best buys

Best buy: The Hanro vest

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Trending for spring: boyfriend shorts, sheer-panelled skirts, barely-there bandeau tops… Um, not in my world they’re not. On rotation in my wardrobe right now is the same thing I’ve been wearing since last September – an endless cycle of jumbo cardigans and polo necks, underpinned by a lifetime’s supply of Hanro vests. Where would I be without my Hanros?

My go-to Hanro is the ‘1601‘ in black or white, made famous by Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut, but otherwise worn by thousands as a pretty spaghetti-strapped vest that works under any weight or sheerness of top. I wear mine under T-shirts, jumpers, silk shirts and sheer blouses. And if it does get properly balmy, you can wear one on its own too.

The adjustable-strapped V-neck vests (and short sleeve tops, my other Hanro addiction – seen on Kate Moss, above) are made in Switzerland from mercerised cotton, wool and silk. Some are trimmed with filigree embroidery still produced in Swiss factories. They’re not cheap – the 1601 costs £29 for the cotton version – but they’re beautifully made and absolutely last. Cost-per-wear wise, they’re a very good investment.


[Images: Kate Moss by Corrine Day for Vogue]

Best buy: Falke summer socks

You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to fine plain cream, decent quality summer-weight socks to wear with loafers. These Falke socks fit really well, don’t ride down and keep their shape. Of course, now I’ve found them. it’s practically September…

Falke socks

Best buy: Kanken mini back pack

I’m over the moon with my new Kanken bag! An impulse buy from Twenty Twenty One, it’s the perfect size for my iPad and brolly and its snug proportions mean there’s no chance of overstuffing it with tat. (Of course, the tat has to go somewhere – my other bag’s a Chanel…)