Saturday, 30 August 2014

Investment shopping

With every item I consider purchasing, I ask myself whether or not it is going to be a good investment, how many times I intend to wear it, what else it matches in my current wardrobe and finally, whether or not it is a classic, timeless piece. Of course, I do not always stick to classics as such, but the majority of the time, my investment pieces are timeless in nature. 

My advice to those of you wanting to invest in an item of clothing is to buy the very best quality you can afford. It is better to save and buy a garment which will stand the test of time and look fabulous in years to come, than it is to buy several garments of a lower quality.

Another tip is to choose a garment in a classic style so that you can wear it season after season, regardless of what is on-trend. Classic styles include white collared shirts, tailored jackets, cashmere sweaters, a-line skirts, tailored pants, dark denim jeans and of course, the little black dress. Every girl needs at least one of those in their closet! Think Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's. 




  
Sale time offers consumers the perfect opportunity to purchase classic pieces at cheaper price points. However, if  your size is on high demand, I suggest getting to the sales as soon as they start in order to avoid disappointment. Eye off pieces you love at the beginning of each season and watch out for when they go on sale. Major department stores, offer sales at different times during the year and you may be able to get your hands on a great classic price at half the regular asking price.

Many boutiques and designers also offer discounts, both online and in-store. These sales usually occur at the end of each season to make way for new stock, so keep your eyes open for sales. Signing up to customer databases allows you to keep better informed of up-coming sales, including VIP nights.   

Have you got any tips regarding investment dressing? I'd love to hear yours as one can never have too many ideas.

Yours in style

Suzi x 

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

searching for a classic

For my birthday, back in May, I purchased a gorgeous Burberry Prorsum cashmere sweater in grey melange. This is the best purchase I have ever made, with its superb quality and craftsmanship and luxurious feel. I just adore it. 

I have been trying to find another cashmere sweater of equal quality, to pair with my Burberry London navy skirt, in a more fitted style. The only problem is that it is proving to be a little more difficult than I had anticipated. Boxy, relaxed and printed styles of cashmere sweaters seem to be everywhere.

After searching and searching, Burberry once again, have proven that they are the market leaders when it comes to offering high-quality cashmere garments in classic styles. I think I may have found what I have been looking for. 

Burberry London has a slim-fit cashmere sweater in an array of colours, which I am thinking of purchasing.  So it looks as though I may need to stick with purchasing my classic cashmere sweaters from Burberry from now on.






Have you ever found it hard to find something you were after? Please share your story in the comment section below. 

Yours in style

Suzi x

images by Burberry

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Classic Cashmere


After an afternoon of web-surfing led me to Sydney based cashmere designer, Sonya Hopkins, my search is officially over. I have been looking for a cashmere stockist who manufacturers cashmere in classic styles and petite sizing (XS) for what seems like a lifetime.

On my wish list is the classic 100% cashmere crew neck sweater in black. Unfortunately, due to bad timing on my part, aka it being the end-of-season, I have missed out on my size. However, Sonya has kindly placed me on file and will let me know when this becomes available again. Such fabulous customer service, don't you think? I'm also loving the cable knits and crew neck cardigans too. So classic and oh so chic!

Sonya Hopkins is located at 17 William St, Paddington, NSW, Australia. Alternatively, you can shop online, where you'll receive free shipping with every order placed. 




How's your weekend been so far? Mine has been pretty low key actually. After running some errands this morning, I have spent the rest of the day indoors, due to Melbourne's chilly Winter weather. Of course, I have been wearing my cosy cashmere. I couldn't live without it!

Until next time, take care and stay stylish.

Yours in style,

Suzi x 

images c/o Sonya Hopkins x




Sunday, 20 July 2014

Luxury online shopping

I'm no stranger when it comes to shopping for designer clothing online. I have to admit that I still enjoy browsing in stores, although the ease and convenience of buying online is something which continues to attract, not only myself, but millions of people every day. Adding an item to the shopping basket is as easy as a click of a mouse.

Net-A Porter is the 'world's premier online luxury fashion destination' 1. Net-a-Porter first opened by founder, Natalie Massenet, 14 years ago, back in the year 2000. Since then, it has remained one of the best online shopping destinations for high-end designer women's clothing and is it any wonder. Their packaging and customer service is faultless.



While browsing Net-a-porter recently, I found the most adorable navy cotton-silk blend skirt by high-end designer Burberry London. Luckily, my size was still available, although marked 'low in stock', and with one simple click, the skirt was added to my shopping cart. 


I was happy to discover that shipping was complimentary and the item in question was shipped quickly and received at my end within the specified time. Once I held the box in my red hot little hands, I couldn't wait to open it. Inside the normal brown cardboard box, was the most chic, matte black box, embossed with 'Net-a-Porter' and wrapped with a stunning black and white ribbon. 

On opening the box, I was surprised to see a cute, little gift bag, containing a measurement guide and tape, which will be utilised during my next purchase. Underneath the gift bag, was my gorgeous new Burberry skirt. The sizing, colour and style was as described on the garment specifications. 







After trying on the garment, I was elated to find that it fits me perfectly! I credit Net-a-Porter for including the garment's measurements on their website. I only wish more online sites would follow suit, as knowing the actual sizing at the time of purchase, takes away the doubt associated with not being able to actually try the garment on.

Net-a-porter can add yet another satisfied cutomer to their list.

I'm looking forward to showing you the numerous ways I can style my Burberry London skirt in future posts.

Well, as you know, holidays have come and gone and I am now back at work teaching. This weekend has been relaxing so far, which has meant I can recharge my batteries in preparation for yet another busy week. 

Take care until next time!

Yours in style,

Suzi x



1. Quote taken from net-a-porter.com
thanks to net-a-porter.com for edit image & garment image

Saturday, 5 July 2014

This week's designer in focus: Ralph Lauren

This week's designer in focus is American designer, Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren began designing for men only, back as early as 1968 and worked for his own label, Polo Fashions. Ralph Lauren later branched into women's fashion and is wasn't until much later that Polo fashions became a public company in 1997, trading as Polo Ralph Lauren, as it is known today.


Ralph Lauren have several labels, so for those of you new to this designer, it can be a little bit overwhelming. I will share three of my preferred labels with you.

The Blue Label collection is perhaps the more affordable of the ranges. The label is renowned for the famous multi-coloured polo shirts, sporting the famous polo player in contrasting colours. The Blue Label collection is my go-to label for classic pieces, especially classic button-down shirts, which I wear to work.


The Black Label Collection is my favourite label for special pieces to be worn after five. In particular, I am a huge fan of the cashmere from this collection. It is exquisite.

  
Last of all, the "creme de la creme" of Ralph Lauren is the Purple Label or as it is more recently referred to as the Ralph Lauren Collection, which offers evening wear in the most sumptuous of fabrics. These garments are to die for.



I have to say Ralph Lauren is still high on my list of preferred designers as the garments do stand the test of time, are sophisticated and classic, three vital components of having a wearable, workable closet. 

Until next time, 
stay stylish!

Yours in style,
Suzi x 

images care of Ralph Lauren (c/o Google images)








Friday, 20 June 2014

Cashmere Princess

If there were such thing as a Cashmere Princess, I would be it. Cashmere is my absolute obsession. I would wear it 24/7 if I could and I pretty much do.

The creme de la creme of cashmere is milled in Scotland. Burberry is one design house who prides themselves in offering garments made from Scottish yarn. Their sweaters are also manufactured in Italy, a country renowned for its superb craftsmanship. 

The new Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2014 collection consists of my new guernsey detail sweater in classic colours (click here to view). The sweater featured also in Burberry Prorsum's Spring/Summer collection as well in classic and brights.

What has caught my eye in the new collection is this cashmere and silk sweater in  mid-grey melange tones. It is a more fitted style and I am after a sweater that can be tucked into skirts. This would be perfect. 



Well, report-writing time is officially over. Now for the parent/teacher interviews next week. Next Friday marks the end of term two and I cannot wait to stop to smell the roses. I will be on holidays officially after this time for two weeks. After all the hard work of the term, I sure do deserve a break!

Hope you've been well. Stay stylish.

Yours in style,
Suzi x

images burberry.com


Saturday, 24 May 2014

Burberry Prorsum Guernsey Detail Cashmere Sweater










After completing my, 'What's missing in my closet?" checklist, I decided it was time to update my cashmere sweater collection. 

I own one cashmere sweater from Pringle Scotland and love the way this cashmere feels. It was without hesitation that I decided to place an order for a sweater made from Scottish yarn, from the new Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 collection. I felt certain that I would be receiving something very special.

My garment of choice was the guernsey detail cashmere sweater in the colour grey melange. I love the guernsey detailing and the wide bands on the hips and cuffs. The cashmere is buttery soft and feels so luxurious against the skin.

I was excited to pick up my sweater today from Burberry Chadstone. I cannot wait to wear it and know I will continue to do so for many years to come.

Well, it's report writing time for me at present, and I can tell you that, although it is part of my job as a primary teacher, it is quite an arduous, time-consuming task. I'm sure I'll get through it though and look forward to having more leisure time again. Wish me luck!

Yours in style,
Suzi x

Sweater: As detailed in this post
Jeans: Habitual
Heels: Bally