Welcome to the busy working city girl capsule collection, all handpicked by moi. I hope you like it!
When creating a new wardrobe you need to be realistic with what you need V. what you want. A capsule collection contains items that won’t go out of fashion and can be restyled with many pieces. Shoes and bags will make or break, or renew an old outfit – so think about key pieces that can be matched to at least 4-5 outfits.
I have really enjoyed pulling this collection together. Inspired by ‘Parisian Chic’ and corporate life in London – I looked for items that would really work around a busy woman’s lifestyle.
Items shown above left to right: Alexander Wang Prisma skeletal suede and leather shoulder bag now £387, Chloe Drew, leather and suede shoulder bag £880 (out of stock), Saint Laurent classic small monogram suede shoulder bag £880, Gianvito Rossi green velvet pumps £313, Gianvito Rossi brown suede pumps £313, Gucci patent leather pumps £331 (out of stock) H&M black denim boiler suit £35 (out of stock) Balmain double breasted velvet dress now £1,184, Balmain crystal-embellished velvet mini-dress now £1,782.
The capsule collection
Items shown above left to right: Mui Mui striped wool sweater £557, Valentino cropped cotton shirt now £263, Zara high waist trouser £14, Balenciaga wool wrap skirt £483, Victoria Beckham red teddy wool-blend miniskirt £166, True Religion Halle skinny jeans £218, ASOS mismatch flat back swing earrings – red £6 (out of stock) H&M long earrings £5 (out of stock) Chuck Taylor All Star low leather sneakers £78
All seeming a bit too expensive?
Gulp – I agree. You’d need a fair bit of free cash to buy every item I have pulled together. You don’t need to buy designer items though, but you should invest in good quality pieces and if you do buy things that don’t fit – visit a tailor to get the perfect fit.
It just so happens a lot of the items I selected came with a designer price tag. Finding alternative items without the hefty price tag is easy. Just decide on what you need and then search your favourite high street shops. Places like Zara and & Other Stories do their own versions of some of the key looks and trends each season.
If you regularly attend work events where you need to be well dressed, or go out socially to places that warrants a smart dress code – try and combine your wardrobe. Depending on your job, and the industry you work in you may not really need a ‘work look’ and a ‘out of work’ look – you’ll just need a ‘you’ look.
If you like the items featured in this blog, visit the Villiod app and you can find my boards, tap and purchase any items shown (if they are still in stock).
Textures can be a great way to add importance and glamour to an outfit. A well structured dress that compliments your figure is worth a million pounds. Steer clear of cheap fabrics though as it can really spoil an outfit. For additional power dressing put on some fantastic and fierce underwear. Sit there looking all polished, nobody but you needs to know you have crazy, sexy, gorgeous underwear on – I’m telling you, it can really boost your confidence – try it!
Important meeting at work?
No problem. Every gal needs a crisp white shirt, and colour-cordinated accessories make for a smart and practical city girl look. Clutch bag for the evenings too.
You can keep reinventing this look by switching up your shoes and bags. And let’s not forget a ponytail, braid or blow dry and different make-up can transform this simple look all over again.
Friday night on the town?
Sorted. Try a, stylish off-duty look. Keep things elegant and on point with heels and a structured bag. Check shoulder bags to see if the straps are removable – these can then double up as a clutch bag too.
Easy. This is where a nice clean, well looked after, pair of white simple sneakers can make your outfit look pulled together. Avoid wearing your ‘gym’ trainers from A to B and have a pair of ‘walking trainers’ that compliment your style – you can be practical and stylish.
We all need a dress that makes us feel great, no matter what we look like or how we feel – we slip on ‘that’ dress and it hides the lumps and the bumps and flaunts our best features. You could even match with the black patent shoes and multi coloured Chloe bag. I would avoid wearing velvet shoes and a velvet dress though as this would be a bit too matchy.
One of my favourite patterns is stripes. It goes with everything and can be dressed up and dressed down. It’s very french chic and I do tend to be inspired by the Parisian’s elegant and coordinated style for the city gal wardrobe. I’ve put the velvet heels in this picture but you could swap for the trainers.