If you had mooched through my wardrobe when I lived in the UK, you would have found plenty of clothes from NEXT.
NEXT is one of the biggest High Street clothing labels in the UK.
It’s like a one stop shop – offering style for the whole family.
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So you can probably gather, I jumped at the opportunity to work with them here in Australia so I could let you beauties know, just why I loved them so.
Every town/city has a NEXT store in the UK, but their online presence is really what I tended to tap into.
Because I had faith and trust in the brand, most of my shopping was done online or through their directory.
Here is a bit of background on NEXT…
NEXT launched in 1982. Today there are 500 stores throughout the UK and Eire, with another 200 stores in more than 30 countries.
NEXT Directory took the market by storm in 1988 offering mail order shopping from its glossy directory.
1999 saw the launch of online shopping, which now serves customers in 50 countries outside the UK with a dedicated Australian website: next.com.au
Although starting our new life in Australia was super exciting, the one thing I struggled with, was finding my go-to stores for clothes shopping.
For several months I felt lost on the fashion front. I had no idea where to shop.
When I did find stores I loved, I shocked to find out that didn’t offer different leg lengths in pants/trousers.
This is a huge thing for most women. The amount of times I have heard people say ‘if only these pants were longer/shorter I would buy them’.
Missed opportunities is what I call it.
You see, lots of brands offer this service in the UK – which makes shopping so delightfully easy.
I’m quite tall 5’8″ with a long inside leg. My biggest pet hate, is pants looking too short.
Beckie by comparison is the opposite, she is 5’4″ and it drives her batty that the legs on her pants are always too long.
Finding pants that fit and flatter different your butt and thighs is the first obstacle, when you do you feel like you’ve struck gold – you then realise that although said pants look fabulous without shoes on, they will look hideously like they have fallen out with your ankles, when you add your favourite heels.
NEXT offer several different leg lengths:
- Petite: 27.5″
- Regular: 29″
- Long: 31″
- Ex Long: 33″
- Tall: 35″
Note: not every item is offered in all lengths, but most are.
Another thing NEXT has always nailed, is suiting/corporate wear.
Since Beckie and Sophie have started Two Corporate Girls on Instagram, I have lusted over office wear more than ever before.
Which got me thinking that suiting/smart jacket and pants, is not just for the office.
It can easily be adapted into our everyday style.
Just by mixing and matching some simple wardrobe basics.
These are the pieces I chose.
- A tailored jacket: Black Premium Jacket* $190.00
- Black pants: Black Premium Slim Leg Trousers* $104.00
- Collared shirt: Crisp Shirt* $55.00
- White denim: Lift, Skim and Shape Skinny Jeans* $78.00
- Heels: Signature Metal Heeled Leather Sandal* $162.00
- Sneakers: Lace-up Trainers* $48.00
Finding a black jacket that can work well with denim is a wardrobe must have.
It’s the piece that can get you out of trouble in a heartbeat, when you have a ‘I have nothing to wear’ moment.
The cloth needs to be luxurious without being too heavy/bulky (both the jacket and trousers are 98% wool with 2% elastane).
Finding the perfect pants can be tough.
I prefer wide or slim leg. Knowing the shape to suit your figure, also stops you trying on pointless pairs and feeling frustrated.
As a rule of thumb, if you compare the shape to skinny jeans (which suit most figures) looking for a tighter fitting tailored style is a good place to start.
Now, I have always LOVED my shirts. This one is no exception, it’s a little cracker.
The colour is so fresh and crisp. It works well with the suit (please don’t hide away from wearing black and blue together) but would also look just as good with denim of any colour.
White jeans…if I can get them to look half decent on my ass and thighs, then we are on to a winner girls.
These are super comfortable, high-waisted (no muffin top) and have hidden support to offer a bit of lift in all the places 😉
Heels – these have excellent cushioning in the sole (comfort first), and a metallic cylinder heel that I just couldn’t resist. The nude, black and metallic colour palette makes them flexible enough to wear with just about any colour.
Sneakers…this is me stepping right out of my comfort zone, but I was pleasantly surprised with these. I might just have found my new weekend look!
Before I go I just want to discuss the sizing.
I aired on the side of caution when placing my order with Next. I sized up in everything, as some charts (not the one on NEXT) suggest that an Australian 12 is a UK 14.
All of the pieces are on the large side,I could easily have worn my normal size 12…for some strange reason I also opted for a size bigger in the heels – what is wrong with me? The only time I ever do this is with boots!!!
My advice: do the opposite to me and order your normal Australian size 😉
One last thing: if you spend over $35 (super easy) then delivery is free!
All of the items marked * in this post have been gifted to me in accordance with my disclosure policy