Last week I shared with you my favourite picks from the sales for party outfits and special items, perfect for those occasions that require something a little fancier. Today I’m being a little more practical, sharing those pieces that have caught my eye that would slot right into an everyday wardrobe.
I made a resolution this year to fall back in love with my wardrobe; to pick pieces that were perhaps a little more flamboyant than a Tuesday afternoon generally calls for, to always feel ‘dressed up’ and good about what I am wearing. I think many of us fall into the trap of ‘jeans, jumper and trainers’, and I am certainly guilty of this. So my selections here are all about adding a little extra pizazz into the day-to-day, something with a bit of sparkle or flair to take an everyday outfit to the next.
Breton tops are a wardrobe staple for me, but I feel like I’ve probably overworn them in my time. This navy blue style is easy enough to throw on every day but the little detail that really swings it for me is the ribbon back; so feminine, so French, sold! With this bargainous blue leather flap bag from Mango worn nonchalantly on the shoulder, this is the ideal kind of weekend outfit for me.
Prints and patterns are a simple way to add a bit of ‘wow’ to your wardrobe, and this tapestry-inspired jacquard miniskirt would instantly jazz up a simple black top and tights combo. It’s got just the right amount of retro flair to be super wearable too.
Interesting, day-to-day tops are a bit of a wardrobe must-have for me, and there’s a bit of a dearth of them in my closet at the moment. What I am constantly on the hunt for are blouses and tops that go with skirts and jeans, and can be worn for work or play, changed around, always comfortable and always flattering. I’m not asking for the world… But these two are right at the top of my wishlist. The blue Lovell blouse from the M&S Archive by Alexa collection is down to £16 in the sale, and it’s got just the right amount of detail to make an outfit interesting. I’d pair this buttoned-up blouse with a black mini and Chelsea boots for that scrumptious 60s swing I lust after. Similarly, this classic black Peter Pan collar blouse would work with any number of outfits for an instantly-chic look. Add these bargainous boots to the mix and that’s a serious style update right there.
And of course, any day-to-day wardrobe needs those items that aren’t just for the daily grind. For days out, weekend adventures or just Saturday brunch, there’s those pieces that aren’t super-dressy but just add a little bit of oomph for the occasion. This confetti-spotted culotte jumpsuit is one such piece; wear it over a white blouse for easy weekend chic, or go bare-shouldered and pair with stacked heels for a great afternoon/evening ensemble. And while this pretty pink frock would be dreamy for any day of the week, you could also add it to the list of pieces to wear for those ever-so-slightly dressier occasions too. The blush tone is perfect for spring, and I adore the ruffled collar and crochet details. It appears that SS17 will be a raging retro-mania for me!