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  • Inside the wardrobe of

    Monikh Dale

    With her irresistible style, endlessly inspirational feed and sensible approach to investing in forever pieces, Monikh is an ICONS girl after our own hearts. We’re so thrilled to share her impressive wardrobe, where she mixes smart buys and well-considered designer pieces with ease.

    By Petro

    A ripple of excitement passed through the office when Monikh agreed to open her home and share her amazing closet with us. It would be safe to describe us as fans. Big fans. We love her whole ethos. The fact that so much of her message is focused on making people feel good (that’s something we all need more of these days). And then there are her savvy investments in designer pieces, which she considers carefully – another philosophy that underpins her own wardrobe is the desire to throw very little away. She urges followers to only buy staples they’ll love and wear forever. We couldn’t agree more. We also have her to thank for opening our eyes to trends that may have felt too out of reach, until we saw her down-to-earth styling. It comes back to the idea that we’re all here to support and inspire each other, and that’s a conversation Monikh adds to every single day.

    Photography Eva K Salvi

    “I have a weak spot for Chanel sandals – they complete every look. Even simple jeans and a white tee are suddenly lifted by the chic double Cs. My best buy from last year were the Chanel ‘dad sandals’, which I wore every day – and still do at the first sight of sun. I’m hoping this year I get the same wear out of these incredible plastic fantastic blue mules.”

    “This jewellery box from The Daily Edited x Albus Lumen is a godsend! I’m a pretty messy person, so having something like this with all its different compartments is perfect for all my rings, hair clips and necklaces. When TDE said they were collaborating with Albus Lumen I just had to have a piece – AL is one of my favourite labels.”

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    “I’m trying to wear a more middle-sized bag this season, something that’s small and chic but that you can still fit the essentials in. This one from By Far is a favourite of mine, it goes with everything and the 90s shape makes me feel uber-Carrie.”

    “Summer dresses are vital for the city. I run around all day, on and off the tube from meeting to meeting, and dresses make me feel effortless while ensuring I’m still comfortable. I want to feel 100% comfortable in everything I wear. I also play around a little more with colour in the summer months, as it makes my wardrobe feel fresh again.”

    “The colour-lensed sunglasses are my new obsession; I recently went to India for work and wore the yellow ones with everything. I felt like a Bollywood villain – in a very cool fashion way, that is. The bag is old Mango, one I’d been searching for for months and one of the sales assistants finally found it hidden behind a desk (I went in there every couple of days to find it!)”

    “I love super-slinky dresses or matching top and skirt combos; they feel luxe and sexy, even more so when dressed down with flats, which is my look day or night. It shows you’re confident and comfortable.”

    “I’d been searching for gold bangles for years, only finding one-hit wonders, or ones that were way out of my budget. I love gold jewellery, I think it looks really vintage and complements all skin tones, especially that yellow gold. These bangles are from the incredibly cool Daphine, a brand that has a brilliant price point with stunningly simple designs. I’ve since bought two sets, so I can wear them minimally or all together for a stronger look.”

    “I like to dress down every outfit. Underdressed not overdressed is my motto; I want to be the girl in the corner of the bar who looks effortlessly cool, like I haven’t tried (but we all know my room’s now a huge tip after trying on everything I own). Rixo dresses are perfect for this. They’re often the dress brand of choice for weddings and events because of their flattering shapes and fun prints, but I love wearing them casually with chunky sandals or trainers. This way I don’t have to wear a heel – I can have the sassy dress, with flat shoes, minimal make-up and a straw basket bag and still feel dressed up.”

    “I’ve been into hair pieces since I was backstage at the Simone Rocha show last February, where she debuted her stunning hair clips. Since then I’ve been into that hair accessory/oversized organza dress look. It’s also the perfect way to disguise ‘just caught in the rain’ hair.”

    “I never knew I was a Chloé girl until I looked at my bag collection hanging on my wardrobe door. It’s full of brown, terracotta and beige beauties that I’ve collected over the last couple of years. It seems I love the vintage vibe, the soft fabrics, the fun metal details. This particular one was about £500 from Bicester Village, and I use it every season.”

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    “I rarely wear heels, but getting ready recently I seem to always try to walk out the door in these. By Staud, they’re the perfect SS19 style injection to feel new and relevant. The white shoe is a huge must-have this season and most importantly they’re incredibly comfy!”

    “You know all those Céline pieces by the talented Phoebe Philo that are now considered ‘Old Céline’ and have tripled in price on secondhand sites? Well, I was searching for a pair of red strappy heels, and they’ve fallen into that category. I’m not normally someone who misses a good buying opportunity, but I did that time, so when I saw these strappy dreams from Saint Laurent I just couldn’t let them scroll by. They’re so minimalistic that they go with everything, and I particularly love the lace-up around the ankle which the Célines didn’t have, so maybe this was meant to be. The white sandals and brown bag are from By Far. Throughout the winter the bag was perfect for any evening look.”

    “I try to keep my skin as hydrated as possible, often smothering my face in Estée Lauder ANR Serum before bed (after Elemis toner, which is my fave!). Before that, I might do a quick mud mask, my favourite being The Body Shop Himalayan Mask. During the day I try to keep make-up to a minimum, often just using Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm in Golden Glow and a little lip balm from Clinique. While on the run I always have a hand cream in my bag, and my current go to is by La Mer, and of course my signature scent of Dior Hypnotic Poison – which I’ve worn for years.”

    This has been the perfect outfit for those days that have looked like spring but haven’t quite had the warmer temperatures to match. A trench coat is a wardrobe staple with our London weather. This yellow Rejina Pyo one adds a little freshness to the classic style with its powder-yellow tone.”

     

     

     

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    “I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of these Chanel sandals. After passing on them while flying through Heathrow airport at the beginning of last year, I then spent the next couple of weeks regretting it deeply. My friend Bettina Looney, who has her own fashion concierge business, managed to track them down in the US, sending them to LA, where my friend Sophie got her boyfriend to bring them over to London, and then they sent a driver to drop them off to me after my Kobox class one day on the Kings Road. It was a journey!”

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    “I rarely wear my hair up; I like the effortless look of it being down and simple. That’s probably why I’m super into headbands and clips at the moment, as it makes me feel a bit different and more dressed up. Haircare-wise, I’ll use a hair oil, or leave-in conditioner maybe twice a week to keep it healthy, switching between Kérastase, Sassoon and Redken. I also get a treatment in Sassoon every couple of months – it’s called Elastic Force and is by Wella. It flattens downs the hair fibres to try to eliminate breakage and frizz.”

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