I can hear you all breathe a sigh of relief as I move back onto this timeless and popular subject. CAPSULE!


Just to refresh your memories, a capsule wardrobe isn’t boring and having a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean you cannot buy and wear insane things – fur gilets, lime green cocktail dresses, hats or swirly pucci-esque print trousers.

What it means  – what I mean, by all this – is just that you must sort out your basics. You must have all the basics in place before you start running off into the Selfridges sale after that turquoise scuba fabric mini skirt. Because if you don’t have a crisp white t-shirt to put with your mini skirt, you are stuffed.

And I know that this is not easy if you are distracted and manic after some life-changing event – divorce, illness, weight gain or loss, babies – or if you simply do not enjoy shopping or go shopping in a panic or when you are moody – it is too easy to keep buying things that are no help to you whatsoever on a grey February Wednesday when you have a tricky day ahead and don’t want to wear a purple t-shirt thanks.

So over the next few days and weeks I am going to be pointing you in the direction of new and updated Spring and Summer basics. You must only buy these if you either don’t have them already or if the ones you have are looking a bit grey and ratty.

Don’t just buy 49 extra things because I told you to (I know what you’re like! Sometimes I lie awake worrying that if I told you all to jump off a cliff….)

First of all, T-Shirts.

I get mine from Hush and I really rate them for comfort and shape, but I know that some of you think they don’t wash and wear very well. I stand by them, but I have also included some from alternative stores below. I think you need 2 white t-shirts, 1 grey and one black and that’s it.

Mine are from Hush

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But here are nice ones from Boden

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or Marks and Spencer 

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or All Saints

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I have had All Saints T Shirts in the past… not sure what’s happened to them but I remember them being fab.

It’s really a question of shopping around and finding the perfect t-shirt for you. This is so worth doing as once you find a store that does the perfect t-shirts for you, you’re sorted as there are few situations I’m interested in where a pair of blue jeans, a white t-shirt and a pair of gold hoops won’t do.