As you've probably seen from all the content we've created this year for Who What Wear UK, when we find something that works for us, we tend to wear it to death. We're all about wise investments and uncovering the kind of classics you didn't even know would last year in, year out. Just think of the uniform we both established going into our 30s. Or the way we've learnt to actually spend more on certain items that never date—like a good leather biker jacket, for example.
These kinds of wardrobe tactics don't mean we stick to the same old things—we're just as prone to wanting newness as the next girl. Hence why in the New Year, we're going to force ourselves to make some wardrobe updates based around the pieces we already love and cherish. The New Year is the perfect time to update your closet in the easiest way possible; think of what you love wearing, and look for the way that designers and stores have decided to bring that a little refresh in 2018. Or you could be lazy (yay) and just read our take on this fashion update concept. Keep scrolling to see the five things we already love and the new-season versions that are heading into our wardrobes.
2017 Favourite: Pleated Skirts
2018 Update: Pencil Skirts
A pleated skirt has been a go-to in our wardrobe for the past two years. It's versatile—it looks just as good with trainers and a knit for the day as it does with a heel for the evening—but we feel it's time to adopt a new skirt trend. Next season we'll be channelling Carine Roitfeld with a longline pencil skirt.
2017 Favourite: Checked Blazers
2018 Update: Pastel Blazers
Checks had a huge moment this winter, and we haven't stopped wearing them in blazer form. We won't be chucking our checked blazers as they are classic, but come next year, we'll be updating our jacket collection with a shade or two of pastels. Baby blue, candy pink or pale yellow will give our wardrobe a much-needed refresh.
2017 Favourite: Ladylike Bags
2018 Update: Fun Bags
Okay, we're not retiring our whole handbag collection for crazy bags, but we're going to invest in one quirky style to jazz up our evening look. Perfect for the simple jeans/blazer combo we often turn to for a night out, a fun piece of arm candy will give any basic outfit a much-needed lift.
2017 Favourite: Straight-Cut Jeans
2018 Update: Cropped Straight-Cut Jeans
We've been embracing this trend for a while now. For some reason, our skinny jeans don't feel as current anymore, so we've been chopping off a few inches to make them cropped and frayed. If you're looking to invest in a new pair of jeans, we say go for a cropped straight leg. Cooler than a skinny, smarter than a boyfriend and more flattering than a mom style.
2017 Favourite: Tennis Sneakers
2018 Update: "Ugly" Sneakers
Every cool girl worth her fashion salt was rocking ugly trainers during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and we feel ready to embrace the trend. Longtime fans of simple tennis shoes, we're going to swap these in for clumpy trainers next year.
Next up, the 50 cold-weather outfits you can use for the next few months.
Who are your style icons?
Lou: Mira Duma
Em: Elena Perminova
Who are your 3 favourite people to follow on Instagram?
Lou: @lizzyvdligt @thefashionguitar @oneteaspoon_
Em: @tashsefton @damselindior @jenniferfisherjewelry
What are the fashion essentials you can’t live without?
Lou: Shoes. My current favourites are Gianvito Rossi Portofino.
Em: Jeans. Topshop, Rag & Bone and J Brand are my go-tos.What's the beauty essential you can’t live without?
Lou: Wild About Beauty’s Lou Bronzer.
Em: Dr Frances Prenna Jones’s Formula.
What would be your desert island album?
Lou: The Definitive Collection, by Stevie Wonder.
Em: Chaos & the Calm, by James Bay.
See more of Lou and Em's fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle coverage on their site, A Style Album.
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