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