Less is more. 

It’s all about quality over quantity. The key to building a functional wardrobe has always been to choose the right essentials — ones that you’ll be able to continue mix-and-matching with each other to create refreshing results. Such a curated selection is also known as the capsule wardrobe.

With the Fall/Winter 2020 here, whether your plan is to initiate a wardrobe detox or total makeover, there are always investment pieces you want to keep at the core of your collection. We’d like to walk you through some of the fail-safe wardrobe selections you can continue to wear for years to come.

Scroll down to see our list of nine fail-safe essentials that will make the perfect capsule wardrobe.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong

The blazer

With its powerful ability to elevate both on- and off-duty styles, the blazer has now graduated from corporate classic to closet essential. Tailored in Italy from a blend of camel hair and silk, this ‘Pagoda’ blazer from Max Mara comes in a rich, earthy brown hue that ensures timeless style.

approx. RM6,419
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The cloud clutch

First there was Bottega Veneta, then came Loewe and Givenchy: these butter-soft leather clutches have officially became a designer favourite for its understated elegance. We especially adore Loewe’s new Flamenco clutch for the FW20 season, which has a 1970s-inspired design, complemented by drawstring closures and two-tone tassels that keep it playful and chic.


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Everyday jewels

A little sparkle can do wonders to your everyday style. While gold chains have been dominating jewellery trends for 2020, rest assured that it’ll remain in style thanks to its timeless aesthetic. We recommend this Tiffany HardWear necklace, which gives just the right amount of character with its bold link pendant, complemented by a delicate chain for a stylish visual balance.

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Barely-there sandals

Strappy 90s-inspired sandals have been all the rage this year, and there’s no mystery why. These barely-there designs simply work with everything, and we propose this Porte & Paire iteration for its minimalistic square toe and 60mm block heel that ensure you walk proudly and comfortably.

approx. RM1,066
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Straight-leg jeans

For what seemed like an eternity, the reign of skinny jeans has long gone. We want retro-inspired, straight-leg and high-rise versions that will add an air of understated edge to your off-duty ensembles. These ‘Corsy’ white jeans from Isabel Marant Étoile is cool as it is comfortable, wear them with everything from t-shirts to blouses, sweaters to combat boots.

approx. RM803
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The cashmere

Soft, cosy, and extremely versatile, the sumptuous cashmere sweater is a Fall/Winter go-to that simply never goes out of style. This Saija turtleneck sweater by Iris and Ink is made from 100 percent cashmere, and comes in a camel hue that will insert an understated refinement to any look.


approx. RM706
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Combat boots

Catering to both style and practical needs, the combat boot can offer an irreverent spin to any outfit. These ones by Common Projects feature an ankle length, a pull tab at the rear, a lace-up front fastening, a ridged rubber sole, along with the brand’s quintessential gold-tone number stamp on the outer.

approx. RM2,614
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The classic coat

From the shearling to the trench, a classic coat is an investment piece you’ll never regret, and Chanel’s Virginie Viard is certainly an expert at translating forever classics into modern vocabulary. We adore everything in this runway version, whether it’s the distinctive colour, relaxed cut, oversized shoulder straps or large front pockets with external opening.

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Minimal sneakers

Chunky sneakers are great but there will always be a place for clean and minimal styles. Saint Laurent’s Court Classic sneakers are made from a mix of perforated leather and suede, offering a retro vibe that makes them all the more attractive.


approx. RM2,696
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Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.