In total this year I've bought (deep breath): 9 bags, 11 pairs of shoes, 2 bikinis, 1 ring, 7 tops, 4 jackets, 6 knits, 1 purse, 7 pairs of trousers, 1 skirt, 2 necklaces, 1 pair of shorts, 1 bracelet and 1 pair of sunglasses. Gulp. Admittedly, however, not all of these have proven worthy investments: the Zara floral trousers which I went off after about three wears, for example, or the ASOS Dicker-esque suede boots which really didn't measure up to their namesake. Nevertheless there have been many more good buys than bad in 2012, and I've definitely made some additions to my wardrobe that won't be leaving any time soon. Here are my absolute favourites, the ones which I'm confident will stand the test of time.
Acne Pistol boots /
(Available here) A true classic, I'd been longing for these for no less than 6 years when I finally succumbed (thanks to Kurt Geiger's 25% off promotion) back in March. I've never regretted going for it and they will remain my number 1 go-to boots throughout 2013 and beyond.
Topshop Unique bomber jacket /
I wanted this jacket so much after seeing it on Sabrina Meijer that I checked the Topshop holding page for it up to five times a day for nearly four weeks, hoping desperately that it would be restocked. I had pretty much resigned myself to never getting my hands on it when, lo and behold, it appeared before my eyes and I clicked it home in a millisecond. I love it to bits.
Dogeared Karma necklace /
This little gold-dipped beauty hasn't left my neck since I bought it in April. This year I haven't bought much jewellery at all; whereas I used to pile on a different set of necklaces each week, now I love having a few understated pieces to wear everyday.
JW Anderson x Topshop bat jumper /
As soon as I saw the first images from JW Anderson's hotly anticipated Topshop collection I knew I had to make this bat jumper mine. It's beautiful, fits like a glove, feels very high quality and goes with anything and everything. I'm really looking forward to the next drop of JWAxTS in February.
Burberry Sefton heels /
Walking into the Burberry outlet at Bicester Village was pretty much like stepping into my dream home. I wanted literally everything, so it was truly an exercise in self-restraint that I came home with only these beauties. Not only are they beautiful but they are also very comfortable, adding up to pretty much the holy grail of footwear in my eyes.
Cambridge Satchel Company navy satchel /
I'd had my eye on a Cambridge satchel for quite some time, so when this mini beauty in my favourite colour of all time popped up in the ASOS sale, resistance was futile. It's beautifully understated and really is the perfect daytime bag.
Jordan Askill for Topshop heart ring /
As with my Dogeared necklace, this understated ring has become an everyday staple for me. I absolutely love the soft rose gold plating, the simple heart shape and the engraving on the inside.
Whistles Marlon quilted leather jacket /
The perfect leather jacket is not easy to find. Over the years I've collected leather jackets in all colours of the rainbow, cropped, fringed, metallic, studded and sleeveless, but I had never quite found the perfect everyday leather until this baby came along. Even at 25% off it wasn't cheap, but I'm so pleased I held my nerve and went for it because it really is a keeper.
Mango ankle cuff heels /
These Mango beauties were undoubtedly my shoe of the summer, earning their cost per wear tenfold and proving the perfect accessory for absolutely any outfit. I'm counting down the days until it's warm enough to wear them once more.
KG Kurt Geiger leopard mini bag /
Finally, a new addition to my wardrobe which I'm sure will become a future classic. I'd lusted after this little lovely for months before making it mine, and I can't think of any outfit it wouldn't look great with. Here's to many more purchases like it in 2013. Happy new year!
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