No one *needs* to look expensive, but I love that moment I find a piece that works with everything and brings my outfit together in perfect harmony.
Shoes can make or break an outfit and I love mixing my style up this way. Heels look great casually when paired with a white shirt and cropped jeans. Trainers can look just as good and effortless when paired with tailored trousers or shorts. I like my shoes to be minimal but classic. This way they're sure to go with most things in my wardrobe but still stand out.
These play a fundamental part in putting your outfits together and this is the area I will put more money into personally as it allows me to build on shoes, bags and jewellery that bring high-street pieces together well for everyday and formal wear.
Just like shoes, your coat is equally as important. Similar to shoes I mostly opt for minimal, classic cut styles that make an impact to my overall outfit. I'm thinking thick wool fabrics that work all year round with that classic camel hue or black that goes well with most colours in your wardrobe throughout the seasons.
These play an important factor when it comes to the longevity of a luxury piece, will it age well? Does the colour work with other pieces in my wardrobe? This is something you should consider before making your purchase and how well it will clean. I've never really been afraid to buy suede as I think it's a beautiful leather and find it more sophisticated compared to its leather counterpart. It's one of the hardest fabrics to keep clean and it's very high maintenance. Leather, on the other hand, is easy to clean and ages well....
As mentioned above you don't need to splash out on shoes, handbags or coats; jewellery or sunglasses work just as good. Sunglasses are my favourite accessory for making myself feel more put together and make a huge impact on my overall outfit. My first pair of designer glasses are from Ray-Ban but I've since treated myself to a pair of YSL sunglasses and absolutely love the thicker frames. Sunglasses can vary in price but I love Ray Bans and think they're the perfect starting point to your designer collection for their affordability. It's not all about designer labels when it comes to luxury as I enjoy working with smaller brands that work with the finest materials and leathers.
Watches and bracelets are perfect examples of luxury pieces that make your outfit look more polished and Micheal Kors do stunning watches with large faces which I love and they look even chicer in rose gold. Bracelets are another wonderful luxury piece when it comes to charm bracelets that you can personalise over the years as a lovely sentimental piece to cherish forever.
You don't necessarily need to spend more to achieve a luxury look but keep your eye open for fabrics and how well they retain their shape. You don't want to hold onto something that will shrink after the first wash or loose its colour. I'm a dab hand for ironing and love the clean, crisp look it gives to my clothes; as for wool, I like to use a lint brush to remove hairs.
This is the best way to create a more premium looking wardrobe by taking up clever tactics. I always keep an eye out for staple pieces that work with everything and invest money into these pieces as I know they will last years and I will get my money's worth from them; especially if you're looking for that classic biker jacket, camel coat and blazer as ideas and for shoes you can't go wrong with a classic black/nude court heel. Not only will these pieces give your outfits that something special but they will also pull everything together effortlessly to give you a killer outfit that works hard.
I can remember saving up for my first pair of designer boots from Stuart Weitzman (it's the most I've ever spent on shoes to date) and instantly feel more pulled together when wearing them! Even better I picked them up for half the retail price. It always makes my outfit feel extra special with these little touches and if you're into your fashion/style it's always wise to look out for sales and investing wisely before branching out to the unique designs and cuts. I'm always comparing retail prices and calculating in my mind how well the piece will transition into my wardrobe. My first luxury coat was a suede biker jacket from ALL Saints, something I've dreamed about owning for so long!! As for handbags I've dabbled in a couple of brands but hasn't really found the one as of yet. I do have my eye on a simple Aspinal of London tote bag but torn between this and the likes of Mulberry as the Lily's are definitely up my street. I guess you could say it gives me fulfilment to invest in these pieces, knowing that I've spent my money wisely and it will last years if not a lifetime.
What I'm really trying to say is don't be hasty when it comes to purchasing statement pieces! Get a feel for the fabric and compare it with other pieces in your wardrobe to see how well it pairs with everything else. This is the most rational of decisions when it comes to being a responsible consumer... Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world and something we should put more thought into when it comes to buying pieces we will never wear or use and leave at the back of the wardrobe. It's really that simple, be more conscious of what your buying and put those pieces to good use! Don't follow trends if you don't wish to and invest in pieces that will work season after season. I believe this is the most ethical choice we can make to make a huge difference in ourselves and the planet as a whole.
I will now leave you with one of my favourite quotes to inspire you on your own personal journey....
Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity.
Do you buy in excess? Have you ever considered investing in luxury pieces that last and stay in fashion season after season instead of following the latest trends?
With a love for minimal, sustainable pieces. Finalist in the UK Blog Awards & Company Magazine Award.