Wardrobe staples are so important – key pieces you know you can throw on and feel good in, pieces that live in your wardrobe year on year, never go out of fashion and are timeless.
These are my top 3 items that no wardrobe should be without. They can blend your wardrobe together when you’ve had 3 hours of sleep and have 3 minutes to get ready in the morning. You can combine them together and it will make you look like you have your sh*t together, or wear them as separates to elevate a simple look.
1. GREAT FITTING DENIM
There is no point having 10 pairs of jeans, but only wearing the pair on the top of the stack of denim. Have a cull, pass the old ones on to charity, sell them on Ebay or Vinted, give to a friend or take them to a Traid recycling bin if they are too damaged for wear. If you are struggling with finding the perfect fit then I recommend booking in for a personal shopping appointment at John Lewis. It’s a totally free service, and you get to chill out in a lovely fitting room whilst a very experienced stylist will run about getting you sizes/colours for you to try on with zero obligation to buy if nothing ticks all your boxes.
Don’t just stick to classic blue jeans. Mix it up with cropped wide-leg denim to balance out your body shape or jeans with details on them to highlight your best features. Just make sure you buy a pair that makes you feel good. If you find something you LOVE then bulk buy. Grab a couple of pairs so that when the knees wear away you still have a back up pair.
As a side note, I don’t think it’s ever worth spending lots of money on denim – high street denim is just as good.
Denim favourites include (L-R) Levis 501, Arket straight leg and River Island (Links below)
2. A LEATHER JACKET
A totally timeless item. Buy well and you will have it forever. It can be worn in summer thrown over a strappy dress, or layer it up in winter with a hooded jumper under it, and a big coat on top of it. I recommend only buying real leather as otherwise it can look cheap, and you will need to replace it often as the plastic won’t last. If budget doesn’t allow for real leather then Mango has the most realistic looking faux leather (but ignore the label stating it’s ‘vegan leather,’ it’s just a greenwashy term otherwise known as plastic (unless it states it’s made from plants)! It’s best to stick with black so that it goes with everything.
Some favourites are (L-R) John Lewis (real), Mango (faux), All Saints (real) – Links below.
3. STATEMENT JEWELLERY
If you are going with a simple t shirt and jeans look then you can easily and very quickly add some pizazz to an outfit by throwing on some jewellery. There are no rules for this, grab something in the supermarket clothes section, some costume jewellery or wear your finest diamonds. Go chunky or delicate. Layer your necklaces or wear chunky hoop earrings. Combine gold and silver, or stick to one metal. Whatever takes your fancy. I leave a little jewellery pot by the bed so the first thing I do when I wake up is add some earrings, or put on a necklace. So simple, so quick but so effective.
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