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The capsule wardrobe items from Australian designers to buy at this weekend’s sales

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words by kate streader

Just the essentials.

The key to a capsule wardrobe is to select pieces that sit outside the trend cycle. You want to opt for classic cuts that have been ‘in fashion’ (so to speak) for the past decade but with enough directional flair that they’re not boring.

Fashion people seem to execute this really well, and find a spin on classics that are interesting enough to draw a compliment, but wearable enough to rotate on repeat. Often that extra twist is offered by designers at the top of their game, with a price point to match. This is where sale season comes in handy.


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If you sit and sketch out your ideal capsule wardrobe, you can plan for the pieces you want. You’re in no rush, as you don’t want to respond to trend cycles and hurry to purchase a garment. If you feel any urgency, I’ve learnt, it means the item is likely to date more quickly.

As we approach a key sales period this weekend (thanks to the global adoption of Black Friday sales), it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of discounts and add a piece or two to your capsule wardrobe that you otherwise might not be able to afford. Here are some key building blocks that are worth adding to your cart.

Black pants: By Johnny Johnny Split Pants

 

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Black pants are a classic staple that work in the office with a crisp white button-up or paired with a cute top for a going out look. These By Johnny split pants will give your outfit a subtle edge with a clean flare and slight split to show off your shoes.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get them here.

LBD: Marle Brooke Dress

 

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Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Add heels and jewellery for a simple yet effective cocktail or black-tie look or dress it down with sneakers or sandals, the LBD works for practically every occasion. Plus, you can layer it with a turtleneck and trench coat in the colder months. Marle’s 100 per cent silk, one shoulder Brooke Dress is a sleek option that’s sure to be a go-to.

Take 25 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

White shirt: Jac + Jack Hike Shirt

 

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A crisp, white button-up can be as dressed-up as you want it to be. You can wear it to work, chuck it on over your bathers at the beach, zhuzh it up with red lipstick and gold jewellery or roll up the sleeves and pare it back with jeans. Jac + Jack’s soft-structure Hike Shirt looks smart however you wear it, but best to size up for an oversized fit.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Tee: Jac + Jack Verte Tee

 

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The T-shirt is a truly underrated staple. A clean, comfortable outfit base, the plain tee is always a great choice for an understated look. With a capacious fit, crew neck and a selection of core, neutral colours to choose from, Jac + Jack’s organic cotton Verte Tee is a must-have minimalist piece.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Blazer: Magali Pascal Axel Blazer and Neuw’s Hailey Linen Blazer

 

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Not all blazers are created equally and different styles call for different cuts. You can opt for something soft and feminine, like French designer Magali Pascal’s longline honey Axel Blazer, or smart casual and slightly structured, like Neuw’s Hailey Linen Blazer.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get Magali Pascal’s here and take 40 per cent off at The Iconic, get Neuw’s here.

Jeans: Camilla and Marc Sierra Jeans

 

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If The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants taught us anything, it’s that the right pair of jeans can change your life. Camilla and Marc’s slouchy Sierra Jeans won’t magically fit your entire friend group, particularly because they’re designed to mould to your body with each wear, but their contemporary cut and clean lines mean you won’t want to share, anyway.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get them here.

Flats: Camilla and Marc Ariah Pointed Flats

 

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Comfortable, stylish and dynamic, the pointed flat is the grown-up, more elegant version of the ballet flats we all cherished during our younger years. Crafted from soft leather and featuring an elasticated slingback and square pointed toe, Camilla and Marc’s Ariah Pointed Flats will complement any outfit in your capsule collection.

Take 25 per cent off at The Iconic, get them here.

Sandals: Aeyde Renee Sandal

 

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Thongs, but make it cute. From Berlin-based luxury footwear and accessories label Aeyde comes a simple leather sandal that you won’t want to take off. Handmade in Italy, Aeyde’s square-toe Renee sandal is a sophisticated, minimalist shoe that works for running errands or going out.

Take 25 per cent off at The Iconic, get them here.

Cardigan: Hansen + Gretel Bethany Cardi

 

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Not just for Nan, cardigans will always be cool. Hansen + Gretel’s cropped, cashmere-blend Bethany Cardi is proof of that and is sure to garner compliments whenever you chuck it on.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Coat: Third Form Classic Coat and Camilla and Marc’s Leon Trench Coat

 

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A strong, versatile coat is a very worthy investment. Whether you go for a structured, neutral piece like Third Form’s aptly named Classic Coat or you want to make a subtle statement with the likes of Camilla and Marc’s Leon Trench Coat, you really can’t go wrong.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get Third Form’s here and take 25 per cent off at The Iconic, get Camilla and Marc’s here.

Skivvy: Nobody Denim Luxe Rib Long Sleeve

 

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Wear it with jeans or underneath a blazer or slip, Nobody Denim’s form-fitting Luxe Rib Long Sleeve skivvy is a sleek and flattering layering piece that will never go out of style.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Skirt: Friend of Audrey Bette Skirt

 

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The perfect transeasonal piece, Friend of Audrey’s knitted Bette Skirt can be worn with a simple tank for summer or over boots with a coat and skivvy for winter.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Sneakers: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star OX

 

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Chuck Taylors always look effortlessly cool and are easily one of the most dynamic sneakers. For a comfortable, laidback look, Converse has you covered with its iconic Chuck Taylor All Star OX.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Boots: Dr Martens 2976 Chelsea Hi Boot

 

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Another timeless favourite, Dr Martens go well with basically everything. Striking yet classic, the 2976 Chelsea Hi Boot is the perfect way to transform an outfit without even trying.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Singlet: Christopher Esber S-Buckle Tank

A statement piece without the short shelf-life, this Christopher Esber S-Buckle Tank is an elevated basic that says exactly what you want it to.

Take 25 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Summer dress: Matin Cross Back Linen Dress

 

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Whether you’re headed to the beach, a BBQ or somewhere a little fancier, Matin’s crisp white Cross Back Linen Dress is a summer staple that you’ll be reaching for all season.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Shorts: Elka Collective shorts

 

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Never underestimate the power of a good pair of shorts. Elka Collective has created the perfect pair with its wide-leg taupe, faux leather Penny Shorts, bringing a feminine touch to a bold, masculine piece.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Going out top: Dyspnea Paris Circa 2004 Top

 

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Capsule wardrobes can still have a bit of sparkle. Everyone needs a fun going out top and this Y2K-inspired Paris Circa 2004 Top by Dyspnea is the optimal party look.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Sunglasses: Raie Mary Sunglasses

 

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The right pair of sunglasses can be hard to come by but Raie has you covered with its retro-inspired rectangle Mary frames in classic tortoiseshell which promises to flatter any and every face.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

Chain: Reliquia Nima Necklace and Boyfriend Chain Necklace

Even if you’re not big on jewellery, a couple of classic necklaces are a great asset for mixing up pieces from your capsule wardrobe. Perfect for everyday wear or special occasions, Reliquia’s freshwater pearl Nima necklace is a gorgeous vintage-look piece. Layer it with the label’s Boyfriend Chain Necklace, another capsule essential.

Take 30 per cent off both items at The Iconic, get the Nima necklace here and the Boyfriend chain here.

Earrings: Alix Yang hoops

Gold hoops are a great way to make a soft statement and Alix Yang’s chunky, croissant Mona Hoops are an exceptional option.

Take 30 per cent off at The Iconic, get it here.

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