Even the best of classic looks need updating every so often. While we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, a slight twist brings a fresh perspective to these wardrobe staples.
Summer has arrived at last along with the unpredictable weather making life tricky. We’re spending more time outdoors, which is excellent, but we need some staples that will make sense for our new indoor living as well.
So what classic looks are we wearing now that can take us into Autumn 2020? It should be a capsule consisting of versatile, wear-with-everything classics; from a must-have white shirt and floral midi skirt to re-invented summer dresses and chunky sandals. This season we’ll be investing in items that can easily be mixed and matched, and also on useful things that remain on rotation in our wardrobes for seasons to come.
Starting with the classic white shirt…..
White Shirt with a Twist
The white shirt sounds like it should be a simple find: but the fact is getting the right fit is tricky. To always look fresh but classic, the following rules must apply.
The sleeves must be long enough to come down to beyond your wrist, so that when you team your shirt with a classic fresh blazer the cuff pokes out under your jacket sleeve giving the impression of a long arm.
White Pintuck Poplin Shirt (£29.00)
Miss Selfridge has the perfect white shirt – white pintuck poplin with a modern twist. Puff sleeves and a neat pintuck at the waist means you can wear half-tucked into your jeans or completely out for a fresh casual look. The long body length on this shirt makes you look taller and leaner no matter your size. We Love it!
Roleaux Cuff Shirt (£47.40)
Karen Millen is the queen of the white shirt. The stunning Rouleaux Cuff Shirt is a beauty. Again a slightly puffed sleeve, open neck detail and 100% cotton with a coating on the fabric meaning it won’t crease; which some cotton shirts can. Karen Millen has 40% off right now, so get on it before this stunning shirt sells out.
If you have a shirt addiction like ours, you will understand the need to buy the best shirt you can afford knowing it will last you for years and this is the shirt of dreams.
Dolce Gabbana White Silk Shirt (£761.00)
Victoria Beckham Fashion Women White Cotton Shirt (£642.00)
Prada Fashion Women White Cotton Shirt (£561.00)
Dolce E Gabbana Woman White Cotton Shirt – all we can say is stunning. Designers love white shirts, and so do we. Victoria Beckham and Prada also come high up on the list of wardrobe staples.
Dior Cat Style Dior 2 (£201.00)
Wear any of these with a pair of cats eye sunglasses, jump on your Vesper and make like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. See you in the south of France for lunch.
The 90’s Dress Reinvented
The 90’s dress was grunge-inspired: no grunge here just a classic twist to the ultimate summer dress.
Black Poplin DressBy TopShop Boutique (£79.00)
Topshop Boutique Black Poplin Dress: this is a summer to autumn staple. A stunning detailed dress for day to evening events. Team with a chunky sandal and a Lulu Guinness Bingo Bibi tote bag – classic dressing right there!
Printed Slip Dress By TopShop Boutique (currently sold out)
Topshop Boutique Printed Slip Dress is another example of the ’90s brought forward – right up to date and now. A statement dress for the hot weather and easily transferable into next season with a pair of Veja V10 Leather Trainers or Vans black and white old skool slip-on.
Urban Touch Cowl Neck Satin Slip Cami Midi Dress Magenta (£55.00)
Lulu Guinness Bingo Bibi Tote (£175.00)
Urban Touch Satin Slip Dress in magenta: hello 90’s updated party dress. The dress has a cowl neckline that suits everyone. The ’90s were all about the slip dress, and this one is about the sexy slip dress reinvented for today.
Floral Midi Skirt Style Up
Multi Daisy Floral Tiered Pleated Midi Skirt (£15.00)
Everyone needs a classic floral skirt, and you can’t go far wrong with the Topshop multi-vintage floral tiered midi skirt to go with everything; just the right length of midi which sits on your mid-calf drawing attention to the slim part of the leg.
Wear with boots, trainers or wedges: great trans-seasonal dressing.
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Blazer Jackets Refreshed
As we move into autumn, we need a jacket, and nothing is more classic than the blazer. But not as we remember it from school; or with massive 80’s style shoulder pads, but classy and updated. Think Balmain for broad shoulders and emphasis on the waist.
What we’re looking for is the triangle shape. Imagine the fullest part of the triangle is your shoulders, and the pointed end is your waist – immediate shaping. Another top tip is to buy the jacket one size smaller. I know this sounds crazy but trust me unless you’re buying double-breasted blazer on purpose you will never do it up, so it’s worth it.
Buying smaller gives a fitted silhouette, creating a waist and giving the impression of a smaller size. If you’re tiny, you don’t need to follow this advice, but for the majority of women of size UK 12-18, this is a handy style tip.
Balmain Fashion Women, Black Wool Blazer (£1881.00)
Balmain Fashion Women, Blue Viscose Blazer (£1965.00)
Balmain Black Wool Blazer: this is your ideal blazer: more than a month’s rent, but we are putting this here to give you an idea what the perfect blazer is. Also in blue, and a wool and viscose mix for a lighter feel – Balmain Blue Viscose Blazer.
Attentif Paris Ladies Blazer (£44.99)
Attentif Paris Ladies Blazer is a fantastic dupe; they have clearly followed all the fashion rules to create this great jacket – a total bargain.
Double Breasted Relaxed Tailored Jacket (£101.40)
If you really must have relaxed tailoring, again go for a size down but stick with some structure. You can’t go wrong with this Karen Millen off-white blazer. Called the Double Breasted Relaxed Tailored Jacket, and it is just that: the best combination of precisely that – perfect tailoring and relaxed fit.
Again our advice will always be, buy the best you can afford. Quality items like a stunning Balmain Jacket will never go out of style. You will have it for years, becoming an heirloom piece to hand down to the next generation – slow fashion never goes out of style.
Chunky Sandal for Today
KAANAS Women’s Trinidad Espadrille Platform Wedge (£234.82)
With every updated look you have to consider your footwear. The chunky wedge sandal is the updated look to go with your reinvented classics. We have sifted through hundreds of pairs to get just the right look starting with Kaanas Trinidad: a cross between a wedge and a flatform espadrille; funky snakeskin design and ankle strap.
Stuart Weitzman Women’s Soliesse Platform Sandals: think 1970s Farrah Fawcett of Charlie’s Angels fame but updated to Kristen Stewart. Stunning platform sandals for day to night effortless dressing.
WILLA Tan Wedge Sandals (£20.00)
Wild Rust Leather Wedge Sandals (£20.00)
Finally, the wedge of dreams from Topshop: Willa tan wedge sandal also comes in black. Updated classics taking you seamlessly into next season.