These somewhat simple and versatile items are not to be underestimated because they can become wardrobe workhorses. There are lots of colour and size options, and they won’t break the bank. 

1. Gap Denim Jackets

Gap does GREAT denim jackets across an assortment of vibes, lengths, washes and silhouettes. Most impressively, they stock sizes XS to XXL across petite, regular and tall. The XXL tends to fit a size US16/18. The XS is a little roomy when you need a narrower fit. Some of my clients bought Gap denim jackets with me eleven years ago, and they’re still going strong.

Personally, denim jackets are my thing and therefore a very important wardrobe essential and workhorse. I have several across a range of washes, lengths, and fits. They are my favourite way to dress down a dressy dress or skirt. I like to wear them with olive utility pants and patterned pants too. I will also sport them with all sorts of jeans, and layer them under a coat.

2. Boden Swimwear

Boden swimwear is extremely well made, superb quality, and fits well. Bless them for providing lots of colour options, and making silhouettes that support the bust and create coverage in an alluring and flattering way. Most of their tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched. Their tops come in bra sizes, and suits go up to a US16, and fit true to size.

After a month of online swimwear shopping, in which I was as picky as can be, it was Boden’s Alacati Bikini Top with the matching Bikini Shorts in navy polka dots that earned a place in my wardrobe. It’s wonderfully Modern Retro and ticked off all the boxes. I am so sorted.

3. Halogen Linen Maxi Cardigans

Clients are very fond of these lightweight and comfy maxi cardigans that work extremely well as a quick slimming and elongating casual topper over all sorts of sleeveless tops, dresses and sheer blouses. Versatile, breathable, and machine washable. Comes in petites, and the XL fits a US16. Works well on a larger bust. Read the rave reviews

4. Banana Republic Knit Wrap-Front Top

The silhouette has been around for a while, but seldom in a substantial knit that creates an angular drape and is a little more structured on the hips. The structured cuffs on the sleeves are lovely, and diagonal lines are magically flattering. This silhouette works well on a larger bust, broad shoulder line, and shorter neck. The top looked awful on my narrow shoulders, long neck and regular size bust, so there you go. Great with wide crops or culottes.

5. Converse Leather Fleece-Lined Hi-Tops

I can’t rave enough about these hi-tops because the fleece lining and leather fabric makes them EXTREMELY comfortable, supportive and warm. Their iconic and Modern Retro timeless look tickles my toes. They fit both a lower and higher volume foot, and any width ankle. The grippy soles make them great for walking on ice and light snow. I have the black and cream and walked cities flat in them. I also walk or Yorkie Sam in them daily in Winter. They are my casual Winter travelling shoes, and I’m thinking of duplicating the cream.