February 26, 2021 at 07:10AM
Having spent the last 13 years or so looking at expensive clothes and accessories up close means I can spot a worthwhile investment from a mile off. I may not have the available budget to always splurge on said pieces, but they’re building up into one heck of a wish list in my head—a wish list that I’m willing to share with you here, in a monthly shopping gallery that features only the most-obsessed over and adored creations I’ve bookmarked.
I can’t wait to wear this Lack Of Colour hat outside in the sunshine; My Dinosaur Designs plate can be used in the kitchen, but I like it for showcasing jewellery. Once upon a time, it was easy to get carried away with the seasonal carousel-like shift in trends—in came one colour and out it went again when a designer said it should be so—and my list of desired items kept changing to suit. But these days, it’s the same “forever” types of buys that remain important to me, simply waiting for that lottery win to roll in. However, classic doesn’t have to mean boring: My personal-style essentials include less obvious things such as knitted co-ords (been wearing those for years, and before they were available in the mass market I was snapping them up from vintage stores in Spitalfields and Brooklyn) or snake-print knee-high boots (seriously, they’re neutral enough to work with almost anything). So below you’ll find an edit of luxury items that I believe will stand the test of time in my wardrobe. It doesn’t mean I have the money to buy them, but a girl can dream!
The plissé fabric, the perfect shade of green, the polished buttoned, the waist-nipping twisted front—this glam shirt has it all, and then…
…you realise it comes with matching trousers and your world just feels complete.
In my head, at least, I’m planning my 2021 holiday! Goodness knows if it’ll happen but this hat will be with me for the ride, even if all the sunbathing I do is in my back garden.
I’ve been really into Dinosaur Designs’s resin jewellery creations for some time but their homewares are just as stunning. Sure, this says it’s a dessert bowl but I use my little lemon-coloured platter (pitctured above) for purely selfish jewellery-storage purposes!
I mean! It’s like the ultimate pick-me-up for our weird, uncertain times: A cuddly, candy-pink, super-cute handbag. I’ve fallen in love with this padded-out Tabby bag (an adaptation on a classic house style from Coach) and would be happy to hold it very close for this season and many others to come.
Mother Denim is one of my favourite designer denim brands, and I’m thrilled to see they’ve launched a very cool patchwork project called 60% Mother. This jean skirt has been pieced together using overstock, so each one is unique and full of character. Denim skirts are back, and I like the idea of owning one that has a story to tell!
I’ve just moved house and thought that this designer-looking chair would certainly add a bit of ‘wow’ to my new living room. It’s been created by Made.com by a Danish furniture designer called Charlotte Høncke and also comes in very plush white bouclé (that I knew I’d spill coffee all over).
Fashion houses are leaning into their logos and monograms once more, but I prefer a subtle hit like with these denim Christian Dior slides. So chic and a little bit retro, they’ll go with everything from mismatched jeans to summer dresses.
Khaite is the label every fashion editor wants to get a piece of. They’ve started so many trends, such as with this shirred dress from a past season that you can now get on The Outnet. Red dresses have always served me well for work, events and wedding season, and this one also ticks the super-comfy and demure boxes too. Win-win.
This is bias-cut and just fits like a really slinky, light-weight slip dress but with plenty of extra coverage and volume in the sleeves. Even the little cowl neckline and black velvet-covered buttons makes this simple midi feel even more special.
I’m 100% invested in buying classic bag styles that could pass as vintage and will look chic forever. This new (but very retro) monogrammed style from Saint Laurent ticks those boxes and comes in a super-practical cross-body satchel style too—perfect for the many walks still to come this year…
I didn’t think I was a fan of designer logo tees and then this beauty from Celine came along. It’s the muted ’70s colours, baby tee-fit and ringer edging that makes it feel less like a ubiquitous luxury buy and more like a well-loved archival piece.
Quirky candles are having a moment and it’s these twisty ones from Lex Pott (which come in all different colours) that are really, er, lighting up my IG feed right now. Great for tablescaping a dinner party, once such a thing is allowed again.
Brent Neale is a new fine jewellery name to me, and her offbeat, dream-like creations—like this shell necklace or the magic mushroom pendants—manage to be fun but entirely grown-up too. A future heirloom.
Two years ago I bought a suede fringed jacket and have worn it on repeat ever since. Mine was a secondhand style from a French brand, but this style is now something that Nili Lotan is known for and hers epitomises the look. It’s a dream ticket for many a woman.
Everyone in the team agrees it would be lovely to own a Slow Down Studio wall hanging/throw. They sell out fast and it’s hard to pick a favourite, so don’t dawdle on this one.
I found this and instantly thought of editor Emma Spedding, but I think we’ll have to timeshare it. Beige jumpers don’t sound exciting, but a good one will last you a lifetime and make everything in your wardrobe look more elevated.
The entire UK team is in love with the same bag: Prada’s new-season Cleo. It’s the perfect, neat ’90s-style number, and knowing just how much wear I get out of my black Saffiano crossbody Prada, I’m sure this would be a useful companion for life.
Smart midi skirts and snug knits are what I wear most days for work (even if I’m not in the office), so there’s always room for more options. This has all of the vibes of a vintage piece but with a more modern and flattering fit around the hips. It’ll be a good all-year-rounder, is and I’d wear it in the summer with a plain white tee.
I only wear quite simple plain gold jewellery on a day-to-day basis, and this Daphine ring would be a popular addition to my collection, without having to cost a fortune.
You may have already picked up on the fact that my look is quite ’70s. And that decade would be nothing without its knee-high boots. I have pairs in black, tan, navy, red and chocolate-brown, but I’ve yet to add the ultimate neutral in a pair of snake-print pull-ons. These have just the right mid-height heel to be infinitely wearable.
It’s rare that I’ll get excited about a pair of jeans, as I just don’t wear them that often, but there’s something very timeless about a flattering pair of leather trousers. These bring together the best of both worlds, and they’re made from a recycled leather blend, so extra “conscious” brownie points for me. Agolde are known for being a great fit for both jeans and more tailored styles like these, so I have high hopes that they’ll suit my hourglass figure.
I already have a handful of form-fitting LBDs in my closet and they’ve worked well many years in a row for parties, events and big meetings. They range from a vintage tiered number from Holly Harp (a cult L.A. designer from the ’70s) through to a more modern shift from Opening Ceremony, but I’m missing a knitted, long-sleeve option like this beauty.
Gucci’s retro-inspired bags are my favourite styles from the brand, and while I already own a black secondhand Jackie (that I managed to find about a decade ago for £75 in a charity store) I’d be very happy to add a monogram to my “collection.”
Dear Husband, should you ever find yourself with £32k going spare, this would be nice. Yours sincerely, Hannah. In all seriousness though, Cartier’s watches are nothing short of spectacular in terms of design, quality and functionality, and they’re the kind of item that holds value, being passed from generation to generation.
Joseph’s shearling coats are a thing of legend and a real signature piece for the British brand—perfect fits, super-plush fabrics and they magically still look good decades after you’ve bought one. This new style feels rather Carine Roitfeld to me, and that’s never a bad thing.
Tove is the new British brand many fashion editors, stylists and influencers have recently fallen for. And you can see why, right? The brand’s detailed-yet-minimalistic cotton dresses are comfortable, elegant and even washing machine-friendly.
One day we will go to parties again, and when that happens I’ll be carrying this. It looks like a 1960s relic but is in fact a new piece from a collaboration between handbag designer Marina Raphael and super-influencer Evangelie Smyrniotaki of Style Heroine. Chic, fun and surprisingly timeless.
I’ve been wearing my hair up more and more over the past year as it’s just more practical, but that doesn’t mean I’m happy with a plain ol’ bobble. These delightful hair-bows make a statement out of it.
As I mentioned previously, knitted co-ords and I go way back. I have some plain versions, some patterened, but nothing quite as exciting as this from Barcelona-based Instagram-adored brand.
Why not add the matching pants?
Is it too soon to think about sandals? No! I’ve been hunting for the perfect pair of fisherman sandals for some time now (convinced they’re going to be big news for summer 2021), but Church’s have been creating them for years and have therefore got the style completely licked. These are a top-notch classic and make all others pale in comparison.
I have shamelessly stolen this beautiful jewellery find from Sarah Jane Bea, an NHS nurse whose personal style is fantastic and whom we recently included in a shopping picks roundup of women working outside of the fashion industry. I will probably get a T to represent the name of my son, Teddy, once it’s back in stock…
A smart pair of black ankle boots will never fail you and your clothes, and these angular ones from Wandler feel like the most up-to-date pair I’ve seen in some time.
Talking of heels, they don’t get much lovelier than Bottega Veneta’s right now. These white slingbacks have all of the charm of a pair of vintage shoes minus the scrapes, un-glued soles and super-narrow fits that don’t suit my wider feet. White shoes are handy to have in one’s spring/summer armoury, effortlessly working with everything from jeans and casual trousers through to flouncier dresses for weddings.
Many an editor has proclaimed this to be THE item of 2020’s lockdown—a joyful cardigan that has lifted spirits wherever it may go. I have to admit, I’ve worn mine a LOT, and you simply can’t walk around wearing cowgirls, fringing and stars and not be cheered.
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Author Hannah Almassi |
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