These items have been winners on some of my clients, and on our forum members. I’ve had luck with some of the items too. There are many colours and patterns in some of them, so browse to find the options that appeal to you. Some items are heavily discounted. Please suggest your own recent fab finds in the comments section.
1. Naturalizer True Colors Astara Sneaker
It’s a style goal to add lighter blues to my wardrobe. Creating shoe and accessory complements with wardrobe items is a great way to do that because complements help pull outfits together. These sneakers caught my eye because the storm blue matches my new light blue Hobbs bag and old Furla bag, and Naturalizer can work well for my feet. They are a gorgeous shiny blue and look very neat, classic, and tidy on the foot. They have a narrower toe box than most Ecco sneakers, but some options come in a wide size. The cushioning insole comes out if you need to insert an orthotic. Some options are on sale. I got mine for $48.
2. Everlane Utility Barrel Pants
If you’re looking for a more subtle version of the barrel or balloon pant silhouette, keep this style on your radar. It’s super soft and comfy, and the rise is not too high. It has worked on a variety of body types and is sustainably produced. Might run a little big and will stretch out a little during the day. Looks great when worn with untucked tops.
3. Toiletry Bags
If you’re after a new toiletry bag or travel kit, these are tried-and-tested suggestions from YLF forum members. I’ve added some with good reviews too. The list is by no means exhaustive, so read the forum thread for more options and explanations. Kits from Herschel, Lands’ End, and L.L.Bean are particularly popular. There is usually a range of colours and sizes per option so be sure to take a closer look.
4. Utility Items
Here are some great utility and utility-lite items across an assortment of colours. I have the G-Star workwear shirt and orange Polo Ralph Lauren pants, which look fab worn together. The Caslon jacket runs big, and is very soft and lightweight (comes in neutrals). The Banana Republic Bomber jacket is STUNNING and beautifully made. It has orange lining and looks like a designer piece. And Save the Duck short puffers have become a personal favourite because they don’t use down and are super warm and lightweight. Their colours are interesting too.
5. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Move Low Top Platform Sneaker
I tried these in the lime and they were unexpectedly comfortable and lightweight. The flexible platform sole bends as you stride. They are supportive and very cushioning, like you’re walking on clouds. The lime clashed a little with my wardrobe so I passed on the sneakers, but they are super cute and don’t look too bulky on the foot.