1. A Suit That Means Business
- Check the label for quality fabric that can be dry-cleaned. Washable suits are rarely an investment.
- Good finish and tailoring will always keep their style.
- Choose a versatile colour e.g. Grey or Silver – it can be updated with on-trend accessories, and each piece can be worn separately.
2. The Classic “Little Black Dress”
- Know the right style for your figure – avoid high necklines if you’re busty; If you’re smaller on top, a high neckline and nipped-in waist will show off your curves.
- A mid-length hemline, either just above or below the knee, is the most versatile.
- Word of Warning – it’s tempting to buy a ‘Wow’ dress if you’re splashing the cash, but the best compliment you can get is that your dress looks new every season. Stick to a classic shape that will never go out of fashion.
3. An Everyday Bag
- A mid-sized bag is best – it will fit all your essentials, but won’t appear too bulky.
- Choose neutral colours, like tan, grey or black, which will go with most of your wardrobe.
- Check the details – you want quality leather that looks better with age and details that won’t tarnish.
4. A Wear-Anywhere Trench – Coat
- Knee-length or just above is versatile – it can be worn with both skirts or trousers.
- Keep it simple and avoid one-season- only details, like blouson sleeves or over-sized buttons. These will quickly go out of style.
- Go for a neutral colour – beige is classic, but black, navy or grey are good basics.
5. A Great Pair of Jeans
- Stretch denim is more comfortable and will be more accommodating.
- Dark denim is smart, and can be dressed up or down. Light denim quickly goes in and then out of style. It also isn’t particularly flattering.
- The cigarette cut or boot-cut is a modern classic – wear it with flats for summer or platform heels for autumn.
6. Always Flattering Trousers
- A higher waist and flat front are a flattering fit for most shapes and sizes.
- Opt for a lighter shade as a classic summer alternative to black. Beige is best.
- You need fabric that hangs well and won’t crease easily – so avoid linen or shiny synthetics.