Year-Round Wardrobe Essentials
Spring is the word on everyone's lips but here in the UK, it's snowing as I write this! So instead of Spring essentials, here's a round-up of 5 capsule wardrobe staples that will serve you well no matter the season.
This basic shirt in oyster white from Zara is the latest addition to my wardrobe and here I've paired it with an older pink dress, also from Zara. I've knotted it but you could wear it loose over the dress for a relaxed, casual look.
A white shirt works in everyone's wardrobe, whatever your style. Channel the 90s trend by knotting it and pairing it with a high-waisted bias-cut midi skirt or belt longer white shirts and wear them as dresses with chunky black boots.
And of course, a white shirt is always a classic for the office.
Pleated midi skirts may not be to everyone's taste - I never thought I'd wear one! But once you start, you can't stop. The newest one in my wardrobe is this pistachio one from Chicwish and I've already worn it loads. It's perfect for working from home as it's so comfortable but also looks great when going into the office.
During the (many) colder months here in England, I love pairing midi skirts with soft knits, tights and ankle boots or knee-high boots for extra warmth. When it's really cold, you can layer up with thick socks or even leggings and nobody knows!
When it's warm, I like to wear mine with cute camisole tops and slides. Switch out the slides for a pair of heels and you've even got a pretty wedding guest look. I tend to wear lighter-coloured midi skirts in Spring/Summer and darker colours, like the black and white H&M skirt below, in Autumn/Winter.
In most countries, a coat might not be a year-round essential, but here in England we might need a coat even in Summer and my wrap coats are some of my favourite items in my wardrobe. For when it's cold, a wool-cashmere blend is amazing, and when a lighter coat is needed I go for a trench. It's a classic, it's Audrey Hepburn-esque and they are usually in camel or beige tones that go with everything.
My trenchcoat is from Burberry and I do really love it. However, if you are making your first steps into luxury fashion, I'm not sure a Burberry trench is something I'd recommend you buy. Of course, if you really want it, go for it! But I've owned premium high street trenches that worked just as well as the Burberry (actually, I've never worn the Burb in the rain, so the premiums are probably even better because the Burb is dry-clean only!).
So, unless, like me, you've always dreamed of owning a Burberry trenchcoat, look to brands like Tommy Hilfiger (my all-time favourite coat was from them - I had to throw it out because I'd worn it to death and it was falling apart).
It may surprise you that I only own one belt. I used to be the queen of belts back in the 00s when it was cool to wear a wide, elasticated belt with absolutely everything you owned. At some point, they lost their glitter for me and now I feel a bit weird in belts. But then I discovered this skinny tan belt and fell in love!
It elevates every outfit and the tan colour goes with everything. I'd definitely recommend adding a tan belt to your wardrobe and I think a skinnier belt works best because, if you have any buttons or embellishments on the garment you're wearing it with, the belt is less likely to get in their way.
Of course, it emphasises your waist too and creates more of an hourglass figure, if that's what you want to achieve.
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