I won't bore you with the usual "new year, new you" aphorisms because, really, most of us barely have the energy to prop up our "old" selves, let alone fabricate some new, shiny version. Henceforth, our motto until March shall be "new year, same you," hopefully with the addition of a few small comforts to help carry us through to summer—be it good coffee from the nearby café or a weekly catch-up call with your BFF.
When it comes to shopping, if you're anything like me, you'll feel somewhat wrung out by the sales (which lasted about 6 months last year). So this season, I'm attempting to strip it all back with individual, hand-picked items that will refresh and elevate the basics that already sit in my wardrobe. Think of these as the fashion equivalent of a good coffee. It's all about quality over quantity and pieces that will re-energise your wardrobe for months to come. Same wardrobe, new ideas.
From colour-block knits to puffer waistcoats, there's plenty to choose from, but try not to lose your head and buy more than you actually need. Rather, take the time to ponder the options and find the pieces that match your taste and will slip into your personal capsule with ease. For me, this will be fringed jackets to throw over jeans and a roll-neck and second-skin tops to give my summer dresses more mileage. So if you're looking for an affordable gem to add flavour to your 2021 outfits, scroll down to see my elevating high-street edit.
1. Colour-Block Knits
A colour-block knit is just what your winter outfits need for a bit of artistic flare. Just add to your favourite pair of jeans and throw in a pair of combat boots.
This is a perfect one for when you're working from home but want something a little more polished (but no less comfy) to wear instead of your trackies. Wear H&M's pyjama-style trousers with a cream cashmere knit.