Easy ways to shop smarter this year

January 29, 2016


Investing in your clothes isn’t about spending an obscene amount of money, it’s about picking key wardrobe pieces.

shop smarter this year

Let’s get one thing straight, I am not a fan of the capsule wardrobe. I don’t believe you need seven key items to see you through the season and you can just throw accessories at every outfit to make it on trend.

Style isn’t a formula, it’s a feeling.


That being said I am all for investing in good quality items that you’ll wear again and again. Not only will it help your bank balance it’ll help the environment too, did you know that the UK dumps 1 million tonnes of clothing into landfills every year? How insane is that? So shopping smarter should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Five easy ways to shop smarter?

  • Go to your local Charity shops
  • shop in Vintage stores
  • find a good seamstress and get all those clothes you’ve been meaning to get fixed altered
  • go to a swap shop & refresh your wardrobe fast for no money
  • Shop locally!


You all know I am a big advocate of shopping local, it helps local designers stay in business and the items are more likely to be made locally too.

Nicci N is one of my favourite up and coming Scottish designers, her pieces are timeless with an edge, the perfect addition to any wardrobe.

When choosing something that you want to fit into your wardrobe as a whole you need to look at what you have, and what you are missing. A leather skirt is going to come back on trend time after time, and can easily be dressed up or down, but don’t pick something that’s not going to last, or that you’re not actually going to wear!

I love this skirt as it has little subtle lace panels, has some vintage esq keys and pearls sewn into the side and it’s high waisted, so very flattering! I have already styled this skirt and will undoubtedly wear it again and again, funnily enough, I wore the skirt with Wolford tights last time too….but they don’t call them the Rolls Royce of hosiery for nothing! I love the subtlety of these tights, with a nod towards the stocking but much easier to wear.

The pale grey seam is what sealed the deal for me, sexy but in a really understated way. The best thing about these tights has to be the fact they look so natural on, not to mention they feel amazing. Teamed with a forest green top and some Chelsea boots this outfit will take you from day to night and everywhere in-between.

So really the question is, do you plan on investing in your wardrobe this year?


1 Comment

  • Reply Style In Black January 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Love this post! You’re right, style is a feeling.. I need to become better at putting outfits together. I’m glad you’ve linked the coat, it’s beautiful!!

    Amy xx

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