Welcome to February’s Match Made in Seven! We are an international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme which can be anything – a book, music, a color, a movie – and then we style an outfit based on that theme. This month Darlene chose the theme of seven wardrobe essential items.
If you’re a regular visitor here you’ll probably know that I’m not a capsule wardrobe type of person! What I wear depends on several factors: weather, situation, mood…and whatever my latest obsession is (currently it’s statement sleeves so watch this space!). Choosing seven wardrobe essential items is like trying to pick my favourite food or song! However, I’m always up for a challenge 😉
Of course, your fashion essentials might well differ from mine. To a large extent, lifestyle and climate determine our sartorial choices. My seven wardrobe essentials are based on the items I wear the most.
I only bought my camel coat a few years ago but it’s now one of my most-worn items. As a neutral camel goes with anything, and unlike beige it won’t wash your complexion out. Mine is a loose fit so it’s comfortable and cosy, plus I can wear it over even a thick jumper. In yesterday’s post I wore it over a long sleeveless jacket and black trousers, but I also like to wear it with my tan trousers and a pop of blue or berry tones and chocolate brown.
A classic beige trench coat may well be what first comes to mind, but a brightly-coloured one can be just as versatile and more flattering for your skintone. This ruby red trench works with black, navy, brown and grey. Plus it instantly elevates a basic jeans and trainers combination.
A trench coat is so useful at this time of year as the weather starts to warm up and we no longer need a big coat. (Well actually, I’m still waiting for that to happen!) I bought this green one on eBay a few months ago and plan to wear it lots over the Spring.
I have lots of jackets in all styles, colours and prints, but a classic black or navy blazer is a wardrobe hero. You can put a jacket on over jeans, a T-shirt and trainers and instantly look more pulled together. My Pom Amsterdam bugs jacket (above) features some quirky details but maintains a classic feel. The navy Zara jacket (below) has been one of the hardest working pieces I’ve ever owned. It’s about ten years old and I’ve travelled the world with it but it’s still a firm favourite.
Denim trends come and go but my two favourite styles are skinny and boyfriend. For everyday looks I typically wear blue jeans, but when I want to look a bit smarter I opt for black.
My faux leather skinny jeans have proved to be a great buy – I wear them much more than I thought I would. I’ve even worn them for travelling in, they’ve really earned their place on my favourites list…
…which brings me on to trainers. Since my feet have been less and less tolerant of heels, trainers have been an absolute necessity for me. As you may have noticed from some of the photos above, I have white and gold classic-style trainers. But I have lots of other pairs too, in fact I’ve just bought a fabulous pair by Replay in a gorgeous brocade pattern. I’ll be wearing those on the blog very soon! For the last few months my most-worn pairs have been my black Vionics and and an old pair of green Nike Air Max. They were box fresh in the photo below on a trip to Paris – notice my old faithful Zara navy jacket over my arm!
Trainers don’t have to be limited to casual outfits though; in the photo below I’ve teamed my FitFlop sock trainers with matching berry-hued tights and flared jacquard skirt.
These wide leg trousers made their first blog appearance only yesterday, but in the relatively short time I’ve had them, they’ve proved to be a very useful addition to my wardrobe. I plan on wearing them with my new patterned trainers for more of a smart/casual look.
In warmer weather I tend to wear cropped trousers more than longer ones. The Tibi trousers in the photo above cost a bit more than I’d usually pay – even in the sale – but they were worth the splurge. I’ve worn them lots and they still look as good as new.
I carry around a lot of stuff: purse, makeup bag, phone, sunglasses etc, so a roomy bag is essential for me. Although I own loads of bags, this Jennifer Hamley vegan leather bag is the one I use the most. Second to that is the cream shoulder bag that I take when I’m travelling (seen in a couple of photos above). The Jennifer Hamley bag has a really handy clutch on the front that zips off so you can use it for those office-to-bar occasions.
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