Shopping with Chantal Column: Wardrobe essentials this spring

centre:mk’s PR and Digital Marketing Manager Chantal-Lawren Welch picks out five investment pieces that’ll take your outfit up a notch this spring.

1. The Black Mule Shoe

Drawing on the effortless style of chic French women, mules are those kind of elegant shoes that can effortlessly take jeans, jumper and casual ponytail to a chic new level.

I love these ones from Kurt Geiger, they have just the right point (not too sharp or round), a subtle heel, and rhinestone detailing – which adds just enough interest to enhance your everyday basics. (£129)

2. Crisp White Shirt

For me there’s nothing so simple and yet so elegant as a white shirt. This one from Whistles at John Lewis & Partners is one of my favourites as the v neck, wide arms and pocket are flattering details that instantly look on trend.

Wear loose or just tuck the front in slightly to create a more shapely silhouette. (£89)

3. Camel Coloured Coat

A full length camel coat is completely timeless, I remember my mum’s one from the late 70s that I used to long after as a teenager and even now I’m drawn to their classic appeal.

They are set to have a revival this year so buying one now to make the most of the cold weather seems like a good excuse!

This one from Jigsaw is certainly an investment piece at £499 but as a quality piece of outerwear you’re sure to bring it out year after year.

4. Minimalist Jewellery

Understated jewellery is a seriously simple way of making any outfit look instantly more put together. It’s good to have a few go-to necklaces (in gold, rose gold or silver depending on your skin tone).

Personally I love this necklace from Thomas Sabo (although I wish it came in gold), I’d wear it alone but you could easily layer it up for a more bohemian look or pair it with their ring or bangle from the same collection. (£198)

5. Red Lipstick

The wearing of traditional lipstick has waned somewhat over the past few years in favour of glosses and nude lips, however I still believe that for those moments when you want to feel extra special, a red lipstick in a shade that suits you can be that finishing elegant touch.

I still treasure my wedding day lipstick from Christian Dior; the packaging alone makes it feel like a special experience every time you apply it and for me, was certainly worth the £30 price tag. (Rouge Lipstick, Dior at John Lewis & Partners).

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This feature was published in the March 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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