As you will know from reading this blog, I wear a LOT of Winser London. In magazine parlance, they make the perfect ‘elevated basics,’ or high quality investment pieces that can be mixed, matched, styled and re-styled with your own jewellery and accessories. I always describe Winser London’s clothes as being the ideal canvas for styling. Flattering colours and good cuts make the perfect backdrop for my bling! I might wear the same sweater ten times, but it will be styled differently and look like a totally different outfit each time. Case in point below: the same black v-neck sweater worn two very different ways. This one is a must have item in my closet… it is a nearly year-round light weight, and despite constant wear, it still looks brand new.
Winser London launched just a couple of years before I started blogging, and this month is their 5th year Anniversary. I’m thrilled to watch their success as more women discover them. I know my American readers who’ve discovered them through my blog have loved their purchases because they write to tell me! In our current world of disposable fast fashion, it makes me so happy to see women building wardrobes out of pieces they can wear for years rather than pieces that need to be replaced every season. Winser London is precisely the kind of brand I like to support. Woman-owned, woman-designed, quality products, and a team of kind, faultlessly-mannered people who are an absolute pleasure to deal with. Their gracious corporate culture starts at the top with Kim Winser herself, and it has filtered through her entire company; she’s a class act, and the team she’s surrounded herself with is as well (I kind of want her to run for political office!). I first wrote about Kim and the brand back in 2015 here, in case you’d like to read more.
To celebrate their five years of style, Winser London chose their top 5 wardrobe staples, called the Forever Five. Except for the Grace miracle dress, I have all of these in my closet, some in multiple colours. If I still worked in an office every day, I’d probably have a few versions of the Grace too. I chose two of the five pieces to highlight for this post to show you how versatile ‘elevated basics’ can be. One is the boyfriend jumper (as seen above) that I absolutely live in. The other is their wide leg trouser, which you have seen before as part of a suit. Here, I’m wearing the black wide leg trouser with the oyster coloured stripe down the side for a lunch and PR event. I’m also wearing some pretty special pearls (which my husband gave me for my 40th birthday) and some fantastic sparkly snake earrings (from my friend Catherine of NotDressedAsLamb for my last birthday) along with a Kate Spade fox clutch that was a birthday present to myself a few years back. Basically, I’m taking versatile staple items and adding my own spin on them so that they feel like me.
Terrible lighting, but look at my necklace and earrings!
Below are exactly the same trousers and sweater as I’m wearing above, just in a different colour. I have to point out that my heels are too high for these trousers, but it was just starting to snow (yes really) and I raced out of the house to take these blog photos without noticing. I’ll wear them with a lower heel in future. These trousers look SO much better with a low heel (how often can you say that?!).
I was meant to take photos with Michelle on the day I’m wearing the pink sweater (her last day in London before moving to the US), but the snow had other plans for us. Instead, I had to freeze on Chiltern Street by myself, minutes before the snow started pelting down! Here Michelle is Stateside, wearing the same pink jumper (did I mention this comes in 11 colours?) and a gorgeous Winser London tweed skirt from the Yasmin Le Bon collection.
I love the swishiness and elegant movement of these trousers; they feel good to wear and the satin-backed crepe fabric drapes beautifully. They travel nicely as well; I didn’t even have time to steam these, I just put them on straight out of the box.
So, happy 5th Anniversary to one of my favourite brands! Every season, I fall madly in love with several pieces that I know will slot right into my wardrobe and get lots of mileage; I look forward to the next five years of style crushes.
Apologies for the lack of posts lately; I’ve been snowed under literally and figuratively. I currently have a nasty virus, my son turns five tomorrow, I’ve written my first piece as a fashion columnist for a magazine (more on that later), I had to get my bunny neutered so he can get a girlfriend, and lots of other stuff that I can’t remember because I’m too hopped up on cold medicine right now! I’ll probably do my monthly vlog next, as soon as my voice is back to normal. I have some interesting new finds to share with you. For anyone playing along at home with my perimenopause drama, I can highly recommend the Pukka Womankind supplements that I had just started taking in my last post. When I say they are life changing, I’m not exaggerating at all. If I miss taking them for a day or two, I immediately feel it. Until next week, friends! xx
Thank you to Winser London for the black side stripe trousers and the pink jumper; they’re already in very heavy rotation. 🙂