I’ve been shopping!
After using these principles to cull my wardrobe, I realised that I needed some new staples that would add a formal element to my outfits without feeling too stuffy. My prior-life corporate blazers are feeling too stiff for me now but I need some of that structure that a good jacket provides. I love a good blazer but was inspired by this post featuring a vest/sleeveless blazer which I could see working more broadly across my work and weekend-wear.
How to get the fit of a staple right
The classic wardrobe staples are:
- trench coat
- white shirt – can be extended to “white top” for those of us who are ironing-adverse!
- cashmere cardigan
- little black dress
And now I’m subbing in a vest to perform the function of a blazer.
When it comes to your wardrobe staples I think it’s so important to try things on in person to make sure that you get the fit right to ensure that it does become the most hardworking piece in your wardrobe that you can reach for all the time. For example there are lots of vests out at the moment in different shapes and lengths but which one is right for you will come down to your body shape and how you wish to wear it.
There are lots out there cut straight-up and down or trench-coat style which isn’t always flattering for my bodyshape for example. If you have an hourglass body shape like I do, opt for either a short tailored vest or a longer-but-tailored one that defines your waist; this will allow you to wear the vest open or closed and I wanted a longer one so I could wear it as a dress (in winter with stockings) or achieve the chic effect of a day or duster coat. So go in for the 3D experience and try on the item in person so that you can see how it’s been cut.
As for the lace-trimmed white shirt dress – ok it’s going to sound like I’m going against what I said above in terms of the importance of fit – it’s actually a few sizes too big for me! Yes I confess it was on-sale but I believe it will work for me because I intend to use it as a layering piece. As you may have noticed since last week’s style post, I love the peek of a lace hem and can’t wait to layer this under more coats, long cardigans, jumpers and the like – stay tuned!
Have you been shopping lately? What have you picked up?