HOW TO
BUILD A CAPSULE
CLOSET

Style expert and author
Alexandra Fullerton reveals how
Marks & Spencer’s new Foundation Edit
can help you streamline your closet


Style expert and author of How to Dress, Alexandra Fullerton, reveals how Marks & Spencer’s new Foundation Edit can help you streamline your closet

Alexandra Fullerton is the author of new book
How to Dress

“Did you know that women wear 20% of their closets 80% of the time?

“So it’s important to make that 20% count, which is why a capsule closet of building-block pieces is key. Having core classics to turn to when you’re in a rush will make getting dressed a breeze.

“Marks & Spencer’s new Foundation Edit will provide you with these essentials. It contains key pieces mirroring the ones I wear on rotation year in, year out, which I mix with seasonal updates, trend-led buys and occasion-specific items.”


This CAPSULE closet contains key
pieces mirroring the ones I wear
on rotation year in, year out

Jeans
“Unlike other lists of wardrobe ‘essentials’, the Foundation Edit lets you choose your preferred style of denim. Jeans are such a personal thing and when you find ‘the one’, they make you feel on top of the world. Regardless of whether it’s boyfriend, skinny or cropped flare, ensure they suit your shape before you invite them into your closet.”

A Breton top
“I’ve styled hundreds of striped tops in my career. They add character to any outfit. My favourite way of wearing a striped top is with the high/low mix, jazzing it up with a sequined skirt.”

Black pants
“When I need to look polished and professional, I always reach for
black pants. My favourites are high-waisted, tapered and cropped, but search for the style you know will save you in a panicked moment.”

A grey crew-neck jumper
“Whether a sweatshirt for the weekend or cashmere for office hours, make sure you have a grey crew neck to slip under a blazer, sling on with jeans or team with a statement skirt.”

A black bra and briefs
“The Foundation Edit wouldn’t work without some actual foundation wear! Black is the most versatile colour for underwear – and you never have to worry about it going grey in the wash.”

A white T-shirt
Plain white tees, whether your preference is for V, scoop or crew-neck, will become your wardrobe saviour. I love them styled simply with my favourite jeans and bright colourful accessories.”

Leather court shoes
“You know the heel heights you can manage – and the colours that will work best in your wardrobe. But a smart shoe, and a court shape – perhaps in the season’s hot high-vamp cut – will take you everywhere.”

A trench coat
“No longer just a beige waterproof, trench coats have had a fashion makeover and now come in updated colours and silhouettes as well as the classic style. It will become your trans-seasonal staple.”

A white shirt
“Crisp and cool, as well as the perfect choice for chic office style, a white shirt works perfectly over a striped top with khaki pants. Or do unexpected evening wear, combining a white shirt with a luxe skirt.”

A city coat
“When the colder months arrive, your coat is what everyone sees. Choose something smart for ultimate versatility – it will add polish to casual outfits and finish off chic looks.”

A double-breasted blazer
“Smart enough to team with evening wear (I love mine draped over my shoulders with a floaty, flouncy frock) but cool enough to add edge to jeans with a slogan T-shirt. When you find your perfect fit you’ll want to wear it with everything in your wardrobe.”

Leather ankle boots
“In colder weather I’m still amazed at how much warmer my feet become in ankle boots – and they suit pants, jeans or any length skirt.”

Alexandra’s new book, How to Dress, is available now