Written by Amy Steadman • Published 05th July 2012

This week The Times revealed its Top 5 Purchases For Life for women. The clothes and accessories that deliver a great return in regular use. We make our assessments on these:

1) A Chanel Tweed Jacket

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Image Courtesy of uncarnetsanspages, flickr.com

The high-street always does a great copy of the classic Chanel tweed jacket. Zara have some great ones on sale at the moment! However, nothing will compare to the ‘real thing’. It’s the attention to detail of the Chanel tweed jacket that makes it special – the hidden gilt chan stitched into the hem, and the extra panelling, which means it can expand within three size ranges of its original design!

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle owner: Chloe August

 

 

 

 

 

2) A Burberry Trench Coat

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Image Courtesy of John smiths, flickr.com

This is perfect for us Brit girls. Our wet weather means that the cost-per-wear for the Burberry Trench Coat only decreases with time.

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle owner: Shelley Frosdick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

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Image Courtesy of fisherjen90, flickr.com

These sunglasses are a suit-everyone accessory. Tortoise Shell often works better on fairer faces, but black is a total statement. Another item on the list copied a hundred times over, but there’s nothing quite like the real thing!

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle owner: Amy Steadman

 

 

 

4) Charlotte Olympia ‘Charlotte’s Web’ Shoes

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Image Courtesy of A Hu C Huang, flickr.com

We’re in complete disagreement with this choice. These do not have the longevity factor at all! We’re replacing these with:

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Christian Louboutin Black Court Shoes

 

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Image Courtesy of jordan23queen, flickr.com

That infamous red sole oozes class and sex appeal. A pair of classic black courts is a MUST have / MUST save for, for any budding fashionista!

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle owner: Shelley Frosdick

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Anya Hindmarch Purse

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Image Courtesy of LUISAVIAROMA FASHION, flickr.com

Smart and practical, this will serve your every needs. And everyone loves the comments at check-out counters.

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle owner: Chloe August

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d also like to add the following to the list:

6) Mulberry Bayswater Bag

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Image Courtesy of san xecereterys, flickr.com

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle Owners: Dani Boskovic and Hollie Welch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND 7) Alexander McQueen Scarf 

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Image Courtesy of san xecreterys, flickr.com

PHA Fashion & Lifestyle Owners: Lizzie Russell