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Back to basics

Which are the best staple pieces to have in your wardrobe?  


How are you feeling about your wardrobe? Have you started wearing more of it now we can get out and about to a greater extent? What about your ‘staples’? – The building blocks of your wardrobe that provide the everyday outfits you can rely on. Feeling a little underwhelmed?

I was recently inspired by an online article in W.ICONS, so let me try to inspire you –take these 5 wardrobe fail safes and think about how they can be styled using pieces you’ve probably already got in your wardrobe.

1. Favourite top – for me this is a striped top and I’m sure you’ve got at least one in your wardrobe and possibly a few options that work in different ways. Have you thought about layering this under a jumpsuit? If you haven’t got a jumpsuit, you might surprise yourself if you try one as they suit a surprising number of body shapes. I bought one from a charity shop which is a great way to test out and see if a style really works. Or perhaps you might have dungarees which can be an alternative. This season is the ideal time for layering, when the weather can change from one day to the next. So, on those colder days, wear with biker boots and a puffer jacket for a casual look. Having said that, a stripey top will go with absolutely everything, I think that’s one of the reasons I like them so much.










From Baukjen


2. Jeans – something we all wear so much, one of the core staples to most wardrobes. This season is all about the straight cropped jean – wear with a sweater vest and a classic white shirt underneath or long-sleeved T, you can change this for a short sleeved one when the weather gets warmer. Think about layering with your classic trench to make a change from your winter coat option. An alternative would be to go for a cardi with your jeans. There are so many out there at the moment and in my view a fail-safe addition to any wardrobe to keep it contemporary.










From Pinterest


3. Blazer – these always work well with jeans and elevate your look. Wear now with a fine-gauge roll neck and chunky boots and swap this for a T shirt and white trainers in the months ahead. Or try it with your long line pleated skirt. Another bonus to the blazer is that it can give you some body structure, make your shoulders look broader and create a slimming effect to your body line.










From Pinterest


4. White shirt (if you haven’t got one, I got a fab one from a charity shop the other day so keep your eyes out) and rework it by playing with texture. Team it with a leather skirt and add an oversized tweed blazer on top. And reach for those knee-high boots. It would work equally well if you bought into the leather trouser look or chord trousers.

5. Black trousers – give them a new lease of life with a leather top or perhaps a splash of animal print, then accessorise with classic loafers. Just remember that whilst it’s fine to wear black trousers (why wouldn’t we after all they have a slimming effect) make sure you’ve got the right colour on around your face because we don’t all suit black near our skin.

However, if even this doesn’t get you excited, I can certainly help you. I go into so many of my clients wardrobes only to discover new outfit options that haven’t been worn together before. If you’ve got something in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn for a while, but it still fits well and you like it, let me know, send me a picture and I can suggest what to team it with.

As always, if you need any help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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