I'm more than happy to splurge on an item if it's something I absolutely adore and I know will bring me years of enjoyment. On the other hand, there are certain trends and staples I turn to the high street, as I know that's where I will get the best bang for my buck.
If I had to define my style I would best describe it as a mix of high street and luxury. I’m more than happy to splurge on an item if it’s something I absolutely adore and I know will bring me years of enjoyment. On the other hand, there are certain trends and staples I turn to the high street, as I know that’s where I will get the best bang for my buck.
Over the years I’ve made enough purchases and been on enough shopping trips to know where to splurge and where to save. I thought I’d share which items I like to go luxury and which are high street must haves.
Leather jackets and trousers are my go to staple all year around. A great quality leather jacket or pair of trousers should get better and better with wear and last you for years. They’re the perfect example of splurge now and never have to spend again.
Brands to shop: If you can afford it, Saint Laurent is the ultimate, otherwise Acne Studios, Karl Lagerfeld (who has a beautiful one in his current season at the moment, see it HERE) or All Saints are all great options.
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This is one might not apply to everyone. Personally, I like to splurge on great quality shirts as they’re my wardrobe staple. For me, nothing beats a crisp shirt. If you know you’re going to get a load of wear out of it and you can afford to splurge I really recommend doing so, as you’ll get better quality, a better cut and they’ll last much longer.
Brands to shop: Shur Ruitz from Fashion Crossover London for gorgeous white shirts with a twist (find them HERE) or Equipment for silk ones are my go to places.
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If you don’t wear shirts that often or don’t want to splurge, H&M is without a shadow of a doubt the best place for more affordable ones.
Sadly, we’re coming to the end of knitwear season but no matter the time of year, it is always worth investing in and storing it in your wardrobe till the cold weather comes back around. The truth is the high street simply cannot recreate beautiful quality knitwear.
Brands to shop: Without a shadow of a doubt, the brand to buy from is I Love Mr Mittens or if you want to save a few pennies then you can knit your own version from Wool and the Gang (read more about that HERE).
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I generally find there are two distinct camps when it comes to buying simple tees. Those that like to buy supposedly great quality ones which will wash well time after time but cost the earth from the likes of Alexandar Wang and James Perse. Alternatively, there are those, like me, that buy from the high street. I just struggle to justify huge amounts of money on something so simple.
Brands to shop: I really recommend H&M. They cost in the region of £4-£17 and they’re brilliant. For the price of one James Perse tee, you can buy 10 H&M ones which will each last 18months plus easily. Trust me, in this case, the maths adds up in your favour!
- Comfy Clothes
You would think this would be an obvious one but it’s amazing just how well expensive loungewear brands are doing at the moment. I have been known to splurge on the odd pair of cashmere joggers or designer sweaters but the loungewear I come back to time and time again are my inexpensive, well-worn ones which I can get mucky and throw in the washing machine. If you want to be truly comfy you don’t want to be worrying about ruining or marking your overpriced joggers!
Brands to shop: I highly recommend Ivy Park and ASOS (especially for cute pyjamas).
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I’m a huge proponent of the ankle boot. They’re a brilliant and easy go to, as they can be paired with everything and anything. They look great with jeans, dresses, shorts, leather trousers and the list goes on. Buy yourself a pair and you will definitely get value for money out of them.
Brands to shop: Hands down my best pairs have always come from ZARA.