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Devotees of tasteful minimalism, meet Alexis Foreman. The creative consultant and art director has become a leading content creator thanks to her perfection in the art of simple, contemporary dressing with a timeless twist. There’s simply no one who can put an oversized blazer with a tailored trouser quite like her.

We’ve admired Alexis’s style for years. Her attention to quality, cut and longevity chimes with our own ethos, and her weekly outfit suggestions are a trove of effortless, everyday inspiration. But her on-point taste stretches beyond the wardrobe. As an advocate of clean, stripped-back products, her beauty recommendations are second-to-none. Plus, her homeware choices are that just-right balance of low-key but beautiful. And did we mention that she’s one of the loveliest people in the industry?

We took a trip to her Brighton home to take a look inside her considered wardrobe and find out more about her less-is-more approach to getting dressed.

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“I’ve always loved fashion. While working as a graphic designer, I felt the need to fuel that interest, so I started a blog back in 2010. It was just an online scrapbook of pieces on my wish list, design I loved etc. That world of inspiration then moved onto Instagram and over a few years grew into a curated platform that gained interest and momentum. It became difficult to do my job well, as I felt torn between the two, so I chose to leave graphic design and commit to creating content full time.”

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“This bag is by Neous, one of my favourite British brands. I love the bags and shoes – always such beautiful designs. This is their newest bag and it has a removable strap so you can use it as a shoulder bag or clutch. I like things to be versatile.

The jacket is so beautiful. It’s by Belgium-based brand Rhune and has a matching scarf in the same fabric, which looks so chic worn together.”

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“I’m more of a flat-shoe person, but I do love a kitten heel with the right outfit, as long as I don’t have to walk far! My go-to footwear brand is Maison Margiela – I have four pairs of Tabi. I also have a lot of GH Bass loafers and New Balance trainers. I like it when a shoe has a point of interest. I think that’s why I love Tabi shoes. I also look for comfort. There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable.”

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“I love this look – it feels very timeless. Pleats Please Issey Miyake has been around for so many years and a lot of the designs are the same now as they were when the brand launched – in fact, these trousers are vintage so might even be from the ’90s.”

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“This is such a beautiful piece and I’m so grateful to own it. It’s by Ukrainian brand Bevza, which I’ve been a fan of for so long. The necklace symbolises wheat, which is a traditional emblem of fertility and rich harvest in Ukraine. It’s called the Spikelet necklace. Each piece of grain is crafted and attached to the next to create a moving piece.”

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“My approach to dressing has developed with age. I’ve always dressed minimally, but I made a conscious decision around four years ago to reduce my palette to neutrals. It’s made dressing so much easier and quicker as everything I have works together.

This jumper is by Korean brand Le 17 September. I have a few pieces and especially love the knitwear. The jeans are Agolde and the style is called Slice. I really like the slit – it gives them a cool edge. The chair is by Varier and it makes me so happy. When I first saw the design, I knew I wanted one in my home. I usually go for neutral pieces for the house, but recently I’ve been leaning to colour when it feels right.”

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“I often go for tote bags because they fit so much in, which is especially useful when I have days in London. I also love crossbody bags as they’re practical. While metal hardware can look great, I do like to have bag options that don’t have any as I find them easier to style. This Acne Studios one works with so many outfits.”

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“I’ve been a fan of All Blues for so long. It does perfect minimal pieces that are very me. The founder Jakob is such a lovely guy. I hope to be able to visit the new store in Stockholm soon. I love both gold and silver jewellery. I switch up depending on my outfit and what feels right, but I also like to mix the two sometimes. It can look great with the right pieces.”

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“I’m much more of a statement earring girl. I often feel too fussy when I wear a necklace. I love that these are cool while also being romantic. They remind me of my childhood; I had lots of heart-shaped jewellery. I don’t usually go for colourful pieces, but I recently got some green earrings by Completedworks, which I look forward to styling. I think they’ll look great in the summer.”

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“When I’m home in Brighton, running errands, and can’t be bothered to think, I’ll always reach for a Raey sweatshirt and track pants and either Bottega Veneta puddle boots or New Balance trainers. For a more formal or styled look, I often go for relaxed tailoring as it makes me feel put together. Or a nice oversized blazer and jeans.

I don’t wear colour, but a Canadian tuxedo is such a classic that it doesn’t count! I loved this shirt the moment I laid eyes on it and was so happy to get hold of one recently. It’s by Khaite and it’s made from a gorgeous heavy denim. The oversized style is well cut, so it doesn’t drown me. It works great with these Agolde jeans – they’re the Criss Cross style, which is such a comfortable cut. I’d wear this look in London for meetings or events, or lunch on the weekend.”

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“My key denim brands are Agolde, Goldsign, Citizens of Humanity and Raey. I always go for non-elasticated denim and I prefer looser cuts. I can’t bear feeling restricted.”

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“I like neutrals in my interior spaces because I find them calming. I love French and Scandi style, so my aesthetic is a mix of this. We moved house nearly two years ago and I’m very grateful that we were able to as we really needed the space. It’s been a real labour of love restoring each room. We have a way to go but I’m so happy with the rooms we’ve done, especially the sitting room and master bedroom. I can go in, shut the door and I feel so content looking around.”

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“I love Raey because I feel myself in the pieces. There are lots of oversized items that are relaxed but put together, which makes me feel confident. I love this suit – it’s the perfect oversized cut which works well styled with a T-shirt and trainers but looks equally great with the jacket pulled in at the waist and a pair of pointy kitten heels.”

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“My skin is better now at 43 than it was when I was 30, and that’s down to consistent skincare, facial massage (which I do everyday without fail) and some great facials, which I’m very grateful to be able to experience in this job. I use a combination of active products — antioxidants, acids, retinol and hyaluronic acid. SkinCeuticals products are amazing and I love Augustinus Bader Rich Cream. I’ve had a lot of great facials, but just recently, I had one with Keren Bartov and the results were incredible.”

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“To me, longevity is about great-quality fabric, workmanship that withstands wear and choosing items that aren’t trend led, so that you can enjoy them season after season. I look for pieces that are simple, elegant, well-made and make you feel good. If you feel good in something, you’ll wear it over and over.”

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“I love Raey knitwear; it does great cashmere and wool. I use a Steamery fabric shaver on my collection, to keep it free from bobbles, and I always air sweaters after wearing them to avoid washing them unnecessarily.”

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