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Style Spotting with The Wardrobe Angel

Posted by Stephanie Roper Fashion blogger

5th Dec 2014

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I was never a cheerleader of fast fashion in my 20's but I admit… I had a few Primark pieces. The shame. But now I am knocking on the door of 34 my aim has become a halo inducing wardrobe filled with ethical, sustainable, quality clothing that I can actually wear. This may seem like an odd concept, of course you wear clothes, but trying to get dressed every day using a hotch potch of trend lead garments in my 20's made my wardrobes (yes, note the plural) a nightmare. 

Enter my 30's and I'm after easy combinations, lots of versatility and garments which are wholeheartedly 'me'. I'm a big fan of Lisa Armstrong: her no nonsense Investment Dresser column in the Sunday Telegraph Stella magazine has been a guideline for many of my post 30 purchases. When I read her recent column on short sleeved jumpers I lapped it up - when your wardrobe is stocked with basics it can err into boring - so the short sleeve jumper called to me. I guess it's all about the nuances, and luck, as I picked up a short sleeve Whistles jumper in a charity shop in Chorlton, Manchester about a week after reading Lisa's column. 

In winter I like natural fibres as opposed to man-made fabrics (here's looking at you, acrylic) which aren't half as warm as wool and will last your half as long. The material mix on my Whistles beauty is good - mainly wool with a bit of Alpaca thrown in for warmth. It's a rich, dark, textured green fabric which also gives the eye lots to look at. Add a bit of leopard and you are on to a winner. 

I styled it with my leopard print  blouse , a midi pencil skirt and my Kurt Geiger leopard boots. Oh, and my glasses. A short sleeve can sometimes look a little masculine if it finishes at your nipple line so I pulled out the blouse sleeves and rolled them back for an extra bit of textural difference. Et Voila! 

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