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    Laura & Petro

    For this issue, we did things a little differently. Usually, we hit the high street for transformers – those fashionable pieces that instantly update our wardrobe without costing a bomb. This time, however, we set ourselves a challenge. We went in search of high-street ICONS. We wanted to find classic, stylish pieces that you’ll love wearing this winter – then next winter and the one after that too. And you know what? We found some winners. From seriously soft cashmere to cigarette pants, read on for the smartest buys of the season (if we do say so ourselves).



    “The problem I find with chunky knits, regardless of price, is that they can feel overwhelming, either because of their weight or bulk. This gorgeous jumper from Whistles (which I’m wearing in a size 10) strikes the perfect balance: it’s airy and lightweight, which means it hangs beautifully, but it’s still dense enough that you can’t see what’s underneath. The lilac shade is also universally flattering.”




    “I love the sharp lines and mid-length of this Jigsaw coat, a brand that always seems to nail tailored outerwear. Rather than size up so you can layer knits underneath, the trick with these boxy cuts is actually sizing down (I’m wearing an extra-small), so that it fits like a glove along your shoulders and arms, which I would argue is actually warmer than a roomier fit. And I couldn’t resist the super-chic chestnut leather saddle bag, with just the right amount of hardware and loads of room for life’s necessities.”




    “I’ve always loved J.Crew jeans. The cut is generally very good and the denim holds its shape for years, which is something I really value. This pair will be on high rotation for this winter and many more to come. Here’s what I love: the high-waist, which is perfect for tucking in knits and blouses, exposed buttons, the super-straight leg (which looks fab when you live in bulky coats, like me) and the cropped, frayed hemline, which works really well with trainers and ankle boots. The denim is also super-soft and comfortable.”




    “Staying warm and looking stylish comes down to clever layers. For me, the answer is a handful of stylish knits that sit snugly under blazers and coats. I’m adding this mustard yellow knit to my collection (although I was seriously tempted by the forest green and burgundy, too). The thickness and softness of John Lewis & Partners cashmere is top-notch, while the bell-sleeves and deep V-neck make it stylish too.”




    “A dark floral dress, such as this one from Y.A.S, is the ultimate lazy-girl staple for winter. Styling-wise, all it requires is tights and, well, pretty much any form of footwear you own. From box-fresh trainers to suede ankle boots, you can run the sartorial gamut. I love all the design details here too: the dreamy translucent sleeves, delicate micro-floral print, nipped-in waist and ankle-grazing length. I’ll be wearing this dress belted with an oversized cardigan over my shoulders to work, and out-out with gold hoops and heels.”




    “One of my favourite autumnal updates is a pair of biker boots. And while there are many to choose from, with everything from studs to buckles, this minimalist Dune pair is one of my favourites. Channel a little 90s style and pair them with a long micro-floral dress, as well as printed skirts and wide-leg trousers. Added bonus: they lace up but have a zip along the side, so they’re no bother to get on and off.”




    “Our obsession with checks and masculine tailoring extends to outerwear, and this is my pick for the smartest buy this season. Beautifully cut, this double-breasted Whistles trench looks just as good open as it does buttoned-up and belted. And the mid-calf length feels modern and polished. When your friends mistake your new coat for a designer splurge, be sure to share the love.”




    “In winter, I don’t bother with loads of printed or fussy scarves (I’ve got enough of that going on with my dress collection). For me, the perfect neck warmer is very soft, very warm and completely classic. This way, it requires no more thought than throwing it around my neck and heading outside. So this cashmere scarf, in a classic biscuity beige, is my idea of cold-weather heaven.”




    “I have a few demands when it comes to cashmere crewnecks. The first is the neckline, which should have a generous cuff and high scoop. The second is fit, which should feel like you’ve pinched it from his wardrobe, but still flatter the female form. Now, it’s more expensive to make a jumper with all these elements, so I’d almost given up on finding an affordable one that I love – until this knit caught my eye. Perfect for layering, with a cut that is relaxed in all the right places, this crewneck (which I got in a small) is destined to be one of the hardest-working pieces in my winter wardrobe.”




    “One of my favourite coat silhouettes is the longline style that’s really been revived this season. This ankle-grazing cut makes getting dressed in winter so easy because it’s suited to pretty much any occasion you can think of, from the school run to parties. I love this Boden coat because it’s all grown-up and timeless from the front (in the perfect shade of camel), but the red panel at the back has that wow-factor I’m always drawn to in classic pieces – it means I’ll never, ever get bored.”




    “I’m always on the look out for beautifully cut cigarette pants. Here’s what they need: great fabric, front closure, diagonal pockets, an ankle detail, like a turn-up or teeny split, and an overall cut that sits every-so-slightly above my hips. Yes, I’m a little fussy. And while I’ve found very expensive pairs that tick all my boxes, I was super-excited to discover my requirements being met by Jigsaw. Black is the most classic option, and looks fab with a bright kitten heel. I’m wearing a size 8, so they run true to size.”




    “For me, hoops are the LBD of my accessories wardrobe. They are such an easy addition, and give any outfit I’m wearing an instant lift. I love the yellow gold that’s having such a moment this season, but so many of the pieces I’ve been seeing are super-shiny. That’s why this pair from Madewell caught my eye: bold, gold and chunky, but with a modern, matt finish.”




    “Consider this coat – in the perfect shade of bubblegum pink – your antidote to those grey days ahead. This is not a colour many brands get right; the pink is either too pale or a little too red. But this one from Boden (which I’m wearing in a 10, so size down) is just right. And for me, the trick to pulling off pink is to offset the shade with sharp tailoring. The coat is a good casual length, and I’ll be throwing it on over jeans and knits to lift my spirits.”




    “If you want to give your look an edge, a pair of pointy-toed ankle boots are an easy fix. This Dune pair have a great heel that gives you a lift while still feeling comfortable, a sharp point, and they’re made from good-quality leather. Perfect for day-to-night dressing, get maximum mileage out of this stylish pair by wearing them with everything from midi-dresses to tapered jeans. I’m opting for bare legs now, but they’ll look just as good with tights.”




    “This knitted maxi skirt from John Lewis & Partners is such an easy everyday staple. Pair it with an oversized knit, half-tucked in the front, and flat boots or trainers, for one of the best-performing, laid-back skirts in your wardrobe this winter. Size up if in doubt (I’m wearing a 12) because it looks best when it hangs rather than clings.”




    “Not only is this teddy coat from Whistles cosy, but it has the added bonus of being both cool and comfortable. I like to wear it in a relaxed, sporty way, with jeans and trainers. Mostly because the combination of the coat’s faux-fur texture and camel colour instantly elevates those low-key pieces. Although, to be honest, I’d just as quickly throw it over a dress and heels if I was going out for the night.”




    “The best winter florals are on a dark background, so this navy and red number from Hush – which also has a gorgeous metallic thread – caught my eye. And the elasticated waist and length makes it one of those skirts that will look effortlessly stylish no matter how many layers you need to add. It’s perfect for achieving that Parisian cool girl look that Isabel Marant nails every season, which we love. Right now, I’ll wear it with bare legs and ankle boots, but in a few months, it will look great paired with tights, a slouchy knit and a winter coat.”




    “Regular readers may have noticed that my off-duty style is defined by pieces I can just mindlessly throw on and look polished. Needs must, people. This KIN jumper dress, in the perfect shade of blue-grey, with cool, rust-coloured cuffs, is a case in point. Super-comfortable (it’s made from a blend with wool and cashmere), flattering and versatile, it’s a one-step style solution. I’ll be wearing mine (which is a size 12) with ankle boots and all the chunky gold jewellery I own, pretty much every day until spring.”




    “I’ve been on the look out for a pair of wide-leg trousers for a while – they’re just such an easy workday staple in winter. But the styles I’ve seen all felt a bit blah. However, I loved this Topshop pair with contrasting tartan legs and, even better, they passed the touch test too. Having handled my fair share of trousers in designer showrooms, I can tell you, this pair feels expensive. The tailoring is so flattering, as the front-pleats are very well done, and they hang beautifully. I’ll be pairing them with a cropped jumper (and shoes, unlike in this candid snap). I’m in a 12, so they run true to size.”




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