Welcome to Part 2 of my 10 essential wardrobe items! Let’s start:
Style Icon Ines de la Fressange reckons the biker leather jacket in tan is the nonplusultra of every wardrobe. Colour and style (biker, round neck, blouson) is up to you and your preferences. I prefer a round neck and light calf leather with three quarter lengths sleeves in a caramel colour as black is too harsh on me. The leather jacket I’m wearing above is from Stefanel. Style it with dresses, shorts, skirts. Leather jackets are great way to edge up a feminine outfit (think floral pretty dress). Style them on a Saturday night out with an evening dress. Or with denim to go for coffee with friends. The Leather jacket will never let you down!
Ballet pumps are an all rounder for every occasion: Casual, dress down, dress up. Materials range from Suede leather, patent leather, lace, woven leather, gemstones appliques and so many more. There’s one ballet pump for every occasion. My favourite combination is the A Line skirt with pumps. Or Denim. Or Capri Pants. Just make sure to choose well made shoes as nothing looks worse than quickly run down ballet pumps. I love Pretty Ballerinas for the excellent craftsmanship and huge range.
The slim skirt (i.e. pencil skirt or tulip skirt) is a miracle worker! It suits every body type and makes every woman look 5 kilo less. It’s elegant and timeless. It works in the office just like on a night out. Knee lengths is the best and most flattering shape and the most appropriate for every occasion. My tulip skirt with water colour detail is from Moschino Cheap & Chic.
Most women underestimate the power of a well fitting bra. What’s the point of a chic trendy top if you don’t match it with a flattering bra to go underneath ? I have “pretty” bras and my “workhorse” bras. These are invisible bras without seams and just the right amount of padding to make every top and dress look good.
Above: The nude coloured bra from Triumph (one of my “workhorses” ) is an essential to wear under white and light coloured blouses. The two bras at the top are “pretty bras” – a Vichy checked pink bra from Etam and a Dirndl Bra by Triumph.
Just like the Leather jacket, the fitted blazer is a versatile all rounder. It’s not as casual as the leather jacket and looks smarter and pulled together. Jennifer Aniston loves her navy Blazers with denim. I have dark blazers I prefer wearing at work. My colourful turquoise blazer is from Moschino. My favourite combination is to wear it with skirts and dresses to balance out the emphasized shoulders.
We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your essential wardrobe items you can’t live without. Read about Part 1 of my 10 essential wardrobe items here.