3 ways to update your look this winter

I was asked to define my style the other day. I should have had a quick  answer rolling off my tongue, but I found myself pondering this question for days. Perhaps because it has evolved so much over the years? Anyway, I think I have finally came up with an answer. My style is classic, feminine and relaxed, and I always try to add a little nod to a trend. I love fashion and I love to keep up to date with the latest trends, but that doesn’t mean that I need to wear them all. We pick and choose the trends that suit us, and add to our existing wardrobes with a few key pieces that will keep us feeling fresh and current. (I would like to ban the phrase ‘on trend’, am I the only one?!)

Here are three ways to do this without spending a fortune this season.

Choose Trends with Longevity

There are many trends that come back season after season. The velvet blazer is a fine example.  It’s a classic piece that you will wear for years and will always add a touch of luxurious elegance to your look. I have been stalking this beautiful blazer from Whistles online and finally went and tried it on instore. It is even more beautiful in the flesh. *sigh* (Grazia, please will you do your usual 25% off offer soon?)

Whistles Relaxed Jacket

And just for comparison’s sake, here is the King of the Velvet Blazers…

Saint Laurent

Shop Velvet Blazers


An easy, inexpensive way to bring a classic outfit up to date is with accessories. This season, Chloe and Simon Miller’s top handle bags have inspired the high street and there are a plethora of ring handle bags to choose from. My favourite is the Mango version below which is now in the sale.



Simon Miller 



Mango (Now £17.99)

Another way to update your look without spending a fortune is to add a pair of statement earrings. With the summer behind us, I think we’ll see a shift from tassels to statement gold. I’ve picked some of my favourites.




Add a colourful knit 

The AW17 catwalks were awash with colourful knitwear.  This is a lovely way to inject some colour into your winter wardrobe and you can pick a shade that suits you. My particular favourites this season are yellow and red, but green and lilac are popular choices too.




I hope you have a lovely weekend. We are off to the country tomorrow, to breathe in some much needed clean air. I love living in London, but they don’t call it the big smoke for nothing!


Chloe x

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2 responses to “3 ways to update your look this winter”

  1. sara says:

    Oh now you have me thinking about velvet jackets and I was really really trying not to… and I’m heading to Selfridges tomorrow…uh oh!

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Chloe Samwell-Smith

Chloe Samwell-Smith

I am a fashion loving mum of three, blogging about my love for clothes, interiors, children's fashion, fitness, beauty and travel. I live in London with my husband, three children (Liv, Milla and Charlie) and our siamese cat called Sammy.


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