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This Capsule Wardrobe Proves That Fundamentals Can Be Fun

Jenn Lake of Style Charade shares how she’s making the most of her joyful-yet-practical summer capsule wardrobe.

By Jenn Lake

A capsule wardrobe is a set of pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of outfits. And to help you make the most of your M.M., we’re teaming up with some of our favorite creators to come up with a new one each month. For this month’s capsule, we partnered with style blogger Jenn Lake (@jenniferlake) to share a mix-and-match wardrobe that proves fundamentals can be fun.

Don’t you just love summer? It’s a time to let down your hair, travel the world, get up to speed on life and work, and spend time with friends and family. Today, I’m sharing an extremely exciting partnership featuring my curated selections for an M.M.LaFleur capsule collection. As you know, M.M.LaFleur remains one of my favorite brands for good reason.

To be clear—I did not design these pieces (gosh, I wish!). Instead, these are my top picks from their new arrivals. They’re versatile enough to take you from work to weekend during this hectic and fun summer season (and beyond).

M.M.LaFleur Capsule Collection

If you’re like me, summer is a complex chapter in life, as there are countless occasions to dress for. As such, my wardrobe is in a constant state of change. One minute, I’m flying out of town for a 24-hour new business pitch, and the next, I’m walking through an international trade show in London with corporate clients. Other days, I’m celebrating a family birthday at our favorite Japanese restaurant, and the next, I’m having a dinner party with friends.

Plus, as a lifelong Chicagoan, I can attest to the fact that weather is unpredictable and can be 100 degrees one day and 60 the next. Just wild! From tropical temps to tornadoes, the Windy City always keeps us on our toes.

Amidst this unpredictability, I need staple, timeless pieces that keep up with my busy (and often unpredictable) life. As I’ve grown in my career and even in my personal life, M.M.LaFleur has become a go-to resource for my everyday wardrobe, as they provide basics that aren’t basic. Plus, this brand is not fast fashion. I’ve owned their pieces for years and continue to seek them out no matter where I am in the world.

Here are some of my favorite styles from the M.M.LaFleur July 2022 collection:

Freedlund Caftan

I love, love, love this dress! First, the fabric is just perfect for summer. Plus, it features a self-tie waist and pockets. Made from a linen-cotton blend, it will take you from warm summer days to cool evenings dining al fresco. The loose fit will have you feeling comfortable all day!

Nejvi Top

If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for great tops. Between Zoom calls, hybrid-in office work, and travel, a great blouse can make all the difference. The Nejvi top combines three classic elements: a tee shape, elegant draping, and machine-washable, travel-friendly fabric. A seam at the natural waist gives balance to the relaxed fit through the shoulders and chest, creating an elegant silhouette.

Best of all, the fabric incorporates 35% recycled materials and has been treated with Polygiene®, an anti-odor finish. The fabric won’t hold smells, so you can wear your piece multiple times before tossing it in the washing machine. Genius!

Archie Jean

Where do I begin? I’ve talked in-depth about my love of their denim for some time (see the Milo style here and here). On their website, M.M.LaFleur calls them “Better Than Denim.” I 100% concur. Try them, and you’ll want to throw away your denim as soon as you get your hands on them. Seriously.

Beyond the flattering flare-legged and high-waisted silhouette, the fabric has a lot of stretch and recovery. Also, you can adjust the length to either wear them full-length or cropped. Some days, I wear the Archie jeans cropped with sneakers, sandals, or espadrilles, and the next, I style them with high heels. The fabric isn’t too heavy, which makes them perfect for summer.

In fact, I love their jeans so much that I now own three pairs of them. Can’t wait to invest in even more!

Capsule Collection Shoes

What would a M.M.LaFleur capsule collection be without a few classic, versatile pairs of shoes? Thankfully, M.M.LaFleur has them in spades! A few of my favorites include the M.M.LaFleur x Koio Capri low-top sneakers in crisp white, the Rowan flat in brushed metallic, and the Irene slingback in embossed croc. Plus, I love how the Carter slide in kidskin cognac leather has a certain French sensibility to it. Pair it with denim, dresses, skirts, and everything in between. Also, it’s available in three colors!

The Orchard Skirt and Samara Sweater

When it comes to separates, I look for pieces that can be styled (and cared for) in multiple ways. Our lives are busy, and the fashion items we pick are not just about how they look but also about how they need to be cleaned and cared for. Therefore, I love this Orchard skirt, which is 100% machine-washable silk.

It’s flattering on so many body types, thanks to the bias cut. In terms of styling, I love pairing it with the