Wardrobe Classics | Stripes

& Why Dupes Are Often Worth The Investment

Like many, I first spotted the Johanna Ortiz Anastasia top on Beyonce. Teamed with a loud skirt, she certainly made an impression as she surprised guests at a Christmas party. While her outfit was incredible for a performance, it’s probably not so practical for running around London. Additionally, at £684 it’s not exactly purse friendly. Well, unless you want to wear it at every possible moment to get a good cost per wear price on it and become known as ‘the girl who always wears that shirt’. So I was super excited when I came across this dupe for a fraction of the price. Blue and white stripe with ruffles galore, I’m in love. With almost a thousand likes on the Instagram picture, I know you guys are too!

Luxe For Less

Although I do invest in designer every now and then, I made it a New Year’s resolution to invest more in fast fashion. Rather than having a limited wardrobe of key pieces that need to really work, I’m picking out bits that are eye catching and statement and not concerning myself too much about it being too cheap or ‘not in fashion’ for very long.

At around £42 from Chic Wish, this one shoulder ruffle shirt has kick started my Spring wardrobe. It’s surprisingly great quality too. The material is thicker than I expected and the ruffles are stiff. I love it paired with these black skinny jeans from 7 For All Mankind (now in the sale) with a simple black boot or my favourite flats from Kurt Geiger.


Stripes are a trend I don’t mind investing in as I know I can re-wear it in a few years time and it’ll still seem box fresh. Whether it’s a stripe dress that wouldn’t feel out of place on the French Riviera or a pin stripe straight trouser leg, there’s so much to choose from on the high street right now.


One Shoulder Ruffle Shirt – Chic Wish

Frill Smock Top – Mango

Off Shoulder Stripe Blouse – Zara

Front Stripe Shirt – Warehouse

Wrapped Top – Chic Wish

Knotted Sandals – No.21

What will you be investing in? Xx