What I bought and regret returning
- White Company navy grosgrain trim blazer. Yes it was too £££ but I still miss it. A classic.
What I regret buying (and keeping)
- H&M biker style jacket. An odd one this. In theory it's great. In theory it's versatile. And odder still, in reality I have worn it. However, it's just not really 'me'.
- Topshop black ladder stitch sweater. Yes it was reduced. Yes that's probably why it's sat unopened in the packet for the last 5 weeks.
- White company scarves (grey and beige) - lovely but in hindsight they were utterly superfluous.
- White company navy dress. (See above.)
- H&M hessian sack like dress. Sort of OK I suppose, so it only just scrapes into this category. But I am stymied with coat wearing - unless I go for full-on long greatcoat style. It pokes out underneath anything else and looks very peculiar. On it's own it's just about passable (though still undeniably sack like. There are days however when sack is good - so it's earned its place.)
What I almost bought but am glad I didn't (see also: what I did buy but am glad I returned)
- Topshop round toe low heeled shoes. Simply the most hideous item I've seen in a long time.
- Leopard print sweater from New Look. I salute anyone who can make Leopard print 'work'. They are a better woman than me.
- Topshop faux Ostrich phone cover. Cheap and looked it. New motto when it comes to tat: avoid avoid avoid.
What I bought and am glad I did
- Coated skinny jeggings
- Topshop Acne-a-like boots
- White Company poncho
- Pure collection snood
- H&M long v necked sweaters in bronze and navy - so so useful.
What have I learnt?
As much as I will ever 'learn' anything.....
1. Buy what I love; (NB This is not necessarily the same as 'buy what is useful / practical' - but if you love it you will wear it!)
2. Ignore the naysayers; and
3. Trust the good old 'gut'.