Defining your style and building a strong personal image is all about discovering what YOU love to wear. There is no prescriptive one-size-fits-all solution.
Think about what you wore for the last five days of a typical week
- What five things did you rely on?
- What are those items that are the building blocks of your outfits and pull your looks together?
Here are my 5 dependable essentials that I rely on not matter what the season.
Jacket - I love jackets, they allow me to be lazy. All you need is a T shirt and a pair of jeans and the jacket will instantly add interest to your look. Whether your staple is a leather jacket or something more tailored, a jacket is a dependable piece that is worth investing in.
Accessories - Over the past few seasons I have embraced the clip-on earrings and it has improved the functionality of my wardrobe spectacularly. It is the easiest way for me to go from shopping all day to an evening event and look pulled together. Statement earrings are the best talking point too so perfect for those events where you don’t know anyone. Elevate your casual looks and get more wear out of your essentials by adding your favourite accessory.
Jeans - Choose a style to suit your shape and buy the best you can afford. This year I’m focusing on straight leg in vintage finishes but whatever your inclination, denim will always be a perennial you depend upon.
Bag - Whether you prefer under the radar brands or over the top icons, choose a shape and functionality to suit your lifestyle. I love hand-held styles by the likes of Simon Miller but the reality is I need to be hands free so it’s cross body every time.
Coat - Your coat shouldn’t be the last piece of your outfit puzzle but the pièce de résistance. If you live in the northern hemisphere you will be wearing a coat for 8 months of the year so you will need a variety of styles that work for different situations - a coat for work, something practical for the weekends, an evening show-stopper and something to see you through the Spring. I’m eternally on the hunt for the perfect trench coat and with the iconic look featuring in most collections this coming Spring Summer season, I’m sure to find THE one.
What is your can't-live-without item?
I would love to help you curate a capsule wardrobe that defines who you are and what you stand for. Please get in touch for personalised advice.