How to Buy Investment Pieces

I had the pleasure of spending a few sunny days in the south of France last weekend – and sprung at the chance of pulling my beloved transitional pieces out of hibernation. You know you’ve made a good investment when you get just as excited to pull your seasonal items out a year later as you were to buy them in the first place. So let’s talk choosing investment pieces.

Firstly, let’s just acknowledge that everyone’s threshold of what falls into the “investment” category will differ.  For me, the aim of the game is for my wardrobe to consist 90% of investment pieces – so I’m not focusing on crazy expensive designer handbags here (although they would also clearly come under the investment umbrella). What I mean by “investment” are good quality, durable items that you do usually have to splash out a bit more on, but importantly, their cost per wear will ultimately be minimal.

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Denim Throwback: The Perfect Mom Jean

Let me be straight here – denim is a bit of a bitch. There are few wardrobe items more rewarding than a perfectly fitting jean, but the actual process of finding said perfectly fitting jean is a nigh on impossibly feat.


Point in case – I’ve been looking for some mom jeans for a while. Granted, they’re a bit of a trend item. And granted, they are unflattering by definition. But, like with every piece in my collection, I thought about this purchase a lot. Then I thought about it again. And then I decided they were, indeed, a good (fantastic, even) idea. But therein lies the rub – I tried model after model and none of them really fit the bill. At one point I ordered two different styles of ASOS’s own brand mom jeans in the exact same size and I could have fit in one pair twice, whereas the other pair barely had any breathing room. Baffling.

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This season’s understated pink

Let me introduce you to my new love. The beautiful understated, muted pink. Now, I’m normally a self-confessed colour palette bore – I mean, flick through my posts on this blog and you’ll see that the colours in my wardrobe range from (the very exciting) white, to (the even more exciting) black, and sometimes (and most exciting of all) navy blue. And I realise that a muted colour is hardly revolutionary, but hey, baby steps.

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5 Steps to Updating Your Capsule Wardrobe

Since starting this blog last year, I have moved away from a rigid capsule system to more of a relaxed, streamlined approach to my wardrobe. I think the initial capsule rules were necessary to get me started (and might be necessary if you’re an impulse buyer!), but once I got into the right mindset, the capsule just happened naturally without meticulous planning. I haven’t had any unthought-out splurges or excessive amounts of clothing in the last year. My wardrobe is still carefully curated – but it needs a refresh, and what better time to do this than in January?

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Hello there and happy new year! 2016 has come to an end and it’s been awfully quiet here on the Curated Theory. I got off to a good start, but that quickly dwindled. With a week off work for Christmas, I’ve had some time to think about blogging and whether I want to hit the refresh button at all. When we’re not at work, Jack and I put our time into our YouTube channel, which leaves little time for everything else. But I’m not giving up on this just yet.

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5 Things I Learnt From My First Capsule Wardrobe

Blog-web3I’ve been capsule-wardrobing now since January. It was my first experience with the concept of the capsule – and it’s safe to say that it’s been educational! Here are five things I’ve learnt from the process over the past few months.

1. Capsuling is a state of mind

I initially thought it might be difficult to get into the swing of things. I’m not usually an impulse buyer, so the idea of mulling over each item you purchase and weighing up its value and purpose is not new to me. Nonetheless, the idea of committing to a set number of wardrobe pieces for a set amount of time was a little daunting at first. I found that you really have to get into a both pragmatic and minimalist (though I use this word with caution) state of mind for the capsule idea to work well for you – it’s like hypnotism, it won’t work unless you want it to!

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Curated Guide to Lisbon

Lisbon2Alright, I confess, the title of this post is a lie. There’s only so much ‘guiding’ you can do when you’ve visited a city for the first time and only for a long weekend at that. The post should really be called ‘Things I Did / Saw / Ate and Would Recommend You Do / See / Eat on an Extended Weekend in Lisbon’. But that would have been a mouthful.

What I can tell you is this – Lisbon is absolutely stunning. Its streets tell the story of Portugal’s decadent past, with now run-down renaissance buildings from the ‘Age of Discoveries’ mixed with the Pombaline architecture of the downtown area, which was re-built on a grid following an earthquake in 1755. The city is lively and colourful, with charming doorways, decorative tiles, (somewhat treacherous) cobbles and narrow streets winding across a hilly landscape. The hilliness of the city also means you get some pretty incredible views.

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Casually Smart // Be Smart About Casual


There are few things more satisfying than a versatile object. The more versatile the object, the better its use, the greater its value. You could probably say the same for people.

Remember that venn diagram in my last post? This is the middle part of it. There are seven pieces in my capsule wardrobe that I use as both work and play clothing. Highlights include a gorgeous dress from & Other Stories which I wear with a black top underneath at work to hide that it’s backless; a shirt dress from Topshop; an oversized shirt from Mango; and my trusty leather-lapelled Zara jacket. The other three pieces are more oversized shirts (my clothing pieces are versatile – I, clearly, am not), so I decided against boring you with photos of those.

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