While I have been busy creating Autumn capsule wardrobes for my clients I am always keeping an eye open for those key pieces to add to my own to update it for the new season. Since my decision last season to buy less but buy better there have been a few places that I go back to again and again. In some cases it is because they stock brands that can’t be found everywhere and in other cases it is simply because they provide such a great service. So here are my 5 trusty places to shop and I’ve chosen 5 pieces from each that I have either bought, will buy or am dreaming of buying.
Firstly my remembered love, Selfridges. I used to shop in the store regularly but it has only been recently that I have used their online store. If you go to London check out Selfridges beauty hall and the accessories, you will be in heaven! Online it is no different. The first place I look for a pair of shoes or handbag – and don’t be put off by the items I have chosen below, they also stock brands like Carvela and Dune, not just the higher priced designers. Look for beauty brands you can’t find anywhere else like the new Victoria Beckham makeup for Estee Lauder (I absolutely love this eye palette) and if like me you can’t live without a selection of scarves there are plenty to choose from. Finally if you can’t wait for your delivery Selfridges deliver on both Saturday and Sunday and their customer care team is exceptional.
The place I go to for all things Max Mara as they stock several of their lines including the main line, Weekend Max Mara, S Max Mara, Studio and Elegante. From on trend knits to beautiful coats and statement necklaces you will find them all in one of these lines. I also return again and again to the Diane Von Furstenberg collection for gorgeous silk blouses and dresses and her bags which are a great price for a designer handbag.
The designer arm of Very. A great place for designer brands that are hard to find elsewhere. They also stock brands like Reiss, LK Bennett and Whistles too so if an item you want is sold out on the brand’s own site you may well find it here (I have found this with LK Bennett shoes especially) The other huge benefit of shopping at Very Exclusive is that you can do Click and Collect from your local convenience store for next day delivery. So no waiting in, just pick up when it suits you – my local collection point is literally a five minute walk – dangerous!
Oh I do love LK Bennett. For the last few seasons their clothing has grown up and become incredibly elegant. Whether it is a beautiful dress, one of their stunning full skirts or a feminine silk blouse I always find something I want. Their shoes of course are pretty fabulous too. Unless they are really busy your package will be with you next day in most cases too and that is their standard service.
Jigsaw is one of those brands that just gets on quietly with delivering wearable pieces with a modern twist. Their knitwear is consistently a favourite and is always beautiful quality. They also do beautiful quality jersey tops and unusual blouses/tops that make a simple pair of trousers or jeans into an outfit. Oh and Saturday delivery too.
Do you have favourite stores to shops for your capsule wardrobe?
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