Long time readers might remember this post from almost a year ago. On the whole, the post was well received, apart from the grammar police tearing it to shreds, the majority of you enjoyed an honest review on those capsule wardrobe items we see everywhere on the 'gram. I vowed to do another, so finally, after ten months since the first instalment, I'm back with a similar post. Miele recently set me the challenge to pick a handful of luxury investments that I will wear again and again (thus needing to wash again and again). I don't mind spending money on quality wardrobe essentials and classic pieces, but what's the good in doing so if I can't wash them? Hands up who else has a separate 'hand wash' or 'dry clean only' pile that has sat untouched for months! Far too often some of my favourite pieces have spent more time unworn than they have worn, completely defeats the point of investment right?
Miele, however, has answered our delicate washing prayers, by developing the W1 washer AND T1 dryer in which you can finally wash THE UNWASHABLE. Cashmere jumpers, silk dresses, wool coats - all now washable at home. So here are my 5 capsule items I plan to put to the test....
THE WOOL COAT / £1000
I'll kick start my picks with one hell of a splurge and my 'hero piece' should we call it? This cashmere and wool blend coat comes with a whopping price tag and before you begin to question my sanity, let me tell you, I did not pay £1000 for a coat. I've had my sights set on it for almost a year, but unfortunately, haven't had a spare grand knocking about, so I was forced to look for others means of getting my hands on it. Thankfully Vestiare Collective came through, and I bagged this beautiful coat for half the price (brand new and unworn). What makes this coats worth the four-figure price tag, though? I know what you're thinking, it's a brand thing, which to an extent is correct, if it didn't have Acne Studios stitched into the neck would I have been less inclined to buy? Maybe so! As much we love that peachy pink packaging and recognisable font, Acne also means quality and excellent tailoring.
In passing this coat doesn't look like a one thousand pound coat. However, it definitely feels like a one thousand pound coat. It's unlined so there's no room for error during construction, after a thorough examination there's no denying this is beautifully made coat. The classic and straight fit of the coat makes it timeless, and the cashmere wool blend creates a lightweight handle while still keeping you warm. (A nice change to some of the heavier outwear I own). The rest of the jacket speaks for itself, a simple D-ring closure, two deep set pockets and a simple narrow notched collar.
Would I pay £1000 for this coat? No. Would I pay half the price on a consignment website? Yes. Especially safe in the knowledge I can wash it in the Miele W1 washer.
THE SILK DRESS / £305
Marina London is fast becoming my go-to brand for beautifully designed, 100% silk basics. All the styles are carefully considered, simple and crafted from high-quality silks. The Dree Dress, in particular, is fast becoming my favourite piece. This classic, straight shirt dress, comes with a long tie to create a feminine look at the waist. 'HOW MUCH for shirt dress?!' - I hear you cry. With all luxury investments, especially the classics, the devil is all in the detail. Made from a lightweight crepe, this dress gives you the freedom to layer without overheating and wear on its own in the warmer months. With my Dress dress count currently at a total of 3 (white, grey and navy) , I think that's a testament to the dress's quality and versatility. I don't make a purchase if I can't see myself continuously re-wearing.
I'm also a sucker for an understated shirtdress, and it doesn't help that Marina Guergova, the woman behind the brand, is one of THE kindest and most sincere ladies I've ever met. So I'm probably a little biased towards Marina London already and much prefer to support independent designers where possible.
THE WOOL TROUSERS / £170 (ORIGINALLY £280)
Okay, now trousers is an investment I can SERIOUSLY get behind, it pays to invest in an everyday essential such as trousers. On paper, my trouser criteria is relatively straightforward, simple, straight cut and slightly cropped. Shopping for said bottoms, however, isn't always easy, especially when like myself you are overly picky, petite and 5'3". I don't know if it's just my body type, but I find it virtually impossible to find trousers that fit on the high street. Topshop was my go to, thanks to their 30" length, but the quality simply isn't up to par.
The 'Milli' trousers were another item on my Acne wish list, so as soon as they went on sale, I leapt at the chance to order them. Being short brings with it a lot of trouser troubles and many trips to the tailor. More often than not trousers are too long, something that sold the 'Milli' trouser to me was how cropped they appeared to be on the 5'9" model. Cropped on a model = regular length on me. Initially available in 4 colours, as tempted as I was by the pink, for wearability purposes, I picked navy and grey.
- Perfect length
- True to size
- Generous pocket size that sits in the seam
- Wool feels thick and durable
- Fluff/hair consistently sticks to them, so regular lint rolling is required on the navy pair.
THE CASHMERE JUMPER / £125
An ultimate in indulgence, a cashmere sweater. Renowned for it's amazing ability to regulate temperate, when the weather turns cold, cashmere is my best pal. Considered the most luxurious in the wool family due it's stronger, softer and lighter fibres, which is often reflected in the price. & Other Stories, however, have recently introduced a handful of beautiful 100% cashmere pieces to their website all at affordable prices without comprising on quality. Something you must bear in mind when buying cashmere is, piling WILL occur. Unless you walk around like a scarecrow with a pole up it's a backside; light bobbling is hard to avoid. The best thing to combat this minor downside is to pick up a cashmere comb (inexpensive and handy to have so you can tidy up any worn areas). This turtleneck does what it says on the tin; the silhouette is relaxed and boxy. I've been pairing this with the navy Acne trousers (seen above) for a simple, 'I'm so off-duty, just running errands around town but actually put a lot of thought into this' look.
THE WOOL SCARF / £140
The famous Acne Canada scarf concludes my luxury capsule collect. I spoke about my initial disappointment when first opening the grey version here, but the scarf had it's pros also! And despite the £30 price increase (I blame Brexit), I've purchased another. This time in a classic navy colour. I'm not just saying this to justify the scarf, but this one feels softer than my grey predecessor...maybe that's the price increase?! There's not much more for me to say that hasn't already been mentioned about this scarf, it's still a great size, still warm and navy was the ideal colour to pick next. (I'm now lucky enough to have the perfect trifecta, having been gifted the black version for Christmas).
There you have it...5 investment buys that I can wear over and over again, safe in the knowledge I can now wash them a hell of a lot easier thanks to Miele! Watch this space to find out how I get on with washing the unwashable.
In collaboration with Miele, all words and styling are my own.