The hardest working item in your wardrobe?

The Style Council answer the question – What is the hardest working item in your wardrobe?


Dawn’s Balenciaga bag was the inspiration for this post. I admired it on her shoulder at a party recently. Since she bought it four years ago she’s used it almost every day. It’s big enough for the essentials but small enough to fit into a tote or hand luggage for travelling. Worth every penny of the designer price tag and many years of wear to come!




Cath didn’t hesitate for a moment when asked the question. This gorgeous Hush cashmere sweater has been a star in her wardrobe this winter. Charcoal grey, loose fitting and such a luxurious feel.

Add to that – warm, stylish and great with a scarf. What’s not to like!




White shirts are an absolute staple for Dawn. She loves how versatile they are. Easy to dress up or down they are one of her building blocks of great outfits for every occasion.

Rather you than me on the ironing front Dawn but I believe it’s collar, placket, cuffs, sleeves, body – in that order!




Alexis bought her Kate Spade purse 15 years ago in their Greenwich Village store. It cost $200 which felt like a fortune at the time. In soft black leather with a bright green trim and spotty fabric inside, she couldn’t love it more!. So much so she’s used it every single day since and has calculated the cost per wear to be o.o3 cents per day. Now that really is hard working!





Helen’s black trousers deserve a post all of their own. Slim cut and the perfect fit they make pulling together an outfit so easy. Paired with different tops, heels or flats she creates new looks in minutes for whatever the day brings.


I love Geraldine’s description of her favourite Top Shop Editor jeans – “a bit Jerry Hall stepping off a plane in the ’70s with a high waist, straight fit and absolutely no stretch. Perfect but avoid lunges in them” Leave the lunges for your Lululemons Geraldine!

I loved the jeans so much I went online and found my size. Then I remembered my 90 day no shopping challenge. Sad moment.



No contest for Michelle’s hardest working item – the award goes to her trusty RAB jacket. It has a busy schedule. Keeping her warm on dog walks, dry on the way to the gym, dressed up with ladies who lunch in Harrogate and just back from a weekend in St Albans.

Just one question. How about a matching coat for Tiny, Michelle?




Love, love, love the inside track on brilliant basics and so pleased to see that the concept of cost per wear has found it’s way into our psyche!

 Thank you Style Councillors!

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