Friday, 2 August 2013

Fashion Friday: The classics

Sometimes its easy to get caught up in the offerings of the new season and forget to buy the basics for your wardrobe. So in contrast to last week, this week's Fashion Friday focuses on the classics and the best places to buy them. A lack of classic items can lead to nothing to wear with new season garments. Invest in good quality classics and they'll last you years and be your essential tools for effortless style. Let this be your go to guide for creating your collection of classics, team with other items and accessorise as you feel fit.

Tops:

The simple white shirt can be dressed up or down just as easily. Perhaps go for a twist on the white shirt, it can be lovely made from chiffon. Pick a good cut and let it be your trusty companion for teaming with prints.

White shirt, Topshop

Perfect to wear over the white shirt or team with jeans on a casual day is a cashmere jumper. Don't scrimp on an imitation synthetic version, you'll thank yourself when you feel that sumptuously soft cashmere in your wardrobe.

Cashmere jumper, Boden

Introduced to the fashion world by Coco Chanel, the Breton stripe top is still a must have wardrobe staple today. It appears in many different forms, but is most commonly seen with three quarter length sleeves in a lightweight jersey.

Breton top, Boden
Trousers:
 
I don't know anybody that doesn't have a pair of jeans in their wardrobe. Invest in jeans of all shades and washes of blue or go for three pairs, in dark, medium and light blue. Hard wearing and easy to pair with anything. Of course a pair of denim shorts are essential for summer.
 
Blue jeans, Topshop

Coats:
 
Channel your inner Burberry girl with a trench coat, it will be your go to option for the whole of autumn. Although you might not be buying a real Burberry trench, they still tend to be expensive. But its worth investing in, styles can vary so choose the one that suits you best.

Belted trench, French Connection
 

Whichever cut you choose, a wool coat is a winter staple, this item is perfect for those really cold days. But don't be tempted by a cheaper acrylic version, wool is much more hard wearing and will keep you toasty.
 
Wool coat, Jigsaw
 
Dresses:
 
Of course you can't write a post about classic items without including the little black dress. You're not short of choice, the LBD comes in so many different styles, there is something to suit everyone. A white shirt worn under a plain, smart LBD with the collar and sleeves peeking out looks amazing.
 
Black dress, French Connection
 
Tailoring:
 
A well made blazer and trousers will serve you on many different occasions. The best thing about this is if you buy them to match you can wear them together or separately.
 
 
The perfect option for warmer days is a pair of tailored shorts. Perhaps buy a pair to match your blazer so you can wear a blazer and shorts combination in the summer. Ted Baker is normally the best place to get a matching pair of tailored shorts when their S/S collection is out.
 
Cutwork shorts, Topshop
 
Shoes:
 
A pair of leather ankle boots may set you back a bit in terms of your bank balance but they will last you many winters. Real leather is the best option because once you've worn them in they will become lovely and soft. Buy flats for a go anywhere, wear all day option. Just keep your eye on the heels, I wore my Chelsea boots pretty much everyday through autumn, winter and spring (it was such a cold spring here!) and the heels have worn down beyond repair. Take them to a shoe repair shop before it's too late!

Chelsea boots, Topshop
 

If you buy a pair of ballet pumps in a neutral colour you can wear them with pretty much anything. If like me you normally can't find ballet pumps that actually stay on your feet, go for a pair of T-bar pumps or slippers.
 
Scalloped pumps, French Connection

Courts are the classic heeled shoe that can be worn with your blazer and trousers, a skirt or to dress up a pair of jeans. Just as lovely with a round toe or a gently pointed toe.

Pointed courts, Ted Baker
 
The new classic: Ted Baker jersey t-shirt
 
Bottle print t-shirt, Ted Baker
 
It may not be a traditional classic but this is my own classic item, it was the first item of clothing I bought from Ted Baker. There was one in the sale last winter with a beautiful mirrored floral and bird print and too good to resist at half the original price. They appear in each season collection with a different print. The thing with this is if you're not prepared to pay £39 for a t-shirt, wait until the sales because these type of t-shirts are usually always in the sale. This item is the new classic because of the sublime cut and paper fine jersey which drapes like a dream. It's a wear anywhere, with anything item that adds instant effortless chic and uplifts an outfit. Perfect for those nothing-to-wear days, if you only buy one item from Ted Baker buy this!

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