This will probably be the last post for a while that is based on shopping outings with my clients. I wrote it a couple of weeks ago, and hesitated to post it at all. But in the spirit of taking a moment away from thinking about current events, here are some of the fab items we found.

Based on my most recent shopping trips with clients, I’m pleased to report that the quality of merchandise at retail is looking better than it has in years. Furthermore, retailers are offering sustainable solutions, and discounts have been aplenty. These fab finds cover a range of wardrobe items, price points, and vibes.

1. Vince Saxon 2 Slip-On Sneaker

A beautifully made slip-on flatform sneaker with a trendy snip square toe. Fits a regular volume foot best, and narrower feet can try adding an insole. They are moderately comfortable, and not “Naturalizer-comfortable”, but might work well for you. Chic, streamlined, and hip on the foot.

2. Marc Jacobs Softshot Crossbody Bags

Impeccable quality crossbody bags in a slew of versatile neutrals, and with either silver or gold hardware. The brilliance of the bag is its double volume. It has two zips, which you can see in detail on the product pages. They come in two sizes, and the straps are long enough for tall gals.

3. Loft Mixed Media Shell Top

These are unique because they have a woven front and a KNITTED back in exactly the same colours and patterns. They are fluid, comfortable, and easy to wash and wear. They layer well under jackets and cardigans, and look fab worn on their own. The armholes aren’t too wide, and the necklines differ. Might run a size big.

4. Furla Small and Medium Alba Satchel

IMPECCABLE quality satchels across TWO sizes that are absolutely gorgeous in a unique Modern Retro way. Their round shape from the side is beautifully elegant, which does not come through in the photos. Trust me when I say that this bag is darling. The zippers open up widely so that you can easily reach for the contents. You can use it as a crossbody or clutch it like a satchel. I have the smaller in white and pink. What looks like lilac is more grey in person.

5. ECCO Soft 7 High Tops and Slip-On Woven Sneaker

I can’t rave enough about the Ecco Soft 7 high tops that I have in white. I’ve been wearing them almost daily for three weeks (but not for client meetings). They are definitely my favourite ultra casual Spring boot. They look great with my wide crops and roomy cuffed jeans. Crisp, modern, clean-cut, and a fun nod to the ‘80s. They are extremely comfortable, and well-made. They work well for my low-volume feet with two sets of insoles. I wish they came in other colours, but in the meantime I am duplicating the white.

The slip-on Soft 7 with woven vamp is DIVINE on the foot, especially in the pewter and the dark blue. Well made, very comfortable, awfully neat and tidy, and interesting. Size up if you need an orthotic. The shoe has worked on a range of foot shapes. Add insoles for low-volume feet.

6. Club Monaco Trench Coats

I’ve seen and fitted all of these coats on clients and they are GORGEOUS. Impeccable quality, fab streamlined fits (tailored or very fluid), crisp, modern, trendy yet classic, and with a high longevity factor. Interestingly, the blue lacquer trench does not have buttons so you can only fasten it with the belt. It hangs well without a belt too. The maxi-length trenches do not have belts at all, and drape architecturally on the body. Their fits are genius, and fashion-forward. I wish they came in a larger assortment of sizes.

7. AllSaints Soft Dresses

If you like to wear dark moody dresses, head over to AllSaints to give their frocks a whirl. They are well-made, interesting, and quite refined. They can all be worn with bare legs and black stompy boots for a ‘90s edge. Feel free to throw on black leggings with flats or pumps with them too. The size assortment is unfortunately small.

8. AllSaints Ryder Checked Coat

If you like to wear bold toppers with architectural volume – try this beauty. It’s well-made, unlined, and LIGHTWEIGHT, so good for milder Springs or Autumns. The lines of the checks line up beautifully. It does not close in front and does not have a belt. It feels more like a cosy sweater coat than a structured coat. Comes in solid grey.

9. Waist-Cinching and Double Belts

These ‘80s inspired belts are extremely fun to wear over dresses and tunics, or with pants, skirts, jeans and shorts. The double belt styles don’t look like they can work with pants and jeans, but they do, and you can see how if you click on some of the links. You do need to wear a tight tucked top with the look for the belt to work that way though. If that’s not your cuppa tea, try it over a roomy tunic or dress.