These first few months of a new year can be so very joyless. Most of us enter the New Year with more lbs (yet fewer £s) after the indulgences of the festive season. The days are short, cold and interminably grey. But when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Happily, now is the perfect time to purchase new key pieces for your wardrobe. But be a savvy shopper, and bypass the dregs of the sales. Instead invest in new wardrobe essentials and key fashion staples. Not sure where to start? Overwhelmed by the scale of the new season collections? Fear not. I’ve done the hard work for you with my top ten list of what to wear this year.
Let me start on the outside and work my way in. In the UK, winter can easily last for what seems like six months of the year. That means one of your new wardrobe essentials must include a serious coat. And by that I mean seriously stylish, warm and versatile. Behold the Boucle Wool Wrap Coat by Ganni. After all, everyone should have a wrap coat in their closet. Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex has hundreds (maybe). So emulate that Markle sparkle with at least one wrap coat of your own. They combine sophistication with practicality. They can be casual or chic. They offer all-purpose wear and they’re adjustable, hence ideal for fumble-free layering. I love the timeless grey of this Ganni version – a perfect neutral that will mix and max with ease.
A sharp, tailored blazer should always be among the wardrobe essentials for every woman. The right model will offer extensive transitional wear, from day to night, or work to play. However, be aware that with blazers, you most definitely get what you pay for. The cut, and the fabric, should be the best you can afford. Investment dressers, look no further than this perfect pink blazer from Stella McCartney. Single breasted, slim fit, tulip pink – what’s not to like? It’s structured yet fluid, in a shade designed to flatter. Dress it down with flats and t-shirts, or glam it up with heels and a bag that means business.
For 2019, the Little Black Dress has evolved into the Long Black Dress. It’s a style statement that has endured because it works for so many different occasions. Big work presentation? Lunch with friends? Last-minute dinner date? Nanushka’s black Taurus A-line maxi dress ticks every box for one of your must-have wardrobe essentials. Love leather but struggle with the ethics of it? Animal-friendly vegan fashion is fast evolving into a force to be reckoned with. Nanushka’s version combines a softly draped silhouette with a sharp collar and distinctive belt detailing. Snap it up now before it sells out.
While a statement dress is a fail-safe, one-stop fashion option, separates offer additional versatility. A few carefully curated tops and trousers can be endlessly combined to deliver many different ensembles. But you need a couple of strong wardrobe essentials to start with. I love Michael Lo Sordo’s wide leg denim trousers from Farfetch. The epitome of elegant simplicity, these high waisted, pleated cotton trousers boast great structure and lines. The cut out detailing at the waist adds extra edge.
It’s fashion lore (and possible law) that florals never go out of style. Go big and bold with this slinky stretch pencil skirt from Dolce & Gabbana. I just love a pencil skirt – yes, I’m renowned for wearing them! The perfect pick to take you into spring, this colourful print oozes glamour, but stays on the right side of sexy for daywear. Wear with bright lipstick and optional swagger.
I’m also an avid neck tie shirt wearer, so perhaps there is no higher recommendation?! As you’d expect from a house known for its luxe femininity, Chloé’s new-season, horse print version is a triumph. Trot to the shops poste-haste as it’s sure to be an unbridled success. We adore the fabric, the flow and the colour combinations for another of your ultimate wardrobe essentials. Team with tailored trousers or a short skirt, as preferred.
“I have plenty of handbags already.” Said no fashionista, ever. If you’re a fan of strong shapes and thick straps, I recommend this new Trapeze model from Manu Atelier. A practical shoulder style, this bag is roomy enough to hold all the essentials, while still looking stylish. The reddish brown shade works surprisingly well with a range of both bright and neutral colours.
One of the biggest joys of new season shopping is discovering the perfect statement shoe. Carrie Bradshaw fans rejoice: Manolo Blahnik returns to form (and favour) with this green satin jewel buckle pump. I won’t pretend it’s practical, but a heel like this (literally) elevates everything you wear. It’s available in several other colours but I am jonesing for this jade – the perfect spring shade.
Every wardrobe overhaul should include a fierce pair of flats. This year, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand has reworked its cult Superstar trainers with animal print accents. The brand’s hallmark distressed rubber soles and perforated sides add to the laid-back vibe. If you still think trainers are only for the gym, think again. Wear these with relaxed tailoring and await the compliments.
Go a little extra with your earlobe embellishments this season. Bring some bling to your look with these crystal earrings from Miu Miu. I love the eye-catching star motif (and the nickel-free composition). While I’m serious about fashion, fashion doesn’t always have to be serious. Earrings are a great way to introduce an element of fun to your personal style. A sparkly statement pair like this work equally well for day and evening.