Morning ladies today I thought it would be fun to look at timeless investment wardrobe staples that may cost a little bit more than cheaper alternatives on the high street but on a cost per wear basis will end up owing you nothing. As they're pieces that won't date & you'll be reaching for time & time again. Not to mention a great foundation upon which to build a capsule wardrobe.
You may recall I recently said that having over indulged in people watching during our summer holiday & looking for inspiration from all the stylish European ladies I'm definitely leaning towards investing in classic additions this season with a nod to certain trends with my accessories....well that's the plan!
I'm also seeing the logic of buying wisely on certain items & investing that little bit more on pieces I know I'm going to love forever or even upgrading (when the budget allows) cheaper items in my wardrobe that I'm reaching for time & time again.
Now one of the best places for stylish that eclipses timeless, well made, beautifully tailored pieces is Baukjen. So today I've picked my top 6 pieces I would invest in & also shown you how I'd style them.
And where better to start than with the classic white shirt. Perfect for the office with a pencil skirt or cigarette pants but equally ideal to throw on with jeans & ballet pumps for a weekend not to mention wear under a blazer or biker jacket.
Another great wardrobe investment are leather leggings. Last year whilst on our summer holiday I took the plunge to invest in a more expensive version to my faux leather ones & I've not regretted it. At the time I did think of how much I could buy if I didn't go for real leather but seriously the fit & feel not to mention look really does make a difference & I'm just loving the navy blue version above. Although if blue's not your thing then take a look at the other 4 colour ways it's a hard call which one to choose!
Then of course there is the timeless winter coat. I love wrap coats but they don't suit me when tied around the waist. Although that's not an excuse to side step them as I don't know about you but I can count on one hand the amount of times over winter I generally do a coat or jacket up. If like me belted coats don't suit you simply leave it undone or to create a bit more shape tie the belt loosely as the back. As you can see from the above image it looks fab dressed up with leather trousers but equally it would work for the office or dressed down with jeans.
I think we all know the benefits of a biker jacket - it simply goes with everything - jeans, cigarette pants, jumpsuits, midi skirts, maxi dresses I could go on & on. So a timeless leather version like the one above that's only going to get better with age & wear is a definitely must.
Then of course there is the classic blazer. A great all rounder that you can wear for work, weekends or even on a night out. If you're thinking of investing then go for something that's ageless like a plain single breasted jacket whose beauty is in the shape & fit. I just love this camel version which just like a navy blazer would go with all your wardrobe neutrals - navy, black, grey, creams & whites.
Finally of course there's the leather mini skirt. A few years ago I bought a faux leather version & have been amazed at how much wear I've got out of it. So much so that investing in a leather version is definitely on my wish list this season & when I say mini I'm thinking something a little above the knee but not too short to worry about bending over. Of course you could invest in a pencil length version if you prefer but I just think one slightly above the knee is more versatile in terms of dressing up or down.
So how would I style these staples? Well the beauty of classic pieces is that the options are endless but just to give you some inspiration here's a few ideas of how I would envisage styling them with a nod to the current trends.
Back to today & I'm keeping things very simple this Sunday & teaming my boho embroidered top with ballet pumps, skinny jeans & a leather jacket.
Top - Zara
Belt - House of Fraser
Jeans - Zara
Leather Jacket - Mango
Ballet Pumps - Bought In Majorca
Top - Zara £29.99
Jeans - French Connection £69
Leather Jacket - Mango £139.99
Ballet Pumps - J Crew £168
So ladies what are your thoughts? Can you see the logic in investing wisely in a few timeless pieces that are going to last you a lifetime? I'm always going to be a high street girl at heart but a few key pieces as we get older is definitely the way forward & like I said earlier on a cost per wear basis will end up paying for themselves!
Back in the morning.