As a shopping editor, it can be all too easy to have a grazing attitude to fashion, as on a daily basis, you'll find me scrolling through the new-in sections of countless brands, and the temptation to add the odd £30 top to my basket is all too real. My solution? Ensure I've got my style essentials in order. If there's one thing I know, it's that the power of a well-built capsule can not be underestimated.
All I can say is, thank god for the minimalist stylings of Arket—my sartorial respite in-amongst the mayhem of the high street. Stripped-back and colour-coded, Arket's stores are ideally set up to cater to a more considered approach to shopping, which is good news for those of us trying to stick to a "capsule" mentality.
I've spent the last few weeks spring cleaning my wardrobe and working out which gaps need to be filled, and Arket is the brand that is undeniably acing it in the spring style stakes right now. At the top of my list is the trophy top, and a square neckline will make any pair of tailored trousers look instantly more premium. I also can't resist the edgy appeal of this season's leather trend, and I'll be adding a leather blazer to elevate a T-shirt-and-jeans pairing while the evenings are still chilly. Scroll down to see all the Arket essentials I'm investing in this season.
The Trophy Top
Who What Wear
Style Notes: Thanks to the sultry stylings of Rosie HW, the trophy top has been thrust to the top of the fashion hierarchy. Keep your eyes peeled for square necklines and smocked fabrics.
Style Notes: Okay, so this isn't the most groundbreaking addition to my capsule, but as they say, "if it ain't broke…" Fashion girls have been styling their suits with sneakers and chunky chains, but a blazer can also be thrown over a midi dress or with your favourite jeans.
Style Notes: A good pair of jeans is one of the key components of our wardrobe arsenal. Made from organic cotton, Arket's denim offering has it all. This season my favourites have to be the classic straight and the wide barrel leg.
Style Notes: Whether you opt for a shirtdress, floral print or a utility style, a midi dress is a versatile buy that will look good whatever the season. Style with knee-high boots and roll-necks now then "dad" sandals and chunky necklaces come summer.