I have a confession to make – I don’t really consider myself or my wardrobe that stylish. And I think I’m beginning to understand why… I feel like I’ve always had a great eye for those one-of a kind pieces which have that little extra something. Whether it’s a frill here or there, a unique design or just a knack for selecting the right colour palette for my complexion, I’ve got that sorted. I shop at premium retailers and pay attention to fabrics. So why was I not feeling “put together”? Is it just style fatigue from the pandemic?
After about, oh, probably a year of pondering, I believe I finally figured it out and can explain it in two simple words – basics and neutrals. Yes, basic and neutrals. I know, it probably seems so simple for most people. Yet for a woman like myself who likes, shall we say, that little bit of extra-ness, basics and neutrals aren’t two areas I’ve ever been naturally drawn towards. Give me colour and add in some drama (just like the shows I love on Netflix)… Up until now – and the first retailer I thought of to go to fix this egregious lack of simplicity within my closet? It had to be Reiss.
Reiss is my preferred clothing retailer and has been for a couple of years. For those who need an introduction, Reiss is a British menswear & womenswear brand, with a focus on producing quality & classic garments. Their pieces are designed to last for years upon years which is testament to their timeless designs and fabric choices. Seasonal designs are available too, incorporating elements of whatever is “on trend” for the moment, without looking like they will only last for a wash or two. When I want to buy a new coat, when I need to updated my workwear and if I’m on the lookout for a chic outfit for an event (pre-pandemic, obviously), I immediately head over to the Reiss website. Ok, that’s probably not entirely true, because who am I kidding, I’m on there at least once a week!
Today I wanted to touch on my first clothing haul for 2021 – all these pieces I ordered from Reiss’ website are items which I’ve had in my online basket for quite a while. In one case, a particular piece I’d been considering purchasing for 6 months! Considering my previous Reiss haul (and clothing haul for that matter) was in September last year, it’s safe to say that I’ve been patient and have invested a lot of thought in terms of what to purchase. It’s quality over quantity for my wardrobe now. The goal is to be certain that these would be “investment” purchases and fit seamlessly with the majority of items in my closet.
We will have a look now at each item and you’ll likely notice a particular colour palette (or lack thereof), yet this was by design. Perhaps I’m gradually shifting towards a minimalist vibe or maturing in terms of my sartorial tastes. I’ll touch on why I decided to purchase a particular piece as well as why I consider it to be an investment, or building block, in your wardrobe too.
1 – The white tee
This is the item I’ve had in my basket for what feels like 6 months now! The simple white tee is often included in those “top 10” style guide lists of must have pieces in a wardrobe and I have to agree. The first plain white, logo-less tee which I’ve had for many years. It’s an item which is truly so versatile and easy to style. I’m a jeans and tee kinda gal, so most likely that is how I will be wearing this. I can also see myself wearing it with a pleated skirt and a pair of sneakers, or underneath a blazer with a pair of trousers for the office. Another great thing about this particular tee from Reiss? It’s soft to the touch and made from 100% cotton – perfect for just about every season of the year!
2 – The black turtleneck
So chic, the black turtleneck emits true Parisian vibes comme Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Turtleneck knits are simply practical for the cooler seasons and have the ability to make jeans, trousers or skirts look instantly a touch more sophisticated. I’m working on increasing the amount of neutral shades in my wardrobe and black pairs perfectly with any autumn and winter palette. I decided to purchase this to replace another black turtleneck from another retailer – my old one just doesn’t feel very nice to wear and part of that is down to the fabric composition. However, this turtleneck from Reiss feels soft and is quite warm, thanks to a mainly wool and alpaca blend fabrication.
3. The cable knit jumper
In what is possibly one of my all-time favourite go-to pieces for winter, a cable knit jumper is pure comfort and style in one item! Cable knit jumpers are my go-to with denim during the chillier months of the year and look great worn under jackets and coats for that extra layering vibe. The cream colour is versatile thanks to its neutrality and this particular jumper doesn’t have that “itchy” feeling you can sometimes get with knitwear. It’s got wool and alpaca in a wide fabric blend and features cuffs on the sleeves and hemline. A piece I will have in my wardrobe for many years to come.
4. The straight-leg trousers
Can you believe that this office based corporate working girl hasn’t had a pair of black trousers in her wardrobe for at least 5 or more years? My work wardrobe has leaned heavily towards dresses and skirts, with only 2 pairs of navy trousers in my closet. I thought it was about time I add a pair of black ones to my style arsenal, especially given these would pair divinely with my latest shoe purchase… a pair of Gucci Jordaan loafers (you can click here to read about that on the blog). The only disappointment with these trousers is that I need to exchange them for a smaller size, so I’ll be heading into my local Reiss shop this weekend to do exactly that.
Straight leg trousers are wonderful because they are versatile (there’s that word again), with the ability to be worn to the office, after work, smart casual events or on the weekend. They’re a touch more sophisticated compared to skinny leg or wide leg trousers and suit most body shapes. This is my third pair of Reiss trousers – I’m happy to pay a higher price point for these as the quality is superb. The black straight-leg trousers I selected are made from 50% wool, so again there’s that high quality in terms of fabric composition which will serve you well for many years. I’ve discovered that when it comes to trousers that it pays to spend a little more, they well wear better over a longer period of time.
Keeping it neutral
That’s the round-up of my latest Reiss haul. A colour palette of black, cream and white. 3 tops which you can effortlessly wear with the same pair of trousers, across multiple seasons. 4 items which will easily work alongside what I currently have in my wardrobe. All pieces are plain so there’s no distractions in terms or prints. And the fabrications include cotton, wool and alpaca, so they all feel really comfortable to wear. When it comes to style, I’m starting to believe the simpler the better.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on my latest haul from Reiss. I’ve also filmed an unboxing and try on video for these purchases over on my YouTube channel so I’d love it if you would give that a watch and subscribe to join my community over there too. Let me know if you’re a fan of Reiss clothing and what your go-to clothing pieces are in the comments below!