you know that with just 27 pieces you can make 100 outfits!? The possibilities are endless, so bring your creativity and imagination with you.

Step 5 — Continue to Reassess

Set a schedule that works for you when it comes to refining your capsule wardrobe and going through the above steps. This can be the well-known 3 month rule, or more or less often, depending on how you feel. Again, we don’t want to take the joy out of the fashion we love, so figure out what works for you. The number one rule is that you LOVE what you own and wear. The moment you don’t, it’s time for a change!

I hope this blog post has given you some New Year inspiration to get yourselves a Capsule Wardrobe.

Love Leeanna xo

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What to wear to watch the Super Bowl 50?

NFL Superbowl 2016 is just around the corner, and whether you are lucky enough to be be watching at the Levi’s stadium in California or chucking back some beers cheering at the tele, it is important to get your look on point. If you are looking for NFL tickets, or any other tickets for that matter, be sure to check out TickPick!

I have put together a few match-day outfit ideas for whatever style you are going for and to keep you looking stylish and bang on-trend this season. And of course you don’t have to break the budget to look fabulous.

If you’re a die-hard football fan you need a game-day outfit to match and show your support for the team.

Support the Carolina Panthers with this look:

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Nike Carolina Panthers t-shirt, £100 Fanatics

Distressed skinny jeans, £30 H&M

White Hi-top converse, £41 AKIRA

Keep it casual and comfy for all the cheering and why not show some extra support by painting your nails in your favourite team’s colours.

Support the Broncos with this look:

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If you’re just there for the half-time show

With Lady Gaga singing the national anthem and Beyonce and Coldplay performing at halftime, I’m surprised the teams are even showing up. If you feel the same way, go for more of a flashy game-day look with a little bit of fashion oomph.

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Felt floppy hat, £57 lastcall.com

Sequin crop jacket, £48 John Lewis

Plaid funnel tunic dress, £36.50 Topshop

Black over the knee boots, £39.99 New Look

Gypsy warrior red lips clutch, £11 Forever 21

Just here to cheerlead?

Get your pom poms out and pair with this cute but cosy outfit:

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Rose blue satin bomber jacket, £24.99 New Look

Grey mia hat, £8 Monki

Navy corduroy skater skirt, £24 Glamorous.com

Handmade leather choker necklace, £5.86 Amazon

Caper lace-up trainer, £26 Topshop

I hope have given you a little bit of inspiration for whatever game-day style you were going for.

Enjoy the game!

Love Leeanna xo

#FridayFavourites: Pretty in Paisley Prints

Paisley prints are such a gorgeous trend for the summer whether you’re chilling on the poolside or dancing the nights away at a festival. The pretty print will bring some girlie-girl vibes to a bohemian look with its meshed floral patterns. Bold colours against the Persian-inspired trend creates the perfect statement summer ensemble.

 

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Off-the shoulder printed dress, Topshop £39  

Bardot necklines are bang on-trend this season and this dress is your new summer holiday must-have. Pair with sandals for your friend’s BBQ or glam up for a cocktail night with chunky wedges and a classic clutch bag.

Coral flounce bikini, Charlotte Russe £12

The paisley print looks fab in coral and blue shades and its flouncy statement style makes it the perfect boat party look- Hello Ibiza!

Fermore iphone case, Jack Wills £14.50

This gorgeous patterned case will make your everyday essential look so glam when you’re on your daily commute to work.

Lily Bright crop top, boohoo.com £12

All you need with this statement crop is a cute pair of wellies, high-waisted denim shorts, a pretty flower garland for your hair and you’ve got your boho chic festival look to a Tee!

Silky strappy dress cami dress, missguided.co.uk £25

This is such a cute day dress for sunny afternoons and the expected odd cloudy ones this summer too.

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo totally rocks the paisley print trend with her gorgeous pretty-in-pink daytime off-duty look. 

Vera Bradley turn-lock wallet, Amazon.com £21

I have such an obsession with statement purses and sometimes love to just take one out with me on a night out because they can fit your key essentials inside. This print looks so gorge in girlie purple shades.

Angie gauzy shorts, wetseal.com £8.68

I love this style of shorts- so comfy for casual days- whilst injecting some must-have boho vibes to your look.

Front-split pencil skirt, ASOS £38

This statement pencil skirt will take you from AM to PM. Pair with a fitted blouse for a summer office look then glam up with strappy heels and a crop top for drinks later in the bar.

Print joggers, Jane Norman £20

Teamed with a classic cami vest, this bold all over print will bring statement to your summer daytime wardrobe.

Happy summer everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

#FridayFavourites: Bardot Neckline

I am totally loving the bardot neckline trend for the Spring/Summer season! Whether the girlie off-the shoulder style is on dresses, playsuits or tops, it creates the perfect look for your weekend wardrobe, paradise getaways, festivals and summertime BBQ’s! And there are so many gorgeous pieces online and on the high-street atm!

Here are a few of my favourite pieces for the summer:

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This gorgeous statement dress is your Summer wardrobe essential! The pretty yellow shade and floral print creates the perfect girlie look. Just glam up for the evening with heels and a clutch! Topshop £55

The bardot neckline is such a lovely feminine trend. Pretty strappy heels like these are the perfect accessory for the sunshine. Missguided £10

The bardot neckline also looks so fab on playsuits. I love this pjama-esque style print in black and white. Looks so comfy and will easily take you from a casual day on the beach to a night on the town. Missguided £25

Read: See more of the gorgeous pjama-esque trend in my latest post about styling stripes for the Summer.

It’s essential that you treat yourself to a lush pair of sunnies for the summer days. Whether you’re going to a festival or just a family BBQ, these animal print shades are the staple accessory for turning your outfit into a stylish statement look. Charlotte Russe, $3.49

How good would this statement ruffle crop top look paired with a white pencil skirt and court shoes?! So gorgeous for your workwear wardrobe, nailing this season’s off-the-shoulder trend with its sophisticated style. River Island, £22

Floral prints are such a classic summertime trend and I particularly love this crop top’s jungle colour scheme! It has totally nailed the bardot AND botanical prints trend this season. A definite festival must-have! New Look £7.99

Read: If you’re loving this garden-themed print, check out my latest post all about styling botanical patterns for the summer.

I la la love to style my bardot tops with midi or mini tube skirts and skinnie jeans. I particularly love adding a classic white to bardot tops in bold patterns and this white lace tube skirt looks like the perfect accompaniment! NELLY.com £27.95

The summer is all about bringing out the traditional lace, in skirts, dresses, tops you name it! This girlie-girl bardot top will put an adorable touch on your festival chic look. ASOS £35

Happy Friday everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

Cannes Red Carpet Style Crush

How amazing have all the celebrities been looking on the red carpet for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival this year?! I sooo wish I was lucky enough to be in their glamorous shoes.

The major event has showcased some of the most gorgeous red carpet looks I’ve seen, who even knew such shimmering statement gowns existed? From feathered trains and sequined bodices to rocking the gladiator chic look, France saw stars flaunt these trends flawlessly.

The opening night of Cannes 2015 was a glamorous parade of gorgeous gowns, sparkling diamonds and flawless makeup.

Here are some of my favourite looks:

Inspired by the celebs’ looks, here’s how you can copy their red carpet look without forking out the triple figure price tag:

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Sienna Miller totally rocked the classic one shoulder maxi on the red carpet, and you too can look just as sophisticated with this AX Paris Navy dress at £35.

Plunge necklines are fab for bringing a sexy touch to an elegant outfit. And didn’t Miranda Kerr pull it off to perfection in her gorgeous girlie ensemble! Showing off her supermodel bod, in a flowing pink dress, the revealing neckline and thigh slit created the perfect red carpet statement look. Copy the feminine look and look like a goddess with this ASOS Plunge Neck Maxi at £32

Emma Stone looked so cute in the dainty Oscar de la Renta number, decorated with the stunning sheer lace fabric. You too can look just as feminine yet edgy in this flouncy Scalloped Lace Prom dress at Nelly.com for £27.95

Natalie Portman looked SO elegant in her sweetheart bodice red dress! However the post-boox red gown was almost blending in with the carpet. I have found a gorgeous replica in black, this Sweetheart Sheer Fishtail Maxi Dress for £48 in Topshop

Lots of never-ending pins were on display at the prestigious festival, with Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss donning the thigh split look. But Karlie Kloss really made a statement wearing a cross between and jumpsuit and dress- and didn’t she look amazing! Her asymetric look took her from supermodel to Gladiator Chic. Copy the trend and stay classic in white with this stunning PU cut out dress by Miss Selfridge at just £25. It might not be floor-length but what a bargain!

The famous faces definitely proved the saying was true: ‘Diamonds are a girls best friend’ with sparkles and shimmer all over their accessories. I totally agree, you can never have to much sparkle and in the form of diamonds? Always more more more!

To accessorise your take on the red carpet look- pair your dress with metallic gem strappy heels (£36.46 at whitehouseblackmarket.com), a classic diamond bracelet (£42.99 at jewelstreet.com) and a statement sparkly clutch (£29.68 at etsy.com).

So if you’ve got any formal events coming up, I hope I have given you some inspiration for finding your perfect celeb-inspired look without having to break the budget!

Love Leeanna xo

Essential Summer Accessory: The Baseball Cap

Baseball hats aren’t just for playing on the field, they’re a must-have for your Spring/Summer wardrobe and possibly one of the cutest and sportiest current trends. The fashionable staple item will bring your sports luxe look to life, keep you looking chic on those troublesome hair days and are the essential statement accessory to keep you dancing the weekend away this Festival season. I love this classic trend because it brings a masculine twist to any girlie outfit.

I’ve owned baseball caps since I was tiny weenie, but I’ve never been brave enough to wear them away from the sports field, but now that they are bang-on trend and it’s cool to accesorise them with ANY outfit, I couldn’t be happier! =

When I did Camp America in 2012 (best summer ever!) I lived in my Atlanta baseball cap and just looking through Fanatics hat collections, it brought back all of my amazing memories of teaching the kids the English version of baseball we play at home- Rounders. After browsing through all of the trendy designs, I found my fave from the Red Sox hats collection!black hat

The New Era Boston Red Sox snapback stood out to me the most because of its tradtional black and white colour scheme which makes it a fab accessory to pair with absolutely anything in your wardrobe! It will be the perfect match to my grey and red Boston sweater- my essential every-night sofa jumper for the past 2 years!

The Baseball cap is bang-on trend this season and has been mastered by some gorgeous faces in the public eye. Baseball caps aren’t only a male accessory anymore, they’re totally a hot item for women too and I’m totally crushin on Cara Delevingne and Rihanna’s statement looks- they rock the trend so effortlessly!

So whoever said a baseball hat isn’t a women’s wardrobe staple… here are my favourite four looks to prove them wrong.

The Sports Luxe trend is all about combining monochrome stripes with leather fabric to create the perfect statement look. Inspired by Vanessa Hudgens’ stylish take on the trend, I have put together my own look with the essential addition of this Boston Red Sox Baseball hat. Great for a cool statement weekend look or even to fashion-up a baseball game on the field.

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59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Black Tres Cool crop top, MayKool.com £11

Finders Keepers faux-leather shorts, COLLECTIVEHABIT, £49

Sporty stripe knee-high tube socks, NORDSTROM, £6.89

Heading to the gym or going for a run this Summer? Sweat it out in style just like Stephanie Pratt with this sporty look. And just as she shows off, Baseball hats are the perfect pair to a ponytail hairstyle. Phew! Now you can save your hair from blowing all over your face on your windy jog AND keep your head from getting sunburned. Result!

Gym Bunny

Gym ‘No Pain No Champagne’ tank top, etsy.com £13.25

Lorna Jane rebellion bra, House of Frazer £42

59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Nike low-top trainers, zalando £70

Aztec print cropped leggings, New Look £14.99 

Now that the festival season has officially kicked off, with Coachella showcasing some fab looks for the Summer, it’s time you get your weekend looks ready to pack into your rucksack. A Baseball cap can be as cute of an accessory as a headband or flower, being the essential statement accessory to your weekend this year.

Festival weekender

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59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Hand crochet bralet, Topshop £36

Round frame sunglasses, Boohoo £8

Womens original Hunter short gloss wellies, £80

Mid wash distressed denim shorts, River Island £30

Fringed suede messenger bag, Forever 21 £29

Baseball hats are a traditional all-round season item and can be worn with any off-duty outfit. Even on those hangover and ‘my hair just isn’t right’ days, a baseball cap will be your best friend. Khloe Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are three trendsetters who have mastered the baseball cap on casual days, pairing with denim fabrics, leather and stilettos.

Off-duty chic

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Ditsy frill bardot top, Topshop £16

59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Paige distressed skinny jeans, Farfetch £177.78

Leather-look biker jacket, River Island £60

Leather high-heel sandals, Zara £69.99

Whatever look you’re going for, you can always count on a trendy baseball cap to top off any outfit! My favorite way to style my baseball caps are to wear them with a classic simple tee, high waisted denim shorts, chunky wedges and a floral statement necklace.The denim, sandals, and necklace come together as a casual feminine look, with the baseball cap and slouched tee making the outfit look effortless.

I also love to wear mine on holiday when i’m chilling at the pool or taking a wander down the beach. Not only are these hats super stylish and your best friend on troublesome hair days, they can work as a fab sun protector too. Pair with your fave bikini and sling-on a kimono for your ‘I’m in paradise’ look.

Love Leeanna xo

Festival Fashion Fever

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Coachella has officially kicked off the summer festival season… I wouldn’t have known… It’s not like my instagram feed has been totally bombarded with amazing pictures from the star-studded event or anything!! But i’m not gonna lie I have been glued to my phone these recent weeks stalking the Fashion Glitterati who have dug out their kimonos and denim hot pants.

The photos and the gossip has just made me so envious of everyone at the festival and SO excited for the upcoming festivals this year. For the past three years i’ve been a loyal Bestival goer and will definitely be there again next year, but this summer I’ve got tickets for V Festival and WOMAD and I am buzzing.

I know it’s slightly early but all this Coachella hype has got me in the mood to start planning some looks and my inspiration has come from my celeb style crushes who have totally been rocking their inner bohemian style.

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Kendall Jenner has definitely got everyone talking and taking notes after rocking her inner bohemian chick with some fab bang-on-trend festival looks. She looks AMAZING!

Perfect your capsule look like the stars with 70s style fringing, floral prints, beads, gypsie tops, jewels and plenty of boho patterns.

Check out my Coachella high-street edit:

Floral trim straw fedora hat, River Island £20

Printed kimono, Zara £49.99

Flower choker necklace set, Miss Selfridge £10

White lace bardot dress, River Island £45

High waist mid wash denim shorts, ASOS £28

Paisley print flared trousers, Missguided £25

The bohemian look is bang on trend for this Spring/Summer season so these statement tassels and fringing and suede materials aren’t just for your festival weekend- they can totally be rocked out and about now!  Read my latest post on Tactile Textures.

Tan fringed faux suede biker jacket, Missguided £45

Ivory textured long line bralette, Urban Outfitters £20

Poppy tassel shift dress, Boohoo £20

Tropical floral print short, New Look 7.99

Wrap skirt, H&M £49.99

Tan fringe beleted purse, River Island £20

Now all you need to add is some flowers to your hair, statement sunnies and of course the loyal wellies and you’ll be ready to dance the night away! Happy camping everyone! 🙂

Geometric resin sunglasses, Pull & Bear, £16.99

Blue short buckle strap wellies, New Look £19.99

Floral garland, Topshop £10

I hope this has given you some shopping inspiration for your own fab festi-wardrobe without the four-figure price tag and got you just as excited as I am for the summer festival season! Eeeek bring on the camping and dancing all night long!

Love Leeanna xo