I think at some stage, we all go through a style evolution. I’ve been listing loads of my pre-loved items on DEPOP and really focusing on building up a quality longer term wardrobe. Despite every urge in me to buy buy buy, I’ve been much more intentional about saving up, spending less, and focusing on items that I truly need and will last me many seasons beyond the trends.
That said, of course I love fashion! So pulled together a quality edit of pieces I genuinely love and am transitioning into my wardrobe for a timeless ‘forever’ collection.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a great Zara coat or even your favorite high street brands. Warmth is #1 above everything, especially in London. Right out of college I’d go for Mango, Zara, TopShop in its peak, Maje and Club Monaco. Now, as mentioned I’ve listed a lot of those on Depop and am upgrading a few of these styles to more ‘forever’ finds. As mentioned on IG stories if you followed my Sunday Spam Saga, the Outnet is an amazing place to buy great designer coats up to 70% off! I bought THIS coat during Black Friday, it’s an easy go-to fav. I just splurged on THIS camel Nanushka (15% off- pictured above) to replace my previous topshop/club Monaco OGS. I’ve worn my Jcrew Black Puffer since college as well and finally just took the plunge on a Moncler. If you’re based in London/the UK I STRONGlY suggest going to Bicester Village sooner than later or your nearest designer outlet store for anyone in other areas. Sizes were already limited, but I managed to snag my black Moncler puffer 30% off which as you know can last up to 7+ years. Lastly, also at Bicester, I took the plunge on my biggest splurge of the year — a classic black Celine Cashmere Wool Coat. It’s something I’ll have in my wardrobe, again ideally ‘forever’ and truly so so chic on.
If you’re in the market for great quality coats, here are some of my favorites below
This year it was time to go for a new boot. As mentioned before, I wear my shoes through the soles. I of course have a few pairs from Zara, but really find it a worthwhile investment to spend that extra £ and get a pair that will last you 3+ years over a one-season wear (unless its an uber trendy style). Remember the Tory Burch days when everyone had the boots with the logo? That transitioned to Stuart Weitzman’s 50/50 over the knee boots, and the next big era lies in the chunky sole boot. For the fashion-oriented, Bottega Venetta really took the runway with this one. The trend has trickled down the high street. While designer shoes are my ultimate guilty pleasure I settled somewhere in the middle on this one. The Row and Bottega boots aren’t really for me. I couldn’t justify the price but truly LOVE these Gia x Pernille ones, and still a good quality investment (15% off- pictured above). My close runner up would be these Loeffler Randall modern Chelsea boots. They’re too similar in sole for me to rationalize getting both, but if you’re on the market I’d strongly suggest these ones or any of the pairs I’ve found below.
I did a full spiel on Knitwear also on stories. I still will add in an HM or Zara knit, but try to buy one really amazing knit each year, often ahead of season. This year’s buy was a Cashmere Wool Khaite turtleneck from the Net a Porter sale. Crazily I bought this back in July, but there’s a benefit of maximizing your budget when you plan ahead. Now that we’re entering full on ‘sweater weather’ season it’s tricker to find knits on sale, but I pulled an edit of amazing quality pieces from the Outset and a lineup of favorites all linked below.
These Toteme zip hem leggings are my top recommendation for fall this year in addition to my camel coat. They’re ultra high-waisted, so comfy on, and super flattering on the legs. If you’re looking for a better price point, I also linked this look-alike style from Mango. On a trend front, Vegan leather pants are still very much in – this time with a wide leg opposed to season’s past skinny. When it comes to denim, I’ve really been loving ZARA. All my other favs are linked below
If I were to go for a new investment bag this year, I would set your sights on Celine. It’s such a classic and truly will never go out of style. For a mini crossbody, I still love my little black YSL. Jacquemus is still on my Wishlist and as far as logos go, this Fendi bucket bag is a trendy standout on my list. The Bottega Venetta took over Instagram – every blogger worldwide picked up that this was the one to have. Honest review, I genuinely love it. It’s so sleek, great for daytime, and holds the perfect amount. If you’re like me and love your accessories but don’t love the £££££ price tag, do a little investigative work and keep an eye out on second hand sites. I found my Bottega half the price on Depop. I’d also recommend Worn, Vestiere Collective, the Real Real, and your favorite bloggers’ Poshmark or Depop Accounts!