Black. Obviously it's black.
Before I go any further, I just wanted to see how we are all doing on our Spring "looks". As rubbish and as disappeared up my own jacksie as that sounds, it is a thing. Does calling it a "uniform" sound any better? I'm not sure it does. But...bothered, as if you can get this sussed, your wardrobe will be a much more loveable thing.
The joy of being able every morning, to cherry pick items that instantly go together with zero thought, is a thing of pure enjoyment. Not to mention the extra 10 minutes in bed it will give you.
My advice would be first of all, to put together your staples. Those things that you wear season in, season out, which work from day to night, from casual to smart. You can invest, you can buy cheaper, wear often and replace.
I'm going to go through my staples over the next couple of weeks but I'm starting with one of my all time favourites. These have definitely earned their place in my hall of fame. I can't say I am obsessed with them as I don't have lots of pairs. I have three. Three which I wear again and again and again. And none of mine are remotely expensive.
But that's not to say it's not worth considering investing in a pair, especially when there are some bargains still to be had in the absolute dregs of the sale.
My wardrobe staple number one is a pair of black coated skinnies (or three. And by the way, the only reason I have three is that one pair is a waxed version and the other two are faux leather look. The reason there are two of the latter is because I was too worried about wearing one out so quickly. Plus they cost £22 each).
Before we delve in though, how do I wear mine? For a start they are the ultimate all year round staples with oversized jumpers. Fact. And yes, I wear them for rugby and football training and dog walking. They're wipe down. Which I find a bigger asset than the coated was probably intended for.
For during the day with tees and blazers in the Spring. Until it gets warmer, how about with a deconstructed shirt (I favour plain silk) and a blazer or oversized coat. In the evening, if you're not into dresses or skirts, or just want a change, these make the perfect alternative with flats, ankle boots or heels (sandals or courts). A statement blouse or a plain silk shirt (or print or what about a frill?) and sequin blazer (this I love with a logo tee - mixing it all up) and you're good to go.
There are some great ones out there - one thing I will say is I prefer and recommend high waisted. Bar none. Muffin schmuffin. So over it. Tuck that bugger in.
Current/Elliott The High Waisted was £206 now £144 at My Theresa where there is currently free shipping. Which makes it all the bit sweeter.
Now I know I said black... but this is called Dust. Which I guess is a charcoal grey and actually, is the most perfect alternative to black, especially in the Spring. Alas, they're not cheap but I don't have to wang on about cost per wear again, do I?
Alana High Waisted Skinny Jeans by JBrand from My Theresa £225 (free delivery and returns so ideal for *trying*).
Replay Joi Waxed High Waisted Skinny Jeans were £220 now £110 in short and regular.
Reiss Helvin High Waisted Coated Black Jeans £110 - these look more waxed than a faux leather look which I know some people will prefer. Personally I have both and wear them equally as often. Will definitely be looking into trying these.
Abercrombie & Fitch High Waisted Super Skinny Coated Jeans £70
Lee Scarlett Coated High Rise Skinny Jeans £90
But fear not - there are some true bargains to be had out there. My favourites are Boden and New Look. Neither of which have any at the moment. Mine were both sub £50 (the Boden Mayfairs with a code) and I have searched and found some great other options for you.
The Coated Skinny Cut from Warehouse £45
V by Very Addison High Waisted Super Skinny Jean in Black £30
V by Very Coated Utility Biker Jeans £35
Monki Oki Coated Skinny High Waisted Jeans £30
Black Coated Molly Jeggings from River Island £42
And here I am in mine today. Drum roll... good old New Look. Proving (I hope) that it's not always how much you spend. It's how many you try on to find that perfect pair that doesn't always come down to price (and different people will suit different styles and makes).
One thing I will say that I have found about cheaper coated pairs, is that unlike more cost effective jeans, they don't tend to overstretch during the day. They can be super stretchy but they seem to stretch back. I'm assuming it's the coating? I don't know why I said that actually, as I have no idea whatsoever why they don't overstretch like cheaper denim can. Any ideas, throw them below please.
Breton tunic - H&M
Coated skinnies - New Look
Leopard fur coat - M&S
Red loafers - Gucci
Black Tools Bag - Balenciaga
So tomorrow, I may be back with something a bit bling although I fear I am having a jazz hands come down and so it may well be something more classic. Thanks for all your requests yesterday, keep them coming and I hope that these have given those who were looking for out out options, some food for thought.
Oh and err who turned off Spring? HOW cold was it this afternoon?!