Brownstone

There are certain items that make up the bed rock of a wardrobe, for most women the key pieces are jeans. For me, it’s pleated-skirts and chunky-heeled boots. Every season for the past four or five years, the midi pleated-skirt has been my go to item. This season, thanks to Alessandro Michele’s recent tour de force collections at Gucci, metallic pleated skirts are everywhere. I’ve been enjoying this gold number skirt from Topshop. I especially like mixing metallics with chunky knitwear. This  tweed cape is a vintage score from ebay and my boots are from Carvella, I’ve had my eye on them for ages, I love a Stevie Nicks vibe.

The Party Line

With the party season on the horizon, the shops are filled with sparkly frocks and glittery shoes. Although I love a bit of shimmer, the sequin embellished Christmas-party look is so ubiquitous, it’s easy to end up dressed like everyone else. To avoid this I like to go little off-piste by mixing an opulent skirt (in velvet or lace) with a simple T or a denim shirt. Or mixing a feminine dress with a masculine blazer or flat shoes. I also like pastel colours in the winter, and this skirt from Teatum Jones will be doing the rounds with me this festive season. I’ve paired it with a metallic knit T from Topshop and my favourite black court shoes from Lucy Choi. I’ve slung on my Whistles faux fur coat from last year.

In the Pink

I’ve yet to master the art of dressing down. My version of casual is slinging beaten up leather jackets, or chunky knitwear, over pieces most people save for special occasions. This dress is from Teatum Jones’ SS13 collection, I’ve layered it under a cosy jumper from ASOS (similar here). I like to combine contrasting textures within the same colour family. Although this dress is a few seasons old, it has a timeless quality that won’t date and I’ll be overdressing in it for years to come.

Blue Velvet

I really into velvet right now, it can be tricky but when styled right, it’s perfect for winter parties. Givenchy, Alexander Wang,  and Christopher Kane used velvet in their AW15 collections. I love the old school opulence and glamour associated with the luxurious fabric, the key to keeping it modern and chic is to choose clean shapes and great tailoring. I fancy wearing a velvet skirt during the day, paired with a sporty T or a denim shirt, but that’s just me. Feature image Christopher Kane AW15, courtesy of cnn.com  

Fashion Police

I’ve often thought that fashion commentary inhibits personal style in the general populace. Shows like ‘Fashion Police’ or ‘Best/Worst Dressed’ columns in magazines stifle creativity. We worry about judgement or mockery and rarely stray outside the narrow perimeters of what is generally considered ‘Good Taste’ or just plane old ‘normal’. Rather than insult people who don’t fit the mould, we should encourage and celebrate unique flare. This metallic gold skirt from Topshop combined with a sheer blouse from Zara , which I’ve purposely layered over a dark bra, does not qualify as traditionally chic, but so what? I’m not suggesting that I’m particularly original, I know lots of folks whose style is far more outré and imaginative than my own. But I like gold lamé and underwear exposing sheer fabrics, and I don’t care what anyone might have to say. […]

Lilac Ice

I’ve always been fond of winter florals, especially when combined with delicate pastels and a lilac lip. I know that purple shades are technically not the most flattering, but I’m rather taken with this pretty lipstick from Topshop. It looks more mauve in the pictures, but in the flesh it’s a colour of a dainty lilac petal. I’ve been trying to buy less and wear more of the clothes that are already in my wardrobe. I bought this shirt dress from ASOS last year, and the skirt is an old favourite by Cédric Charlier. The boots are a well loved pair from Topshop. I picked up this Holly Fulton furry clutch bag in a sample sale, it reminds me of a bejewelled muppets monster, which makes me smile whenever I take it out with me.

Self Portrait and Karen Millen: Forever Pieces

I’ve been a fan of Self Portrait since its launch in 2013. The elaborate lace dresses (see here, here and here) are perfect for a wedding or cocktails and have gained a lot of well earned press coverage. But I think it’s the outerwear that deserves a place in the spotlight. This coat is from Self Portrait’s AW15 collection and I love it. It’s not quite as edgy as the other jackets I have by SP, but it’s beautifully tailored and the ideal length for me – the kind of investment piece I’ll wear again and again. I’ve paired it with this smashing dress from Karen Millen, a high street brand that I’ve recently become re-enamoured with. Their current offering is really rather good. To counterbalance the classic chicness of the camel coat, I’ve styled the look […]

Autumn Leaves

I’ve have a bit of a thing about autumnal shades of burnt orange, brown and maroon. My style is inadvertently influenced by the changing seasons and my clothes reflect my surroundings. I don’t do it on purpose, but I find myself dressing in sync with trees on my street. This skirt is really old, I bought it from Whistles years ago (similar here). This turtleneck is a new purchase from Zara and the colours of the skirt and top are a close match – which I’m rather pleased about. The shoes are also very old – I bought them in the january sales in Topshop a long time ago (similar here). This jacket is from ASOS. My lipstick is by Lipstick Queen, in shade Entourage.

Pumpkin Season

With Autumn on the horizon, I’m drawn to shades of maroon, ochre and chocolate brown. This dress from The Reformation works now while the weather is still balmy; when it gets cold I’ll wear it layered over a fine knit turtle-neck in brown or merlot. This sheepskin jacket is an old find by Celtic &Co, my sunglasses are by Karen Walker and the boots are from Topshop.

Forever Coats

My style is cyclical; I’d like to say that it’s independent of trends but that would be untrue. I’m influenced by the zeitgeist, however I won’t wear something just because it’s fashionable. I know what suits me and I’ll stick to that regardless. The current boho mood is right up my street, however I know that this is a phase and I’ll move on sooner or later. The floaty bohemian vibe calls for something chic and tailored to ground the look. A classic coat is particularly handy for this, but it’s also a sound investment that will look good for years to come. I bought the coat in the image above from French Connection many years ago, and every fall it comes in useful. These are my current favourites available in stores now.