What I'm Buying This Month
Stop: Wardrobe Time (for want of a better title)
It's wardrobe refresh time - whoop whoop! Time to update your wardrobe with a few lovely, (well thought through) new things for the season.
Now I am a big advocate of 'slow fashion' i.e. not buying tons of crap but instead thoughtfully planning your wardrobe and what you intend to buy each season. It hasn't always been this way for me but in past years I have trained myself to do a big shop twice a year with items that are going to update and compliment my existing wardrobe. This is what I work on with my clients when I do a wardrobe edit. I identify key elements that might be missing to tie everything together so you end up wearing a lot more of what is already there.
Think about items you have in your wardrobe that you love but are not wearing. Maybe it's because you don't have the right basics to wear with it or the right shoes or jacket. Essential building blocks for an autumn wardrobe are plain long or short sleeved tops, a great fitting pair of jeans, good boots, a smart jacket or blazer and a coat. Also, good accessories change-up your look easily. But I digress...
So, back to my own wardrobe refresh! This week I've had a teeny tiny very respectable splurge and done a bit of research into what I am going to buy for the season and here is my edit:
Starting with this 'deconstructed' dress by Topshop Boutique. I adore polka dots so was instantly drawn to this dress but as well as that, it has ruffles and raw edges so is not a pretty pretty dress and I like that a lot.
This is the jacket I bought yesterday from River Island, only £65 and I know I'll be wearing it all autumn to smarten up my outfits. I'll team it with the kick flare jeans below from Topshop, the nude boots from River Island below and some kind of netted sheer lace top underneath and huge loop earrings - have yet to locate the lace sheer top but am on the lookout.
These are the jeans, cropped and kick flare and only £38.
Pointed toes are 'in' for boots and I keep reading knee high and over the knee are still massive this year. Loving these River Island Studio pointed nude ankle boots to wear with cropped jeans or trousers. Really liking lots of River Island's collection this season.
I've been wanting a leopard print faux fur coat for years now that doesn't look too Bet Lynch or like I'm mutton dressed as lamb. This one from &Other Stories is a bit darker in colour and the fur quite plush (I touched it only yesterday) so would look a bit more chic rather than like I'm going down the Rovers for a port and lemon.
As I've mentioned about five million times before, no wardrobe flows without good basics. Buying basics is pretty boring but it is as important as the glamorous fun stuff. & Other Stories has great basics in very affordable prices - go and have a look. This one has a chiffon sheer top so isn't quite as boring as what you find in GAP.
Finally, & Other stories has a bit of a cosmic theme going on this season. Lots of dresses with starbursts and galaxy's and also this cute star print mini skirt which I had to have. Here's a pic of me modelling it this time in the changing rooms from my instagram feed.
See any pieces you like? Would love to hear your comments, or if you want help with your wardrobe planning, get in touch to have a chat about how I can help.
Lisa Gillbe is an Image Consultant and Personal Stylist based in London, UK.