I love a striped knit, especially if it's a multi coloured one because it gives you versatility over what to wear it with. They can be such a cheerful addition to your wardrobe and there are always plenty to choose from in Spring. I have picked for - one an absolute bargain and one a cashmere reduction - and shown you how to wear them casually and as smart casual looks. Which is you favourite?
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Every so often a print catches my eye and I just can't resist it. It happened with this one which I thought would be a perfect addition to a Spring wardrobe. It might be a little while before we can get dressed up, but it will be gorgeous with tailored white trousers for a smarter occasion. In the meantime I have styled it casually to show you how you can wear it now.
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I have pulled out the colours in the blouse for the other pieces in the outfits, my favourite being the first combination with what Boden call Copper Red trousers and pink pumps.
Here are some other pieces to style with this pretty blouse:
If you are desperate to freshen up your wardrobe with some Spring pieces, start with this gorgeous combination of colours I featured in last week's YouTube video.
Mix blue, yellow and a pop of hot pink to brighten the way out of lockdown - fingers crossed.
Shirts are a must have for Spring and they are perfect as transitional pieces to wear with joggers and jeans now, or more tailored trousers and skirts later. During the warmer months, wear them open with a camisole underneath and a pair of linen trousers or shorts. I've included 2 in this mini capsule, along with a pair of comfortable jeans and a fun bright skirt.
Add a cardigan for cooler days and a bright pop of colour in a soft boat neck top. Then add a couple of accessories, including a scarf that pulls the colours together and an easy small bag, for a collection of easy outfits.
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The trench coat is always a Spring wardrobe staple. This year is no different, because you can dress it down now with your joggers or jeans and up later if you are returning to the office or more smart casual occasions. I would recommend a single breasted option as it works better on those with a larger bust but can still be cinched in to show off your shape.
Here is a classic trench coat shown worn 3 ways to get maximum versatility. I've chosen a mid range price point as this is an investment you will wear for years to come giving it a great cost per wear.
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Similar items where original are no longer available - Burgundy cashmere roll neck // Grey cardigan // Blue sweater // Pink sweater // Burgundy top // Blue print shirt // Print blouse // Jeans // Leggings // Blue trousers // Blue boots // Burgundy boots // Navy loafers // Scarf //
All the pieces in this mini capsule are old and some haven't been worn for a while. The print tie neck blouse for example is one I tend to dress up. So I enjoyed teaming it with some knitwear for a more relaxed look. Although most of the time I am at home wearing slippers(!) I have included footwear as one subscriber said she would like to see what I would wear with the outfits.
Thanks to one of my YouTube subscribers, this week I have created a Weekly Capsule Wardrobe. I will be trying to do this regularly and will be posting the results her in the hope it will inspire you to create some new combinations in your own wardrobe.
Here is a video all about this week's outfits.
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Brown EF trousers only small sizes here and here // Green EF trousers only small sizes here // Similar cape/sleeveless cardigan // Alternative brown top // Alternative budget green trousers // Alternative green top // Alternative longline green top // Alternative neutral trousers // Alternative neutral sweaters or here //
This season, because of the Pandemic, there are hardly any new pieces in my Autumn Capsule. The few I have bought, have expanded on the more earthy, autumnal colours I love.
The Capsule Pieces
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Black jacket // Yellow jacket, here in red // Green cashmere cardigan // Other cardigans - similar - similar // Coatigan // Cashmere jumper // Other similar jumpers // Similar green shirt // Tan print shirt // Similar tie neck blouse // Masai dress print in a blouse // Alternative yellow top // Burgundy top, same style alt colours // Similar black top // Similar green/gold top // Similar green trousers // Tan trousers // Burgundy jeans // Similar faux leather leggings // Similar Eileen fisher neutral trousers // Black EF trousers // Similar tan loafers...
This week we heard that soon we will be able to go on holiday, Yay!
However, I know many of us probably won't be confident flying off to the sunshine and may want to stay more local. With that in mind I have put together a Staycation Capsule Wardrobe. You can watch the accompanying video above, where I show pieces from my own wardrobe. There is plenty there for two weeks and I also show you how to pack it all into one piece of hand luggage.
Below, as many of those pieces are no longer available, I have created a new one.
** CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS** Red cardigan // Dress // White cardigan // Breton top // Sparkly knit // Navy top // Silk camisole // Blue top // Print blouse // Red stripe top // Navy jersey trousers // Printed trousers // Linen trousers // Red trousers // Blue scarf // Red scarf // Earrings // Necklace // Blue sunglasses // Tortoiseshell sunglasses // Red bag // Red shoes // Espadrilles // Cream bag // Sandals // Red hearts suitcase //...
I recently had an email from a lovely [email protected] member wanting help in finding clothes in what the fashion industry call “plus size”. I hate this name because actually the fashion industry thinks anyone over a size 12 is plus size! As we all know, the average British woman is a size 14-16, we are getting taller and are feet are getting larger.
Unfortunately “plus size” often means frumpy, large floral prints and synthetic fabrics. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though with some fantastic brands who understand that just because the label in your dress says size 18, you don’t want to dress like your Grandmother!
My reader confessed that she had completely lost confidence in her wardrobe and avoided the mirror, so emergency action needs taking. Whilst I am in no way qualified as a counsellor, I have dressed hundreds of women and know what a hard time we give ourselves, often quick to point out what we perceive as flaws rather than...
There are some pieces that are staples in my Summer capsule wardrobe. But that doesn't mean they are basics. Now that I have reached a certain age these pieces are ones that have been carefully determined to bring me the minimum cost per wear, but the maximum pleasure. I might take a nod to the seasonal trends, but what I really want to wear are pieces that make me feel good and the best quality for the investment.
My Summer staples won't be the same as yours - it all depends on your personal style - but below are mine and where I like to shop to give you some inspiration for determining yours.
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Gold dress // Print dress // Cardigan // White top // Orange blouse // Ivory trousers // Chocolate linen trousers // Sand stripe trousers // Silk print top // Red linen top // Gold blouse // Sandals // Shoes // Earrings // Basket bag // Gold bag //
A "dressy" dress for day or evening. This gold one fits with everything about my personal style,...