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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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What the hell is a capsule wardrobe anyway?

Don't be scared...seriously...please read this blog post with an open mind and you will find that by the end, you will know the answer to this age old question.

Even I struggle to understand the meaning of what a "capsule wardrobe" is. Do we really aspire to have one like every fashion editor, retail director or style icon, who labours the point in interviews when talking about what their style is? According to these fashion insiders, it's a reasonably small, smart edit of key pieces worn on rotation for the entire season. The problem is in this country, season's are no longer appropriate to the busy modern day woman or Mum. So let's concentrate on the "key piece's"...

I am not about to tell you to go out every 3-4 months and buy the same white shirt, some black trousers in the newest cut, a fitted blazer and a pair of this season's flats. What a waste of money and how dull would that be?

What I am going to tell you to do, is my theory and practice on what a capsule wardrobe should contain. Creating your own capsule wardrobe is all about saving time. By editing your existing wardrobe into a few good outfits, chucking out the crap as you go along. Then not adding to the pile of stuff you'll never wear via weekly late night online shopping hits or sale-rail hijacks, you will transform your wardrobe and have a clearer head in the morning when getting dressed.

Having a wardrobe clear-out twice a year will help you get rid of the things that no longer fit and you perhaps haven't worn for the last 3-4 months. Streamlining your outfits that work with your lifestyle will mean more to you because we all live very different lives and have very different styles. You need to figure out what suits you, take your time trying things on and ensure they fit within your current wardrobe and dont be slavish to trends or price.

Feeling good in what you wear is what matters the most and gives you a great confidence boost.  Shopping in moderation, editing your wardrobe and being true to your style is the true meaning of what a capsule wardrobe is.

I'm here to help with all aspects of wardrobe clear-outs, style ruts and shopping disasters. I can help boost your confidence with have a colour session and change your life with a style session. Don't hesitate to call me for a free consultation now.


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