It’s that time of year. The Great British Summer. Or not… Here in Britain, the weather is unpredictable and you don’t often get the summer in the months you would expect. So this can make getting dressed a LOT harder. I remember when I used to commute to London, it was the worst thing ever. You could be cool on the train (if you were lucky it had air con) and then roasting on the underground, sweaty from walking anywhere and then unpredictable office temperatures – thank goodness for the discovery of layering (especially cardigans!)
I’ve become more about owning flexible items in my wardrobe. The basics, the staples but still having those invested pieces. Back in 2015, I wrote one of my first fashion pieces on styling a sleeveless jacket and I still wear it today. That was an investment piece for me. And what’s important to remember is your staple pieces are going to be different from everyone elses. But here are my current staple items.
The denim jacket
You can’t go wrong with a denim jacket*. Mine is from New Look and I’ve had it for a couple of years but there are always some out there. From a pleated skirt to a double denim with jeans, or even dungarees – these bad boys will go with just about anything.
The plain tee
I love a plain tee. Yet I love patterns. But I’m not a pattern on pattern kinda gal. So plain tees are a life saver when it comes to my wardrobe. Primark is always a trusty source for these but H&M is my holy grail shop for picking them – and they switch the colours up a little every season so I’m always adding to my collection.
This year I discovered the neck scarf. Okay, I’m little bit late to the neck scarf party, but I don’t care… I love this look and what’s even better is that it will suit all year round (say what now?) I’ve teamed this (very old) black v-neck tee from Primark with my all-time favourite ‘Frankie‘* jeans from Dorothy Perkins, my trusty denim jacket, a neck scarf and a pop of colour with red pumps. But you could totally alter this look and where it for the office, just switch the whole ensemble for a black dress, red pumps and the scarf. Simple.
Top tip: Scarfs don’t just have to be used in the most obvious way; tie it round your wrist, round your bag, use it as a belt – the possibilities are endless!
It is no secret that last year I fell head over heels with the stripe and I haven’t really gone back. Everytime I go shopping I say to myself, ‘You are not allowed to buy stripes’ – but that doesn’t stop me from looking…(and accidently purchasing…) right? I just can’t help it. Joules‘* Breton tops are my definite worst downfall. Give them to me now?
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