I didn’t plan to write a blog about ‘forever’ pieces this month; I had decluttering on my schedule but you’ve been spared being told the benefits of detoxing your wardrobe…for now! I felt compelled to do so because I recently read a magazine article featuring 9 ‘forever’ pieces that came to a total of over £18k! They were beautiful designer clothes but even so, that’s an eye watering amount of money and out of reach for all but a few. Therefore to help those that haven’t got a spare £18k lying around (me included!) I’ve devised my slightly more affordable take on this.
I’d like to add that these pieces aren’t shown in order of importance because that completely depends on your individual taste and lifestyle. Don’t panic and think you have to own all of them but you should aim to invest in at least four or five. By ‘investing’ I’m referring to your time as well as money. Go to the shops and try them on as it saves the faff of shopping online.
- The Trouser Suit
Brilliantly versatile as it looks just as good with trainers and a t-shirt as it does for formal occasions. It would be great if this suit was pictured with shoes you could commute in but the online stylist seems to love a strappy sandal which wouldn’t be my first choice for a client’s day wardrobe.
- The Day Dress
This stunning dress will be in your wardrobe for years to come. The bonus is that it has long sleeves and is midi length but still manages to look modern and avoid the frump zone. It’s shown here with yet another very practical strappy sandal but would work equally well with boots and/or a pump.
Smart, directional and flattering, they are now a wardrobe staple. They are ideal for informal events like dinner parties, drink etc. Pictured here with, ah, another strappy sandal!
- The Check Coat
If you do nothing else this winter, take the time to invest in a coat that makes you feel fabulous. Checks are excellent at adding colour and texture to outfits which can be in short supply this time of year. The other bonus is you can hide a multitude of sins underneath!
- The Trench Mac
Brightly coloured macs are on trend this season and I love the shade of this lilac one. A neutral shade such as beige, navy or khaki would be just as stylish though. If you would like some tips on choosing the right trench for you take a look at the helpful guide I wrote here.
Hobbs – £69.99
- The White Shirt
My favourite white shirt is actually older than my teenage daughter which just goes to show what a wardrobe staple it is. Combining it with softer pieces like this printed skirt is a great way to look smart when the dress code is business casual.
- The Leather Jacket
I haven’t met anyone yet who has regretted buying a leather jacket. They go with absolutely everything. I would suggest doing some research and trying on a few before you buy as they vary so much in fit and design.
- The Double Faced Coat
Not a coat that talks about you behind you back but so called because the fabric has two good sides. That means you don’t have to line it making it perfect for the inbetween seasons climate.
The Tote Bag
This was a hard choice and, to be honest, I chose the one that had the best image as some of them can look bland in photos. Choosing a colour other than black is a good way to inject personality into your wardrobe.
The total amount is, drum roll, £2168 leaving me with a spare £16k fictitious change which I shall spend on a fictitious trip to the Seychelles. I have chosen these items from good quality brands but I appreciate that the total is still a fair amount. There are cheaper versions available however it is worth investing as much as you can in fewer items that last , rather than buying lots of clothes that you throw away. #buylesschoosewell
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