There’s nothing quite like the start of a new year to inspire a sartorial sea change. Whether you subscribe to resolutions or not, it’s difficult to overstate the transformational feeling of slipping on a new coat or debuting a lust-worthy bag and how it can prepare you for whatever 2021 has in store. But what pieces should you be investing in? Over the past few years, designers across the board have moved away from ‘trends’ as such, instead championing contemporary takes on classic wardrobe staples. Follow their lead by building a stellar capsule closet so you’ll never be caught short, no matter the occasion.
Ever since Jonathan Anderson took the creative reins at Spanish heritage label Loewe in 2013, the house has earned a reputation for producing some of the most iconic handbags of the past decade, and this season is no exception. The pleated update on the brand’s beloved ‘Flamenco’ clutch bag – featuring a detachable shoulder strap – is a future classic. Alternatively, a beautiful winter coat is another piece that promises maximum ROI. A plush brushed-wool coat by Los Angeles-based brand Vince – known for its minimal mastery – is the perfect complement to blue jeans, leather pants, sweater dresses and everything in between.
For senior fashion assistant Kristen Nellie, it’s statement knitwear she reaches for time and time again, which is why when Joseph’s sumptuous sweater arrived on NET-A-PORTER this week, she was quick to snap it up. “It might be the Scot in me, but I absolutely love a chunky knit. So this oversized sweater is right up my street,” she says. “Joseph keeps it chic by sticking to a striking monochrome palette with graphic stripes in luxurious merino wool. Ideal for keeping cozy at home or dressing up to go out, this trophy piece is guaranteed to turn heads but is also endlessly wearable. This is a classic winter warmer that will forever live in my wardrobe.”
Of course, no outfit is complete without a little embellishment. Master the art of tricky trans-seasonal dressing by adding Chloé’s chic take on the rubber boot to your footwear arsenal; then, come drier days, swap them for Porte & Paire’s elevated ballet pumps. Finally, finish your look with some delicate diamond-studded jewelry and a chunky chain necklace – a must-have addition to every woman’s jewelry collection.
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