April 24, 2024

The 7 designer buys that our Fashion Editor has got her eye on this pay day

It goes without saying that it’s not an even split. The majority of my wardrobe is undoubtedly from the lower-end of the pricing spectrum, but with the undeniable allure of certain designer pieces – along with the ever-growing transparency of certain malpractices amongst more affordable fashion particularly – I find myself gravitating towards a few pricier pieces every now and then.

When it comes to filling a wardrobe, I’m an absolute advocate for high/low dressing. The high street is perfect for some occasions, whilst I prefer something a tad more luxe for others.

What with it being pay-day weekend, I thought I’d share some of those with you to take the leg-work out of what can already be a daunting shopping experience (slinging anything in your basket with more than two figures can be a frightening prospect).

Here’s what I’ve been buying, wearing and wanting this month…

1. The tonal tiered midi

Readers of the #CHARLIECHOOSES high street edit won’t be surprised to see a midi dress kick off the designer incarnation. This one has caught my eye for a few weeks (the true investment test), and I’m keen to snap it up before summer’s out. White boots and a fitted cream roll-neck will winter-proof it, shall I take longer to decide.

Buy it now, £403, Lee Mathews

2. The woven raffia Puzzle bag

One of my top five brands, the popularity of Loewe’s Puzzle bag has seen it reincarnated in various forms but I think this orange leather/raffia mash-up is my favourite so far. The perfect mid-size – practical but not uncomfortably bulky – I’d wear it with everything from jeans and a sweater in London to a cossie and open shirt in Ibiza.

Buy it now, £1,650, Loewe

3. The flared broderie two-piece


This two-piece is fast-becoming my summer uniform. I snapped it up before a trip to Santorini earlier this summer, and will be whisking it off again next month. There’s something about the relaxed, paper bag waist and bow-tied shoulders fused with flaring to both pieces that renders it universally flattering. Even after a 3-course lunch.

Buy the top now, £165, Paper London

Buy the trousers now, £295, Paper London

4. The olive cotton shirt dress

Another #CHARLIECHOOSES staple, olive remains one of my go-to hues. Rejina, another of my top 5 designers, is an absolute genius when it comes to feminine tailoring, and this shirt dress is no exception. The bow to the waist, the clever ruching to the chest, the subtle asymmetry in the hemline and buttons… swoon.

Buy it now, £846, Rejina Pyo

5. The lace-up duck boots

One of the most controversial pieces I own, these lace-up boots have garnered surprising reactions – with those I thought might be repelled fawning all over them, and vice versa. I, however, cannot get enough. I just wish autumn would hurry up so I can slip on a white, lace-trimmed dress and live out my Jane Austen fantasies.

Buy them now, £420, Manu Atelier

6. The belted floral one-piece

One aspect of my wardrobe that will never tire of OTT frills is my swimwear drawer. I don’t love my arms, so anything to distract from them – be it a frilled neckline, shoulder, or bow-tied waist – is a big tick in my book. Having all three, this swimsuit was always going to tug at my heartstrings. I’m eyeing it up for that late summer getaway.

Buy it now, £258, Love Shack Fancy

7. The off-the-shoulder maxi

It can be surprisingly tricky to find elegant summer dresses that have upper-arm coverage – I say ‘surprising’ because it’s such a common want. Self-Portrait, however, have several, but it’s this black-based, floral number that I have my eye on right now. I have an autumn wedding that I’m praying this will still be in stock for.

Buy it now, £192, Self Portrait

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