It turns out there’s a very simple formula to it, as shared by Paris-based fashion stylist Camille Bidault-Waddington for the launch of her capsule with & Other Stories
1. Start with good basics
‘As a foundation for a wardrobe, I would put together a mix of masculine and feminine items. From that, I would add items you can wear with flat shoes; one or two looks for a last minute romantic date or dinner in a fancy place; one or two looks that are good for working; some basics but not necessarily boring ones, and not too many colours,’ she says.
2. Don’t follow trends
Another key sartorial rule is to never be a slave to trends, which is obviously super tempting. Camille says, ‘Challenging yourself is fun, but following trends because it’s written in a magazine or because it looks cool on someone else is just very wrong to me. What looks cool on an it-girl can look silly on someone else.’
3. Streamline your wardrobe
How to achieve the perfect capsule wardrobe? Pretend you’re packing. ‘I guess, if you think you would have to leave and dress from your suitcase for a month, what would you bring? With those 10 to 15 things you can create billions of looks, and since you’ve already worn those things because they are in your suitcase, you know you will feel good,’ she says.
The collection of AW18 essentials, styled by Camille, launches online and in selected & Other Stories stores on Thursday 6th September.