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Investing in your style

Investing in your style


Changes with my style began in my twenties. The oddities of my wardrobe made their way to younger family members, leaving myself with a few pieces that I often reach for in the mornings.

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Building on what I spoke about in my post about finding my style, once you begin to understand what you enjoy wearing, you can start investing in more premium, well-made pieces.

When I meet up with people to discuss the blog, I always express my desire to use this platform to share my belief in buying better and buying less. It’s nice to be able to buy in confidence knowing that what I do invest in now will be with me for years. The days of buying bright coloured chinos and graphic tops are for me, alas, over.

So finding that pair of denim jeans that will create some

beautiful patina as you wear, the frames that you will certainly not leave in your back pocket and a grey sweatshirt that’s rewarding each time you wear it.

Removing yourself from trends and focusing on your personal style allows you to take your time with what you buy. These staples will always be there season upon season and sites like MR PORTER help by stocking brands that share the same principals as myself. And you’ll find if you only make a couple purchases every few months, overtime your wardrobe will have a collective ebb and flow where each item works well with the next and decisions become easier.downicon

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Private White V.C

Cotton-twill jacket


Slim-fit striped t-shirt

Oliver Spencer

Navy pinstripe trousers

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And you’ll find if you only make a couple purchases every few months, overtime your wardrobe will have a collective ebb and flow where each item works well with the next.

This wander around the Barbican shows the direction I want to steer my wardrobe in. Although normcore, I enjoy this way of dressing. This Private White V.C lightweight jacket from MR PORTER, weaved to aid protection from typical rainy weather, is as bold as my colours tend to get, spring or not. Paired with my navy courtesy of Sunspel, Oliver Spencer and even the heel tab of the trainers, it's the attention to detail and design accents that make an outfit such as this one that I'd enjoy to wear daily.

I’m not talking about the super premium, but taking a step back from all high street to include a mix of independents and respected brands that are known to last.

I'm not saying all people in their twenties need to invest heavily straight away. It's more about thinking what suits your lifestyle and what it would benefit from first. A premium jacket, jumper, a pair of shoes... Everyone’s at different stages building up their wardrobe and my advice is to start by removing what you don’t wear. Dressing becomes easier and more satisfying, knowing that what you’re wearing makes you feel good and that when you wash it, it’ll be the same shape and feel as before.

I’d be interested in hearing what people currently have in their wardrobe and what they wear on the daily. What they are wanting your next purchase to be?jbicon

Photography by Joe Galvin

This post was created in association with MR PORTER. However, all the views expressed are my own.

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