Leather skinnies (or pleather if not - Topshop did great ones last year & there are good River Island on eBay) would be my number one buy. They are everywhere with chunky jumpers in the fashion press and once you take the leap are so easy to wear. I wore mine last winter to soft play etc instead of leggings but they can also be dressed up for the evening so are a very good investment.
I'd also get some good boots. I am going to wear black Ash ankle boots this winter a bit like these ones. They go with opaques and dresses or skinny jeans.
Have you got a leather jacket? Again they are "everywhere". I've seen some people suggesting TK Maxx as a good place to get one.
My best but last winter was a lovely grey cashmere jumper I wore every other day. Lots of dark green and jewel colours around this year.
Boots - I am going for mid-calf and in either a light-ish brown or grey again this year as I wore both my pairs of boots in this style to death
Coat - I'm not set on a particular style, yet, but it has to be Not Black or I get will feel dowdy and depressed by Christmas , and it is going to have to be a quality brand that will feel gorgeous all winter.
Lovely dress in wool or heavy material, in a dark colour.
Thanks - I am loving these suggestions. I definitely need a coat and boots and bag, I know they will be worn every day so will need to find ones I love. Grey cashmere jumper would be very versatile. Dress and tights sound fab too, esp as this is first winter in ages that I'm not preg or bf!
That is six items and only two real outfits though. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe but even so I reckon I'd quickly get bored of the same two outfits.
Just realised I don't have much in the way of winter scarves either. I tend to find wool scratchy on my neck and acrylic too nasty, what material would be good (and also warm?) Any suggestions for nice places to buy scarves?
Re "fashionable" as usual there are a couple of trends for A/W - the ones I liked are jewel tones, accents from the "forties" (and I repeat accent ;), cocoon coats (already bought one in July! ;)
invest in a nice cashmere scarf in a neutral colour that goes with most of you winter underwear - in general good cashmere is an (expensive) but good buy - lasts forever and always looks good - just try to find pieces that are more "young" ...also for good value merino/cashmere/silk mixes try Uniqlo - they have a huge selection of, usually on trend, colours in classic shapes
Zara and COS have a few coats lined up which look good for autumn and the Zara plaited shopper is now an online hit and personally the black one is great and at £80 not too bad value
COS do nice scarves but not sure if their winter collection is in, I got a fab cashmere scarf from johnstons which was literally lying around on the racks at whistles in selfridges at £50 (original price £250!!!) so worth checking out dep stores for pre-winter bargains
New J brands .. from lots places Barbour.. Beadnell or International Cashmere mix coat all soft and cosy K.Hooker looky likey coat. Red Scarf.. Gorgeous brown boots. ?? Handbag... sooo many options Selection tops Silk Shirt big look with jeans going on (Zara) Malene Birger white shirt. Jumpers ( whistles) Falke tights maybe striggings ( online) wellies tweed shorts ( not seen any yet !) pencil skirts are going to be big liking the tartan anglomania.
I have some nice bits I bought in the brora sale for bargain prices.
Tweed shorts - sounds like something that Whistles would do.
I want to extend my list please:
- a blush coloured silk blouse that is sort of fitted and billowy at the same time (I know what I mean in my head but whether or not such a thing will actually exist is a different matter!) - some charcoal marl tights - the perfect grey marl t-shirt, with a scoop neck and three quarter sleeves (am hoping that Hobbs or Linea will produce this for me) - a grey or cream lace top
V pretty but not for me, I'm afraid. Am v small across the back but v norky, so traditional button down blouses and shirts just look hideous on me. I said 'blouse' but actually that was silly of me and I meant 'top' I guess!