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 January motto shall be "new year, same you," hopefully with the addition of a few small comforts to get us through the next four weeks—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 seasonal sales. So this month, 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 styles that will re-energise your wardrobe for the 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.
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.
Classic and polished, the loafer is the shoe style that is feeling undeniably fresh for 2021. Keep it from looking too much like a school uniform by styling with dressed-down separates.
Whether you use them to update your summer dresses for the winter months or simply as cold-weather layering heroes, second-skin tops won't let you down this year.
Some may be hailing the return of skinny jeans, but I'm firmly sticking to the dramatic stylings of wide-leg denim. Balance out the OTT proportions with a fitted knit.
The puffer is fast becoming this winter's go-to outwear buy, but the padded gilet offers a more offbeat way to wear the trend.
Worn alone with knee-high boots and a roll-neck or layered over tailored trousers, the layering dress is your unexpected cold-weather saviour for 2021.
Flat Knee-High Boots
What do you get when you combine 2020's cult combat boots with a knee-high silhouette? Only the most perfect winter boots we've ever seen.
Fringing isn't just for the height of summer—give this Wild West trim a winter twist with Arket's roll-neck or AllSaints's suede jacket. Instant outfit elevation.
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 Zara's pyjama-style trousers with a cream cashmere knit.