16 November 2018Last updated


Creating a capsule closet

With her hectic schedule, mum-of-10 Jackie Neal needs a no-fuss wardrobe. So we curated a capsule closet of 11 pieces that are easy to mix and match for any occasion…

By Gemma Jones
12 Apr 2016 | 10:18 am
  • Dress, Dh275, Gap; Bangle, Dh189, Desigual; Sneakers, Dh720, Diesel.

    Source:Stefan Lindeque/ANM

The casual denim dress

This daytime dress is a must-have standby for looking good in a rush.

The sneaker 

These platform sneakers add height and style. The colours are versatile and will match most outfits.


The white shirt


Throw, Dh95, Vero Moda at; Shirt, Dh469, Scotch and Soda; Skirt, Dh459, Desigual.

This is the classically fashionable separate that will last for years. But a detail or embellishment, such as this sequinned collar, will update this wardrobe staple, and keep the look current.

The maxi dress


Dress, Dh969, Scotch & Soda; Heels, Dh459, Desigual; Bag, Dh139, Parfois; Necklace, Dh79, Parfois; Bangle, Dh45, Ginger at

A maxi dress is a must for ladies on the go – fashionable yet functional. Invest in a good-quality fabric in neutral colours so that you can reinvent the dress each season with current accessories.

The easy evening dress


Dress, Dh995, Ted Baker; Heels, Dh289, Steve Madden; Bag, Dh650, Reiss; Necklace, Dh135 Ted baker; Bangle, Dh50, Pretty Little Things at

For those in-between occasions that are not too formal – perhaps a date night with the hubby – it is always good to know you have a dress you can throw on at the last minute. The half-jersey, half-chiffon design keeps the look glam but not overly dressy.

The trousers


Blouse, Dh180, American Eagle Outfitters; Trousers, Dh149, Mango at; Heels, Dh349, Dolce Vita at Steve Madden; Necklace, Dh59, Parfois.

A perfect-fitting pair of trousers, no matter your height, is an essential addition to your closet. It can be smartened up for work or paired with a casual blouse for weekends. A versatile hue like brown, navy or black is a staple.

The basic tee 

Every girl needs a T-shirt, vest or blouse that can be worn a gazillion ways. This puff-sleeve tee is a perfect example of a capsule closet piece. It has a classic cut, with detail, but can be worn with simple denims or smartened up with a waistcoat, and layered with a cardigan or blazer.


T-shirt, Dh490, Pinko; Waistcoat, Dh550, Reiss; Trousers, Dh155, American Eagle; Necklace, Dh159, Pandora.

The statement accessory

An oversized necklace will add the finishing touches to any outfit. Pick a design in neutral tones and then you have an accessory that will complement any palette.

The jumpsuit

The best bit about jumpsuits is that they can be anything you want them to be… casual and comfortable for the daytime, or glammed up for sophisticated evenings. However, make sure to find one to suit your body proportions as they could be
short in the body, and long in the legs, or vice versa.


Blazer, Dh449, River Island; Jumpsuit, Dh295, Gap; Heels, Dh429, Steve Madden; Necklace, Dh59, Parfois.

The blazer and the nude heel

If there were 2 things that could take an outfit from day to night it would be these: a well fitting stylish blazer smartens up a dress, blouse or even a jumpsuit. And a nude heel changes the look to night-time glam. Both are wardrobe essentials!

By Gemma Jones

By Gemma Jones