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So Last Season

Basics every woman should have in her wardrobe

Wednesday, 23rd August, 2017 5:57pm

With the changing of the seasons, I’ve been particularly busy lately with personal shopping clients all looking to update their wardrobe for autumn.

What I find over and over again is that so many of us are missing the same key pieces from our wardrobes.

These pieces are the building blocks which help to create a good foundation for your wardrobe, whatever your style.

When you get these basics right, it really maximises your mix and match potential, so it’s all about finding the right style and shapes for you.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on these pieces and there’s plenty of good quality pieces on the high street that won’t break the bank.

I know lots of people are worried that they’ll have to spend a fortune if they use a personal shopper, but every budget can be catered for to ensure you get the best pieces for your money.

Every wardrobe needs a good pair of jeans and you won’t go wrong with a pair of dark wash skinnies and a more slouchy girlfriend or mom jean.

For skinnies, my go-to are the Molly from River Island or the Joni from Topshop and when it comes to a more relaxed fit, then I always head to Zara or Bershka.

Another piece that your wardrobe can’t do without is a simple white t-shirt. I came to this realisation one day after pulling my reasonably vast wardrobe apart and not being able to piece together a single outfit, the reason being my complete lack of plain t-shirts.

The white tee is so versatile and yet is one of the most undervalued pieces in our wardrobe. If you have a wardrobe full of statement pieces, the t-shirt will be the one simple item holding it all together.

If you like wearing slip dresses but don’t like the bare look, then layer with a tee. It also dresses down suits and gives them a cool edge and works equally well with denim as it does with pleated midi skirts.

I’ve just stocked up on really soft, good quality cotton t-shirts from Gap which are only a few euro more expensive than other budget retailers and which don’t shrink to crop tops after one wash.

The same goes for light navy knits which work well with pretty much everything in your fashion arsenal. For light knits, Zara has a huge variety in numerous colours if navy doesn’t float your boat.

A good tailored jacket is also an invaluable piece to have. Check print is everywhere for the new season but plain black or a taupe colour work equally well if print isn’t your thing. They are perfect for jazzing up a simple denim and tee combo, or worn with a pleated skirt for an alternative work wear look.

The tailored jacket also works well with a versatile dress and it’s worth spending time trying on a few styles until you find the right dress for you.

A dress is a great piece to have when you’re in a rush in the morning and don’t have time to style a look, or if you’ve got to go straight from desk to bar. All you need are some savvy accessory changes.

When it comes to your foundation accessories, a good ankle boot can work well all year round and I find in the autumn I need a good pair of flats for running around the place.

While the weather permits, some quirky, pointed pumps are great but I tend to change to trainers once it gets a bit chillier or even a metallic brogue.

Jewellery-wise, I’m all about a statement pair of ear-rings coupled with more delicate layered necklaces and bangles.

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