This season, I have found myself leaning towards pieces that straddle the smart/casual divide. My lifestyle has become more home-based than ever, so I am looking for ways of dressing that are relaxed yet elegant. This means soft textures, a versatile colour palette and classic, everyday silhouettes that can be dressed up or down. I’ll also be adding a handful of retro-inspired transformers to refresh my collection and give it seasonal relevance.
Isabel Marant Étoile
“A blanket coat is always in my winter edit; I love its casual, throw-on appeal, while its light yet warm nature means you can layer it up or down to suit the temperature (wear over a shirt now, add knitwear when it gets colder). This oversized check is striking enough to provide the focal point for any outfit.”
“As a child of the ’80s, sartorial influences from the era are particularly resonating with me this season. Though shoulder pads might seem unusual, when subtly placed on a classic white T-shirt, they provide a flatteringly structured silhouette. The knot front is also perfect for wearing with high-waisted trousers.”
Mother of Pearl
“Denim is playing a starring role in my autumn/winter wardrobe. With a high waist and relaxed-fit, these wide-legs are smarter than a boyfriend cut, yet still have the sense of ease I’m looking for. They’re versatile, too; pair with a T-shirt and sweater or dress up with a shirt and mules.”
“I like to wear sunglasses, even in the depths of winter when that low light can be surprisingly bright. I consider cat-eye the most versatile frame as it suits every face shape, and I love this clean, white hue, which will refresh last year’s knits and outerwear.”
“I never thought I’d wear a hoodie; however, I have fallen in love! I am elevating the casual style by layering it underneath a blazer for a smart/casual clash. This khaki iteration from Pangaia is made from environmentally friendly yarn and comes in sustainable packaging.”
“Evoking an ’80s spirit, these cone-heel boots are the perfect length for tucking jeans inside. However, I could just as easily imagine wearing them with winter dresses and skirts. The grey colour is a softer alternative to black.”
& Other Stories
“Winter or summer, you will often find me in a jumpsuit. I find they need the least effort yet deliver the most impact. Corduroy is a classic winter-ready fabric, and the needle-fine rib on this version makes it all the more flattering.”
“A pair of ready-to-walk-anywhere boots is a must in my cold-weather collection. These lace-ups marry the function of hiking boots with the sleekness of city boots, meaning they can easily be dressed up or down for myriad occasions.”
& Other Stories
“I always reach for chunky knits at this time of year and find a traditional cable-knit the most versatile. I’ll be teaming it with leather trousers and jeans or layering it under a blanket coat. The winter-white shade offers freshness.”
“I am forever losing my phone, so I’m a big fan of Anya Hindmarch’s chic pouch, which keeps it firmly stuck to my side. I really love the fact that it’s made from recycled fabrics, too.”
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