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    Coming into a bit of money soon and I want to really invest in my wardrobe- I usually buy on-trend clothes and then give them away to charity when the seasons over. This season however, I want to spend that bit more money (unfortunatley, not to top end designer prices!) on things that will last season to season- (I can jazz them up with on-trend accessories.)

    Any ideas?

    I was thinking:

    Chunky & Lighter Knits
    Quality pair of boots
    Mac
    LBD! (always wanted one but have never had one I've really loved)

    Can anyone think of any more? Or even a few examples if you're in the mood!
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    OOh ralph lauren do nice knits, go for cable knit which is my fave style. Hilfigure is also pretty good.
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    Go to Zara they have nice macs/trenches on sale down to £30
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    Go to urban outfiters they have nice knitted coats.

    Quality pair of boots? Aldo.

    Edit-topshop for knits.
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    Boots
    http://www.jonesbootmaker.com/ebusin...,mid=-1,(brown)
    and
    http://www.jonesbootmaker.com/ebusin...,id=355,mid=-1,

    Trousers
    http://www.lauraashley.com/Trousers/...blackp&bklist=
    and
    http://www.lauraashley.com/Trousers/...rginep&bklist=
    and
    http://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/...1172&langId=-1

    skirts
    http://www.oasis-stores.com/fcp/prod...ini/3440057239 with thick black tights and boots)

    http://www.monsoon.co.uk/invt/31204303

    http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/...7640_686450_-1

    http://www.lauraashley.com/Skirts/DE...multip&bklist=

    http://www.coast-stores.com/fcp/prod...irt/2283507720


    dresses
    http://www.lauraashley.com/Dresses/C...7portp&bklist=

    http://www.coast-stores.com/fcp/prod...ess/2143387580 the most beautiful LBD ever

    Laura Ashley does some really nice cardigans
    http://www.lauraashley.com/Knitwear/...rginep&bklist=

    http://www.lauraashley.com/Knitwear/...berryp&bklist=

    http://www.lauraashley.com/Knitwear/...7minkp&bklist=

    and some lovely jumpers

    http://www.lauraashley.com/Knitwear/...berryp&bklist=

    http://www.lauraashley.com/Knitwear/...blackp&bklist=

    and tesco will have cashmere jumpers in soon (which are lovely)

    Thick black tights, bright scarves and a really elegant coat
    http://www.coast-stores.com/fcp/prod...oat/2638623384
    mac
    http://www.lauraashley.com/Coats/BEL...blackp&bklist= (which is much nicer in real life)

    Zara has some really nice stuff (but don't have a website) and H&M often has a few nice bits
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    cashmere sweaters. i like tse or tsesay, they are my favourite and not too overly expensive. pringle of scotland also make nice sweaters i think. in basic colours like red, black, cream, beige, grey...cashmere is the best because it is multi seasonal. it will keep you warm in the winter but its not too heavy to wear in fall/spring or on summer nights. its very versitile that way. it also doesn't look as chunky which means its more physically flattering. and its very soft. cotten is ok for spring / summer, and lambswool is nice for winter...but cashmere is year round.

    the nice winter jacket. something black and medium length. wool or wool / cashmere blend. not too thick and heavy but heavy enough to keep you warm with just a sweater under. nothing too trending...so nothing with really trendy buttons/lapels/bows/ etc... something like the classic peacoat but with a bit more modern tailoring. there will be tons of things in the shops now. you want a jacket that you can wear with a nice dress when going out to dinner or you can put on with jeans and a sweater when going to class...

    button down shirts. one white, one black. well tailored. i like thomas pink and theory for fit, fabric, and cut.

    the little black dress is essential. nothing too trendy or short. something classic and elegant that can be dressed down and more fun with the right accessories

    black boots. nothing too trendy. simple, and transitional. think jimmy choo-esque
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    a good wool trench coat is a must

    i would also buy this :http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/st...9789&langId=-1 for a chunky knit
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    Wow, I love some of that Laura Asley knitwear! I think I might invest in one of their cardigans seeing as it's gorgeous! You mentioned Tesco knits - how would you reccommend their cashmere on quality? I'm eyeing a coat that is similar to the Coast one but a third of the price, do you reckon that length's long enough to see one through winter in the south of england?
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    if you have the money, it pays to buy quality...this means not tesco, not topshop, no h&m. but some really nice things that will last you season to season. the differnce between designer and non designer clothing is its quality and staying power. but buying designer doesn't necessarily mean shoving out big money. shop at places like TK MAXX. i just got my husband a pair of £180 jeans for £30. if you spend the time to comb the racks you can find great designers. another place to look is ebay. people with a lot of money buy a lot of clothes and never wear them. then they get rid of them. or people with not a lot of money still spend a lot on clothes and then need to sell them to get money. it can be a great place to find new / almost new things for super cheap. i know buying used can be a bit strange, but when it comes to designer clothing, the difference is that it lasts. i wouldn't buy someone's used topshop sweater...but tse cashmere, or theory clothing i have no second thoughts. so consider this kind of bargain hunting shopping as an alternative option to paying a lot for clothing on the high street that isn't worth it.
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    (Original post by minimo)
    Wow, I love some of that Laura Asley knitwear! I think I might invest in one of their cardigans seeing as it's gorgeous! You mentioned Tesco knits - how would you reccommend their cashmere on quality? I'm eyeing a coat that is similar to the Coast one but a third of the price, do you reckon that length's long enough to see one through winter in the south of england?
    The laura Ashley knit wear is amazing. I buy it for uniform (and then loads more with my staff discount) and it lasts really well, I've got a fitted cricket jumper from 2 years ago which still looks like new, and I have a couple of the satin belted cardigans (which they do every year in different colours) and they wash brilliantly and keep their shape.
    The tesco cashmere is actually pretty good (it does go bobbly after a while, but I had washed it about 30 times and most cashmere will go go bobbly eventually). It shrunk in the wash (but my mum did put it in the washing machine on 40, so I suppose that's fair enough). I'd definitely buy another one.
    I have the red coat (and one the same in black from last year). It's fine for the British winter if you are wearing trousers, but I have a longer coat for wearing with skirts (and it isn't any good in the rain, so you need an umbrella)
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    (Original post by little.miss.vicki)
    The laura Ashley knit wear is amazing. I buy it for uniform (and then loads more with my staff discount) and it lasts really well, I've got a fitted cricket jumper from 2 years ago which still looks like new, and I have a couple of the satin belted cardigans (which they do every year in different colours) and they wash brilliantly and keep their shape.
    The tesco cashmere is actually pretty good (it does go bobbly after a while, but I had washed it about 30 times and most cashmere will go go bobbly eventually). It shrunk in the wash (but my mum did put it in the washing machine on 40, so I suppose that's fair enough). I'd definitely buy another one.
    I have the red coat (and one the same in black from last year). It's fine for the British winter if you are wearing trousers, but I have a longer coat for wearing with skirts (and it isn't any good in the rain, so you need an umbrella)
    Thank you!! I've been looking for quality knitwear and I'm definitely going to add the Laura Ashley stuff. I love the Cranberry satin tie sweater! I have a friend who works there so I might try to see if she can get me stuff with a discount :teeth: How much does the Tesco cashmere cost?

    Hmmm, the reason I wanted a short coat is because I wear a lot of skirts/mini kilts with tights so that might defy the point. I do have a long coat but I've lost weight since I bought it so it doesn't fit that well...might have to rethink that then boo!

    Judging by the stuff you've posted, I'm assuming you have a more 'mature'/'refined' style? I like it!
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    a loovely scarf
    i like chunky, cosy knits too
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    (Original post by little.miss.vicki)

    http://www.coast-stores.com/fcp/prod...ess/2143387580 the most beautiful LBD ever
    damn, if only it was just above the knee, rather than below, I'd buy that right now! :yep:
    but i have short legs, so below the knee is very unflattering. Just and inch above... is impossible to find! :woo:
    Do you think that's the kind of dress you can take up :o: ?
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    H&M do lovely coats (and on their website you can get 20% off)
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    I suggest
    - Tshirts in black, white and a grey.
    - Thick tights in a variety of colours. I like black and maroon.
    - Tapered, masculine trousers are gonna be in. Zara will have them
    For all the clothes on your list just head to Zara, their Autumn collection is awesome. Tights-John Lewis, boots- Faith, Office, House of Fraser etc. I'd go for riding boots.
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    drool!
    http://www.coast-stores.com/fcp/prod...ess/2224644795

    again, if only it was a bit shorter or I had longer legs...
 
 
 
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