NEW TO MY WARDROBE

Upgrading Your Wardrobe



THE WARDROBE UPGRADE
Photography by Joe Galvin

Lately I've been thinking a little bit about my wardrobe, what I buy, how I buy it and at what rate. I consume clothing faster than most people I know and it's not something I'm proud of. I'm approaching the little old age of 25 this year and I've realised that I'm starting to grow out of purchasing pieces that start to fall apart after a few wears and won't last the test of time. I think more and more about fast fashion and the way we consume fashion, and now consider the quality and life span of the pieces I buy before purchasing. It's baby steps, but I no longer want to be clearing out my wardrobe every few months due to impulse purchases and poorly made pieces. In my mind I want to aim for a wardrobe that consists of more timeless, well made pieces as a whole, with a few trend items here and there.

I've started paying more and more attention to what I do wear in my wardrobe (aside from the obvious converse and black skinny jeans), what suits me and which pieces I just can't let go of, and have slowly started to upgrade them. Don't get me wrong, I will always love the likes of ASOS, Topshop and Zara, especially for more affordable pieces and trying out new styles and trends but for the pieces that are worn daily, I've been wanting for something that will stand the test of time a little better.

THE BLACK BLAZER

One of my most recent upgrades came in the form of this Reiss Blazer. I owned a simple H&M blazer back in 2011 - before I even started writing on here! It's featured in so many posts but actually began falling apart in 2012 - I was constantly sewing the lining back together and eventually bought a new one last year from Forever 21 which is now doing the same. I wear them at least every other day, all year round, so it's not really surprising. So I decided to opt for something that felt more sturdy and luxurious this time round. I'd been eyeing up this blazer since September as it was the perfect mix of my favourite Zara pea coat and F21 blazer, but chickened out of purchasing. Almost six months later I was still lusting over it and decided it was time to invest. It's been a total love at first wear scenario and the quality and structure really is incredible. It fits like a glove and I love knowing just how much wear I'll be getting out of this one.

OTHER UPGRADES

In addition to the blazer of dreams I also upgraded my good old Topshop pointed boots that I've worn a bit too much since purchasing in January 2015. I'm now the proud owner of the Acne Jensen Boots (which I'm pretty sure toppers were most certainly inspired by) and I cannot believe just how comfortable they are, whilst having such sturdy leather. These will be coming up in a post later this month if you're after seeing them on my tootsies!

And then we have what I feel may be the elephant in the room right now... I made an early investment in something I'd been after for a very long time now. I was in Paris last week and came across the small Chanel Boy Bag that I'd been planning on purchasing later in the year, but when I came across my ideal hardware (light gold - which according to my well placed sources is very hard to come by) I took the plunge. I don't have many vices in life, I rarely drink and I don't smoke but bags (and fashion in general) have always been my thing. I talk about investing in designer bags a little more in this post but I felt like my wardrobe was missing a good evening bag - something that could instantly elevate an outfit and seeing as I currently own a grand total of one evening bags, I went for it!

For me, pieces like these can so easily take the simple black cami top and boyfriend jeans from looking totally casual to super luxe, and I love that quickly and easy style transition. The final touch to this outfit though was definitely the shoes. I feel like heels are an easy way to elevate an outfit if you're happy to wear them and I totally am. These are actually from ASOS and I'm obsessed with them. I wear them so much that I can see them easily being the next wardrobe upgrade once they've had their day.



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So there you have it, the story of some of my newest and most worn pieces! What are your favourite pieces to invest in?
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  2. Such a beautiful outfit! I am loving your hair btw. X
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  3. You look fab and so well put together. Very Instagram and Pinterest chic! I'd love to be able to afford a wardrobe full of staple pieces but currently, that's just not at all feasible! I think keeping your wardrobe as versatile as possible is best, and of course things like coats and boots (Winter staples!) are always worth spending a bit more money on as you want them to last. I can dream that one day I'll have a wardrobe like yours though!

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  4. This is such a refreshing perspective on fashion. I'm hopefully going to be taking a leaf out of your book, no more impulse buys for a start! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  5. totally agree with everything you said - and those pieces are all amazing!
    x. Mirjam

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  6. I couldn't have clicked play quick enough when a notification of your youtube vid came up on my phone! Your bag is gorgeous, be very proud of it!
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  7. Your style is just incredible!

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  8. I totally agree. As I've got older I want to create the 'perfect wardrobe' and have decent investment pieces that will be timeless x

    Wonky Lauren

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  9. Black blazers are definitely a statement piece for me as well. They mature and put together any outfit! Love it!

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  10. Totally agree with you in investing in long lasting pieces. About two years ago I decided to stop spending so much on Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters and to start saving for higher quality designer items. I think it works best with accessories; start investing in amazing shoes or bags and you can wear a fast fashion/cheaper pair of jeans and tee and no one will really notice!

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  11. Beautiful outfit & beautiful photos!

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  12. Love this blazer! I've been updating my wardrobe too! I am cleaning house!

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  13. I love investing in jackets and coats, especially neutral toned ones because I think you just end up getting so much use out of them. I'm doing s little revamp of my wardrobe as well, I'd love to add those acne boots to my collection!

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  14. Wow, such a thoughtful post, I love how dedicated to fashion you are. I totally am envying your look right now.

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  15. It's true, I think as you get older, spending more money on clothing that'll last you longer than high street ones is just a part of life. Loved this post, Suzie! x

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  16. Love the outfit.I need to learn how to pack like you.It is very stylish!
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  17. Love your shoes! They look so feminine and goes with almost everything. Great combo!

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  18. Love the outfit ! Super chic and casual !

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  19. I love this post so much! It sums up exactly how I've been feeling about my wardrobe lately! Also, that black blazer looks gorgeous, fab outfit!

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  20. Such a simple yet elegant outfit! Love this! x

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  21. Looking mature and beautiful! love it!

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  22. Love how simple and elegant this is! I feel the same about having to clear out my wardrobe and getting rid of impulse buys every other season. I'd love to loose some weight though before investing in designer pieces! x

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  23. Great look.
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  24. Gorgeous look Suzie! Also loving Joe's photography here. xo

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  25. You look stunning Suzie, so chic too! A good blazer is such a staple, I never used to take mine off!

    Gemma x
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  26. being able to afford a chanel bag and more quality clothes is such an achievement for any fashion loving girl and i hope i'll be there one day. especially when it comes to key pieces its worth investing. a good handbag, heels, boots, a trench coat and things like that are worth spending money on.


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  27. Lovely bag! I am dreaming of my first chanel!

    Love,
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  28. Great choice of bag, the reveal video was amazing, the look of love and excitement on your face was priceless x
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  29. This is lovely and such a gorgeous outfit and something I'd love to try. O actually don't own a black blazer but they look so good and might have to.

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  30. Love this outfit! x

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  31. I definitely think its more important to buy clothes that are actually going to last! That blazer is beautiful! xx

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  32. Gorgeous outfit, i love each and every upgrade you've purchased!

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  33. I love this post so much! Love this outfit a lot, it looks so casual yet really chick. Love love your bag, i'm dying to get one just like that!
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  34. I think it's such a good idea to upgrade pieces in your wardrobe! I will certainly be doing this in the future when I have the money and know what items I wear consistently!
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  35. Yes 100% yes! I do think that when you can afford it, you should invest in high quality clothes/makeup/jewellery/shoes. Most of the time, it means that you spend more time to think about buying the item so it's a less impulsive purchase and you will certainly wear it more often.
    It doesn't mean you can't fall for a new look haul, but in terms of longevity it is definitely better to invest, both for your personal style and your purse ☺️

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  36. I completely agree with investing in your wardrobe - especially staple pieces. You realise this the older you get! I've given away countless bags to charity/younger cousins and have begun to really evaluate the pieces the go into my wardrobe. Like you, I really don't want to have to clear out my wardrobe every few months. I also noticed that when I cleaned out my wardrobe in the past, the pieces I invested more in were the ones that always stood the test of time. Loved the black blazer - that's definitely a staple in my wardrobe too x

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  37. I agree with everything you said :) I have always preferred pieces that could stand the test of time rather than seasonal items and my favourite investment item in my wardrobe to date is my mini classic Chanel flap :) I got it two years ago when I first went to University and even though I was young back then, I am really glad I made the investment because looking at the prices for the exact same bag now - I know the bag is definitely not going down in value anytime soon (not that I am planning to sell it EVER because I love it to death ♡ But it is still good to know that the item I spent so much on is still worth that much and more) ♡ Enjoy your boy bag <3 It is absolutely gorgeous! xx

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  38. I've definitely noticed your style evolving recently!
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  39. You look so beautiful and elegant.I really love the outfit!!
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  40. love that Chanel on you ! Completely changes outfit and gives that significant effect ! One day! <3
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  41. I'm so in love with your jeans mainly because I have been wanting boyfriend jeans for so long :P -Maireem

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  42. I agree with the sentiment. I buy lots of cheaper things, especially during the sale.. but in the end, I just wear them out! So I also need to invest in a few quality tops and jeans and blazers. :)

    Love your jeans and heels outfit! And I love the bag, even though I'm not really a bag person. I'd rather spend that money on shoes! :P

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  43. It makes me want to invest in my wardrobe :) and that bad I cannot get enough of!!


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  44. I love the bag! Also I love the idea of investing in timeless pieces. What's the point of having a closet full of clothes you just feel meh about...wouldn't it be much better to have a few high quality pieces you can't get enough of? That's what I'm starting to realize and I am starting to save up for some investments!
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  45. You are really beautiful and charming...The outfit is absolutely adorable.
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  46. Love this outfit, so chic, classy, but basic. :)
    Would love to put and pull of something similar myself.

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  47. great post idea susie - i love your new chanel and have wanted those acne boots for such a long time now - one day, fingers crossed!
    the jacket is stunning too, good find.

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  48. Love the blazer and bag combo, and gorgeous photos. Reiss is definitely a must stop shop on the highstreet

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  49. I love your style and your blog is amazing ! I would love looks like you !

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  50. Such a great post!!! I'm actually trying to do the same and invest in better quality pieces, but that I know I will be wearing a lot! xo,

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  51. This outfit is beautiful ! The pictures are great !
    Alexandra xx
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  52. I cant believe how grown up you look! I remember the very first video of yours where you look so young and innocent!

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  53. Always believe quality over quantity.

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