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Issue 263: Ed’s Letter

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It’s mid-August and I’m back in London for a week before the last sunshine holiday of the year…

It’s interesting how excited I’ve become, looking at the pages of our back-to-work issue, which we’ve created to help you feel joyful about getting back to the office and comfortable on your commute. I’ve always felt like the year starts at two different times – in January, and again in September, with the back-to-school buzz in the air. There’s something about starting afresh and having the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over with good intentions.

I’m extremely excited about this issue’s cover star – Clare Waight Keller. As I’m sure you know, she was artistic director of Chloé and Givenchy, and now she’s launching a collaboration with Uniqlo, a brand that I shop regularly, for myself and my family. You can read our interview with her about the debut collection on page 2The ExpertsClare Waight Keller. Next, we asked our fashion team about their back-to-work essentials. Petro, Polly, Des and I have each created an edit of the staples we love. One of my essentials this year is glasses – after months of struggling, I’ve had my eyes tested, and it turns out I need reading glasses! I’ve found it exciting to shop for a new accessory, even though it’s a more functional one. Find them and much more on pages 3 to 6Handpicked By The EditorsLaura’s Back-To-Work Essentials.

This issue’s Unexpected Hero is tailored denim. Recently, brands and designers have been giving a lot more thought to the way jeans are cut and how they can look smarter for a work environment. Nili Lotan, for instance, cuts jeans like trousers, making them perfect for the office; find a selection from different brands on page 9Unexpected HeroTailored Denim. In Style Sheet, on page 7, we’ve looked at an item that you’ve been asking to see more of – the bouclé jacket. Chanel first invented the concept of this smart boxy cropped style in the 1950s, and since then there have been many variations. How to style it in a modern way and how to wear it to the office is something you’ve been asking for, so we’ve responded by giving you the opportunity to shop one of our favourites and four amazing ways to style it.

In Beauty Focus, we’re looking at how to get our skin back in shape after the summer holidays. I know mine suffers, with everything from breakouts to hyperpigmentation, so we’ve tried and tested eight products that can help you rediscover your glow. Find that on page 10Beauty FocusPost-Holiday Skin Saviours. Finally, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best commute-friendly shoes on page 8Top TenThe 10 Best Back-To-Work Shoes – from the best kitten heel to loafers and ballet flats.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer and that this issue brings you the inspiration and motivation that you are looking for as we embark on a new school year!

Laura (& Petro) xx

You can never look underdressed with a crisp white shirt. I love collarless styles with a tuxedo-style appeal, to pair with tapered trousers and a slick of red lipstick.
A good pair of black trousers is the holy grail of back-to-work basics. I like an ankle-grazing style – perfect with all my flat shoes and flattering on the leg.
These Louis Vuitton monogrammed sandals are like luxe Birkenstocks. I invested in a pair this season and I can vouch for their outfit-elevating ability.
I never thought I would be quite so excited to need reading glasses. I opted for a simple style in green from small brand Ace & Tate.
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