Ever wondered how the likes of Fearne Cotton, Gwen Stefani and Laura Whitmore always manage to look so effortlessly cool? You know, when they get snapped picking up a pint of milk, or running for the bus, or any other manner of daily chore that normal people otherwise complete in sweatpants and a hoodie.
Well, prepare yourselves because we’ve identified the few casual key wardrobe pieces that slot together nicely when grabbed in a dash. Follow these simple separates rules and you’ll have a capsule wardrobe to rival the celebs.
1. The Jean
Think of your favourite denim as the foundation of your wardrobe. Pick a style that’s comfy and wearable. This season’s boyfriend jean is perfect for all shapes- choose stonewash, distressed details or even ripped denim for your own take on the trend.
2. The Trench
A simple beige mac or trenchcoat is a perfect investment for the impending April showers, and it’s a timeless piece you can wear anywhere, too. Team with a slouchy knit for easy elegance.
3. The Breton
A Breton sweater or tee instantly lends a Parisian air to your street look. Buy oversized and tuck into your jeans. Classic white and navy is preferred, however, a red stripe can inject some primary colour into your outfit.
4. The Sweat
A slogan sweatshirt has become a cult buy thanks to the likes of Kenzo and Rodarte giving theirs a high-fash spin. Luckily the high street is packed full of more style statements than we can count, giving you catwalk vibes at a purse friendly price.
5. The Sneaker
We can blame the likes of Chanel and Dior for giving the trainer revered status, but right now it’s all about classic white ‘90s styles like Adidas’ Stan Smiths. Pair with rolled-up denim, flirty frocks and everything in-between.
6. The Shirt
Plaid is going nowhere fast, and an oversized checked shirt can be worn open over a white vest or buttoned up and layered underneath a knit for preppy vibes. Or, you could channel your inner grunge girl and tie around your waist for the ultimate ‘90s look.
7. The Sunglasses
Tortoise shell frames flatter most skin tones and will transcend seasons to boot. Not only are they glam enough to wear with your glossiest outfits, they’ll also up the ante of your most basic basics. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.
8. The Bag
They may have begun as a micro trend, but thanks to Cara Delevingne’s collection for Mulberry, backpacks are now the cool girl’s go-to. Practical as well as on-trend, the high street has just about every colour and texture to satisfy your accessory arsenal. Look for metallic sheens and gold hardware for extra polish.