Wardrobe Essentials for the Winter

Here are my wardrobe essentials for the winter

So the clocks have gone back, and winter beckons. This is a time to cheer up your wardrobe with a new ‘essential” item.

Fortunately, his season’s fashion must-have is perfect for the middle aged stylish woman. Pack up the summer’s capri pants and get yourself a pair of fashion’s latest – the seven-eighth trouser, or more precisely a slim trouser that flatters big calves by thankfully ending well below them and instead shows a little bit of ankle.

Suddenly seven-eighth trousers are everywhere, and in all shades and patterns – jacquard, tartan, paisley, check etc. Personally I would go for a chic black as, unless you are very brave, you have to be willow slim to look good in paisley trousers. Think sort of rock chic for the over 40’s. Pair them with a loose, sloppy jumper or a not-tucked-in top, and ballet pumps for everyday wear. In the evenings high heels or wedges look great.

And why oh why did I give my leather trousers away! Every celebrity and style icon seems to be papped in a pair, and they are so versatile. The ultimate day to evening winter wear item. From Net a Porter, via Zara to M&S – they are everywhere. If you can’t afford the real thing, wax coated trousers are the perfect alternative. You can dress them down with ballet shoes or smart trainers, or ramp it up with high heels. Keep your top half casual and voila’ – you have the instant Elle Macpherson look.

M&S Per Una Speziale Baroque Print Trousers

M&S Per Una Collection