I've seen, and styled quite a few people in the Lena Jersey Blazer Whistles (£95) and now it's my turn to have one. They are lovely - quite thick but soft too, so they give the look of a blazer - perfect for those times when you need to be warm but when a jumper just won't make the grade - whilst feeling more like a cardigan. That's my sort of clothing! Oddly there is very little difference between the sizes 4,6 and 8 - so if you do normally take an 8, don't be put off by seeing the tiny sizes - they may still fit.
Buying my New Look jeans made me realise how dire the rest of my jeans were - so rather than filling a gap, they created one, which wasn't the plan at all. I've also picked up a pair of the Maysa jeans Whistles (£95) for another try on at home, after road testing them in store a few weeks ago now. They may not stay with me but with a 25% discount, it made them a little more realistic price wise.
I'm not sure that I've ever worn a tube skirt but Whistles (£55) does a longer length one, which I could see had potential. Oddly it was also recommended in the Sunday Times Style Magazine this week - to a pregnant lady. It's so close fitting that I fear that there's a risk that this skirt could make anyone look pregnant, whether they are or not, so perhaps that's the best way to wear it - although I'm not prepared to go quite that far. Even I draw the line somewhere.
During a brief wander around Zara this floral scarf (£17.99) revealed itself to me. I can see me wearing it with a striped top and a yellow bag - I just need to get the yellow bag now!
So far on my shopping trip I've bought navy tencel chinos and a navy striped dress from Jigsaw, the Jack Wills Liberty print dress, Whistles navy jacket, tube skirt and jeans plus the above scarf from Zara. It's unlikely that I will keep it all but I've started the ball rolling in the purchasing/returning/purchasing something else in its place merry-go-round, which tends to go on at the start of each season until all the basics are in place. Then I gradually start to add the more on trend items plus some print and colour. Sometimes known as a capsule wardrobe, core pieces, wardrobe staples or hero pieces, I prefer to think of this lot as stuff I'll wear a lot - and a bit more than that too.