Do you ever find yourself desperately rummaging through your closet looking for something, ANYTHING to wear that strikes the right balance between chic, cool and carefree - but come up blank?
Shoes, bags, dresses, skirts and trousers are launched from one corner of the room to the other in a mad scrimmage for sartorial success - yep, we've all been there. This arduous process wastes valuable pregame time, and don't even get us started on the painful task of putting those discarded pieces away again. Argh!
So next time, save yourself the panic and plan ahead by picking up a chunk of key pieces that will stay on-trend, suit your shape and eliminate last minute thread tornadoes. But before you start bemoaning your budget - don't fret, you can feel fresh on the cheap by cleverly selecting items that seamlessly pair with the staple pieces you already own.
For example, if your cupboard’s too casual, revamp it with a hero piece like this Audrey Hepburn-esque coat with a modern twist. Nothing is more sartorially sophisticated than a classic cape - layer it with jeans, dresses - the possibilities are endless.
On your feet you’ll need something simple, so take the panic out of your mornings with ankle boots that go with everything from frocks to jocks! Erm, however if you do pair them with the latter alone, maybe stay inside.
But when you’re venturing outdoors, throw on a classic moto jacket in a neutral hue. This chocolate leather-look piece is an easy option to update simple white tees and jeans.
Speaking of casual cool, we all need a playsuit or two. As it's winter, opt for darker colours and pair with stockings to beat the chill. The best bit about this little beat is you can rock it all year round.
And as your social calendar can change at a moment's notice, you need to not only have back-up ensembles for casual gigs, but also a gown for the occasional fancy do. So bring the drama in something backless, beautiful and timeless - and you can never have too many LBDs!
Even when you already have another dress picked out for a specific event, it's always handy to have a spare frock should a strap break!
Then there are those nights when you want to look dressy, but not too dressy. Behold! This chic little frock has a cocktail cut with a cool denim edge. Plus, you can adjust the tempo with your accessories; sharpen it with heels or turn to boots to tone her down.