The closet clear-out is sure to go down as one of the most popular lockdown pastimes – and for many of us, the process has been quite transformative. Beyond discovering lost treasures and streamlining our wardrobes, it’s made us question what truly defines a forever piece – ideally comfort, cost and versatility, in equal measure.
As a result of this revelation, we’re overhauling the way we shop and hunting for pieces that make our hearts skip a beat – that’s just a click away. At ASOS, you can get some great finds that will reach you within a couple of days and if it doesn’t fit (or you don’t like it), you can just return in the package it comes in, and you’ll get a refund.
We’re currently pretty darn impressed with this UK retailer, and sartorially speaking, there’s nothing that gives us more pleasure than unearthing affordable pieces that look like they cost a fortune. We take delight in finding these said items and sharing them with you – our dear readers – so you can be informed of the most cost-effective and trendy items out there.
Never Fully Dressed midi skirt with belt & camisole
While you may never have heard of Never Fully Dressed – whose Jaspre skirt took it to cult status as it sold out within just 48 hours – one scroll through the site and you’ll see that the brand is a treasure trove of beautiful dresses, from dramatic leopard print and sultry slips to trend-led tiered maxis.
We are currently obsessing over their contrast geo print v-neck camisole and midi skirt which is a fun and flirty summer essential with its belt and high waist. Delicate strappy sandals are the perfect finishing touch to this ensemble.
Monki crew neck textured oversized jumper
Monki, operated by H&M group, offers quirky and stylish clothing, and describes itself as a mix between Tokyo street-style and crisp Scandinavian looks. Always evolving in style, fabric and structure, knit enthusiasts can rest assured there are plenty of new sweater options to choose from including grandpa style, cable knit, argyle and fluffy.
To snuggle up in for cooler days, we have our eyes on their fluffy knit crew neck textured oversized jumper in off-white. Pair this dropped shoulders jumper with loose pants or chequered trousers and cross body a belt bag for a chic, nonchalant look.
ASOS Luxe underwired chiffon top and maxi skirt
With love from ASOS, their Luxe Edit is a brand and project centred on the “act of getting dressed”. It goes beyond clothing, venturing into the realm of photography and other creative outlets, but every garment is truly a work of art from their floor-length capes to bold jumpsuits.
We adore their underwired chiffon top with puff sleeves and maxi skirt in floral print for our next OTT glam look. If you feel like going a little more casual, try the bustier top with a pair of jeans and heels instead.
Stradivarius pleated midi skirt
Stradivarius is known for its street style ready pieces so you can look good from day-to-night. Yes, skirts are back, so give this baby blue asymmetrical ankle-skimming skirt with button detail a fashion-forward edge with unexpected groupings.
Match it with a tonal top and a super thick belt for a chic monochromic look. Or balance out the fluidity of the skirt with some sharp suiting. And the most daring new way to wear it? Wear it in under a long tunic or dress to create an interesting layered effect.
Collusion cropped blazer and trousers
Looking to reinvent your style and experiment with all the colours, prints, textures and shapes this label so fearlessly explores? Look no further than Collusion. Going above and beyond, it’s even collaborated with students, stylists, activists, image-makers and authors over the past year. Instead of going for the on-trend oversized blazer, experiment with their crop style!
Exuding a sense of modern femininity, we’re fans of their stylish blazer, which is executed in a double-breasted profile, equipped with notched lapels in a cool tan tone. Keep the look going by switching to heels if you’ve got to run out of the office and straight to happy hour (without having to think twice about changing your outfit).
Forever Unique cut-out jumpsuit
Known for its show-stopping approach to evening and occasion wear styles, Forever Unique creates distinctive, flattering dresses, jumpsuits and co-ords with the hallmarks of luxury design. For those of you who aren’t fans of dresses, jumpsuits are a no-brainer for days where you just don’t want to fuss over styling woes and save the trouble of mixing and matching separates.
Bring sexy back in this polka dot jumpsuit with cut-outs. Made from silk-satin, we love the flattering bell-bottom cut and the fitted bodice, which grant the illusion of a slim and elongated figure. Throw in a pair of chunky gold hoops to complete this ‘80s retro vibe!
Misguided square neck playsuit
Misguided’s motto: Empowering females globally to be confident in themselves and be who they want to be. Taking the risks no one else dares to, its bodycon dresses, crop tops and ripped denim are their standout style hacks. But if you haven’t got any tiger print in your wardrobe then it’s time to start thinking about adding some. It’s the print of the season!
Go bold or go home with their sweetheart neck playsuit in tiger print. This animal print can be styled with a chained necklace to tap into your wild side. Champion this look with a pair of barely-there sandals and an oversized clutch that’s spacious enough to carry all your essentials.
Topshop faux leather city shorts
When you think about on-trend blouses, linen dresses and the coolest coats with Victorian detailing or retro ruffles, Topshop comes to mind. It provides a fashionable yet wearable wardrobe for modern stylish women – always a fresh, new perspective on its everyday classics. This season, nail your ensemble with their black faux leather culotte.
To make culottes look more sophisticated, pair them with a slim, refined top, like a silky blouse. For sporty types, a structured, button-up style shirt provides a beautiful contrast. Just as easily as culottes keep you cool while traipsing around the sizzling city streets, accessorizing with stockings and boots will do the trick as temperatures drop.
River Island satin cowl neck cami
High-street hero River Island covers all bases with its selection of clothing, accessories, swimwear and footwear. In case you haven’t really been paying attention, River Island has been a bit of a talking point amongst the style set lately, with hit items such as their high neck broderie dress and cigarette trousers which all the fashion influencers have been snapping up.
However, their cobalt blue silk cowl neck camisole is the kind of versatile piece that’ll slot into any well-edited closet as it’s the definition of day-to-night. Since the cowl neckline isn’t too revealing, pair with a blazer and some trousers for work. Transition into evening by changing into leather pants and some platforms. What’s not to love?
AX Paris deep v long sleeve sequin dress
Looking to channel Parisian chic with high street fashion at affordable prices? AX Paris has everything you need – workwear staples, slinky midi skirts and the perfect tea dress. All the pieces give off a truly timeless feel, so don’t be surprised to find yourself still reaching for them years from now.
Try out their gold sequined dress with a plunging necklace that’s sure to make heads turn wherever you go. With padded shoulders, we love the structure it gives to this gorgeous number – just a pair of heels made for dancing is all you need!
Reclaimed Vintage boyfriend inspired t-shirt
Reclaimed Vintage clothing is where fresh styles and vintage ideas meet. This brand takes its inspiration from vintage shapes and pieces from around the world, as well as new-season style predictions. This time, their boyfriend T-shirt with logo collage print in charcoal has won us over! This oversized clothing item of your dream has been derived from borrowing an ill-fitted, masculine structured T-shirt from your boyfriend’s closet.
Boyfriend or not, commit to this comfortable outfit option, and you’ll probably never go back to wearing small sizes. Although it’s a boxy and big silhouette, you can always amp it up by the way you style. It’s often sighted with a pair of high-waisted short or skinny jeans and a pair of sunnies.