So before I start whining in self pity at all the things listed in the "buy this season or forever be unfashionable" guides that inevitably come out around this time of the year I thought I would go through the exercise of taking one said list and plundering my closet for examples to keep me out of the shops and getting more wear out of my current items.
Take the UK version of Harper's Bazaar "Buy Now Wear For Ever" list of key Autumn Winter pieces in this month's edition. If I'd personally bought everything on this list the bill would come to a whopping £7682. Well here is my version shopped from my wardrobe.
1. The Tuxedo JacketHarper's says:
"There is nothing sexier than a woman in a menswear inspired jacket."
I couldn't agree more! White tuxedo jacket ...check. Black tuxedo jacket ... also check! (Although technically this is a fairly new addition...)
2. The Chain BagHarper's says:
"Coco Chanel created the 2.55 - the first chain-handle bag - in 1957. The style now evokes a classic elegance..."
Doesn't anyone get chain burn from those things? My Review bag has enough chain hardware to add some sparkle but is still comfortable on my shoulders. The flamenco frills give it a personal twist!
3. The Stiletto BootHarper's says:
"Toughen up an evening tux or an LBD with jewel-toned ankle-boots as seen at Givenchy and Lanvin."
Curses! Several pairs of stiletto ankle boots, but none in jewel tones. How can this be? How about mock croc for day and sequined for night instead?
4. The Trophy BlouseHarper's says:
"Minimal and luxurious, the silk blouse adds an elegant touch to any look."
In my books a blouse that ain't fussy ain't a blouse worth fussing about! Too minimal and I fail to see why it's a trophy. I like lavish details like pussy bows, layers of frills and intricate pin tucking.
5. The Statement CuffHarper's says:
"A statement cuff will add a striking lift and a personal touch to any look."
I think I am more than covered in this department...
6. The Statement BeltHarper's says:
"Metal-detail belts are the ideal finishing touch this A/W... Invest in a skinny gold detail belt. It will add a polished accent to a blazer or will up the luxe factor of a pair of jeans."
I love this snakeskin finish leather belt with silver hardware for nipping in jackets and blazers. I also have this skinnier, vintage leather belt with gold metal detailing for creating waists on slinky seventies style maxi dresses.
7. The Statement CoatHarper's says:
"Opulent coats, reminiscent of the gilded, boho chic fashion of the 1970's, will add an elegant regal edge to your wardrobe. Don't save these pieces for night - they're also about daytime glamour this A/W."
Although lacking in ornate brocade trim this otherwise opulent wool coat with its tails, statement lining and leather trimmed collar gets a very rare outing to the theatre or opera. I wore it once during the day whilst sightseeing in Venice (as you do) and whilst walking over the Rialto Bridge I got serenaded by a gondolier passing beneath. I credit the coat. Time to show it the light of day again as there is really something quite special about wearing a coat with secret messages and codes written into its lining.
What buy now (or rather have bought) and wear forever items you could wear this Autumn/Winter are lurking awaiting rediscovery in your wardrobes?