London Fashion Week 2016: Three capsule looks

Fashionista Clare Potts looks at which key pieces should form the base of your capsule wardrobe.

We’ve barely got used to the dark evenings, wearing oversized jumpers and the joy of being able to live in ankle boots for the next few months, but it’s already time to think about Spring/Summer ’17. London Fashion Week has come to an end and my mind is racing with wardrobe inspiration for the season ahead.

From beloved ruffles that remain a key trend on the catwalks (and I can’t wait to include more in my wardrobe) to next season’s statement sleeves, I’ve picked out 8 trends that you can buy and wear now that will take you seamlessly into the new season. After all, why wait for Spring when you can wear the trends immediately?

Taking inspiration from the SS17 catwalks and London Fashion Week street style, I’ve chosen three looks that all feature the key pieces to form the base of your capsule wardrobe.

Look One

Ruffles Blouse

Effortlessly romantic and feminine with an androgynous edge, ruffles are back for another season. Opt for a ruffled shirt with black ribbon to tick off two trends emulating Erdem and Mother of Pearl. I really like this Marks & Spencer number (£29).

Kick Flare Jeans

RIP skinny jeans…the kick flare has arrived! Popping up in multiple shows including Marques Almeida, Erdem and Ryan Lo – as well on the front row worn by Alexa Chung – this is the denim to be investing in for the season ahead. Add a pair of heeled loafers and you’re good to go. This Topshop pair are just £38.

Heeled Loafers

Add a pair of heeled loafers to your new kick flare jeans for a really chic look. This pair from Clarks (£50) mix in some ’90s attitude.

Heavy Metal Handbag

Give your handbag some attitude with heavy metal chains, as seen at Mulberry, or studs seen constantly in street style looks. This ASOS clutch (£18) will do just the trick.

Look Two

Spring Florals

Florals and spring go hand in hand, it’s unlikely you’ll find a season without florals taking centre stage in multiple shows. This season Paul Smith, Erdem and Marques Almeida all bloomed with a twist on classic floral prints. Take inspiration from Paul Smith with this Marks & Spencer jacquard print swing dress (£49).

Burnt Orange Shirt

I’d pair the aforementioned print swing dress with this burnt orange shirt for a really complimentary look. The lace york blouse is just £49.50 from Marks & Spencer.

Black Leather Shoes

For the coming colder months, you’ll want a winter friendly sandal to complete the look. I’d go for these black leather Clarks shoes (£45). For the spring months, you could swap to espadrilles to really emulate Paul Smith.

Look Three

Statement Sleeves

Statement sleeves have been on the radar for a while now but Simone Rocha, JW Anderson, Christopher Kane and Marques’ Almeida’s shows made them a must-have for the new season. Think layers, sheer, volume, ruffles, long sleeves or oversized. This ASOS stripe shirt (£36) will set you on your way.

Single Earring

My favourite jewellery trend from the SS17 catwalks was the single earring seen at Mary Katrantzou, it’s an easy look to replicate and gives your look an edge. These Diamanté Bud Sparkle Drop Earrings from Marks & Spencer (£9.50) are just great.

Rose Tinted Trousers

Pinks in all shades and textures graced the catwalks at Topshop, Preen and Emilia Wickstead. Opt for this pair of pale pink flowing wide leg trousers (ASOS, £100) for a nod to Emilia Wickstead SS17.


Prepare for the April showers in style and take inspiration from British heritage brand Aquascutum who amped up the sex appeal of the raincoat this season. This Topshop military trench is an absolute bargain at £59.

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