Some of you longer term readers (AKA my mother, best friends and my dog) will remember when I started South Molton St Style the quest was to put together the perfect essential wardrobe. It was my whole reason for starting the blog, and it has actually worked. However, I've found posts like these take longer to put together and I am so short of time at the moment. In a nutshell it has been 6 months since I did a post about it... Sorry.
Since I started the blog I culled my wardrobe down to a third of the size it was. I had tonnes of pieces I bought on a whim, and sold them all on eBay and Vestiaire (which randomly ended up in me working for them, thank you to Holly at Goodley for the introduction) and used the money to buy quality items. The first one I invested in was a wool camel coat. There is a reason that despite the varying trends, mothership brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Celine do these every season = they are an absolute essential.
My Selection of the best available this season:
Joseph Wool Coat, £500 / Hobbs Buttoned Coat, £269 / Pringle of Scotland at The Outnet, was £1200 now £370 / Reiss Wool Coat, £350
I've picked out a few of my favourites, can't believe the discount on the Pringle one at The Outnet. Absolutely bargain... Sorry not to give you cheap options but I really feel this isn't something to scrimp on... I've also put together an entire camel coat Pinterest board to affirm this thought, have a look here. All of my favourite style icons wear them, and it's the go to pieces for me for autumn...
Coats are important, especially right now as we need them in Britain from September through to June. It's easy to go a little nuts on the price points, but then so you should. My Whistles one has lasted me 3 years and it's £250 price tag means it's probably cost me about a £1 per wear. I dry clean it every year and it looks brand new. It's love. It looks amazing with all my denim blues, greys, jeans, white tees and shirts, leather pieces. In a nutshell, you'll wear it everyday. So buy one!