While the concept of a seasonless wardrobe has been floating around for quite some time, it is now being actively encouraged by industry leaders. In a recent statement from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the British Fashion Council, we have been urged to rethink and reset the way in which show collections and consequently consume.
“Through the creation of less product, with higher levels of creativity and quality, products will be valued and their shelf life will increase. The focus on creativity and quality of products, reduction in travel and focus on sustainability (something we encourage of the entire industry) will increase the consumer’s respect and ultimately their greater enjoyment in the products that we create.”
The bottom line: Buy less and buy better. So how do we curate the ideal seasonless wardrobe? Well, firstly we need to think of the key elements that make up your lifestyle and finding colors, cuts, and fabrics that work for your personal taste and environment.
We must learn to eliminate passing trends and invest in good quality and versatile pieces that can bounce between casual and formal easily. It is all about blurring the lines of occasion dressing. Each individual item must have multiple uses.
The bones of a good capsule wardrobe are a pair of beautifully tailored trousers; a crisp white shirt; a good-quality cashmere jumper; well-fitting jeans that will work with both heels and flats; a classic trench coat; a light skirt; good quality t-shirts; a well-cut blazer; a loose summer dress; a jumpsuit and a day to night black dress. Dressing simply revolves around mixing and matching these key pieces with the addition of accessories, shoes and bags.
Lastly, think of the color spectrum: keep your key elements in easily transferable tones such as black, white, nude, and red before you begin to build.