So last year I decided to write a list of fashion resolutions. Think I failed to achieve/stick to any of them!

The problem with resolutions is that they’re unnatural; we are cajoling ourselves into doing things that ultimately we’ve resisted doing up until this point.

Instead of creating resolutions that we’ll have conveniently forgotten by the time we’re munching on a Creme Egg (yes, they’re on sale already!), let’s just look at the failsafe buys for the year ahead.

These are my 15 wardrobe essentials for 2015, the ones I tend to update every year and the ones I usually never regret purchasing…


1. Leather Jacket

It goes without saying that I already own a few of these but if you find one that fits like a glove then it’s never a wasted purchase. The quality of the leather is just as important as the fit and cut, so it always pays to spend a bit more on a new leather jacket. I’ve made the mistake of purchasing a few high street versions from retailers that shall not be named – let’s just say squeaky leather didn’t make for an enjoyable wear!

A leather jacket need not be designer, though I do admire this cropped Valentino number. The best leather bikers I’ve had are from Topshop and I can vouch that they only get better with age.

Valentino Cropped Leather Biker Jacket

Valentino Cropped Leather Jacket

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2. Little Black Dress

It’s what I wear most days, and indeed needs, so this one’s inevitable. Choosing a black dress should be easy yet I find myself trying on multiple versions, deciding between fits and fabrics like it was a life changing decision. And sometimes it can be – the perfect little black dress can be your best friend when you need to look your very best.

Balenciaga Black Asymmetric Jersey Dress

Balenciaga Black Asymmetric Jersey Dress

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3. Trench Coat

This one can be slightly tricky for me as I love looking at longer styles but find a shorter trench coat suits my shape and height better. The iconic Burberry camel trench coat has spawned a thousand imitations, paying homage to the power this piece has when it comes to giving your look a perfectly polished feel.

Burberry Kensington Heritage Trench Coat

Burberry Kensington Heritage Trench Coat

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4. Shirt Dress

Another favourite dress style of mine, but harder than it looks when you’re bigger than a B cup up top. Buttons are the enemy and camisoles become friends when I’m shopping shirt dresses, but I still think they’re an essential part of a day to night wardrobe.

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5. Statement Necklace

Bring on the bling this year, as the statement necklace is here to stay. I keep reading that statement earrings will be where it’s at but that gets boring when your ear lobes start to droop at the mere thought of wearing heavy hoops and giant gems.

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Statement Necklace

Yves Saint Laurent Vintage Statement Necklace

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6. Quilted Handbag

The quilted Chanel 2.55 will forever be the ultimate arm candy but until that’s actually attainable then I’ll continue to buy the tribute acts. Moschino and Marc Jacobs are doing well at providing affordable alternatives, complete with shiny gold chain strap.

Black Moschino quilted bag with chain strap

Moschino Quilted Bag

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7. Chic Cardi

It’s got to have shiny gold buttons, some sort of embellishment or a supersoft yarn to keep me interested. Here’s some of my most wanted coverups for the year ahead…

All Saints Wasson Cardigan

All Saints Wasson Cardigan

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8. Biker Boots

Buckles, studs and the odd chain detail make these irresistible to me. My only problem usually is which pair to choose…

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9. Silk Nightwear

I absolutely loathe onesies. Don’t understand why anyone would want to look like a giant baby, whether they’re awake or asleep. There’s nothing better than sleeping in silk, and the odd bit of lace. The dream is to look like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in her Rosie for M&S Autograph range. Unlikely, but it’s fun trying when the range is gorgeous as the model herself!

Rosie for Autograph M&S Pure Silk Chemise

Rosie for M&S Autograph Pure Silk Chemise

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10. Ballet Pumps

Still my flat shoe of choice, after many seasons of threatening to be replaced by the brogue, the loafer and the slipper.

Chloe Lauren leather ballet shoes

Chloe Lauren leather ballet flats

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11. Colour Pop Piece

Although I’m more inclined to shop for monochrome pieces, I do like the odd pop of colour. Pastels ain’t my thing but a bold bright occasionally takes centre stage in my wardrobe. Pillarbox red, royal blue and fuchsia pink tend to be my shades of choice so I’m glad to see some options already emerging for SS15.

Oasis Red 60s Bardot Dress

Oasis Red 60s Bardot Dress

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12. Parka Jacket

Much like the trench coat, the perfect parka is often an elusive thing. Common problems: too long, too short, too much padding (no one wants to resemble a stuffed Eskimo), fabric that’s not waterproof (why?!)… However I’ve found my perfect for with the Whistles Thea – detachable faux fur hood for rainy days and a wax coating makes it waterproof.

Whistles Thea Waxy Parka Jacket

Whistles Thea Waxy Parka Jacket

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13. Leopard Print

I prefer to think of leopard print as being more Brigitte Bardot than Bet Lynch. Which is probably why it’s the one print I’ll buy every season. I’ll always have at least one leopard print dress in rotation and I will never tire of buying leopard print scarves. An essential accessory on red lipstick days!

Oasis Animal Shift Dress

Oasis Animal Shift Dress

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14. Day to Night Boots

I have a love/hate relationship with heels – I love to look at them but usually hate wearing them. Therefore when I need height, a platform heel or wedge is my footwear friend. Also great for when after work drinks turn into 3am dancing sessions.

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15. Sunglasses

Don’t care what anyone says, this is the ultimate year-round accessory. A good pair of shades will see you through high summer days and low winter sunsets. They also hide a multitude of sins, from sleepless nights to hungover mornings, so choose an ace pair that you’ll love to wear.

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