Winser London with stylist Vanessa de Lisle reveals how to shop for the foundations of a great wardrobe.

What do women want? Simple clothes that slot neatly into real life, yes, chic clothes that make us feel like a woman.

The deceptively simple cashmere sweater, we want to wear to work with skirts and at the weekend with leggings. Why not let your cashmere sweater drop off the shoulder revealing some skin and that little erogenous zone that looks charming at any age.

Some perfect trousers, floppy silk feminine blouses, jersey T shirts and tunics, slouchy knits, draped dresses, comfortable jackets. What we want is to look instantly polished and grown up. To be able to admire everything we have in our wardrobes and to wear everything a lot. Updating, replacing, improving every season. We don’t want to look at a mass of junk we have collected and wonder what we were thinking.

It’s good to like practical as well as beautiful, to love the luxe touch of good fabrics, to make the mirror your friend. Try to buy with a clear vision and a plan that fit’s your purpose. Then you can enjoy being able to pick the right thing for the right occasion from your own collection of clothes. Invest a little time in creating this group of garments and you will then not need to spend a nano second more worrying about it.

Despite pictures and reports of extreme looks, acres of noisy prints and way out shapes, there is a distinct shift towards softness and femininity and as written in Vogue recently a sophisticated whisper of sexiness. Fabrics to love, cashmere silk and jersey are a lovely partnership together, both softness and comfort. Deft draping and stretch holds garments in place without buttons and zips. This is a look that stands the test of time and flatters the curvaceous as well as the slim.

We have been generous with our fabrics, and have not skimped on our sizing. Our pieces are realistically sized and proportioned.

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