Having a great collection of mixable and matchable separates is perhaps the best way to build up a decent ‘going-out’ wardrobe. You absolutely shouldn’t need to buy something new every single time you go out for dinner. It is perfectly possible to create a wardrobe that you can go to at a moment’s notice and pull out a handful of great options that suit you and make you feel good. You just need to focus your attention on only buying pieces that work for you and your style.
Having particular tops to go with particular ‘bottoms’ is incredibly limiting. With a little bit of thought you can experiment and start buying new pieces with a different mindset.
The ideal situation is for you to have a great selection (even two options can be enough) of lower-half pieces i.e. a great skirt in a luxe fabric or a fabulous pair of trousers and three or four different tops that work with each. If you already know how to dress for your body shape, this is easier – if not you might have a bit of trial and error to do in order to get there (but I promise you it’s worth the effort!)
Three tops and two bottoms can make at least 6 outfits – change up the shoes and/or jewellery and add in a blazer and that’s even more option for you to play with.
Here are some of my fave ‘going out’ tops that I’ve found on my recent browse in John Lewis (I am not affiliated with John Lewis, but it’s my favourite place for ideas and inspiration). Choose well and you’ll get a lot of wear and memories out of them.
Reiss Elin Embellished Satin Blouse, Blush £140.00
Blush is a beautiful tone on softer complexions (hair, skin and eyes are a similar tone) and gives off a luxe feel. The embellished neckline eliminates the need to work out earrings and necklace – a beautiful watch or cocktail ring would work beautifully.
AllSaints Ellen Lace Top, Dark Blue £82.60
I love how this lace top has an inbuilt camisole, high neckline and sleeves but the sheer, stretch lace adds an element of femininity and slinkiness. This top would work well over coated jeans or an oxblood leather mini skirt or even a pair of black jeans. Three totally different looks.
Would it be useful to have a blog post on skirts and trousers as staples for your wardrobe? Leave me a comment.