Natasha Crowley.

Invest in some wardrobe staples

We are into the 2nd week of January and I’m happy to report I haven’t succumbed to any sale purchasing and I am still on my spending ban for the month.

Will I last ‘til April with a pretty big birthday in March? Who knows but I do reckon I get some sort of special dispensation for a birthday especially when my last 3 were spent in lockdown and 1 with Covid-19.

My big wardrobe clear out and the subsequent spending ban has made me really appreciate and shop my own wardrobe and really I could probably go a full year with no purchases and still come up with a new outfit a day.

I’ve been looking in my wardrobe and going through some of my fail safe outfits that I reach for time and time again and which make up my every day uniform of sorts.

One item that there is no shortage of in my wardrobe and I suspect it’s something everyone has in theirs is a good blazer. I have a vast collection in every colour and fabric but the ones I reach for the most are a classic black oversized one and a navy one with a light pinstripe in a stretchy fabric.

They form the base of my favourite outfit which is a good blazer, a classic t-shirt and straight leg jeans. It’s worth getting these basics right in your wardrobe and knowing what shapes and styles suit you. Start off with some good neutrals that you know you can mix and match.

This look is also massively enhanced by great accessories so invest in a good quality belt, black boots and a beautiful leather handbag.

I love a cross body but big bags are making a comeback this season and I’ll be wearing my Mulberry tan leather tote with everything come spring.

Another piece I’m determined to get more wear out of is a dress and boots combination. Again, it’s an absolute classic and a look that can take you from work to an evening out or a casual brunch. Don’t limit yourself to seasonal dresses.

Summer dresses can be updated for winter or spring easily with the addition of tights and boots and long sleeved, roll necks worn underneath or a cosy chunky knit worn over the top. A good knee high or over the knee boot will work wonders for keeping you warm in the colder weather and if your dress happens to have a bit of a thigh split going on.

I’ve also decided to get more wear out of my suits and co-ords and wear them for every day wear. I have a couple of printed suits that I really want to dress down and I’ll be adding some chunky boots and a knitwear to them to make them less formal.

I’ve also got a few plisse fabric co-ords which I wear loads in the summer but again I want to make them more winter appropriate so I’ve taken to wearing them with trainers and a cardigan and popping a trench coat over the top.

It’s taking something that can be quite dressy and giving it a casual twist because in 2023 we need to stop keeping items for Sunday best and get wearing them every day.

Let’s glam up our week day wardrobes.