Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.
If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.
Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.
The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.
I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.
Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.
First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.
I’m embracing different denim shapes this season and it’s all about straight leg jeans. This grey pair by Nobody denim is a great way to freshen up a look by incorporating a different alternative to the classic blue wash into the mix. Relaxed denim silhouettes have become my go-to this winter as they can instantly revamp an existing look, and give it a more modern, on trend feel.
Denim is such a great blank canvas to work with and such an easy one to pair with a multitude of different pieces. I wore this back with a simple white tank (because you can’t ever go wrong with jeans styled with a white top) and popped on a teddy bear coat by Camilla and Marc to add a textural element to my ensemble.
When it comes to accessories I opted to keep things in a similar colour family and keep this look quite tonal. I opted for a pair of monogram Louis Vuitton boots and a metallic bronze backpack. Both work back well with the hue of the coat, while still lifting my overall outfit.
Credits: Coat and tank, Camilla and Marc; Jeans, Nobody Denim; Boots, Louis Vuitton; Bag, Chanel
Matching sets have always been one of my shortcuts to looking put together and this Aje look definitely fits the bill. The rich raspberry shade is a great colour to wear when I feel the need for a little sartorial pick-me-up—there’s just something about bright shades that bring a vibrant energy to an outfit. This jacket and skirt can also be worn separately, making it a great cost per wear purchase. It could easily pair back with everything from a white shirt to denim, and is a fun option for wearing out to lunch out or if you want a slightly dressier option for a work from home look.
Adding dressy accessories to an outfit with a more casual vibe helps to achieve balance, and can make an ensemble more of a multipurpose look. I’ve lived in these Chanel flats for months now, as they’re comfy for wearing during the day, but have a polished vibe to them making it a great go-to shoe. While this white Bulgari bag, adds a polished element, and makes a day look feel that little more luxe.
This turmeric shade is just what I needed to lift my wardrobe this week. Playing with rich, vibrant colours is what I do when I want to inject a bit of energy into my day and this Veronika Maine dress certainly fit the bill. I wanted to take a bit of a break from being in my cosy clothes all long weekend, so I popped on this dress, just to change things up. It’s the perfect autumn/winter dress with its long sleeves great for transseasonal weather and the sweet pussy bow a classic touch.
Flats have always had a constant spot in my weekly wardrobe choices and this week is no different, probably even more so now that I’m spending a lot of time at home. This two-tone pair of Chanel slingbacks has been such a worthy investment. They’re comfortable, stylish and add a luxe touch to any outfit. I’ve worn them to death and knew they’d prove themselves a great buy due to cost per wear. The same goes for my Dior bag. This bag has seen me through many an event and is so versatile because it can be worn with the chain as a simple day bag or at night sans strap as a clutch. I love anything that does double duty as it allows me to maximise its wear.
I’m currently compiling a mental list of outfits I really want to wear once everything goes back to normal and this look is one of them. My current routine of home schooling, working from home and Netflix sessions doesn’t quite require this level of dressiness so until then, I’m remembering this shoot fondly.
This Camilla and Marc blazer-style mini dress is just the right balance of sophisticated and classic, but with a hint of playfulness that avoids it from feeling or looking too stuffy. It’s also such a versatile piece as it can easily be worn with bare legs but worked back with pants once temperatures drop. I love the textured finish from the fabrication to the detail on the pockets, and the contrasting buttons add a punchy element that allows the look to pop.
I wanted to wear simple accessories with this look and couldn’t go past my two-tone Chanel slingback flats. They’re a comfortable option for when I need a slightly more dressy shoe to go with my outfit and I’ve found them to go with so many different pieces in my wardrobe and can easily be worn with casual ensembles too. As the final finishing touch I opted for a sleek structured Gucci shoulder bag with a chain link feature. The colour makes it really versatile while the elegant design elevates it into something special.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Chanel; Bag, Gucci
One of the best things about athletic wear going mainstream is that it allows for looks that are not only on trend and ultra comfortable at the same time, but I can get much more wear out of the casual pieces I own.
I wanted to wear a colourful Zimmermann skirt recently and thought that I could rework it into a more off duty look by pairing it with sporty pieces. I wanted the riot of colour on the skirt to take centre stage so I kept the rest of my look quite pared back. I opted to match it with a black singlet to offset the dressy nature of the skirt and really allow the vibrant colours to pop.
I kept my accessories in a similar vein. I went with a black Prada bag which while classic in style can also look a little sportier when paired with certain pieces. Also I couldn’t wait to take my new Chanel sneakers on an outing. The black and white colour palette make them so easy to work back with multiple looks and they’re as comfy as they are chic.
Printed dresses are a wardrobe staple of mine as they’re so wearable and a simple outfit that I can easily throw on without having to fuss around too much—perfect for a busy mum. Aje have been doing some really beautiful pieces of late, and this dress is no exception. I love the interesting greyscale check print which is bold and modern and something that allows the dress to stand out. Also a midi length is always flattering and something that I can wear both for off duty wear, in the office or to an event. One way I love to change up my fave dresses is by adding a belt. I popped a black Gucci statement belt over this dress to cinch in the waist and give it a little more structure, but as the style is so versatile, it’s definitely still great without it.
I decided on accessories that worked with the graphic feel of the dress. My Chanel cap toe flats in contrasting shades worked well against the grey and is just the thing to maintain a polished vibe but are shoes that I can also wear all day. I’ve also found that this dress can work back with so many different bag styles. Below I’ve paired it with a black Dior chain strap bag and also a roomy tote—I can change it up depending on what my day holds.
What I love about fashion at the moment is that there are so many different iterations of casual. Case in point: this white two-piece set by Hansen and Gretel. Whilst visions of an off duty look usually involve denim of some sort, I love the fact that this skirt and top combination is equally as comfortable but is just that little more polished. As an added bonus both can also be worn as separates with other pieces in my wardrobe which extends the wear of this set.
Who else loves the fact that sneakers are the go-to shoe for myriad occasions? Whilst the Chanel pair I’m wearing below are a little dressier than other sneakers I have in my closet, there’s no doubt that they are equally as comfortable. Plus I love the pink shades which soften the overall silhouette of the shoe.
For an on-the-go outfit, I like to incorporate a bag that allows me to go hands-free so I decided on my Prada bag with crossbody strap to pair with this particular look. I finished it off with white Emma Mulholland frames and layered statement necklaces—adding a stylish touch that’s understated and works for a relaxed look.
Sometimes you have to let your outerwear do all the talking and that’s exactly the case with this coat by Lover. I am all about a statement coat and the amazing checked print on this trench is the kind of piece that doesn’t require much else—it’s strong enough to hold its own. I also love the midi length as it’s got a polished feels, whilst the flared sleeves lend a playful touch to the overall silhouette. I could easily pop this on over anything and walk out the door without missing a beat. And that’s something that I look for when it comes to anything I own—versatility is key when it comes to a making something truly wearable. Plus I just have a soft spot for a coat that’s striking and a little bit different.
There’s no point in having the rest of your outfit competing when it comes to statement pieces so I opted to keep my accessories quite minimalist. Simple and sleek is best when wearing anything that’s a little bit bold. I wore black Giuseppi Zanotti strappy heels to add a dressy touch and my fave new piece, a quilted Chanel backpack. I love the balance of wearing something that’s quite utilitarian such as a backpack paired with pieces that are a little extra such as a patterned coat and cat eye sunglasses.
If there’s one shoe that’s definitely been a constant on many an Insta scroll it’s the gorgeous two tone Chanel slingback. The classic style, with its cap toe and elegant block heel is the kind of shoe that will stand the test of time. Worn casually with a daytime look or at night with a dressy ensemble, it’s chameleonic nature make it a definite wardrobe addition worth considering. And whilst the Chanel version is gorgeous, it can also be a little budget prohibitive given it has a four figure price tag. So what’s a girl to do? The great thing is there are plenty of other options around that will suit your price point. So if you want to make like uber influencers Nicole Warne and Aimee Song, scroll down to shop some great alternatives to this most classic of pumps.
Shop my edit of steal options for this classic shoe