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I know it sounds like a weird question but I'm sick of 80% of my clothes (if not more) I find it so hard to find nice things to wear and I don't know where to look. I'm 5 foot tall, weigh around 9st 9lb (embarrassingly), long dark hair, got a bit of a belly but not huge. Really don't know where to look. Because I haven't bought anything for so long, I could afford to spend a few hundred on a some bits and bobs to get me started. Any ideas?
I think I buy nice quality and tend to shop at Banana Republic, White Company, Reiss, Boden. Odd thing from M&S and Autograph range. Cashmere from the Pure Collection. I try and find discount codes for many of these places, especially White Company and Boden. Start with good basics, like great jeans and stretch trousers, a lovely jumper or blazer. And go from there
They are expensive but all good quality in my opinion. The Chelsea or bistro trousers from Boden are great stretch work trousers, Banana Republic do fantastic work tops and the odd amazing thing for nights out, I buy some evening tops in Reiss, and White Company knitwear is amazing. You only need a few key pieces to really start on a great wardrobe. White Company is all neutrals so maybe start there. I always look for a 20% discount code though as the prices are high. The other places can be more reasonable. There's still loads left in the Reiss sale (though it pays to go in store there for a rummage). Another place I like for going out tops is French Connection. I'm 38. How old are you?
Personally I'd start with a capsule. You are petite so that needs to be considered especially when it comes to jeans etc. What neutrals suit you best?
Next does really great jeans for petite with a bit of a belly- it's their lift,slim and shape ones. I would personally add three cashmere v-necks in charcoal,navy and taupe. Boden does some lightweight layering tops (boatneck) which are flattering to petites and come in a variety of colours. Breton A boxy merino knit Cami vest for layering in tonal colours
Buy natural fibres and all leather shoes. I recently bought a pair of Hudson tan daisy brogues and they are the most lovely quality.
Places I rate- Hudson for shoes, woolovers for plain basic knits (ignore the biddy-ness pics), Boden,Toast,Next,Uniqlo, Autograph, Next,Brora,Johnstons of Elgin, Kew and white Company. Mint velvet does nice shoes/boots but their clothing isn't great IMHO. Agnes b for investment stuff.
Would you wear Spanish riding boots? How classic are we talking are you in your personal style?
Op what I'd suggest are good basics. I was in an awful habit of buying one off pieces which then I couldn't match properly.
So lately I've got a navy short sleeved knit too from Jigsaw, navy spotted skirt Emily & Fin, floral blue/pink flippy skirt Jigsaw etc. midi skirts x 2 Top Shop, palm print jumpsuit Top Shop.
I do buy the odd trend item eg sequin parrot tshirt H&M.
Also you don't have to do Breton, cashmere etc if you don't want to! I don't like Bretons and find cashmere nice but tricky to care for (hand wash, moths etc). Uniqlo I also find very boring.
Work you need to work out do you want meeting stuff and/or everyday. Would you pay a lot for an excellent work shift dress (Hobbs) or prefer a couple of cheaper pieces? I haven't been in eg Banana republic for ages but they did have nice work tops and nice evening and also nice accessories.
Some here love Cos etc some hate it. Maybe a Pinterest board would be good before you splash your cash.