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Hey, Big Spender!

Practical buys that will serve as timeless, stylish essentials for the year ahead.

By Lizi Woolgar

With Christmas coming, well … THIS WEEK, we probably all have lists upon lists of things we want to instantly blow our Xmas cash on. If you’re like me, this probably consists of something like ‘horribly impractical Urban Outfitters heels I saw last week and have decided I must own’ and ‘overpriced tie-dye crop top that I will wear once, at a festival, next summer’. So you see, I have decided to set myself the challenge of being more responsible and conscious of my spending habits this year. In a real bid to follow through with this, I’ve drawn up a tentative list of practical buys that will serve as timeless, stylish essentials.

If this is all sounding pretty familiar to you (and you have a tendency to over-excitedly blow money as soon as it touches your hands) then read on. I’ve picked out 5 essential items for you to splurge, spend or save on. They will all be seriously well-used in the next year or so and (in my opinion) will help serve as a post-Xmas pick-me-up. Supporting the thousands of new year’s resolutions you will no doubt be making, they’ll all help support the ‘new you’, each in their very own way. Check it!

Crisp new work shirt

A humble, borderline dull purchase with eternal practicality. If done right, picking the perfect clean cut, white shirt can serve both work and off-work duties. Pair with a high-waisted A-line tartan skirt for #workquirk, or have it peeking out under a slouchy knit jumper for daytime cool.

Antipodium Posterize Shirt, ASOS, now £88

Antipodium Posterize Shirt, ASOS, now £88

Charlie cut out shirt, Topshop, £45

Charlie cut out shirt, Topshop, £45

Clean white shirt, Warehouse, £35

Clean white shirt, Warehouse, £35

Cooperative Penny Collar blouse, Urban Outfitters, £38

Cooperative Penny Collar blouse, Urban Outfitters, £38

Long sleeve zip shirt, Topshop, £65

Long sleeve zip shirt, Topshop, £65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black heels that you can like, actually walk in

I have a fear of heels. Why? Because I can’t wear them without walking like a very strange combination of a duck and bambi on ice (got a really weird image in your head now, I’m guessing). I have a fair few pairs – all which I’ve bought with great excitement over the years – and probably worn about once each. So my new thing is (which seems to have come with turning 22 #wah) sensible heels. The most sensible-yet-stylish, I reckon, are a good, sturdy pair of black heeled boots. The boot-ness off them stops you from just stepping right out of your heels and picking a height of 4-5 inches help to prevent those inevitable NYE falls.

boots

Decent skincare products

So many people I know splash that extra cash on skincare products, but I’ve always been useless with it. It’s just not been something I’ve ever taken much of an interest in. There’s soo much choice and it’s not enjoyable like shopping … so I just don’t bother. And you know what? My skin is NOT great. So I’ve finally reached the point where I want to invest in some skincare products that really work for my skin type. Depending on your needs, I’ve rounded up a few products that I found to be almost unanimously highly-rated from my (incredibly professional Google) research.

face creams 3

Fresh nu creps bro

In other words, some nice little trainers for yo’self. New Year’s resolutions anyone? I will go running for ten hours every day. I will hit the gym at least 8 times a week. I will eat only kale and egg whites for 6.5 days a week. We all have a tendency to make unrealistic promises to ourselves once the New Year hits, which is just soo human it hurts. But, there are things you can do to guarantee some positive steps. I have found that if you have new sports gear, you’re way more likely to actually push on with a fitness regime. The reason I’m suggesting trainers is because they are generally pretty pricey (compared to say, a new sports bra) but, with some spare cash likely knocking around after Crimbo, you should invest it wisely in some decent sports trainers.

Nike Air max 90, ASOS now £70

Nike Air max 90, ASOS now £70

Nike Air Max 90 trainers, £100

Nike Air Max 90 trainers, £100

Le Coq Sportif Eclat running trainer, ASOS, £52

Le Coq Sportif Eclat running trainer, ASOS, £52

mi Falcon Elite 2, Adidas, from £60

mi Falcon Elite 2, Adidas, from £60

Nike free TR Fit 3 BP, £100

Nike free TR Fit 3 BP, £100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fluffy jumper

Sounds a bit like the novelty ‘a cuddly toy!’ doesn’t it? This isn’t quite so categorically essential, but certainly is a purchase that can reasonably be classed as practical. It’ll keep you snug as a bug (in a fluffy rug) for the remainder of the cold winter months (so pretty much 11 months a year in the UK then, right?), and bang on trend.

BDG Waffle jumper, Urban Outfitters, £45

BDG Waffle jumper, Urban Outfitters, £45

Knitted Super Fluffy Jumper, Topshop, £45

Knitted Super Fluffy Jumper, Topshop, £45

Somedays Lovin roll neck jumper, ASOS, now £37 (#EdFave)

Somedays Lovin roll neck jumper, ASOS, now £37 (#EdFave)

Knitted Multi Fluffy Jumper, Topshop, £48

Knitted Multi Fluffy Jumper, Topshop, £48

White fluffy roll neck, Miss Selfridge, £38

White fluffy roll neck, Miss Selfridge, £38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, take what you will from this! Even if this just inspires you to invest in one pair of shoes you know you will actually wear rather than ten nail varnishes, 2 OTT going out tops and a million-pound statement necklace, then I can be content that my job is done.

P.S. If you just want to continue spending manically, frivolously and carelessly, then you go ahead gurl! I will not judge you, you have my word.

Lizi Woolgar

University of Bristol | 40 stories

Graduate of University of Bristol. Having spent my first two years of University writing for the student newspaper, epigram and Brighton-based Spindle Magazine, I then went on to edit the Style section of Epigram 2012-2013. Now keen to pursue a career in journalism/editorial work, I look forward to writing my weekly column for The College Tourist, all the while seeing where my writing and travel will take me.


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