If You Buy One Thing…

Have you decided how to look this summer? Will you be Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry or Audrey Hepburn? Or a combination of all three depending on how you feel when you wake up? There are some clear front runners in the trend stakes and not only are they very wearable, you might just find you can wear them right now. I know! Right now in the wind and the rain and the hair-frizzing gloom. If you’re as bored of your winter wardrobe as I am, get spring summer 2015 off to a flying start with one of these lovely updates. One clever purchase and you’re done – all these pieces will work with clothes I guarantee you already have in your wardrobe.

Suede

Suede skirt at Zara £159

Suede skirt at Zara £159

Suede top £40 at ASOS

Suede top £40 at ASOS

It’s everywhere. Except where it isn’t because it’s sold out before it’s even hit the shop floor (Google ‘that skirt’ if you haven’t heard about the M&S hit of the season). Suede might seem at first glance, a little heavy and well, ‘cowgirl’ for 2015, but think again because how perfect is it for this awful in between weather? It’s warm and pretty much age-proof. It’s not cheap but it’s cool and I bet you’ll get your money’s worth. My mum still has her suede jacket from the early ’70s and it has never in all those years looked naff.

Stripes

Heels £24.99 at New Look

Heels £24.99 at New Look

Dress £24.99 at H&M

Dress £24.99 at H&M

Stripes are never really not in but this summer they are popping up in more unexpected places – your old Breton t-shirt is not going to cut it this time. Even Victoria Beckham – not known for using prints – featured a bold striped maxi dress in her summer collection. I spent years avoiding horizontal stripes because I thought the rule was they made you look wider. This isn’t true and if anything a stripe can be very flattering. Give them a go, you may be pleasantly surprised.

Obi Belts

Leather belt £20 at ASOS

Leather belt £20 at ASOS

Oh I love a cheap and cheerful instant wardrobe update! I am lucky enough to have a kimono style belt that I stole from my mum years ago but have never quite known what to do with it. Well, this season, the question is more what NOT to do with it. Floaty blouses, structured shirts, dresses both short and long, jackets and coats all look modern with a wraparound belt slung on. If you can’t steal one from a family member then buy one (or make one!) and start experimenting.

Asymmetric

Vila dress £38 at ASOS

Vila dress £38 at ASOS

Dress £79.99 at Mango

Dress £79.99 at Mango

This look will date very quickly so get involved as soon as possible and don’t spend too much on it. Asymmetric hems in pleated skirts are particularly now but this look is by no means restricted to skirts and dresses. Trousers, jackets and tops have all been slashed to wonky proportions by someone somewhere so be brave. Just try to avoid the asymmetric fringe, a hairstyle my sister and I modelled for most of our childhood, which is where it should remain.

Culottes

Culottes £135 at Reiss

Culottes £135 at Reiss

Culottes £36 at ASOS

Culottes £36 at ASOS

I swore I wouldn’t and sold the only pair I ever bought on eBay last year. But I’m coming around to this quintessentially ’70s piece because it can actually be rather flattering and stylish. Culottes. Are they a skirt? Are they trousers? Who cares, the point is they are the most up to date version you can wear of either currently   and actually rather versatile. While it is still cold wear culottes with long boots and a polo neck and when it warms up, go for platform heels and a little t-shirt or bandeau top if you dare. Just make sure they are a good fit around your hips and waist to avoid unnecessary bulk.

It’s daft to say if you only buy one thing this season because who does that? But if you only buy one thing this week, then make it one of the above. Or get all five and hide four of them under the bed. It’s Easter, knock yourself out.

http://www.asos.com

http://www.reiss.co.uk

http://www.hm.com

http://www.zara.com

http://www.mango.com

http://www.newlook.com

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About aftercarrie

I help people refine their wardrobe to suit their shape, colouring and lifestyle. I am a style consultant, personal shopper and colour analyst working in London. Be the loveliest possible you. My first book SHOPPED was released on 5th July 2016 (September Publishing). www.emilystott.net
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One Response to If You Buy One Thing…

  1. Penny says:

    I’ve been hiding stuff under the bed for years, mainly from you. I want my belt back !

    Liked by 1 person

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