Every season we’re inundated with images of the latest thing, pieces we’re apparently all supposed to buy if we expect society to think we’re stylish and clever. I am constantly reading articles about “the bag of the season” (since when did we need four new handbags a year?) and “must haves” (why must I?) but in reality, most of these pieces will not only go out of fashion as quickly as they came in, but on about 90% of women, they look ridiculous.
High heeled sneakers, neon skinny jeans and mullet dresses (you know the ones I’m talking about) may be a bit of fun right now, let’s face it, they’re not essential wardrobe pieces. By investing in the clothing you actually need, you need never be tempted by a crazy trend again.
Jeans go everywhere, with everything and are can be worn all weekend every weekend without anyone batting an eyelid. Forget fashion and go for a style that suits your shape.
Black can look overly formal outside the office, so if you find a pair in navy or chocolate, snap them up and make them work double-time as dressy casual pants.
If you work in an office, you’re going to want a good skirt. Pencils look great on hourglasses and column shapes, pears will look more balanced in an A line. Pick a dark colour and you can get away with wearing this again and again and again.
Ideally the same colour as your work pants and skirt, a blazer can be worn as half a suit or as a piece on its own. Throw it on with jeans and a camisole and it becomes stylish weekend-wear. What a trooper!
You need two tee shirts, one white, one in a colour you love. Buy a quality cut and you will live in these, I swear.
I hate white shirts. Don’t get me wrong, they look fantastic, but can you really be bothered ironing the flipping thing? I sure can’t. Do yourself a favour and buy a chic blouse instead in a float, easy-care fabric. Look for patterns and styles you can wear to work and with jeans on the weekend and you’ve practically got two tops for the price of one.
The ideal dinner dress should be comfortable to sit down in and have plenty of room around the girth, lest you expand. Don’t go too low cut or blingy and you might even be able to wear it with your blazer to work. It’s all about maximising every piece.
Every girl needs at least one party dress. Try to avoid seasonal trends, they’ll date quicker than a fast talker at a speed dating service. Buy a timeless piece instead that makes the most of your assets and whip it out for every special occasion. No one will judge you for wearing the same thing if it looks amazing, they’ll just wish they’d thought of it first.