You may not believe it, but it is possible to build a sustainable capsule wardrobe with timeless yet affordable brands! Knowing where to shop and what to look for, you won’t need a small fortune to look chic and stylish all year round.
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1 – Arket
Arket, our first choice for affordable brands. The Scandinavian label has a mission to democratise quality through well made and seasonless designs. It is the right place to get your basics, and you cannot get more essential than a neutral blazer! This oversised beige blazer is everywhere on Instagram because it has a perfect fit. Pair it with beige leather pants, and you’re ready to go from winter to spring! A basic chic look can also be worn day and night. So for a meeting, we suggest a pale pink t-shirt, and for dinner with friends, choose a gold metallic top.
If you are not a fan of a beige suit, we suggest a plaid blazer. Considering that plaid is a classic that will be around for some seasons ahead. And apart from clothes, Arket offers beautiful accessories, like this brown satin clutch.
As you know by now that we love Veja sneakers; not only are they sleek and timeless, but they’re also the most ethical and eco-friendly sneakers ever.
2 – Staud
The LA-based brand Staud elevated wardrobe staples into science. They are committed to delivering fresh design and quality with an accessible price. Sounds a good business, right? So, talking about business, the best office look in spring is bermuda suit. The new suit will be your uniform next season. But if Bermuda suit is too forward to you, we hope you like the ruched ruffle trim dress. Also a day & night joker.
3 – COS
COS stands for modern functional design, reinventing classics and essentials. Inspired by COS’ down to earth philosophy, we picked the best green pieces for now and for spring. The shirt-dress can be worn with a lightweight casual jacket or over jeans like a long shirt. The khaki cropped pants paired with the wool vest and a shirt underneath is a chic look for the city or the countryside. We love the asymmetrical dress in a subtle version of the tie-dye trend. And last but not least, why not start thinking in swimwear? Yes, we’re hoping for a short winter.
4 – Vince
The Californian brand Vince is all about understated luxury but not prohibitively expensive. So, it’s not one of the most affordable brands in this list but it’s our address for materials like cashmere and silk. Who wears Vince? Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger, Madonna, Rose McGowan, Joanna Garcia, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss among others.
What the Vince girl looks like? Turtleneck under boyfriend white shirt, impeccable navy trousers, elegant sneakers and a gorgeous blue coat. And the secret of her coolness is a drop of relaxing roll-on oil behind her ears.
5 – The Frankie Shop
The Frankie Shop is the darling of fashion editors. With one shop in New York and one in Paris, it is, as they say, the go-to place for unfussy, minimal, wallet-conscious styles. The Frankie Shop garments are seasonless, and although the jackets, skirts and trousers are classic, the use of PVC and faux-leather, the details and colours are absolutely contemporary. We present here a selection of jackets dress and jumpsuit with a focus in big belts. Have a look at the article Wide belts. This accessory will transition from winter to spring with you.
6 – Simonett
Hope you’ve already read the article Simonett is your brand for feminine, modern and affordable clothes. There you find the many reasons why we like Simonett. The main one probably is that the garments are timeless. But they also have complex constructions and proportions. Simonett clothes look luxurious and high-end and yet are accessible.
We picked LBD and chic black tops because you can never have enough black in your wardrobe. And the dark chocolate faux leather combo, skirt with short sleeves shirt, is a must for your business appointments or lunch with the girls.
These are the 6 affordable brands that our editors are impressed by. Hope you find here something to pepper up your wardrobe.