How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe That Will Last a Lifetime

Not so long ago, the fashion world was buzzing about the concept of a capsule wardrobe—the kind of compact closet that only held a bare minimum of pieces that all perfectly matched each other with great ease and much time saved in the morning. Perhaps because the economic downturn was ramping up at the same time that a furious decade of fast-fashion shopping was taking its toll on the capacity of our closets, the capsule wardrobe appeared to be the solution to everyone’s fashion woes.

Around that time in 2014, Caroline Rector, a Texan and fashion lover who’d had enough of the chaos, began to whittle down her closet to a mere 37 pieces, documenting the process on her brilliant website called Unfancy. Everyone paid attention to her method.

A few years later, we thought it time to catch up with the capsule wardrobe guru for a refresher

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How politicians became fashion influencers

Politicians can’t profit from their personal style, in the way that traditional fashion influencers can, however they can use what they wear, as in the case of Ocasio-Cortez, to highlight creative talents and businesses from their constituency, or, in the case of Harris, to communicate values which align with the people she wants her political message to appeal to. 

The right tools can even make the public warm to a candidate – the symbol of the 2016 Trump campaign, of course, was his simple red baseball cap, a sartorial emblem that all regular Americans can identify with. 

Wearing anonymous business attire is one way of staying out of the conversation. But then what if you miss an opportunity to point-score, or enhance your image, or gain new supporters, without even needing to say a word? 

How long before it becomes commonplace to want to ‘get the look’, literally? Will we

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Kate Middleton’s Repeat Outfit Proves That This Classic Never Goes Out Of Style

On Tuesday, Kate Middleton logged onto Zoom to speak with teachers at a local school in honor of Children’s Mental Health Week. For the occasion, the Duchess of Cambridge got thrifty, and chose to recycle a royal blue tweed jacket from New Zealand-based fashion brand Rebecca Taylor. In doing so, she proved that the classic lightweight outerwear option — which was made famous by Chanel in the first half of the 20th century — will never go out of style.

Middleton first wore the tweed jacket, which originally cost $498, to an event at Evelina London Children’s Hospital in February 2017. There, she paired it with the matching knee-length dress made of the same tweed material, a suede clutch purse, coordinating Rupert Sanderson Malory pumps, and sapphire earrings. On Tuesday, she toned down the look, pairing it with rose-gold drop earrings from Missoma (the likes of which cost $110

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Why The Return of Hanfu Represents A Generational Shift in China

On the streets of Shanghai, content creator Shiyin can be seen wearing a traditional outfit from China’s Ming period. Popular on social media, she routinely shares fashion buys, beauty tips and lifestyle vlogs alongside all the latest from Gucci and Lancôme—but it’s her passion for Hanfu that really sets her apart.

“Chinese” clothing is often typified by the qipao (a close-fitting dress also called the cheongsam). However, Hanfu—which is defined as a type of dress from any era when the Han Chinese ruled—is seen in China as a more authentic form of historical clothing. Styles from the Tang, Song, and Ming periods are the most popular; flowing robes in beautiful shades, embellished with intricate designs and embroidery.

Right now, the movement is being led by China’s fashion-conscious youth—a little like how Regency-period hair and makeup has had a boost in popularity, thanks to Netflix’s Bridgerton—and the number

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‘Our ballet made you forget the horror of war’

It’s 75 years ago this week that Henry Danton stepped onto the Royal Opera House stage, performing in the Sadler’s Wells (now Royal) Ballet production of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty – the venue’s grand reopening after the war. A former army captain, Danton had gladly traded in his bayonet for ballet shoes, and, in 1946, was living out his dream of dancing at Covent Garden. Now aged 101 – turning 102 in March – Danton is the oldest surviving dancer who has performed with the company.

He was a part of the “pioneering years, as [we] moved into the Opera House,” explains Kevin O’Hare, director of the Royal Ballet. “He still shows that spirit and enthusiasm for classical ballet which helped form the Royal Ballet we know today.” Danton’s era was teeming with dance legends, including Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer and Robert Helpmann. Their performances led Britain out of

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Brandon Maxwell Spring-Summer 2021 Review

Brandon Maxwell is a fashion outsider. Kind of. Beyond an A-list clientele that boasts every style star from Michelle Obama to Sarah Paulson, the self-proclaimed homebody grew up working in his grandmother’s clothing shop and dutifully watching his mother put on lipstick while he “sat in awe as a young gay kid from Texas who loved pageants.” He’s likable to a tee, which makes him a delight as a judge on Project Runway and beloved by aspiring students on his growing YouTube channel. His clothes speak volumes, literally—queue up Lady Gaga’s Matryoshka doll moment at the 2019 Met Gala—but also, often, in whispers.

The quiet power of his brand is bold, never gimmicky. Yes, his clothes are glamorous, but they lack the arrogance typically associated with the industry, even if his gowns explode in fuchsia satin and Bella Hadid closes the show. With a penchant for shape, form,

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