I'm a 49-Year-Old Fashion Expert—13 New Pieces I'm Adding to My Capsule Wardrobe

If there's anyone who knows what is worth investing in, it's Anna Cascarina. A fashion editor, lecturer and stylist with over 25 years experience in the industry, she's made it her mission to help women of all ages and body shapes feel empowered through their wardrobes. Cascarina knows how important it is for clothes to work, and she's committed to investing in classic, timeless heroes that make you feel good. So when it comes to thinking about what to consider adding to our capsule wardrobes for 2023, who better to ask? This month, she shares the new-season pieces she's got her eye on and offers up some tips and tricks on how to style them throughout the year. 

I'm 49 And This Is What I'm Adding To My Capsule Wardrobe: Anna Cascarina in a denim shirt and jeans


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I'm 49 And This Is What I'm Adding To My Capsule Wardrobe: Anna Cascarina in a slip skirt, sweatshirts and heels


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I've worked in fashion for over two decades, and despite a constant flurry of new trends and styles, when it comes to truly dressing for your own wants and needs, what I come back to again and again is a collection of staples that help bring my capsule wardrobe together. Each season, I like to invest in a few considered pieces that will stand the test of time as well as top up my selection of good-quality basics. This January, I've crafted an edit of pieces, just for you, made up of items I either already own and love or that I want to invest in this season. From a timeless trench coat to the perfect white tee, these pieces will be my go-to as we transition from winter to spring.

I'm 49 And This Is What I'm Adding To My Capsule Wardrobe: Anna Cascarina in a trench coat and heels


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1. The Denim Shirt

I invested in this Khaite denim shirt, as it's a staple that will last forever. The heavy denim and oversized fit make it super flattering and wearable under a coat in winter but also perfect as a light jacket when it gets a bit warmer. 

2. The Trench

Another favourite of mine, Totême is a brand that keeps getting better and better. In my opinion, a really good trench is essential in a capsule wardrobe. It's the perfect transitional-weather piece, goes with everything and is a classic that will last forever. 

3. The Skirt

I have been searching high and low for a maxi satin skirt, and as green is one of the colours of the season, when I found this Topshop style, I ordered it straight away. It also has an elasticated waist, so it is super comfy. I love wearing mine with an oversized jumper and boots.

4. The Leggings

One item I feel is missing from my wardrobe is a pair of good-quality black leggings. So this season, I want to buy a pair that has built-in support to give my bum a bit of a lift! I have heard great things about these Commando leggings, so they are next on my list.

5. The White Shirt

I firmly believe a good-quality white tee is essential, but I don't like to spend too much, as I wear mine out quite regularly! I like to keep my tees looking fresh, so I tend to buy one or two a year. My go-to is Arket, as it has really good-quality T-shirts at a great price. 

6. The Striped Knit

Stripes are a must in my wardrobe, and I have fallen deep for this fisherman's jumper from Jigsaw. The perfect knit to wear with jeans or to throw over a dress, this one has my name written all over it. It also comes in a cream-and-green stripe colourway, which is equally as delicious. 

7. The Socks

Falke makes the best socks, and I received these red ones from my mum for Christmas. Using accessories to add a bit of colour is a great way to introduce playfulness into a minimal wardrobe. I'll be wearing mine with slingbacks for a modern edge.

8. The Sweatshirt

Raey is one of my favourite brands, and this sweatshirt was a recent addition to my wardrobe. The oversized silhouette looks good with everything, and it is so cosy. I have the navy, but I have my eye on the grey as well. Maybe that will be coming my way too!

9. The Heels

I love heels, but I struggle to wear them, as they're so painful. Comfort is everything for me, so kitten heels are a great compromise. But I find a great pair of heels can really elevate a simple outfit. These ones are divine and are on the top of my wish list. I'd wear them with straight-leg jeans, an oversized tee and a blazer.

10. The Camel Coat

A camel coat is a capsule wardrobe classic, and I love the look of this one from H&M. The simple, minimal aesthetic looks way more expensive than it is. I'd style with loafers, a crisp white shirt and jeans to give cool, Parisian, Caroline de Maigret vibes.

11. The Flannel Shirt

Checked flannel shirts are set to be a big trend this year after Kate Moss took to the runway in a blue check shirt at the S/S 23 Bottega Veneta show. This H&M version is perfect in my eyes, and I’ll be wearing with it jeans, heeled boots and an oversized slouchy bag. 

12. The Blazer

I'm a bit obsessed with houndstooth tweed at the moment. I think it was the Versace A/W 22 show that did it for me. I love this oversized Anine Bing jacket that I'd style with jeans and pointed heels. 

13. The Statement Coat

I've been looking for a long leather coat for a while, and this Nour Hammour beauty has caught my eye. I love the fitted waist, which gives it a sleek edge. And the shearling collar is also removable, so I'd say it's like buying two for the price of one! Well worth the investment for me.