I know what you're thinking: a fashion editor who doesn't shop? Isn't that counterintuitive? I liken it to my friend who's a baker and doesn't eat much cake. It's not that you don't enjoy it—the opposite, in fact. The difference is that you don't indulge in it for the sake of it.
For the last 10 years or so, fashion has been my livelihood and my greatest passion. I preview collections before they're released, analyse the catwalks to pick out the need-to-know trends and scour new-in sections daily, all to bring you the very best that fashion has to offer. As a result, I've become very particular when shopping for myself. For one thing, I have to be in the right mood to shop. Shopping is a big part of my job, which can make doing it on my own time a chore. I also have to be willing to part with some cash. (I was raised to be very money-conscious.) Plus, my increased exposure to fashion means my taste has become all the more specific—something has to really impress me before I'm willing to invest in it. I'm picky, and I don't care who knows it!
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My current uniform consists of this Everlane shirt and bag, Next shorts, Zara belt, and H&M vest—a mix of some very old with some new.
That's not to say, however, that everything I buy is an investment—at least, not in terms of cost. I love the high street, and in Britain, we have access to some of the best affordable brands in the world. Although I shop from it, I do so mindfully. And I apply that same mentality to any high-end purchases I'm considering. In the past, I've been swayed into purchasing on name alone, but in my tenure at Who What Wear, I've developed a thicker skin for designer pieces, which allows me to look past the gold-gilded embossing and instead see the piece for what it is and determine whether it's actually worth it.
As you can see, I'm very particular about the clothes I wear, the story they tell, and the impact they have on my life. So why not share my shopping picks with you? These are pieces even a perfectionist can't find fault with. I hope you find something you like and can see yourself wearing for a long time.
See the Shopping Picks That Have Impressed Me
For the longest time, I didn't wear trousers as I was insecure about how they looked on my petite, hourglass frame. Through hard work, I've overcome that insecurity, and I'm so glad I have as I can now embrace the wide-leg trouser look with confidence. I think this pair makes for a wise investment.
I already own Charles & Keith's Gabine shoulder bag, and I can honestly say it's one of my most complimented pieces. Every time I carry it, someone asks me where it's from. I have a feeling the same will apply to these sandals, which share the same sleek metal hardware as the handbag.
It recently occurred to me that I don't own a denim jacket. Considering I'm half Canadian, this is basically sacrilegious. I'm in the market for one that looks as if it could be vintage, is the perfect shade of blue, and comes readily oversized. It's going to have to be this Arket number.
I have a sweet spot for bow and tie details—and Tove dresses, for that matter. I loved the blue iteration of this midi on others, but the sage feels more me.
Although I'm partial to basket bags, I find they can be quite restrictive in that they feel synonymous with spring and summer. Canvas bags, however, better loan themselves to year-round use. For that reason, Hereu is where I'm currently considering spending my money.
Recently, I realised I had absolutely zero bracelets in my jewellery collection, so I rectified the situation with this Ottoman Hands chain-link bracelet. As a person who usually appreciates symmetry, I'm surprised by how much I love the organic shapes here.
I get so much wear out of the cardigans I already own to the point where a couple are starting to look a little worse for wear. While I de-bobble them, I'm dreaming about this collared, textured cardigan, which I envisage wearing with leather miniskirts and jeans.
Save for stripes and the odd floral, I don't wear all that many prints. Though I've admired the checkerboard trend from afar, I never found a way to channel it that felt in keeping with my style. That was until I saw this dress. Puff sleeves and shirred waistlines are my dress go-tos, and the brown and cream colour combination feels glossy.
I recently bought a waistcoat-and-trouser set from ASOS (sadly, it's now sold out), and I've been shocked by the amount I've worn it in such a short time span. It's given me the encouragement to invest in something more premium, and I have my sights set on this Frankie Shop pairing.
After getting a tax rebate this summer, I decided to use my savings to treat myself. I bought my first Loewe bag—the Cubi—which now has me hooked on the brand. Next on my wish list is the Luna.
I regularly lean on the jeans-and-a-nice-top outfit combination when I'm running late and when I'm too tired to think—both of which are common. This Jonathan Simkhai top comes in a gorgeous rust hue, but I think this sky-blue shade might be my favourite of the two.
I've never met a pie-crust-collar blouse I didn’t like. In fact, I still regularly wear the white one I bought from Alexa Chung's first Archive collection for M&S back in 2016. With the addition of a ruffle placket in green linen, this one is unlike any other blouse I own, so there's certainly room for it in my wardrobe.
I'm already thinking ahead to my boot wardrobe for autumn/winter 2022. It's a big purchase and one I always like to consider thoroughly. I only have one pair of knee-highs, and they're black, so this tan suede pair with a kitten heel and squared-off toe might fill in any styling opportunities I'm currently missing out on.