It’s these cold inbetween winter months where I realise I haven’t actually bought anything new to blog about. So I go back to basics: skinny jeans and grey jumpers on repeat. But it’s a look that is timeless and made me think about those must-have investment pieces…you spend a bit more on them in the beginning but they stand the test of time and last and last.
Leather leggings: yes these jeans cost A LOT of money. And I apologise. I worked with Baukjen last year on my edit for their blog (see the post here) and they kindly let me pick something. Of course I went for the leather jeans – not because they were the most expensive item but because they re-issue their leather leggings every season as they are a cult bestseller. These particular ones are more jeans with front pockets, so far more flattering than those flat fronted versions. Gap have a pair in the sale at the moment, too, which are worth checking out.
Grey crew-neck: these have become a bit of an obsession of mine. I own a lot but whenever I have a ‘not sure what to wear’ day they save me, every time. This is an old Gap cashmere one which I swear by – it is so soft and never bobbles.
Classic coat: if there’s one thing I can rely on to stay in fashion, it’s a warm coat. I generally wear navy, grey and leopard and they just go with everything I own. The best ones (Whistles, Gant etc) are expensive originally but still stay chic 5 years on.
The black leather bag: a classic, clean cross-body bag will never let you down. This one from Sezane I’ve had for a little while now and love its simplicity.
My go-to stores for Basics are: Gap, Uniqlo, Cos and then at the higher end of the scale: Margaret Howell, Gant, Sezane and J Crew.
So I suppose we spend everyday getting excited by frills, ruffles and ‘newness’, when sometimes the most useful items are already in our wardrobe. I’m definitely finding this after a little bit of a spending cull with the new house. And it’s good to embrace a few of those more classic pieces sometimes and revive them.