The October Edit: Cheap Monday hat (here) ASOS trousers (here) Topshop Boutique shirt (sold out, similar here) and dress (sold out, similar here) New Look faux leather jacket (here) Whistles loafers (here)
I posted about some things that I had bought in September here and now that the capsule project, as it were, has come to a close, I've been investing in a couple of items now and then to add a little bit of interest to my working wardrobe. Utilising the things I've learnt whilst running a capsule, I've been careful to buy items that work well across the depth of my wardrobe and that I'll get a lot of wear from. The mid season sales are in full swing so it has been a good time to pick up some new items for winter and whilst there wasn't that much I needed, I managed to get some great items.
A hat was on my wish list for winter as unfortunately the cheap version I had from Primark last winter just had not made it through. I also had one from ASOS but it was too big for my head and therefore quite uncomfortable as it would always fly off! This one is by Cheap Monday, it was £22 in the sale which is more than enough for a hat but the shape and fit of it are just wonderful. The Primark options are usually around £8/9 and the ASOS ones around £15 so it wasn't too much more expensive and I'm pleased with the quality.
I had wanted to get a pair of leather trousers ever since rediscovering this post but I really didn't want leggings. ASOS came to the rescue with this pleather pair, which are peg-shaped and therefore a bit more wearable (in my opinion) and I think I could get away with these at work with smart trainers and a shirt. I was undecided between black or pale grey but I decided in the end that black was perhaps more practical.
In the realm of faux leather, I also treated myself to this New Look pleather jacket with the end of my birthday money. I'd bought a jacket from another shop but decided it wasn't really me, and I was glad I'd returned it when I spotted this. It's a more oversized fit than my Urban Outfitters jacket which I lived in over the summer, and it has a leopard print faux fur collar, which I love. I also had a 25% off voucher when I bought this so it came to about £30 in total.
Topshop Boutique have always been one of my favourite brands but I tend to wait for the sale to shop there. A lot of the pieces are made in Britain and use premium quality fabrics which aren't cheap, but do last - I've got two wool jumpsuits comfortably into their second winter and I wore them a lot last year. This time, I picked up a knot front shirt, and a dome sleeved dress, both for work really. Unfortunately they have both sold out - a lot of the Topshop Boutique range sells out before it event gets to the sale, so sale items are snapped up quickly.
My final purchase was a real bargain, these Whistles Melrose loafers were an eBay find and came in at around £6! eBay is really useful for hunting out heavily discounted items, I don't really have time to trawl the site as much as I'd like to but every now and again I'll spot something worth bidding on and sometimes you luck out!