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Winter style: choosing quality over quantity

Winter style: choosing quality over quantity

When it comes to purchasing something new, I would much rather buy one fantastic item that I love and know I will wear for years. Often these are investment pieces, style stalked and then picked up in the sales. Like the Paul Smith boots and the MiH jeans I’m wearing in the photo below (both bought several years ago). The jeans were half-price on the  Liberty sale rail (similar at a much reduced price HERE) and the snazzy boots I spotted online and then waited for the sales. I wish I could share a system with you, but I’m not incessantly clicking and obsessing over clothes (which might sound a bit unlikely coming from a fashion journalist, but it’s true), I tend to leave these things to chance. Browsing favourite shops on a quiet day (after the mad rush) and occasionally checking for that eye-catching steal online.

This beautiful herringbone tweed coat is from Jigsaw (loaned for the shoot and returned, though I have been thinking a tweed overcoat could well be my next purchase). Ace designer, Jo Sykes  – who has worked on collections for Giorgio Armani, Alberta Ferretti, Cerruti, Aquascutum and Nicole Farhi – has been with the company for a couple of years, but what with Covid and everything, her influence is only just showing through. And Jigsaw is looking good again.

The Hardy jumper from Navygrey is a limited edition piece made from natural, un-dyed British wool sourced from farms in the north west of England. Knowing I’m originally from that neck of the woods, the founder very kindly sent this gorgeous gift to me – and though I live over-300 miles away now, it feels wonderful to wear something made so close to home. See also Community Clothing. The Hardy is quite pricey but designed for longevity, basically this knit is so chunky and durable it’s going to outlive me. Hardy by name, hardy by nature.

Photo: Claire Pepper