Where to splurge: Ten key pieces that every girl needs

14 Dec

I’ve been thinking this week: if I really had to pare my wardrobe right down to the bones, what would I keep? I decided to limit myself to ten. Here’s what I chose: 

Stand out from the office herd in a pair of tuxedo trousers

1: A pair of great black trousers. Dress trousers (the ones with a satin strip down the side, designed to be worn with a tux) are particularly good, I think. They stand out at the office without being too out-there, they’re great for evening too and they’re easily available in vintage stores.

2: A good quality black polo-neck

  • 3: A denim mini – the skirt that keeps on giving, all year round
  • 4: A black or dark green blazer to take you from the office to a club
  • 5: A great white shirt
  • 6: A zinging bright trenchcoat

7: Good shoes – cheap is fine for nights out but for work I buy the best I can. I’ve been wearing some of my good leather shoes for five years, properly looked-after, ie polished, soled and heeled.

  • 8: An LCD – otherwise known as the little coloured dress. Style on a budget is about making a statement, not blending into the background, so I’ve chosen to ditch the ubiquitous black

    Take That, little black dress!

    sleeveless shift, and go for a pop of colour. Fuchsia is my choice, worn with matching tights and nude or grey chunky-soled high shoes. 

  • 9: A beautiful cashmere jersey in the colour of your choice. These are bountiful in vintage stores because they last for ever if properly treated.
  • 10: A good leather bag in black, brown or nude.

 And that’s it. Ten key pieces which can be combined in so many ways. What’s your top ten?


One Response to “Where to splurge: Ten key pieces that every girl needs”


  1. Why Skint Girls Can’t Afford Cheap Clothes « Skint in the City - May 16, 2011

    […] items that are close to hand. These days, I’m trying to keep my wardrobe pruned back with a few key pieces, a great bunch of accessories and a ton of imagination! […]

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