Lots of people have been in touch to say they found the piece on creating a chic casual wardrobe from scratch really useful but that they’d like to include a skirt or two. So, buoyed by your enthusiasm, I’ve created another set. I’ve tried to make sure that the new pieces work with the ones from last time so that if you’re in the lucky position of buying them all, the combinations are endless! The sudden cold snap has seen me veering towards polo necked jumpers so I’ve made this a much more wintry selection. I’ve chosen two relatively short skirts, although for the Marks and Spencer version you have the option to choose mini or knee length. I’ve then added statement jumpers to brighten the neutral palette of Winter casual chic. Here goes:
This Hobbs Sara Sweater is a lovely simple cut. It has pockets that add detail but not bulk. The neckline is quite loose so it won’t make you look as though you have a double chin – a key thing to look out for as jawlines become less firm.
Uniqlo Cashmere Sweater – great quality at a great price in a festive colour to brighten Winter days.
A gentle toned off white Seasalt Sweater in a flattering shape, again with a soft neck that won’t make you too hot – ideal for people who find polo necks irritating.
Mint Velvet Skirt following on from the trend for ombre hair is this ombre skirt. The shade and texture with the zip detail make it a little bit special.
M&S Short Skirt as I mentioned, this is available in 2 lengths. Sold out in most colours, it has just been released in black. I bought one of these last year and I wear it a lot – such a bargain.
Mint Velvet Wool and Sequin Scarf I’ve chosen a luxurious accessory but made sure that it’s a very versatile colour so cost per wear…
Jigsaw Grey Brim Fedora – the hat of the season. Buy one with a small brim for timeless chic.
Clothes are important (obviously) but Winter isn’t really Winter for me without a fab pair of pyjamas to change into when you get home. Until this year I’ve always voted FatFace the best – the quality of their brushed cotton is outstanding and they add little details such as lace to the ribbon cord and pretty buttons.
These Cath Kidston London pyjamas are sweet too:
This year however Joules Fleur pyjamas are my winners and with 25% off until Sunday (code ND25) they are exceptionally good value. These are the ones I’ve ordered as my Christmas PJs.
I like this top too and can actually imagine wearing it with jeans around the house when I’m cooking
Although I’ll be wearing my pyjama bottoms with one of these gorgeous Johnnie B pointelle t-shirts, if you’re quick you’ll get onto the waiting list for the last delivery – sheer winter lounging heaven.
So, I think we’ve conquered a casual chic wardrobe for Winter, soon it will be time to think about party chic – in fact I need to do that pretty quickly because we’re getting our hosting out of the way early and having one next Friday. And then, for the following week, I’ve been organising a Selfridges reunion in London which will undoubtedly be super glam as so many of our old team have gone on to work for really big brands – Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Victoria Beckham…what to wear – haven’t a clue! However there’s going to be a lot to tell you about.
Finishing off with a picture from today – sorry, it’s been such a busy week that I haven’t taken any others. This was just as I was rushing out for a meeting wearing the black M&S skirt featured above and look – it’s THAT coat!!! This has to be my last clothing purchase for 2014 (which presents me with a wardrobe challenge for my next two events but then I always like a challenge).
Don’t forget there’s 25% off at Boden from Sunday 9th until Thursday 13th November using code F2J7. Our warm Autumn has left such a glut of product for most retailers – it’s going to be a game of chicken to see whether discounts continue to increase or the stock runs out. I’ll do my best to glean some inside information from my retail buddies when we meet up. Have a lovely weekend everybody, I know life’s getting busy but don’t forget to stay in touch.