What to Look for in Luxury and Designer Styles

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When it comes to luxury clothing, many people assume that the high price tag automatically means high quality and the utmost of style, but this is not always the case. While there is nothing wrong with trusting certain brands, here are a few tips on what to look for when you are choosing designer clothing.

Global Variations
Designers from different countries will produce distinctly unique styles, so this is something to consider if you already have quite a particular style in mind. For example, Italian designers often favor brighter colors, while French designers tend to veer towards femininity, and many American designers opt for a sportswear vibe. By deciphering the different design aspects that tend to come from different countries, you will know exactly where to look when seeking out a new piece of clothing that flatters your own personal style.

Genuine Pieces
If you are visiting a brand’s official store, then you will not really need to worry about purchasing fakes. However, if you are shopping online, you definitely need to be quite wary about whether or not what you are buying is actually a genuine designer piece of clothing. The label is the best place to turn your attention to, making sure that the brand name has not been misspelled. You should also look at the material that the clothing has been made from, as well as the style of stitching, as this will help you to see whether or not they fall in line with what the designer usually produces.

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Know Your Measurements
While many brands used to use standardized clothing sizes back in the day, this has all changed now, as brands are increasingly seeking out new ways to set themselves apart from the competition. This means that they have done away with standardized sizes, and are now creating their own unique versions. While this may be great in some ways, it can make shopping for clothing much harder, as the size on the labels do not really mean that much any more. To make your life a little easier, make sure that you know your measurements before setting off on your shopping trip, as this will make it much faster to find clothing that fits you perfectly.

Trendy Styles vs Classic Looks
When shopping for luxury clothing, you will likely come across many pieces that embody the season’s latest trends, and these will always seem incredibly tempting. However, designer clothing is an investment, meaning that you will want to be able to wear your pieces time and time again, meaning that you are best staying away from trends and fads, and opting for classic cuts instead, as these will never go out of style.

There is no denying that shopping for designer clothing can be plenty of fun, but you also want to ensure that you come away from it with pieces that you truly love. From opting for classic cuts to knowing how to spot a fake, these are all tips that you should keep in mind the next time you set off on a shopping spree.

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Two Fun Styles for Women Over 50

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Once women reach the age of 50, many of them feel as though they have to be so much more conservative with their clothing choices, but this is not necessarily the case. For those who are looking to inject some fun into their look, here are two new styles to try.

Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans are extremely on trend at the moment, but many women over the age of 50 tend to leave this style for the younger generation, believing that it will not suit them. However, this is such a fun style, and if you have never worn distressed jeans before, you can begin by creating a really simple look that does not overpower. Pair your jeans with a simple top, some fun shoes, and a couple of statement accessories, rolling up the hems of your jeans if you want to give the look an added twist.

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Choosing Distressed Jeans
When it comes to purchasing your very first pair of distressed jeans, there are a number of factors that you will want to keep in mind. The holes that make up the distressed look should not be wider than the leg of the jeans, and should also not be more than an inch high, otherwise you will end up baring too much leg when you sit down. While horizontal tears will make you look wider, vertical tears can make you look leaner, so pick the one that best flatters your body shape. Alternatively, if you have the right tools at home, you can create distressed jeans yourself, and there is plenty of inspiration for this to be found online.

A Dress Over Pants
Wearing a dress over a pair of pants is a great idea for women over 50, as this gives them the opportunity to try shorter dresses that they would not have otherwise opted to wear. For a simple version of this look, opt for a long tunic top instead of a dress, as this will keep everything looking much more subtle and toned down. A flowing top with fitted pants is the best way to go, as this will balance out your silhouette in the best way possible. When choosing your pants, make sure that they are a relatively streamlined design, meaning that they do not contain too many pockets, belt loops or pleats, as you do not want any bumps showing up underneath your dress. If you are still not convinced about this style, give it a go with thin leggings instead of pants, as this will still give you a similar overall look.

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Just because you have reached the age of 50 does not mean that you have to shun all future fashion trends. Instead, whether it may be distressed jeans or wearing a dress over pants, find a way to make each trend work for you and your body in the best way possible. Do not be afraid to experiment, as this is really the only way in which your own personal style is going to develop and improve.

Choosing the Perfect Statement Earrings

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Statement earrings are on trend for this summer, but choosing the perfect pair can be tricky. Not only do you need to take your hair style and face shape into consideration, but the earrings should also show off your own personal sense of style.

Face Shape
To begin with, you need to first identify what your face shape is, whether this may be oval, oblong, or triangle-shaped, and there are a number of guides online to help you with this. Those with a longer face shape will tend to suit lengthy drop or dangling earrings best, as this accentuates the shape of the face, rather than working against it. From shoulder dusters to large hoops, there are so many options available to you. For those with a shorter face shape, short and high statement earrings will be the most flattering, so make sure that they do not fall below the chin. Wider face shapes with prominent cheekbones can get away with just about any style of statement earring, so feel free to experiment with all that is out there.

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Hair Style
When it comes to those with long hair, your statement earrings should always be quite long and dramatic, otherwise they will just end up getting lost in your hair. Earrings with some movement, such as tassel earrings, will move with your hair, resulting in a gorgeous, flowing look. Those who have short hair should opt for shorter earrings, such as statement earrings that are just on the ear lobe itself. These can be anything from colorful buttons to large baroque pearl clips, but be sure to also keep your face shape in mind. While it can be hard to merge the styles that would suit both your face shape and hair style, the extra effort that you put into this will be more than worth it, as you will no doubt end up with earrings that really flatter your face.

Personal Style
Everybody’s personal style is unique, and, with so many different options out there for statement earrings, you are bound to be able to find something that you will really fall in love with. For those who like bold and sassy looks, just about every pair of statement earrings are like this, while those who prefer a more demure look can opt for a stiletto style statement earring, or even dramatic studs or styles that feature lace. You should also take into account the outfits that you plan to wear these earrings with, as your accessories should always work with your clothes. When wearing statement earrings, you will want to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple, so that your earrings can really stand out and speak for themselves. Your other accessories should also be kept to a minimum, otherwise your overall look will just appear too over-the-top and messy.

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Everyone with fashion know-how will be sporting statement earrings this summer, as they are set to be one of the hugest trends this year. Whether you opt for dangling tassels or bold, dramatic studs, these tips should help you to choose the perfect pair of earrings for you.

Bright and Colorful Pieces to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

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Summer is a season for bright colors and vibrancy, so if your wardrobe is filled with dark and neutral shades, then it may be time for an update. From high-waisted trousers to fun, summer dresses, here is some inspiration for some colorful pieces to add to your closet.

Jelly Sandals
Sandals are essential in the summer months, and the Geli is a sandal, by Katy Perry Collections, that is so fun and retro. Inspired by the classic jelly sandal, the Geli comes in three different colors, lemon, watermelon, and peach, and features a print of their respective fruit. To top it all off, fruity prints themselves are bang on trend for the summer, making this a must-buy.

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High Waisted Trousers
High-waisted trousers are flattering on so many different body types, and are a great way to enhance your feminine curves. While the majority of women opt for darker shades when it comes to high waisted trousers, use the summer as an excuse to purchase a pair in a brighter, bolder color. Whether this may be the pink trousers from River Island, or the yellow/orange pair from Wolf & Badger, these will soon become one of your go-to pieces of clothing this summer.

A Printed Tote Bag
Even if you would like to keep your outfit relatively simple, bags are a great way to still add a pop of color to your look. The Kerrington Square Tote by Tory Burch is a fantastic example of this, as the style itself is ideal for summer, its water-resistant fabric perfect for the beach, and the wide variety of seasonal prints are right on trend.

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Summer Dresses
Flirty and fun summer dresses are a must at this time of the year, and while soft, pastel shades may be perfect for spring, summer is the time to brighten up your looks a bit more. The Fit and Flare dresses from Jack Wills are a great choice, as these will beautifully flatter your figure, while the summer dresses from Boden come in a wide variety of styles and prints, meaning that you are bound to find one that you love.

Floral Hair Accessories
Floral hair accessories are another popular item in the summer months and are a great way to add some style to your look. For those who would prefer something subtle yet delightfully feminine, give the Tropical Flower Hair Comb by Lizzie Fortunato a try, as this features floral and beaded accents, as well as a freshwater cultured pearl detailing.

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Printed Shorts
Printed shorts may be harder to style than solid colors, but the effort is definitely worth it in the end. The Ruffle Floral Printed Bermuda Shorts from Zara are a great style to opt for, as these are high waisted and ruffled at the hem. Pair this with a casual white t-shirt and some sandals for day wear, or dress them up with heels and a blouse for the evening.

Your summer wardrobe should be bright and cheerful, and each of these pieces mentioned above will help you to achieve this. From fun, floral printed ruffled shorts to flirty and flattering summer dresses, these items are guaranteed to add some color and vibrancy to your closet.

Keep These Fruits in Your Closet

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In terms of keeping your body healthy, fruits are vital, but, this season, they are key to your fashion looks too. From tropical fruit earrings to fruity printed dresses, these are the fruits that you should be adding to your closet.

Tropical Earrings by Noir Jewelry
Noir Jewelry has a range of tropical-inspired earrings, and there are quite a few that feature fruit. Their Tropical Linear Drop Earrings are guaranteed to bring a tropical flair to your outfit, with parrots, leaves, and watermelons, while their Strawberry Hoop Earrings boast cubic zirconia accents.

Watermelon Basket Bag by Charlotte Olympia
Charlotte Olympia’s Watermelon Basket Bag was inspired by Carmen Miranda’s fruit headdress, and it is easy to see this when you look at the bag. Shaped to resemble a wedge of watermelon, complete with black seeds, this pink, white and green bag will look stunning against a chic white summer dress.

Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals by Gianvito Rossi
Gianvito Rossi showed his first footwear collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2007 and received plenty of praise for it, which is no surprise considering he learned his skills from his father, Sergio Rossi, a legendary shoe designer. Gianvito Rossi’s Cherry Denim Strappy Sandals are chic but fun at the same time, with the denim stonewashed sandals featuring a crystal cherry, and cherry leaf, appliqué. Made in Italy, these shoes have an adjustable ankle strap and a four-inch block heel, making them elegant but so comfortable at the same time.

Hammond Printed Silk Top by Altuzarra
The Hammond top by Altuzarra is another item that features cherries and has been seen being worn by Jennifer Lawrence on numerous occasions. This plunging top is in a sky blue shade of silk and features a print of navy and red cherries, a kitsch but chic motif that has been seen throughout Altuzarra’s latest collection. While this may be quite a standout piece, it is surprisingly versatile, and can be worn on its own with a ruffled skirt, or layered over a t-shirt and worn with jeans.

Tie Banana Top by MSGM
The MSGM Tie Banana Top is so fun and playful, and will definitely be the focal point of your outfit. The banana print on this top is in a watercolor style, adding a softness and feminine quality, while the sleeves are accentuated with knotted ties, which really enhances the fruity aspect of this top.

The Geli by Katy Perry Collections
Jelly sandals were once loved by just about everybody, and Katy Perry Collections have given this classic style a modern makeover. The Geli comes in either lemon, peach or watermelon, each style in the color of their respective fruit, as well as featuring a small print of that fruit at the top of the shoe.

While you are likely adding a number of summer fruits to your kitchen, think about incorporating some fruit into your outfits too. Whether this may be a fruity printed top of a fruit-shaped bag, these items are guaranteed to brighten up your look and provide any outfit with a one-of-a-kind flair.

Five Must-Have Memorial Day Fashion Picks

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Memorial day is just around the corner, along with the three-day weekend that this brings. No matter what your plans for the holiday may be, here are five must-have fashion picks that promise to inject a dose of serious style into your weekend.

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A Printed Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are always a go-to item in the spring and summer months and are able to flatter just about every body shape. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a dress in a solid color, a bold print will never fail to brighten up your day, while giving your outfit a strong focal point. Try to find a dress that is made from a lightweight material, with comfortable and secure straps and sleeves, as this makes it more versatile, and means that you will not have to worry about accidentally showing too much skin if there is a breeze in the air.

A Wide-Legged Jumpsuit
A wide-legged jumpsuit, in a neutral color, is a great piece to have for Memorial Day, as it can easily be taken from day into night. Whether you dress it down with some flip flops and daytime accessories or dress it up with a pair of stylish heels, this is a garment that will give you plenty of freedom to move around in, making it perfect for everything from a day of sightseeing to a night of dancing.

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Comfortable Sandals
No matter what you may have planned for the weekend, it is likely that there will be quite a bit of walking involved, which is why your footwear needs to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. Sandals are ideal for the warmer weather, but, if you plan on spending your weekend around the beach or pool, make sure that they can hold up to the water. A low heel, as well as good arch support and a cushioned footbed, may be necessary if you plan on staying active, so make sure that you take all of your plans into consideration before choosing a style.

A Chambray Button Down Shirt
If the weather forecast for Memorial Day weekend is warm and humid, then you will likely not need a jacket or sweatshirt. Instead, opt for a chambray button-down shirt, as this can be worn on its own, or as outerwear to give you a bit of extra coverage and warmth.

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A Leather Backpack
Backpacks are bang on trend for this season, and, unlike many of the other accessory trends you have likely experienced, this one is extremely practical too. Rather than opting for a cool tote to cart your belongings around in this Memorial Day, go for a chic and durable leather backpack instead.

Long weekends do not come around very often, so you are likely to want to enjoy your time rather than worrying about what to wear. By planning all of your Memorial Day outfits in advance, you will be all set when the weekend arrives to simply kick back, unwind, and make the most of the three days.

Outfits That Keep You Weekend Ready

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Weekend outfits should be casual and effortless, but many people feel as though they need to sacrifice fashion in order to achieve freedom. However, as these following outfits will show you, looking chic but being weekend-ready at the same time is much easier than you would think.

A Jumpsuit
When it comes to effortless fashion, jumpsuits are key, as these all-in-one pieces mean that you do not need to worry about mixing and matching garments to put an outfit together. When it comes to choosing a jumpsuit, opt for one with a print and style that really suits your personality rather than current trends, as this is a piece that you will be able to wear over and over again. From artistic geometric prints to military-chic styles, this is a weekend-ready outfit that can easily be dressed both up and down.

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Pleated/Full Skirts
Full and pleated skirts are a great way to dress up a casual street style look, and can be weekend-ready depending on what you pair it with. Chunky heeled sandals and a chunky sweater will emphasize a casual look, as will a tank top or tee. Alternatively, if you are seeking a more feminine and sophisticated look, you could always wear the skirt with a chic blouse and delicate heels.

Fitted Jeans and a Blazer
Denim jeans are a wardrobe staple, and pairing them with a smart, fitted blazer immediately ups their smart factor. If you want to give this outfit even more of a flair, opt for a pair of jeans in a bold and daring color, such as red or yellow. While this may seem over-the-top at first, the blazer will help to keep it all relatively toned down.

Leather Shorts
Shorts are so versatile, making them perfect for a weekend filled with activities, as they allow for plenty of movement. However, rather than going for a denim or cotton pair, jazz your outfit up a bit by choosing a pair of leather shorts. Not only are these durable, but they will also make a statement, although you need to make sure that you always keep them as the focal point of your outfit. Ensure that the rest of your outfit is quite simple and minimal, pairing dark shorts with a light colored top. Since leather shorts draw the eye to your legs, your choice of footwear is equally important, and you will likely need to experiment with a few styles before you find a pair that works with the look you are going for.

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Printed Pants
Printed pants are usually bold and bright, with the print that you choose reflecting your personality. Prints can also be used to highlight certain features of your body, or to downplay any that you would like to hide, and they will always add some extra interest to your look. In order to keep your outfit looking cohesive, pair your printed pants with a plain-colored top, unless you want to emulate the fashion-forward trend of wearing prints with prints.

No matter what you may have planned for the day, putting together a weekend-ready outfit does not need to be difficult. From feminine pleated skirts to edgy leather shorts, these outfits should provide you with plenty of inspiration to experiment with.

Add a Pop of Summer Color to Your Summer Wardrobe

Summer Colours

A pop of color is a great way to brighten up your summer wardrobe, and there are countless ways in which you can incorporate this into an outfit. From sunshine yellow to candy pink, here is some style inspiration for the upcoming months.

Shocking Pink
One of the hottest color trends for summer 2017 is shocking shades of pink, encompassing everything from candy pink to deep cherry. A shocking pink dress is beautifully feminine, and can be paired with neutral accessories to tone it down if needed. Alternatively, a deep cherry or raspberry colored cardigan is perfect for brightening up a chilly summer evening, and will also give your face a warm, rosy glow, while a bold pink skirt, in an easy silhouette, is unexpectedly versatile.

Vibrant Stripes
Bold, geometric prints are going to be huge this summer, especially when it comes to stripes. While classic, horizontal stripes will always be popular, criss-cross stripes are a great alternative, and provide an outfit with quite an unusual dynamic. From a pleated, flowing maxi dress, such as the one from Chloe, to graphic, striped accessories, such as the bags from Sonia Rykiel, stripes add color as well as pattern to an outfit, making them a worthwhile investment.

Yellows
Yellow is another color that will really be making a huge statement this season, and while the runways were filled with full-on, completely chromatic yellow looks, all you need is a pop of this color to really make a statement. As always, accessories are the best way to go if you do not already own many clothes that would work with yellow, but a cheeky yellow sundress is also well-suited for the season. If you are really feeling bold, go for a classic pair of trousers in a sunny yellow shade, because while this may seem quite out there, they can easily be styled down with a simple white t-shirt and some black flats.

A Patchwork of Colors
On the summer 2017 runways, many designers turned to patchwork, creating everything from pants to shirts to outerwear. Many unexpected fabrics and textures were put together, and this really creates an interesting look, as well as a vibrancy that perfectly emulates summer.

Florals
Printed florals are always popular in the spring and summer, but, this season, they are set to be even brighter and bolder than ever, making them an absolutely perfect choice for those wanting to add colour and pattern into their wardrobe. Pieces that nod to the 70’s are especially on trend, but, other than that, just look out for items that feature plenty of contrast while still being feminine, such as with the floral off-shoulder top from Chloe.

While dark and moody outfits definitely do have an ambience about them, summer is a time for color and vitality. No matter what your wardrobe may already consist of, these tips will help you to incorporate a bit of extra color into your closet, making use of pieces that can be styled in so many different ways.

Add These Accessories to Your Summer Wardrobe

Now that summer is on its way, this is a great excuse to splurge a little and invest in some seasonal accessories. From chokers to giant earrings, here are a few accessories that are right on trend for this summer.

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Oversized Earrings
Oversized earrings are going to be all the rage this summer, and the Spring Summer 2017 runways were definitely proof of this. The earrings seen were heavy and large, sometimes featuring jewels and sometimes featuring bold, graphic details. For those who prefer sparkling gems, check out the earrings from Gucci and Alexander McQueen, while the cugg earrings from Delpozo are bright and extremely spring-worthy. Of course, feminine earrings never go amiss, and some great versions of this can be found at Dsquared2, where the earrings feature everything from ribbon bows to hearts and lips.

Ankle Bracelets
While those who have quite a bohemian personal style are likely to already own a couple of ankle bracelets, this is an accessory that will become much more mainstream this summer. These are the perfect way to decorate your feet after a long winter of keeping them wrapped up, and work well whether you are barefoot on a beach or wearing sandals in a city. Lanvin took this trend even further by promoting tasselled ankle bracelets on both feet, while Attico has some lush, velvety anklets that feature stylish buckles. For a more elegant touch, take a look at the collection from Fenty x Puma, where you will find delicate pearl strands.

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Statement Belts
Many summer outfits tend to be quite simple, and a statement belt is a great way to jazz this up. For those who want to add an edgy attitude to their outfit, the leather punk belts from Alexander McQueen would be a great addition to your wardrobe, while Custo Barcelona, Bibhu Mohapatra and Carven have some more feminine, delicate, bejewelled options available. To take their statement belts even further, many designers even styled them by tying them into a knot, which really transforms the whole outfit.

Multiple Rings
You likely already own a number of rings, and wearing these with multiple other rings is a great way to do things a little differently. Try this in a few different ways, from subtly, with just a couple of rings on each hand, to extravagantly, with bejewelled rings on all five fingers, which is something that has been seen recently at Gucci.

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Chokers
Chokers were huge in the 90’s, and have been making quite the comeback in recent seasons. If you have not yet purchased a choker, thinking that they are likely to go back out of style soon, think again, as these seductive accessories are set to stick around this year. To really emulate spring, opt for bright, seasonal colors, or for the delicate, fragile chokers from Christian Dior, as well as Coach 1941.

Even if you do not plan on updating your wardrobe much this year in terms of clothing, new accessories will still be able to transform your outfits. From a statement belt to a seductive choker, these are some items that are definitely worth adding to your closet this year.

Great Ideas for Supplementing Your Capsule Wardrobe

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A capsule wardrobe consists of a collection of essential items that will not go out of style, and can feature everything from pants and skirts to shirts and jackets. While the whole point of a capsule wardrobe is to put together a selection of classic, timeless pieces, you can still supplement these with seasonal items throughout the year to keep your wardrobe fresh and interesting.

Trendy Accessories
When putting together your capsule wardrobe, it is likely that you tried to avoid incorporating trendy pieces, as these are usually not at all timeless. However, staying in touch with current trends is a great way to keep your outfits looking young and fresh, so do not be afraid of supplementing your capsule wardrobe with a few trendy items each season. Accessories are usually the easiest way to do this, as they will not detract from the essence of your wardrobe, meaning that you can go as bold and bright as you want to. From stylish handbags to statement jewelry, feel free to really experiment when it comes to accessories.

Added Texture
If you are seeking a few new pieces to round out what you already have in your wardrobe, paying attention to texture is a great way to ensure one-of-a-kind looks. If the majority of your wardrobe is filled with silks and other soft, fine fabrics, think about adding an edgy leather jacket to this, while those who have a wardrobe that consists of plenty of ruffles and other textured details may want to go in the other direction, opting for minimal, relaxed items instead.

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Color Palettes
You likely already have a color palette for your capsule wardrobe, as this is essential to provide cohesiveness, but there is no reason why your color palette cannot change with the seasons. From the florals and corals of spring to the greens and pinks of summer to the muted neutrals of fall and winter, switching up your color palette each season will make it much easier to find new supplementary pieces that will work well with the rest of the clothes that you already own.

Quality Over Quantity
When you have a small, capsule wardrobe, it can be easy to get carried away while out on a shopping trip, as you know that you will physically be able to fit several new garments into your closet. However, as tempting as the fast fashion stores all around you may be, it is always worthwhile to opt for a few high quality items of clothing rather than multiple cheaper ones, as these will last for much longer, which is essential when it comes to a capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobes are not a new concept, with the term first being coined in the 70’s by Donna Karan, but they have definitely experienced quite the buzz in recent years. While refining your wardrobe down to under 50 pieces may seem like quite the challenge, knowing how, and when, to supplement this with additional seasonal items will ensure that the outfits that you put together always look stylish and current.