It’s the little things that can make all the difference. We started with our core item of black trousers, see here, but now comes a tiny one, or two (actually maybe three!)

2  Core item – the cami

Ok, it’s not so exciting but it offers great possibilites and they are nearly always missing in clients wardrobes. They are important in so many ways – under chiffon for a coloured base, to add a strip of zing along the hem of a shorter top or just the classic use, under a v-neck or shirt, great for a colour boost and cleavage modesty! We should still buy quality but the high street stores do them well at pretty low prices.

Next’s version works, with a soft cottony feel,  95% Cotton, 5% Lycra. . Available in many colours in regular length or the classics (black, navy, white) for Tall and Petite, £4.50 each (or two for £8). In sizes 6-26 although some colours are very limited in sizes left.

next vest full model

Next layered vests

Next cream vest

Next warm cream vest

Marks and Spencer have a similar offer, £5 each or two for £8. Their vests contain a higher percentage of Lycra, with 89% cotton, and 11% elastane so the feeling is finer overall, with a longer body length, they will sit lower under tops.

Another essential version is the double front vest top, which smooths the front silhouette and wider straps cover a bra. Jigsaw has a perfect one in a classic colour range, 95% cotton and 5% elastane, £29.

jigsaw white vest

Jigsaw double front vest

For a lacey egde, to add a feminine touch to simple knitwear and under shirts, Jigsaw have this vest in the classics shades and gorgeous colours of rich teal, karki, plum or soft rose, £25 in a more slinky fabric in Modal (a type of rayon) and 8% elastane.

jigsaw khaki vest

Jigsaw lace edge vest

Or for a gentler price, Marks and Spencer lace top vest, is also pretty, £12.50 (just remove the little bow which I think cheapens it)

marks black lace cami

Marks and Spencer lace top vest

Top Tip – as they are essential items and bound to be worn often, take care with washing and avoid using softeners (actually any garments with stretchy elastane fibres), like Lycra (which is just a brand name for elastane). They will eventually break down the fibres and the top will lose its fit. And always dry naturally away from heaters.

Kirstie x