INVESTMENT PIECES X WINSER LONDON

Investment pieces x Winser London - Blush pink silk tunic shirt

It’s common for women at a certain age to start collecting high quality wardrobe staples known as Investment Pieces.

In my case this began in my early 30’s when I was completely & utterly comfortable in my own skin. For the most part I had developed a definitive style although I peppered it with unique or “trendy” bits for detail. I was fairly certain what suited my body & my personality, in other words I knew what I liked.

As I grew older I held off from buying what I wanted, to afford the more expensive option. It helped that I had more patience & equally more funds. Of course wearing the superior garments only served to refine my taste further beyond my means yet I would persist, wait for sales or scour Ebay & later Vestiaire Collective. You see the high quality item will not only wear well, it also tends not to date. Therefore it stands to reason going down the 2nd hand route is an excellent option well worth investigating.
Have you heard of #30wears? More like #100wears in my case! If you’re unfamiliar with the campaign check out this post.
Something interesting happens before I fork out large sums of money on my wardrobe, I stop & think. I mean when you need a new car you don’t rush out to buy the first one you see do you? You research other makes & models, figure out what size would work best & so on….Give it due diligence.
You get my drift right?
This is “conscious shopping” for your wardrobe which basically means putting deep thought into what you buy. After all I’m curating an important collection that needs to work hard for me. I’m not a Kardashian with unlimited funds coupled with a walk-in wardrobe the size of Jersey. However I do love fashion so I invest in the classics & what’s more I wear them OFTEN. Honestly, what is the point of owning something exquisite such as this silk shirt only saving it “for best”? If you need some inspiration here’s my post with 5 tips on how to get your collection started.
Additionally there’s often provenance of fair trade & in many cases highly skilled artisans at the source of your purchase. A perfect example is my recent birthday/xmas present featured in today’s post. Last year I visited the Louis Vuitton exhibition in London & stood mesmerised by the craftswoman creating a masterpiece before my very eyes. There’s a photo of her in my review of the exhibition here.

It’s important to note that my wardrobe is by no means vast however it is mighty! Due to the ethos of buying investment pieces I now have some fabulous shoes, clothes & bags – Some of which are almost 20 years old! Apart from the very special Vintage items which are quite a lot older than that!
Although I tend to stick to the same designers & top quality Brands there are always new ones popping up on my radar.

Recently I’ve discovered the beautifully manufactured label Winser London

Investment pieces x Winser London

Investment pieces x Winser London blush pink and midnight blue together

My Winser London outfit today

Consists of a classic Silk Shirt in blush pink & Wide Leg Flat Front Trousers. In my opinion this combination is the very definition of investment buying. A pair of flattering beautifully cut trousers & feminine silk shirt is the epitome of timeless style.
The Laura Ashley hat I’m wearing is a similar dark blue to the trousers & as it was an incredibly windy day, worked in keeping my hair out of my face. N.B I bloody detest wind – Grrrr Although it did serve to display the fluid nature of both fabrics brilliantly!
On the subject of colour, these trousers are midnight blue although can also appear either black or navy depending on the light. I think of this as a bonus because they will have dual purpose & work across all Seasons. I’ve tried to capture the variation in colour for you in my photos below.

My Joules scarf was another birthday present this year, from my oldest friend Lisa – “Hi mate” The girl knows my taste & has impeccable timing, no? As I mentioned earlier my Louis Vuitton bag was my combined birthday & Christmas present from Mark & the children that I clearly chose & (yearned for) indeed purchased Heehee I’ve also worn it here with the long strap attached which was ideal for hands free sightseeing in Paris as well. Smart buy Marky! Teeheehee

Forty Hall Manor House Enfiled London

Investment pieces x Winser London - Wide leg flat front trousers

Investment pieces x Winser London - great fitting wode leg trousers are an essential wardrobe staple

Investment pieces x Winser London - Blush pink and Midnight blue are perfect winter colours

Investment pieces x Winser London - accessorized with Joules check scarf, Laura Ashley trilby

Investment pieces x Winser London - accessorized with Laura Ashley hat, Joules scarf and Louis Vuitton Metis bag

Melissa shoes made from moulded rubber

That smell like bubblegum YUM YUM! I love these Melissa shoes soooo much!!! I bought them from Vestiaire Collective & have written a blog post about them – Naturally.
I wear them loads because they’re incredibly versatile, don’t believe me? See here & here too.
My berry coloured OPI nail polish has just a tinge of blue tone tying in the shirt with the scarf perfectly.

Investment pieces x Winser London - Melissa blush high heel sandals, OPI nail polish

This gorgeous Gold Double Star Ring is from Lizzy O Boutique

Now from the rest of The Over 40 Collective

We have our Real Women Catalogue of outfits from Winser London. I’m blown away by the incredible photography & variation of styling each of the team has produced for this latest collaboration. Please do click-through directly to each of their Blogs for a closer look of what they’re wearing. Furthermore we’ve launched the Over 40 Collective Blog if fancy a sticky beak pop on over.
Enjoy!
Lisa of The Sequinist has chosen to style all black in this striking cashmere Audrey jumper & cropped Miracle trousers ensemble.

Winser London Over 40 Collective Collaboration

Annette of Lady of Style opted for the magnificent Milano Wool Car Coat in black styled casual chic with her fabulous faux leather leggings.

Winser London Over 40 Collective Collaboration


Liz of What Lizzy Loves is simply breathtaking in this sheer-sleeved Miracle Dress of the most stunning Royal blue. p.s Have you noticed the name of the boat?

Winser London Over 40 Collective Collaboration

Catherine of Not Dresses As Lamb chose the pink version of the Milano Wool Car Coat which is just as amazing in real life as it is on her!

Winser London Over 40 Collective Collaboration

Next up is Michelle of The Barefaced Chic who proves that even on a Sunday stroll it’s easy to look stylish when you have a classic Trench coat & cashmere scarf!

Winser London Over 40 Collective Collaboration

Last but not least is Nikki of Midlife Chic looking elegant in the showstopper burgundy Wool Wrap Coat.

40 Collective Collaboration

So what do you think of our second collaboration with Winser London? See anything you like? For a re-cap of our first collab with this luxurious brand click here.
Finally I’d like to extend an enormous THANK YOU to the generous team at Winser London for gifting all of the outfits to The Over 40 Collective. In particular the lovely Yasmin who always goes out of her way to ensure everyone is happy.
Love, Mx

  • Comments ( 27 )

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    Celia M. – HighHeeledLife.com

    Where do I start? – you look fabulous!! and yes investment pieces are so worth it – from the fit, to the longevity of the items… and that fedora perfect touch. Swooning over the shoes ….

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      retrochicmama

      Thanks Celia! Gotta love a hat right? Mx

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    No Fear of Fashion

    I still have to do the 40 collaboration rpund. Only have been to Lisa. Busy busy busy.
    Your look is stunning. Like you are. I would want everything. Those shoes, are they rubber? Do they prevent blisters? I hope they continue them next summe. (And I don’t forget the brand.)
    As for thinking deeply before you buy.. hmm now there is a thought! Might be worthwhile trying one day 😂😂😂.
    Greetje

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      retrochicmama

      Yes they’re moulded rubber Greetje with a scent of bubblegum no less! They are super comfy & no I have never had a blister from them. You always seem to buy fantastic pieces lady, why should you stop? 😉
      xxx

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    Jacket Society

    Beautiful classic look, love the fedora!
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

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      retrochicmama

      Thank you Nora, are you a hat girl too? I can’t recall ever seeing you in one though xxx

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    Rozanne Swift

    This is such a stunning outfit! I love Winser London too. Currently awaiting my third jumper from there, the fit, feel and drape always elevates you, even on those days when you would rather hide in a mouse hole!

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      retrochicmama

      Indeed you’ve hit the nail right on the head there Rozanne! That’s the undeniable fact when you spend more you really do get so much more from your purchase. Which jumper did you get?

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        Rozanne Swift

        The black v-neck boyfriend jumper. Arrived today 😍 Don’t normally do black but couldn’t resist it!

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          retrochicmama

          OOh fabulous, that’s a classic Rozanne you’ll wear it loads!

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    thestylesplash

    Such a beautifully stylish outfit Michelle…you all look stunning. I’ve come to appreciate quality items more as I’ve got older, the enjoyment factor in wearing premium fabrics is worth paying more for. I recently bought a Winser wrap dress and I was so pleased with the fabric and cut. I know I’ll get lots of wear from it.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

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      retrochicmama

      Couldn’t agree more Emma! What colour did you get?

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    Lady of Style

    You know I love an elegant style, Michelle and you can image I’d wear this look in a heartbeat! So classy and fabulous!

    xx
    Annette | Lady of Style

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      retrochicmama

      Thank you Annette, yes I can definitely see you in this! xxx

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    Nancy Baten

    The older I get the more I need quality clothing! Lol! When your young you can wear anything. The trousers are very chic, with this design it is so important to wear a good quality, otherwise it s just ,,hanging,, around the legs. Of course all the other Lady s are also very classy!

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      retrochicmama

      Oh so true Nancy – A 19 year old looks fabulous in a sack! I have been looking for a pair of wide leg trousers for years, seriously. I’ve never been completely happy with the way they hang, until now.

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    Abby@midlifecrisisnut

    I couldn’t agree with you more Michelle, on buying investment pieces. I mean, just look at you. So chic! I’ve always been into fashion that last. Looking beautiful as always! xx Abby

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      retrochicmama

      Thanks Abby you gorgeous woman! I’d love to have a peek inside your wardrobe one day 😉
      xxx

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    Ruth Maldonado

    Such a beautiful look and beautiful clothes! I love that gorgeous silk blouse and that hat is so classy!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    Jess

    Wow Michelle, where to start! I believe in doing much perusing when adding to my wardrobe. I want quality over quantity. The blouse is sheer heaven as is the rest of the ensemble, with a fancy hat to top it off! Love it.thank you for the intro to the Vestiare Collective! I am quite mindful of what I add to my closet. Everyone looks amazing with their Windsor choices, very classic pieces.
    Have a great week
    Hope to see u again for Turning Heads Tuesday
    Jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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      retrochicmama

      A woman after my own heart! Thank you Jess – I’m there 😉
      xxx

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    MonicaP

    Your blouse is just lovely! I really like the details on the sleeves.

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you Monica, I like that I can add cufflinks. Might have to steal hubbys 😉

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    sequinist

    I was just thinking while looking at your photos how much the fabric quality makes this outfit. If the shirt were cotton and if the trousers were stiff, it just wouldn’t have the same dreamy luxury that leaps off the screen at me. The sheen on that blush silk is so beautiful. These really are classic Investment pieces.

    I love how you’ve styled these two pieces with the hat, scarf, and sandals. You’re looking very Fashion Week! xx

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      retrochicmama

      Isn’t that the trick Lisa? Quality fabric & manufacture is what makes a simple outfit chic & timeless. Aren’t we lucky ladies 😉
      Paris Fashion week next year love?
      xxx

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    Elizabeth Yeowart

    Michelle, you look beautiful. The outfit suits your lithe figure perfectly and the blush is gorgeous on you. I love your philosophy to building a timeless and classic wardrobe too and you always look classy, stylish and expensive. Thank you so much for wearing the Lizzy O ring too xxx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Thank you Liz – Back at ya 😉
      XXX

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