Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Building a wardrobe of staple pieces is something that I am discovering is more important as I am getting older. I used to buy a lot of random coloured t-shirts and vibrant patterned shorts when I was a young teenager, which were only worn once for a particular occasion and then thrown to the back of my wardrobe, never to be seen again. I've realised now that this is such a waste of money, and it's much better to buy more classic, wearable items which can be worn for many occasions and styled differently to create different looks.  

This look I have created is built from a few of my staple items in my wardrobe, which work really well together but also can be worn separately. First of all is my camel coat, an item which has lasted me nearly two Winter's now and will certainly last me through the next one. It's not too heavy which means I can wear it over the top of thick knits and layers for a day-time, casual look, but also has that structured, smarter feel to it which makes it easy to be worn for evening occasions or events too. An all round versatile piece of outerwear, and the colour goes with almost anything and adds a bit of contrast to a darker outfit. 

Next up is my detailed blouse in one of my favourite colours; emerald green. I think that owning a couple of really detailed, pretty blouses is a good basis for any wardrobe because they add something a bit extra to an outfit. I would wear this with a pair of jeans and heeled boots for a more smart/casual look if I was going out for a dinner or a nice lunch with friends. Or you could also wear this with smart trousers for an interview or formal event. The fact that this top is so interesting to look at and has so many little details to it, means that you can wear it with almost any type of bottoms and it will instantly dress up or smarten the outfit. I love mixing smarter tops with casual jeans for a contrasted look.

A black cross-body bag is always a winner in anyone's wardrobe because the colour goes with anything whether it's a daytime or evening look, they're small enough not to make the outfit look bulky but big enough to fit your essentials in. The strap also makes them so easy to wear because you can just fling it over your shoulder and know you'll have both hands free. 

A pair of faux leather shorts/skirt is so handy to have in your wardrobe. I actually own a pair of shorts and a skirt and find myself wearing both of them on many occasions. Faux-leather seems to always be on trend all year round and adds another texture to your outfit. I love mixing textures together because it makes the look stand out more and gives it a more interesting vibe. Faux-leather is great for adding a bit more glam or edge to an outfit, and can be easily dressed up or dressed down with a casual tee. I feel like it's the Autumn/Winter twin of Spring/Summer denim.

Lastly, a pair of black heeled boots is a firm favourite of my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I'm a massive lover of boots anyway and own pairs in different colours, patterns and heights, but this pair always seem to be on my feet. They're the perfect height and have a block heel which makes them wearable during the day and also makes them smart enough to wear out. Sometimes I think that heeled boots look better with an outfit that stiletto heels, and they're better for dancing in! Don't get me wrong, I love a flat boot, but having that extra height makes you instantly feel more glam and I love wearing these with baggy mom jeans too to contrast the casual with the dressy. You can't go wrong. 

The outfit:
Coat - Missguided (similar here)
Blouse - Zara
Skirt - Urban Outfitters (similar here
Boots - Office (similar here
Bag - Primark

What are some of your Autumn wardrobe staples?


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