It seems that no sooner has summer got underway than we are being bombarded with Pre Fall! All thoughts of floating around in gossamer like fabrics are forgotten as we are tempted by brands and designers to  buy into new season styles and colours. I have always preferred a transitional way of dressing, which then justifies paying a designer price now and again, as the cost per wear is minimal and you get to change up your pieces to work into the current season.

This Paul Smith top has been a favourite wardrobe staple for around 16 years!!!!!It is getting a little more delicate with each wear, but it has really stood the test of time and was worth every penny, it works with everything I have in my wardrobe and although I don’t wear it in the depths of winter, it works under a chunky knit. or jacket, as well as it going solo.

I should also add I got this top on sale and it was heavily reduced as the sales were coming to an end, so I’ve been on some of my favorite designer websites to see which tops could become one of your wardrobe staples in the future, here are 10 of the best.

This Stella McCartney powder blue silk crepe de chine blouse (reduced from $735.00 to $367.00) is a perfect addition to your wardrobe, save it from being prissy by wearing tucked into denim , or high waist pants  and wear with flat, or high  strappy sandals in the summer and ankle boots, or sneakers in the winter to give it an edgier vibe.  For a different look , wear with the buttons undone. The secret to keep this blouse looking youthful is not to wear it with a  skirt of any description.

 

F.R.S For Restless Sleepers is one of my favourite labels and I could quite happily live in. there entire collection, this floral print, pink and olive pyjama shirt in silk satin ($667.00, reduced to $333.00) will look great all year round,  as a shirt, or as a lightweight jacket.

Always be on the lookout for classics with a twist. When is a white tee not a white tee? When it’s this fabulous puff shouldered, lace trimmed, scalloped sleeved one by See By Chloe ($225.00, reduced to $157.00).

All the above are still available on www.matchesfashion.com

 

In a silk crepe de chine abstract floral print in soft, muted colours, this tie front shirt by IRO ($400.00, reduced to $120.00) is a  piece to wear over and over, the small ruffles are an extra detail that just add to this already feminine piece.  perfect worn over your favourite tank or silk camisole.

 

 

A floral print colour palette that works all year round, wear this Chloe top ($1095.00, reduced to $547.50, with an extra 20% off at checkout) with its tie from t detail and draped back with cropped pants and layer with a white shirt to give a different look.

A washed out watercolour  print gives this silk shirt by Lemaire ($880.00, reduced to $264.00) a painterly feel, especially with the one button, draped neckline. Wear undone for a more casual look.The cut is looser, so will work over or tucked into shorts, pants and denim.

The above 3 pieces by IRO, Chloe and Lemaire are currently on sale at www.net-a-porter.com

 

 This waist defining black top with red polka dots in silk with side buttons by Magda Butrym ($1165.00, reduced to $408.00)  will be a wardrobe mainstay, wear with skirts, pants and denim, the oversized bow adds a little drama to this top.  Currently available at www.modaoperandi.com 

A racer back tank in a fiery orange and red print with fringing by Poupette St.Barth ($271.00, reduced to $108.00) will be your summer beach top, but will also double up as a winter piece when worn under an oversized woolly cardigan. 

A Western style shirt by Coach ($610.00, reduced to $183.00) is a mix of feminine and edgy in a metallic star print georgette with leather trims and oversized collar. Wear with a midi leather skirt and heels for impact, or go more casual in high waist pants with flats, keep it from going too much into the western theme by steering clear of wearing it with ankle boots, or blue denim. It’s far more youthful to just hint at  a trend.

When a fabulous sequin top comes up for grabs in a designer sale, grab it with both hands and wear it whenever you want! This one by Dries Van Noten ($520.00, reduced to $260.00) has both silver and gold sequins in the pattern and the dark navy is a refreshing change from black.

All 3 tops from Poupette St.Barth, Coach and Dries Van Noten are currently on sale from www.mytheresa.com and there is an extra 20% discount applied at checkout too.

Remember, Style Has No Age.

Happy Friday.

Max.x

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