From left to right: cashmere-wool jumper, £268, 12Storeez; velvet jumpsuit, £345, The Fold; satin T-shirt, £225, and trousers, £380, Vince
Other points to remember are that any knitwear that can be belted, or is tailored, is a plus, particularly if you’re planning to wear it with midi skirts or wide trousers. Lurex trims are good, provided they’re not scratchy; ditto any colours that lift your complexion. Corduroy has some of the glamour of velvet, but is more durable.
Adding silky satins with some sheen into the mix always elevates an outfit. A scarf with tassels or some kind of fringing becomes more than ‘just a scarf’. Necklines or sleeves that allow for some jewellery will also enable you to up the glamour quota with next to zero effort.
A good pair of boots that come all the way up to the knee unlock so many clothes you might not otherwise wear this time of year. These, from Aeydē, have a zip at the back as well as the perfect shaped toe and block heel.
They’re not cheap, but they are extremely well made and I’ll be wearing them a lot more on these pages: they work with everything. That’s what we mean when we say buy better, wear more.