Having spent the last 13 years or so looking at expensive clothes and accessories up close means I can spot a worthwhile investment from a mile off. I may not have the available budget to always splurge on said pieces, but they're building up into one heck of a wish list in my head—a wish list that I'm willing to share with you here, in a monthly shopping gallery that features only the most-obsessed over and adored creations I've bookmarked.
I recently bought this Dôen dress and can't wait to wear it in spring.
Once upon a time, it was easy to get carried away with the seasonal carousel-like shift in trends—in came one colour and out it went again when a designer said it should be so—and my list of desired items kept changing to suit. But these days, it's the same "forever" types of buys that remain important to me, simply waiting for that lottery win to roll in. However, classic doesn't have to mean boring: My personal-style essentials include less obvious things such as knitted co-ords (been wearing those for years, and before they were available in the mass market I was snapping them up from vintage stores in Spitalfields and Brooklyn) or snake-print knee-high boots (seriously, they're neutral enough to work with almost anything). So below you'll find an edit of luxury items that I believe will stand the test of time in my wardrobe.
Dôen Nanette Belted Floral-Print Crepe Maxi Dress (£290)
This is bias-cut and just fits like a really slinky, light-weight slip dress but with plenty of extra coverage and volume in the sleeves. Even the little cowl neckline and black velvet-covered buttons makes this simple midi feel even more special.
Saint Laurent Monogram Small Leather-Trimmed Printed Canvas Shoulder Bag (£1225)
I'm 100% invested in buying classic bag styles that could pass as vintage and will look chic forever. This new (but very retro) monogrammed style from Saint Laurent ticks those boxes and comes in a super-practical cross-body satchel style too—perfect for the many walks still to come this year…
Celine Sulky T-Shirt (£300)
I didn't think I was a fan of designer logo tees and then this beauty from Celine came along. It's the muted '70s colours, baby tee-fit and ringer edging that makes it feel less like a ubiquitous luxury buy and more like a well-loved archival piece.
Lex Pott Twist Candle Orange (£24)
Quirky candles are having a moment and it's these twisty ones from Lex Pott (which come in all different colours) that are really, er, lighting up my IG feed right now. Great for tablescaping a dinner party, once such a thing is allowed again.
Brent Neale Shell 18-Karat Gold Emerald Necklace (£8420)
Brent Neale is a new fine jewellery name to me, and his offbeat, dream-like creations—like this shell necklace or the magic mushroom pendants—manage to be fun but entirely grown-up too. A future heirloom.
Adidas X Wales Bonner Sl72 Woven Cotton and Leather Trainers (£160)
Just the coolest trainers from the coolest collab. Because of the neutral tones they'll work really well with various outfits right through into summer and until you tire them out! Prepare to be complimented and asked about these tirelessly.
Nili Lotan Carter Fringed Suede Jacket (£2495)
Two years ago I bought a suede fringed jacket and have worn it on repeat ever since. Mine was a secondhand style from a French brand, but this style is now something that Nili Lotan is known for and hers epitomises the look. It's a dream ticket for many a woman.
Slowdown Studio Kimbie Graphic-Print Woven Cotton Throw (£250)
Everyone in the team agrees it would be lovely to own a Slow Down Studio wall hanging/throw. They sell out fast and it's hard to pick a favourite, so don't dawdle on this one.
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The Frankie Shop Scarf-Detailed Rib-Knit Turtleneck Sweater (£240)
I found this and instantly thought of editor Emma Spedding, but I think we'll have to timeshare it. Beige jumpers don't sound exciting, but a good one will last you a lifetime and make everything in your wardrobe look more elevated.
Prada Cleo Spazzolato-Leather Shoulder Bag (£1440)
The entire UK team is in love with the same bag: Prada's new-season Cleo. It's the perfect, neat '90s-style number, and knowing just how much wear I get out of my black Saffiano crossbody Prada, I'm sure this would be a useful companion for life.
Rejina Pyo Miller Rust Linen-Blend Midi Skirt (£425)
Smart midi skirts and snug knits are what I wear most days for work (even if I'm not in the office), so there's always room for more options. This has all of the vibes of a vintage piece but with a more modern and flattering fit around the hips. It'll be a good all-year-rounder, is and I'd wear it in the summer with a plain white tee.
Daphine Oli 18kt Gold-Plated Ring (£55)
I only wear quite simple plain gold jewellery on a day-to-day basis, and this Daphine ring would be a popular addition to my collection, without having to cost a fortune.
Paris Texas 65 Python-Effect Leather Knee-High Boots (£535)
You may have already picked up on the fact that my look is quite '70s. And that decade would be nothing without its knee-high boots. I have pairs in black, tan, navy, red and chocolate-brown, but I've yet to add the ultimate neutral in a pair of snake-print pull-ons. These have just the right mid-height heel to be infinitely wearable.
Agolde Leather-Blend Straight-Leg Pants (£385)
It's rare that I'll get excited about a pair of jeans, as I just don't wear them that often, but there's something very timeless about a flattering pair of leather trousers. These bring together the best of both worlds, and they're made from a recycled leather blend, so extra "conscious" brownie points for me. Agolde are known for being a great fit for both jeans and more tailored styles like these, so I have high hopes that they'll suit my hourglass figure.
Khaite Beth Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress (£1015)
I already have a handful of form-fitting LBDs in my closet and they've worked well many years in a row for parties, events and big meetings. They range from a vintage tiered number from Holly Harp (a cult L.A. designer from the '70s) through to a more modern shift from Opening Ceremony, but I'm missing a knitted, long-sleeve option like this beauty.
Gucci 1955 Horsebit GG Supreme Shoulder Bag (£1670)
Gucci's retro-inspired bags are my favourite styles from the brand, and while I already own a black secondhand Jackie (that I managed to find about a decade ago for £75 in a charity store) I'd be very happy to add a monogram to my "collection."
L.F.Markey Danny Longsleeve Boilersuit Mint (£180)
If you've been wondering where the boilersuit trend came from I'd say many other brands have been "inspired by" L.F. Markey's. Hers come in all sorts of colours, but this new sage-green has really piqued my interest. Yes, they're popular right now, but a utility-style jumpsuit is actually the kind of throw-on item you'll come back to time and again.
Cartier Panthère De Cartier 20mm Small 18-Karat Gold Watch (£32200)
Dear Husband, should you ever find yourself with £32k going spare, this would be nice. Yours sincerely, Hannah. In all seriousness though, Cartier's watches are nothing short of spectacular in terms of design, quality and functionality, and they're the kind of item that holds value, being passed from generation to generation.
Joseph Polar Skin Britanny Coat (£1645)
Joseph's shearling coats are a thing of legend and a real signature piece for the British brand—perfect fits, super-plush fabrics and they magically still look good decades after you've bought one. This new style feels rather Carine Roitfeld to me, and that's never a bad thing.
Tove is the new British brand many fashion editors, stylists and influencers have recently fallen for. And you can see why, right? The brand's detailed-yet-minimalistic cotton dresses are comfortable, elegant and even washing machine-friendly.
Marina Raphael Evangelie in Crystal (£860)
One day we will go to parties again, and when that happens I'll be carrying this. It looks like a 1960s relic but is in fact a new piece from a collaboration between handbag designer Marina Raphael and super-influencer Evangelie Smyrniotaki of Style Heroine. Chic, fun and surprisingly timeless.
Isabel Marant Pomano Fluted-Hem Denim Midi Skirt (£355)
Ever since I missed out of Stella McCartney's famous denim "mum" skirt all those years ago I've been searching for the perfect replacement. Vintage iterations I find to be too stiff and then easily loose shape once you've been sitting down for a while, but I'm hoping this slightly lighter-weight option, with its '80s diagonal lines and sassy front slit, will do the job.
Henriette Von Grünberg Corduroy Hair Bow Sky (£55)
I've been wearing my hair up more and more over the past year as it's just more practical, but that doesn't mean I'm happy with a plain ol' bobble. These delightful hair-bows make a statement out of it.
Paloma Wool El Valle Check Jacquard Knit Top (£115)
As I mentioned previously, knitted co-ords and I go way back. I have some plain versions, some patterened, but nothing quite as exciting as this from Barcelona-based Instagram-adored brand.
Paloma Wool Puerto Check Jacquard Knit Trousers (£120)
Why not add the matching pants?
Church's Kelsey Prestige Calf Leather Sandal Natural (£430)
Is it too soon to think about sandals? No! I've been hunting for the perfect pair of fisherman sandals for some time now (convinced they're going to be big news for summer 2021), but Church's have been creating them for years and have therefore got the style completely licked. These are a top-notch classic and make all others pale in comparison.
Dilara Findikoglu Boleyn Necklace (£135)
I have shamelessly stolen this beautiful jewellery find from Sarah Jane Bea, an NHS nurse whose personal style is fantastic and whom we recently included in a shopping picks roundup of women working outside of the fashion industry. I will probably get a T to represent the name of my son, Teddy, once it's back in stock…
Taller Marmo Mrs. Ross Fringed Crepe Kaftan (£890)
Major retailers are all predicting a return to "joyful" dressing next year with OTT dresses taking the lead. This Milanese label creates the kind of fab-u-lous gowns perfectly suited to the new mood and remind me of Margo from The Good Life, who is my forever icon.
Wandler Isa Leather Ankle Boots (£510)
A smart pair of black ankle boots will never fail you and your clothes, and these angular ones from Wandler feel like the most up-to-date pair I've seen in some time.
Suzie Kondi Cashmere Sweater (£575)
2020 has been the year of luxury loungewear and Suzie Kondi is the name everyone in the know is buzzing about. Yes, a cerise-pink cashmere tracksuit sounds ridiculous, but just look at it—divine!
Suzie Kondi Cashmere Track Pants (£750)
I'd even be tempted to wear these slouchy cuffed pants with heels,.
Bottega Veneta Almond Leather Slingback Pumps (£655)
Talking of heels, they don't get much lovelier than Bottega Veneta's right now. These white slingbacks have all of the charm of a pair of vintage shoes minus the scrapes, un-glued soles and super-narrow fits that don't suit my wider feet. White shoes are handy to have in one's spring/summer armoury, effortlessly working with everything from jeans and casual trousers through to flouncier dresses for weddings.
Hayley Menzies Rodeo Merino Wool-Cotton Duster Jacket (£500)
Many an editor has proclaimed this to be THE item of 2020's lockdown—a joyful cardigan that has lifted spirits wherever it may go. I have to admit, I've worn mine a LOT, and you simply can't walk around wearing cowgirls, fringing and stars and not be cheered.
Toasties Hotel Slippers Army Green (£159)
Are pricey house slippers now the ultimate luxury? Quite possibly. These Toasties have sold out in other colourways (the super-brights appear to be very popular) but I think this forest-green is the chicest option anyway.
Next up, your guide to all of the big spring/summer 2021 trends.
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