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Key pieces worth spending money on

How often have you spent money on a piece of seasonal clothing only to discover that after a few washes it doesn’t look half as good as it did when you first bought it? The trouble with buying cheaper items from the high street is that they often don’t have longevity so while you might feel like you’re getting a bargain at the time, usually you will end up having to repurchase a similar item time and time again. This season it might be time to consider some investment purchasing. Taking time to save up and purchase one item rather than spending the same amount of money on a number of cheaper alternatives will prove more sustainable and worthwhile in the long run.

These items will underpin your wardrobe and become the basis of 'your style'. Paring down your wardrobe in favor of fewer pieces that you truly love, rather than an abundance of clothes you may never wear. This is something that I do when I work with clients; to re-educate them on re-establishing a 'working wardrobe' that fits into their lifestyle and budget. I for one have become a huge advocate for this way of living as it’s made getting ready in the morning a hundred times quicker.

Below are the pieces that I believe are worth spending money on, the ones that will stand the test of time and you will still be wearing in years to come. The key thing to look out for when purchasing investment items is making sure that you don’t purchase a trend piece, instead go for a classic style so that it won’t date. This season make room in your wardrobe for the most trusted pieces that never go out of style.

These timeless pieces are wardrobe investments; season after season, year after year these are the pieces that you will be pulling out of your wardrobe with confidence.

1. Leather Jacket

While a real leather jacket won’t come cheap, nothing beats the feel and look of real leather. A jacket that will almost see you through all seasons so this piece is certainly worth the investment once you consider cost-per-wear. Leather jackets from Whistles and All Saints are top of the shopping list.

2. Jeans

The importance of a good pair of jeans is unrivaled, these are often the most reliable and well-worn item in your wardrobe. Brands will come and go but nothing beats Levi's for me at the moment, they have re-established themselves as a key player against expensive more fashionable brands. Go check them out.

3. Leather handbag

Perhaps the ultimate investment piece a leather bag is the everyday piece that you’ll carry for years to come. Designer handbags are also great investments as some even increase in value over time, such as classic Chanel bags. You don’t need to splash out on high end designer for a long-lasting handbag, but do aim for genuine leather as it will maintain its shape and appearance longer than any other material. I love British designers such as Mulberry, Anya Hindmarch and Sophie Hulme.

4. Coat

Once you know your body shape and what is the best coat for your shape then buying the perfect coat is key. Once you go for a great flattering style with not too many modern or ‘on-trend’ details this piece won’t date and will serve you well for years to come. Look at brands such as Max Mara, Joesph and Reiss.

5. Ankle boots

Not only practical but stylish too, the easiest way to sharpen up a casual outfit is with a pair of leather ankle boots. A pointed toe will give an added element of sophistication while a classic round toe or slightly square will also look stylish for seasons to come. Black is a classic but you can also go for brown, grey or deep burgundy, shades that will be hard workers in your wardrobe. Shop at Kurt Geiger or Whistles for some more affordable yet still sturdy, long-lasting options.

6. Shirts

I think shirts are a style staple and the most versatile item in your wardrobe as there is more than one way to wear a shirt. Easy pieces such a denim, checks, stripes and a plain white shirt will never go out of style, but you might change the way you wear them season to season. Look at &other stories, Zara and Boden for some good quality shirts.

7. Belts

Belts can be worn for waist definition or just an added outfit perk. By wearing belts with your jeans you could be rocking a statement in itself, or wrapping them around a chunky knitted jumper you could be using the belt to accentuate your waist. Whatever the purpose of the belt make sure it isn't boring. A leopard print belt or studded biker belt will change up your outfit taking it from drab to fab!

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The Jeans Edit

Want to find your perfect pair of jeans? Look no further than this wearer’s guide...

There are so many styles, from flared and boyfriend to skinny and patterned. Jeans are the most acceptable form of wear for almost any occasion. They are an essential part of everyone’s wardrobe, but how many pairs do you own and how many of those pairs actually fit and flatter your body shape properly?

Not being able to find a style that works on you can be a soul-destroying and exhausting shopping mission . A great pair of jeans can really go everywhere from the supermarket, to a kids party or dinner with a client. Thinking outside your comfort zone can result in jeans that lift your bottom, elongate the leg, shape the thighs and cover a multitude of sins.

Here are some tips to follow when shopping for jeans:

  1. Correctly angled pockets on the back of the jeans can make a small bottom more curvy and a bigger one more shapely.
  2. The right length leg can make all the difference to your leg, so think about getting them shortened if they are too long.
  3. Don’t go by the size on the label, jeans will only look fabulous if they fit right. So ensure you are going with fit rather than trend.
  4. Make sure you have a couple of pairs of jeans for every occasion- one to dress up and one to dress down.
  5. Very dark denim is the most flattering, avoid distressed looking jeans. Faded bleach spots draw the eye to that part of your body, ultimately making it look bigger.
  6. Try on jeans while wearing the shoes you plan on wearing most often with your them.
  7. Ensure you are choosing the right pair of jeans that flatter your figure.

How to wear skinnies…

Surprisingly flattering and no longer a trend item but a wardrobe staple. Wear with Breton tee, masculine coat, flat ankle boots and small satchel bag. Check out Jessica Alba rocking her skinnies…

 

Jessica Alba skinny jeans

How to wear patterned…

More edgy and fun but with the right top can look low-key and very understated. Try neutral tops, plains flats or boots and a biker jacket. Kate Moss even looks fab in the rain in her leopard print jeans…

 

Kate Moss Patterned Jeans

How to wear the boyfriend…

The most versatile jean shape, easy to be casual weekend wear and look just as good with turn-ups and a pair of statement heels. Wear with a printed shell top or striped shirt button up to the neck and a preppy brown bag. Eva Mendes looks stylish in hers…

 

Eva Mendes Boyfirend Jeans

How to wear the flared…

This it the perfect smart jean that can length the leg, but only when worn with heels. Try Chelsea boots with a low heel, a smart tux jacket and a structured top for that modern look. Miranda Kerr gets it right here…

 

Miranda Kerr Flared Jeans

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