Fashion: Investment pieces that pay dividends

Investing wisely in carefully chosen items can pay fashion dividends in pounds-per-wear. Lisa Millard speculates to accumulate

CACBA cashmere batwing, £149, The White Company , Grand Arcade, Cambridge

What’s not to love about the laid-back luxury of a cashmere jumper? The White Company is the first British brand to be part of The Good Cashmere Standard – an independent standard for sustainable cashmere. This soft grey batwing sweater will serve you well and stylishly for years

Finley gold shoes, £195, LK Bennett , Grand Arcade, Cambridge

This mix of semi-opaque black and solid gold detailing is a winning combination. Sky-high heels elevate any outfit and these beautifully designed shoes will wear comfortably as well as look the ‘killer heels’ part. A touch of the Villanelle style to these

Ted Baker Idda leather jacket, £329, Javelin , Bury St Edmunds

A biker jacket is a fashion staple and Ted Baker’s Idda jacket is cut to create a classic silhouette with zip details to add a little bit of edge. Wear with a floaty dress and trainers for boho chic or pair with jeans, a silk shirt and heels for everyday elegance

Soeur Paris Lucrece silk shirt, £235, Elegant Atelier , Rose Crescent, Cambridge

A silk shirt punches way above its weight in the fashion stakes. Perfect this season worn with high-waisted jeans or tied with a knot above casual trousers or a diaphanous skirt. The Lucrece shirt has a wondrous 70s vibe and works well to create a rock chick look. Think Jane Birkin in Paris

Primadonna Madison balcony bra £104, Rigby & Peller , Grand Arcade, Cambridge

Lace, bows and a neat check look just lovely on this balcony bra that is almost too good to hide underneath clothes. That said, well designed lingerie can make a real difference to the silhouette and a glimpse of black lace beneath a silk shirt has a certain charm

Bethany coat, £219, Hobbs , Grand Arcade, Cambridge and arc, Bury St Edmunds

Plush and luxe, this faux fur coat is sumptuously soft and undeniably cosy while looking fabulous. Faux fur has been a fashion staple for many years now and is not going anywhere soon. This creme caramel coat brings instant glamour to any outfit, night and day

Golden Goose Running Sole Trainers, £375, Anna , Bury St Edmunds

Chunky sneakers have been having a moment for quite a while now and are staying firmly put for autumn 2020. The Golden Goose brand knows a thing or two about stylish sneakers and while the investment is quite chunky too, the styles are made from Italian leather, hand-finished and ooze cool

Hudson skirt by Bellerose £140, Boudoir Femme , King Street, Cambridge

As Pippa Sandison of Boudoir Femme boutique rightly says: “I’m tired of leopard print, said no woman ever!” This skirt is cleverly cut to flatter and will see you through the entire season beautifully – both day and night. On good-weather days pair with trainers, and when Jack frost bites combine with boots and a cosy knit.

Daisy leather bag in midnight picnic matte, £165, Cambridge Satchel Company , St Mary's Passage, Cambridge

Choosing a single style from this wondrous home-grown brand is brow-furrowingly difficult, but the generously-proportioned Daisy in midnight picnic matte – which comes with elegantly structured lines, clinched-in waist, delicate gold feet and is nicknamed the ‘Audrey Hepburn’ of bags – has won our hearts

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