Nicky's 45 Items You Need Before 45
Cross these off your list and you’ll have the ultimate capsule collection for every occasion.
A capsule collection is an amazing way to ensure you’ve always got something to wear for each and every occasion. However, let us also begin by saying that nothing is mandated when it comes to personal style. Certain things on this list don’t resonate? Leave them out, switch up the colour or cut, or add in a few of your personal style go-tos.
Having said that, this list is a great foundation to help you start building out your own capsule collection and identify the pieces you might be missing. Equally, everything on this list has passed our tried and true test and we stand behind its ability to last in terms of quality and timelessness. Case in point, some of these items have been in Nicky’s wardrobe for over a decade and still get compliments at long lunches in 2021. Even narrowing down this list to five items that align with your personal style is a concrete way to amplify and future proof your wardrobe.
1. A Classic Men’s White Shirt
Stop stealing your partner’s and invest in this forever staple that’ll last as long (or longer) than your current relationship.
2. A Cashmere Cardigan
A classic cashmere sweater is an endlessly versatile piece that goes with everything from jeans to skirts to trousers.
The perfect layering piece for an ultra-relaxed yet tailored look.
4. A Diamond Stud
You deserve diamonds every day. Put these on and never take them off; simple enough for coffee, glitzy enough to wear to dinner.
5. A Classic High Heel Pump
Sophisticated, sexy, versatile, every woman needs a pair of black pumps. Pair with jeans for date nights or an LBD for your next black tie event.
6. Ballet Flats
Its practical heel-less sole and simple silhouette make this smooth leather ballet flat a true staple. However, we love choosing essentials that also have details like this pearl embellishment.
7. A Fabulous Belt
Never underestimate the power of the belt. It’s not just functional but an accessory in its own right, instantly elevating any look.
8. A Tote Bag
The holy grail of fashion is when practicality meets design and this bag is exactly that. Perfect for shopping, the office, or a day of life maintenance.
9. The Classic Bikini
Ocean or poolside, this bikini is a swim staple that’s perfect for all sizes and shapes. Choose the colour that best compliments your summer skin.
10. An Everyday Cotton Dress
From city to surf, we love Isabel Marant's flattering cotton dress, that is fashionable and breathable!
11. The Clutch Bag
A perfect bag for any day of the week! Throw your keys, your cardholder and phone, into this black python clutch with horn handle and you’re set.
12. The Denim Jacket
Every girl needs some edge in her closet. Add some into your wardrobe with this slim-fit denim jacket with a lived-in aesthetic and raw hem.
13. A Hoop
Hoops are our favourite everyday earring. This pair is sized perfectly to pair back or style up.
14. A Fur
It may be surprising to find a fur on an Aussie capsule collection list -- but owning a fur is a style milestone and these heirloom pieces can be handed down for generations.
A wedge gives your body that elongation without having to balance on the tip of a stiletto. Made of natural materials this pair is the perfect summer day heel.
16. A Well Fitted Blazer
A hard working piece in any woman’s wardrobe, a blazer brings the polish to your looks. The key to a winning jacket? Details, cut, and fabrication and this Duchess Blazer delivers on all three.
17. A Beach Dress
Need something stylish to wear on the summer sand? This Natalie Martin dress will have your back year after year.
18. A Classic Fedora
A classic panama in straw is an enduring essential that adds instant elegance and sophistication to your look: an absolute must-have for your collection.
19. Utility Pants
You may remember utility pants from the 90s. These Nili Lotan pants are still topping the elevated everyday basics on fashion editor’s lists around the globe – so you know they’ve staying power.
20. Summer Sandals
Strappy and timeless, this elevated take on the Grecian sandal can pair with any and all of your summer looks.
21. An Evening Gown
You got your invite, now what are you wearing? Event dressing can be stressful. Ensure you’ve always got at least one solid go-to gown that you can rely on for weddings, VIP events, and milestone parties.
22. A Leather Jacket
Just like a classic tee and skinny jeans, a leather jacket is a definite essential in any everyday capsule collection. We love this tailored style.
23. A Perfect White Tee
Everyone knows that a classic tee is like a Swiss Army Knife of style, endlessly versatile it can get you out of any fashion crisis. Our pick is a cotton-linen blend for our Aussie climate.
24. A Statement Scarf
We cannot stress enough the return on investment you’ll get from this silk scarf. This hand painted piece will become a collector’s item that you’ll live in over the cooler months, when travelling, or need a pop of colour to bring your features to life.
25. A Rock Tee
Reach for these hand-distressed tees for those days you’re needing a dose of cool-girl street style.
26. Black Skinny Jeans
A true icon, the signature skinny continues to reign supreme in the denim world. This iconic mid-rise silhouette is crafted with stretch denim to provide a figure-flattering fit with lasting shape.
27. Tailored Linen Pants
Too hot for jeans or looking for something more tailored than your usual denim? This true paper-bag pant crafted in 100% linen is breathable and creates a stunning silhouette, making it perfect for warm-weather styling.
28. Soft Kid Friendly Pajamas
It’s amazing the way swapping your old sleep shorts and tee for these Italian made PJ’s can make you feel luxurious and put together. Consider this PJ self-care.
29. A Lingerie Set
Investing in quality lingerie pieces is a foundational part of any capsule collection and one of the fastest ways to feeling confident in your skin.
30. Leather Pants
If you think leathers aren’t for you -- think again. This luxe addition to your wardrobe is absolutely stunning on every body and extremely comfortable. More than that, swapping jeans for leathers creates an entirely new look and will give your wardrobe way more stretch.
31. A Sun Hat
This natural straw fedora is a timeless piece that can be worn year-round and will last years to come, plus it has maximum UPF protection, receiving a rating of 50+.
32. Flattering Blue Jeans
A darker blue hue is instantly slimming on any shape. Pair yours with a printed blouse and ankle boots for an effortless look that's fit for bottomless brunches and park strolls alike.
33. A Great Coat
Borders are opening and everyone’s headed to Europe. If that’s you, a coat is an absolute essential. We love the notched lapels and trim profile that make this piece ideal for layering.
34. Smart White Trainers
A pair of white sneakers freshens up any look. No matter if you like them lived in or clean and buffed, they go with just about anything in your closet.
35. An Oxford Perfect Shirt
But make it technicolour with this stunning take from Beatrice.
36. An Easy Slip Dress
A 90s classic that initially feels a little fancy but you’ll find yourself living in 24/7. A truly versatile piece.
37. A Silk Statement Shirt
It’s all in the details. Each of these pieces is handmade in Italy by local artisans.
38. Driving Sunglasses
Protect your peepers and look elegant in the process. Keep these in the car.
39. An LBD
A must-have that can take you from date night to a VIP event.
45. Sparkly Statement Bracelet
A thicker set band of swarovski crystals and silver mesh create a vintage-inspired piece that you’ll love now and for decades to come
Another benefit of a capsule collection? Investing in high quality designer pieces that make you look and feel good is the key to sustainable fashion. No longer will you be panic buying outfits that you wear once and throw away, instead you’ll reach for your trusted favourites that bring out your true self and personal style. As they say, buy nice not twice.