Otherwise known as 'things i have learned'! Over these very many years of fashion mania i have learnt a few things along the way hence i have decided to share for your weekly delectation my top fashion tips.
Firstly - Zara - that fab fave of the high street - Zara is my go to on the high street (and if you live in London - seriously Duke of York Square, Kings Road - the BEST Zara store by a long fashion mile).
My top tips for Zara purchases - tailor them - it may seem like madness to spend almost as much on the tailor as the garment but it will take that £10 purchase to £1000 fit. Last Saturday (the day of the new big purchase - oooh) I wore a Zara jacket that i had altered - all they did was put in shoulder pads - and i was asked (in Lanvin - twice!) where i got it - if the fabric is good (and herein lies the rub) it is worth getting the fit right. I use Atelier Colpani in Mayfair - they are unbelievably good.
I keep all the spare buttons from my designer purchases and here charity shops come in too - if the button is good and the price is right, buy it for the button - they are hard to source really good buttons - so find them, keep them and then swap - makes the world of difference. Button Queen in Marylebone are a good source for buttons too. VV Rouleaux also amazing for trims - ribbon etc.
I bought a fab Zara maxi this season - but the belt was a tad cheap - swapped the belt for a chloe one - repeatedly asked were it is from and no-one believes me when i say Zara. It really is in the accessories.
A lot of Zara garments do not wash well - dont dry clean - it is way harsh - buy a Janie dry spot cleaner (totally chemical free) from John Lewis and steam - i think this is my tip of the century - these little wonders get rid of so much and save your clothes from the ravages of dry cleaners who often ruin more than they clean.
I will have a little re-enaction this weekend and post these two outfits next week - even if i freeze as they are both very summery and sussex certainly is not!!
To keep your fashion appetite whetted and sated - how about a fab inspirational post that we can all emulate - nearly the weekend xx
The inimitable Shala Monroque courtesy of Wayne Tippets