Luxe, Affordable Building Blocks for your Spring/Summer Wardrobe..


Style Theory: Luxe basics elevate your day to day look. These pieces of clothing are pricey as they are beautifully cut, made out of good quality fabrics that fall perfectly, flattering every curve and are, usually, completely priced out of my league. That is until I found EditSecondHand who sell an edited collection of pre-loved designer and high end clothes, from day to day basics like JBrand/Mother jeans to super luxe Chanel bags at affordable prices. As I get older I yearn to be able to mix designer with my high street splurges, I know for a fact designer jeans flatter me more than high street ones and the moment I put on an expensive tee it shows, so Edit SecondHand is the answer to this conundrum I can (and do) buy their preloved pieces that flatter me and make my outfits look that little more 'put together'.

I visited EditSecondHand recently to put together an Edit of my perfect, luxe, basic outfits. It was heaven, being in amongst designer and high end high street clothes, putting looks together that I would love to wear and trying to resist buying it all!

So here is my Edit....

The Parisienne Look
T Shirt - Whistles £25
Necklace - J Crew £30
Trousers - By Marlene Birger £75
Trainers - Selected Femme £45
Bag - Mulberry £420

Chic, understated and classic, I love the timeless mix of navy, grey and burgundy. The Mulberry bag is the most sumptuous oxblood colour, a bag that will only improve with age. Whistles t-shirts always look fab on and are such a useful piece in any Spring/summer wardrobe, add a pair of tailored trousers and white trainers for a gorgeous outfit.

The Super Stylish Schoolrun/weekend look

Coat - Nicole Fahri £70
T-Shirt  - Whistles £25
Jeans - Current Eliot £70
Scarf - Alice Temperley £70
Bag - Louis Vuitton £550

Slightly obsessed with these Current Elliot spotty jeans, they look amazing on and add a little fashion twist to this Luxe basic look. The Parka hangs beautifully, it is not lined but perfect for a stylish Spring look. I am a huge fan of mixing prints, it makes a dress down outfit look interesting. The stripes, spots and animal print scarf elevates this outfit to SS16 with he red bag adding a super luxe pop of colour.

The Weekend Luxe Sporty Look
Cargo Jacket - Sincerely Jules £60
Shirt -
Jeans - Mother £60 
Bag - Gucci £100
Trainers - My own Nike Cortez

I am a huge fan of Sincerely Jules on Instagram so it was great to see an item from her collection up close and brand new (with labels). This is the perfect addition to your wardrobe, the cargo jacket is the piece to own this Spring Summer. Mother jeans are possibly the most flattering jeans you can buy, they fit to perfection and these particular ones are the perfect summer wash. The little Gucci is just cool..

The Dressed Down Going Out Look

Parka - Maje £135
Cashmere Sweater - 360 Sweater 
Jeans - MiH Pheobe Slim Jeans £60
Shoes - Gianvito Rossi £135
Bag - Michael Kors £70

A super luxe basic, this silk parka is the Spring jacket of dreams. It looks super glam paired with this 100% cashmere sweater, the Mih jeans and the suede heels. I love the gold bag to add a pop of colour. Drape this jacket over your shoulders when wearing an evening dress for a perfectly cool SS16 look.

Shirt - J Crew £50
Jeans - J Brand £65
Trainers - Selected Femme £40
Bag - Anya Hindmarch £335
Sunglasses - Tom Ford £135

This.bag...totally amazing and unused (with tags). It is a perfect neutral green colour, would look fabulous with pretty much any colour of coat. I do love a shirt and this J Crew shirt sits perfectly on, tuck into your jeans and add a pair of white trainers for a laid back but sophisticated look.

I would buy every single piece on this edit, I do love high end clothes, I just have never had to the money to buy them, now I can as Pre-loved. I seriously have my eye on those spotty jeans and whilst writing this blog have had to stop myself ordering more. I bought a pair of Chloe culottes and J Brand houlihans from EditSecondHand and I worn them both non-stop. There is the added bonus of being able to return if things do not fit (within 7 days see returns policy here) Make sure you check sizes before ordering as there is obviously only one of each item and be quick things go fast!

Are you a fan of the luxe basic look, have you shopped Pre-loved before, as always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time, Frances xxx

*This blog was written in collaboration with EditSecondHand all images, words and opinions are my own, (although I am a regular customer there!)


  1. Gorgeous picks Fran.....Edit certainly have some amazing stock! Swooning over the Mulberry bag! xx

  2. Isn't it gorgeous Michelle? I love love the colour xxx

  3. Pre-loved is a great way to get good quality clothes. I'm definitely moving towards quality over quantity in my wardrobe. Love that khaki Anya bag, really gorgeous and quite versatile, I would think!

    1. Isnt the Anya bag fab, I think it has just been sold, I fell in love with it. I am absolutely trying to move towards better quality clothes too they just fit and flatter and look good! xxx

  4. What a fab site - thanks for the introduction