The pieces that I’m filling up my basket with…
I have to preface this post by saving that if you watched my recent haul video then you will know that I definitely don’t need to buy anymore clothes anytime soon (I mean baby clothes don’t count, right?), so the following items are staying firmly in my basket and not going any further than that. However I do enjoy putting these posts together as more of an inspiration station/I really do love a scroll online – what can I say? Plus it always gives me a kick up the butt to dig deeper into my wardrobe and dust off some things that need a bit more love from yours truly. So here we go; the items that are on my wishlist that are perfect for the winter months, that I really don’t need but can’t help coveting…
THE OVERSIZED BLACK COAT
Last year was the year of the camel coat, but I feel like 2021 is the time for the oversized black coat. And I’m not talking about boring ol’ black coats here, I’m talking about coats with texture to them, a voluminous sleeve, a stunning lining, a statement collar – go wild. Last winter I got the ARKET Black Wool Oversized Coat and although the version that I have is no longer available, this years version* looks just as good. I find myself reaching for this coat a lot because it’s absolutely massive so it keeps me nice and toasty and also helps to cover up whatever vomit-stained tracksuit I’m wearing underneath! The Raey Exaggerated-Shoulder Wool Coat* is a beautiful designer option, but the Whistles Black Indira Puff Sleeve Coat* is a great high-street version – with a similar big sleeve situation. I also love the & Other Stories Belted Wool Coat* for a cool turned up collar situation that looks INCREDIBLE on the model, and the MANGO Wool Handmade Coat* gives off a similar vibe.
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THE FANCY TOP
It’s a festive season staple – the ‘fancy top’. ‘I’m wearing jeans and a fancy top’ – you know the type. Perfect for parties all year round, but the Christmas season asks for something with a bit more flair. A bit of sparkle, texture or volume. I invested HARD in this category a few years back when I bought the 16 Arlington Dickinson Black Feather-Trim Top* for my 30th birthday and I still absolutely LOVE IT. Nothing says fancy top like a cropped top with feathers hanging off the bottom. It definitely raises a few eyebrows whenever I have to take it to the cleaners, but it looks just as good paired with some light wash jeans as it does a tailored black trouser. I’ve had a look around and I feel like Reformation* do the most comprehensive edit of party tops. Turns out I love a one shouldered number (minus the ‘WHAT BRA DO I WEAR WITH THIS!?’ dilemma) or a puff sleeve square neck design. For the former I like the look of the Santo Cashmere One Shoulder Sweater* and for the latter the October Top* for a plain black version or the Whistles Smudge Animal Blanche Top* for a subtle leopard print version.
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THE POLO NECK KNIT
I went ham for polo neck knits last winter. Absolutely bonkers for them. I went from having zero to having enough to have their very own stack on my knitwear shelves. Chunky knits are brilliant and have both style and substance and slim-fit knits are great for sleek silhouettes and layering, but I find polo neck knits to sit right in the middle of the two. They tend to be a little thinner in fabric so are great for layering, but because of the neckline that have a bit of something something to them. They are almost the winter version of my summery silk shirts. I have a few vintage and pre-loved ones and high-street wise I find Mango* do some lovely styles. This year they have in this 100% Cashmere Sweater* and the thing I love about their knits is that they tend to come up slightly cropped, so are very easy to tuck into trousers. I also LOOOOVE the look of the Reformation Cashmere Polo Sweater*, which is very similar to the one I have from Mango last year – this caramel shade is such a universally flattering knit to own. You can also find some great polo style knits and sweaters in the menswear section and this COS Relaxed-Fit Knitted Polo* caught my eye and would be perfect if you were looking for something with a bit more colour.
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THE MATCHING SUIT
This is a category that has never really existed in my wardrobe. I’ve owned a few matching tailored pieces over the years – who remembers the red suit?! It sadly no longer fits and has been donated to a mate, who looks stunning in it. But I’ve never had a go-to, ‘WOW I FEEL GREAT IN THIS!’ suit and it feels like a duo that I could really benefit from. A fancy thing that I have no idea what to wear to? A neutral toned suit sounds like a solid plan of action. And actually this is a category that I have purchased from recently as I picked up the MANGO x Pernille Oversized Woolen Suit Jacket* and the Flared Wool Trousers* and I DO feel fab in them. I wear a 12 and the blazer is perfectly oversized and looks great with the sleeves slightly rolled up and the trousers remind me of my old school trousers but in a good way. The black version is timeless, but I do enjoy the look of the creamy neutral version too – the Blazer* and the Pleat Detail Wool Trousers* look lush. ARKET* are also a great place to find tailoring pieces, especially if you fancy something a little off piste like a blue, pink or lilac. GO FOR IT!
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Photos by Mark Newton