As fun and unexpected as the Indian Summer we had in September and the beginning of October was, it’s definitely time to accept that the winter months are upon us. This hopefully means adding a few pieces to update your wardrobe for winter. This doesn’t mean spending a fortune though, even on more traditionally expensive items such as coats and boots. I’ve put together my Top 10 items under £50 that will keep you looking stylish all winter.
This Topshop wrap top not only covers the 70s AND metallic trend but it also has sleeves if you don’t feel particularly comfortable showing off your upper arms and isn’t too tight around the stomach allowing you some extra room if you, like me, tend to overindulge during the sociable festive period . Now that’s what I call a Christmas bonus.
Ideally, I’d love the Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee Highland boots but unless I win the lottery this weekend, I doubt I’d be able to justify £600 on them right now. Fortunately, these grey suede boots by Public Desire are an amazing copy of the Highland boots and a lot more purse-friendly at just £39.99. The look great with mini skirts and tights or over skinny jeans too.
Public Desire Grey Suede Over The Knee Boots, £39.99
A fitted blazer is a wardrobe staple and something I advise all of my personal styling clients to add to their wardrobe. It’s perfect for looking smart and pulled together even if you’re just wearing it with jeans and plain t-shirt. This khaki double breasted blazer by Mango is definitely inspired by Balmain… but about £1,100 cheaper.
I love to update my summer wardrobe by adding an accessory that immediately makes it more suitable for winter. One of my favourite ways of doing this is by adding a faux fur stole to a blazer.
I love the range of faux fur stoles from Missguided (and the fact that they only cost £15) and this purple, berry shade would look great with either a black blazer or the khaki one from Mango.Missguided Faux Fur Wrap, £15
Obviously, jeans aren’t just a winter staple but they’re the ideal base for layering in winter. The Public Desire boots would look great with these Nine by Savannah Miller for Debenhams jeans and I love the fact that they are slightly high waisted too. I have them in black already but will definitely be adding the dark denim to my jeans collection.
Whilst we’re on the subject of items that will never go out of date, I’m obsessed with these Zara faux leather biker jeans. The zip detail gives them just enough edge and they’re perfect for a timeless and chic head-to-toe black outfit.
I tend to find polo necks make me feel a little claustrophobic and I spend the entire time trying to loosen it from round my neck so I’m immediately drawn to this slightly looser roll neck top. The lightweight knitwear looks great under blazers, sleeveless coats or even capes as it doesn’t add too much bulk, thus avoiding the dreaded Michelin Man winter look.
If you visit my blog regularly, you will have read last week (here) about my obsession with leather skirts. Trust me, this Zara faux leather pencil skirt will be the hardest working item in your wardrobe this winter as it will take you straight from the office to a night out without looking out of place in either. Either team with pretty blouses or soft knitwear and some super high heels.
It wouldn’t be the festive season without throwing in an LBD for good measure. I love this Bardot (kind of obsessed with anything off the shoulder) frill trim pencil dress from River Island. The length is really flattering and the black will elongate you if you could do with looking a few inches taller. Invest in a good strapless bra so that you’re not fussing with the neckline all night. I personally couldn’t be without the Wonderbra strapless bra (here) as it gives a really good, uplifting shape and actually holds you in place all night.
A stylish coat is also a must but, despite what some ‘experts’ might say, you don’t need to spend a months’ salary on it to look chic. This gorgeous oversized, chevron, double breasted coat by Pretty Little Thing comes in at exactly £50 (phew) and has a really edgy, cool feel to it. Channel your inner Victoria Beckham and drape it over your shoulders with a boyfriend shirt or even a fitted blazer for an on-trend way to wear your coat and make it look a LOT more expensive than £50.
You will make your money go so much further if you chose a colour palette that you want to work with for the season. That way, all the pieces you buy will be mix and match friendly and interchangeable with each other and will make you feel like you have lots of wardrobe options to chose from every day. And who doesn’t want that?