The vaccine is here which means, with any luck, we won’t be locked indoors forever. So rather than frittering your pandemic piggy bank on yet more pyjamas, why not start investing in your post-Covid capsule wardrobe? These chic and simple investment pieces will ensure you emerge, butterfly-like, from your Corona cocoon looking all kinds of amazing.
Big Denim Energy
After a year of elasticated waistbands, buttons and zips feel like a welcome refresher and this spring’s strongest denim rides high-wasted and loose at the leg. At Celine cropped styles were worn with stomper boots and caps, while at Paco Rabanne mid-wash flares came night out-ready, belted and paired with lace crop tops and floor-length leopard kimonos. Victoria Beckham’s billowing patchwork flares (available at the end of January) are swagger-inducingly good, while 7 For All Mankind’s Vintage Skywalk jeans (£190, 7forallmankind.co.uk) semaphore seventies nostalgia brilliantly. After 2020’s slouch fest, it’s time to show 2021 who wears the big baggy trousers.
The CBD (Cut-out Black Dress)
When it comes to hardworking investment pieces, a good quality Little Black Dress tends to rank fairly highly on the cost-per-wear scales. For 2021, the LBD gets a sass-over as the CBD, the Cut-out Black Dress; a slinky, form-fitting affair defined by its fabulously tasteful flesh-exposing details. Less cleavage and thigh splits, more unexpected clavicle flashing and slashes at the waist. Seen in the SS21 collections of Victoria Beckham, Jacquemus, Gabriela Hearst and Khaite; the CBD is a day-to-night dazzler that’ll shimmy you from dusk to dawn. Look for quality fabrics, long sleeves and midi and maxi lengths for ultimate wearability. Try Topshop’s long sleeve cut-out column dress (£34.99, Zalando.co.uk) which looks great with stomper boots and a shearling biker, or Hungarian label Nanushka’s Clement dress (now £290, Nanushka.com) which works best belted and worn with seventies knee-high boots.
Knit, Set, Match
If tracksuit sets were the co-ord of 2020, then this year’s dynamic duo will be the glamorous knit set. Perfect for a life lived lurching in and out of lockdown; the slick knit set, seen on the runways at Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors and Victor Glemaud, is comfortable enough to WFS (work from sofa) and simultaneously sufficiently polished to pair with heels for IRL events (remember those?). Look to Acne’s elegant ribbed knit trousers and matching tops (£290 and £260, Acne.com) or Madeleine Thompson’s rose-hued ribbed cashmere Pretty Woman sweater, which comes with ultra-girly bows along the sleeves, and matching ribbed cashmere track pants (both £355, Net-a-Porter.co.uk).
Great shirting is a key component to any capsule wardrobe, and for 2021 they’re best worn supersized in mannish silhouettes. At The Row giant ballooning chemises in crisp white and terracotta were worn over wide leg chino trousers for an early nineties Friends aesthetic, while Michael Kors showed sheer Mandarin-collared tunic styles under boxy blazers. The shirt stars however were Valentino’s giant billowing dress-like creations that came in popping neon fuchsia and an acid yellow tropical floral print. Try the cotton boyfriend shirt from Cos (£55, cosstores.com); Massimo Dutti’s Poplin oversized shirt (£69.95, Massimodutti.com) or London label With Nothing Underneath’s brushed cotton Boyfriend styles (£110, withnothingunderneath.com). So cool it shirts.