But the capsule wardrobe does exist - let’s take five pieces to start with, shall we?
ONE The skinny jean: It’s going nowhere, despite prophecies to the contrary. Yes, the straight leg is so in this season; yes, the flare is lengthening and slimming; yes, the boyfriend jean is oh-so-cool. But for laid-back, not-even-trying cool, you really can’t beat the skinny. Oasis’s Cherry jeans are a perennial favourite, Paige denim (at BT2) does a great selection, but for cheap-as-chips chic, Marks & Spencer’s five-pocket jegging is hard to beat. It’s basically a jean, with a button, zipper and five pockets, but it’s skinny, really high-waisted, comes in three leg lengths (great for the shorter women) and in a whole host of colours. Best news of all? It starts at just €30.
TWO The perfect shirt: Oh yes, we hear this all the time: the perfect white boyfriend shirt, right? Wrong. I’m talking the perfect whatever-colour-you-like shirt, for wearing with jeans, tucked into high-waisted skirts and under a light wool jumper. And it has to be by Equipment. Why’s that? Because Equipment, hands down, does the most beautifully fitting shirts. They come in sizes XS - L, with a L being a 14-16. A M fits me, at a bit of a stretch, but I can’t button it up to the neck without risking some serious boob exposure. Get yours at BT2 or on My-Wardrobe.com (where you can rack up loyalty points to use against future purchases, just like in Superquinn!)
THREE The ankle boots: You must have cottoned on by now; A/W, for the last three years, is all about the ankle boot. Acne is the leader of the pack with its Pistol boot, but at €400-plus, you’d want to have a lot of spare cash rattling around. Because most of you don’t, think about alternatives. Buffalo stocks a shoe called the Bullet by Sixty Seven that is an amazing dupe for the Acne Pistol. But if you want to trade up, Acne’s Cypress boot is the new version. Topshop’s Perry boots are a dead ringer, and a bargain to (ahem) boot, at £110. Buy online to save yourself approximately €20 in phantom sterling-euro exchange charges.
FOUR The parka: I know, how very 1990s, right? Well this is not the parka as per My So-Called Life, layered over a check shirt over a denim shirt over a pair of high-waisted mom jeans . . . no, this is the heavy, boxy parka-style coat, worn with skinny jeans (see above) and a pair of classic, sexy court shoes, a la Columbine Smille (4a). Get your own version at Warehouse - their block coloured parka (4b) was featured in Vogue as a must-have some weeks back, and by some miracle is still available. It’s €124.
FIVE The fine knit: Ah, the trusty jumper - it’s back with a bang for A/W 2012 and goes with everything: over a vintage tea dress, under a boxy jacket, over an Equipment shirt, tucked into high-waisted jeans or an A-line skirt . . . you get the picture. There are loads to choose from, and for all budgets, from Markus Lupfer and 3.1 Phillip Lim at My-Wardrobe (if you hadn’t guessed, one of my faves) to Penneys, Forever 21 and New Look. This embellished number from Oasis is €69 and would look great on Christmas Day or over the festive season - plus, the neutral colour makes it perfect for spring, too!
What do you think of Rosemary’s suggestions? Share your thoughts in the comments – then head on over and check out her amazeballs blog, Fash Mob. Y’all can thank me later.