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The art of everyday elegance

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NET-A-PORTER
Sep 02 2020

The art of everyday elegance


Building a strong capsule closet is the key to faultless style. Whether you’re attempting to master the art of WFH dressing or want to take your weekend look up a level, these understated and versatile pieces promise endless style mileage



For many of us, daily life has become almost unrecognizable over the past few months. As our routines have changed, so too have our needs, particularly when it comes to our closets. Lockdown not only inspired women across the globe to CHAMPION a more relaxed look, it also encouraged many of us to sort through our wardrobes and ask ourselves what we really want from our clothes. What has become clear is that, ultimately, pieces that strike the balance between luxe and laid-back play a vital role in ensuring we maintain our sartorial standards on a day-to-day basis – which is why building a strong capsule closet of elevated essentials is crucial.





Take the any-occasion dress. From Nili Lotan’s silk slip to LouLou Studio’s understated sweater dress and Envelope1976’s sumptuous silk shirt dress, these pieces work for all manner of occasions and can be relied upon to add instant polish. In terms of styling they couldn’t be more straightforward: simply add minimal sandals or box-fresh sneakers along with a delicate dusting of contemporary jewelry and you can create a directional look in fives minutes flat. Another bonus? These dresses might look lightweight, but they boast year-round appeal; when temperatures drop, simply layer over a chunky knit – trips to the office, al-fresco lunches and garden parties have never looked so chic.






Similarly as impactful and just as easy to wear are this season’s crisp white dresses. Whether you prefer the voluminous proportions of Bassike’s puff-sleeve design, the classic silhouette of STAUD’s belted style, or the sporty spin of Ninety Percent’s simple cotton dress, these timeless pieces all have a throw-on-and-go ease. Keep your look monochrome and finish with simple accessories or tap into this season’s wanderlust jewelry trend and heap on the embellishment – consider your dress a blank canvas with endless styling possibilities.






If you’re after something a little more muted, then this season’s new neutrals are a fail-safe choice. In recent years, the Suit has shed its corporate connotations and become a staple of women’s on- and off-duty looks. Take King & Tuckfield’s oversized blazer and wide-leg pants in coordinating cream: worn with a simple tank top and luxe leather slides, this outfit is just as suited to long lunches with friends as it is for big board meetings. Scandi label Holzweiler takes the look one step further with the distinctive ruched blazer – the perfect boy-meets-girl mix. Meanwhile, The Line by K’s matching linen vest and pants is the perfect cool alternative to the traditional summer dress. Whichever style you’re drawn to, finish with a generous helping of modern pearl jewels.


Ultimately, enviable style isn’t about having a closet full of statement pieces – it’s about finding the right building blocks and putting them together in a way that feels fresh, new and utterly you.



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