In the meantime I've been googling and gaining ideas to develop the beginnings of a capsule wardrobe. I've bought a great blazer with leather lapels, which fits perfectly and really hangs well for the price (now only £50 but I paid a little more) in the sale at Mango.
And following the wise advice of Susie So So I'm going to get some fantastic black pointy courts. I'm tempted by this lovely Sam Edelman pair, in the sale at Matches for £84:
However, I keep coming back to these classic black leather stilettos from Zara, they're cheaper but full price, so less of a bargain- but every time I see someone in them I think they're way more expensive, they're brilliantly cut and comfortable too (and I could get a tan pair too for only slightly more than the Matches pair, two for the price of one!)
While I wrestle with that conundrum, here's a few of my ideas for my new capsule wardrobe. I've pasted pictures that are on sale now but I'll be mostly using items that I already own (remember I said mostly).
What would you put in a capsule wardrobe?
Red bag: Lulu Guinness now down to £245
Black court shoes: £49.99 at Zara
Cream chunky knit: H&M (can't find online)
Black A-line mini: Jigsaw
Angomania dress (oh how I long for this but my old one will have to do!): MY-WARDROBE new season
White pintuck shirt: Jigsaw
Black chiffon printed shirt: This is Equipment, mine is Zara but old
Jacket: Mango (this season sale)
Outfit inspiration: Marant (this will be me soon...in a cheaper version)
Chelsea boots: Topshop (I'd like these but a little higher ideally!)
Trench: Mine is an old Whistles number but this is Patrizia Pepe down to £185 at Flannels
Skinny indigo jeans: Gok at Sainsbury (still no online shop)
Red drape top: Anglomania ( I am desperate for this but at well over £100 I am sure I can find a reasonable and cheaper lookalike)
Leopard heels: New Look
Black skinnies: Gok at Sainsbury (no online fashion)
White scoop neck (and black): Next
Black cashmere jumper: Uniqlo
Red V neck : Uniqlo
Black polo: H&M