As the seasons roll round ever-faster we want the contents of our closet to endure the test of time. Clothes, accessories and make-up that will pay back the time, effort and money we have invested. Stuff that works for real life, our life, not just one hit wonders. Confidence comes from making great choices that will be there for the duration. This is especially so as you get older, but you’re never too young to develop good practices. So as the autumn winter collections arrive on the high street, I thought I would share some new takes on old favourites. You might call them classics with a twist.
Black crepe is a wardrobe perennial. Instantly smart, yet contemporary. It can be relied upon to create a great silhouette or be the perfect foil for more standout companions. Goat Fashion is the home of wool crepe and great design. This season their cropped Cooper trouser (£360) is an instant wardrobe updater. The deep cuff manages to look contemporary; go with everything and not foreshorten the leg. Find them on London’s Conduit Street, or online at goatfashion.com.
Another new take on a perennial black favourite is this twist front dress by Jigsaw (£129). It’s selling out fast so be quick. This is one of those styles you hear talked of in the fashion press that can be dressed up, or down. It’s equally at home with flat boots, killer heels and everything in between.
This season it’s all about the statement ankle boot. Here I give you Yolanda by LK Bennett (£350). These boots will perfectly step from 1970’s bohemian floaty midi–length chiffon to the more formal military trend. Stand by your beds.
Handbags have been multifunctioning for a while now and this one from Zara zips from monochrome Chanel-style chic to cartoon ka-pow in a moment, all for £35.99.
The fabulous auburn colour gives this relaxed single-breasted coat from Toast (£295) an autumnal twist on the normal grey and navy colourways. Expect to see lots of spice and chestnut tones this season.
A cashmere knit is a wardrobe staple. Chinti and Parker can always be relied upon for new twists on classic cashmere. This season, look out for their collaboration with cult cartoon bunny Miffy, who will leave you wondering which one to choose. Orange knit with chalk Miffy (£295).
Whistles has delved into the 70’s archive for this vintage-style diamond print blouse (£145). A retro retake on the traditional white work blouse, just swap your black pencil skirt for a black leather mini to go from desk to dinner.
Red lipstick and nails is a recognised make-up classic. However, make-up maverick Lucia Pica has turned make-up on its head this season at Chanel by announcing ‘Let Red Rule’. Red toned eyeliners, eyeshadows and blushers that, at first glance, look all completely wrong are cleverly creating modern looks that are also incredibly flattering. Multi-effects Quadra eyeshadow palette (£40). Rouge Allure velvet lipstick (£26)