Sai De Silva x M.M. LaFleur: Creating A Capsule Wardrobe That’s The Epitome of Elegance


This article was written by Madeleine Kim and published in partnership with M.M. LaFleur. Read it on their website here.

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 Sai De Silva (@scoutthecity) to share a mix-and-match wardrobe of styles that are simultaneously effortless and elegant.

Sai was born and raised in New York City, and her approach to style is shaped by a strong sense of place. “I consider myself to be a little bit of a chameleon,” she explains. “I’m constantly evolving, and I feel like that’s very much like New York City. You can leave New York for one week, and when you come back, everything has changed. My style really changes according to my mood and how I’m feeling.”

As one of the great fashion capitals of the world, New York is often associated with bold yet elegant looks. Sai’s style reflects that always put-together mentality, while also encompassing a less visible (but equally important) aspect of dressing for city life: comfort. “Comfort is key for me,” she says. “Clothing has evolved so much over the years, and nowadays, you can get essentials that not only are trendy and gorgeous, but also comfortable. Back in the day, you would have to wear your suit with high heels into a corporate office. Now, it’s more acceptable to wear a nice suit with a pair of sneakers and still be elevated and put-together.”

M.M.LaFleur is known for Power Casual, which is the clothing equivalent of work-life balance, so we asked Sai how she finds balance in her own life. “It’s pretty hard to have a balance with social media, especially considering that what I do for work is also my life. But I do my best to unplug on weekends and really home in on my family. We also are a very stylish family, I have to say—my son is very into what he wears. Balance for us means getting together, shutting off social, and of course, looking great while doing it.”

For Sai’s mix-and-match capsule, she chose pieces that embody her perfect balance: plenty of comfort and maximum style. Here are just a few of the outfits you can create with her capsule.

Outfit 1

The Clark puffer, Marcia T-shirt, Addison joggers, Koio sneakers, and Claressa earrings.

For her first look, Sai styled a chic-yet-cozy ensemble—the Clark puffer, Marcia T-shirt, Addison joggers, and Koio Capri sneakers—that she plans to wear for school pick-ups this fall. “I would definitely say my style has evolved since I became a parent,” she says. “Once I had kids, it became important to have something that I could wear to run around the park, but that also felt elevated. I’m very much a parent who wants to stay true to myself and not lose my identity.”