What could be more casual than a grey marl sweat and jeans? This is a favourite low maintenance look of mine. The addition of the cascade collection pieces elevate it, but in essence it still works for going down the pub, lunch with friends and even the school run. Just don’t let any little hands grab at that necklace.
Top by Bellerose (www.bellerose.be), jeans by Mother (https://www.motherdenim.com), shoes by Topshop (www.topshop.com). Jewellery by Fei Liu at Heirloom London (http://www.heirloomlondon.co.uk).
The optic white top, shirt, sweatshirt or tee-shirt is a perennial classic with any jean – never more so than with a vintage wash in my book. See my pinterest board ‘Classic, yet modern’ for more ideas( https://www.pinterest.com/annaberkeley/classic-yet-modern/). As it’s daytime I added a simple white tee underneath so it’s infinitely more wearable.
We aren’t quite at the ‘no coat’ stage (more’s the pity) weather wise but a cotton duster is just right. (Topshop have 25 versions currently so there’s a wealth of choice in just one store!).
Top as before, necklace by Nocturne (www.anthropolgie.eu), jeans by Mother (www.donnaida.com), shoes by Prada (www.prada.com), coat by MHL Margaret Howell (www.margarethowell.co.uk).
First up – white on white for a fresh, fun party look. Self Portrait’s spring summer collection is chock full of winners. Innovative dresses abound covering a variety of events, from cocktail parties, to the races, to weddings, christening’s, work events, dinner out …… The dress I was after sold out so I tried this fanciful floral top instead. Reminiscent of my mother’s 1960’s floral wedding dress this top is multi layered. There is a gauze slip with 3D appliqué flowers pasted on top and random cut outs in the outer layer. It’s open at the back and fastens with a tiny, pearl sphere. It’s so pretty it’s almost a shame to wear it.
Top as above, skirt from Topshop (www.topshop.com), earrings by Nocturne (www.anthroplogie.eu), sandals from &Other stories (www.stories.com).
Rye, in East Sussex is well worth a visit; here I am just beneath the castle walls. This smart casual outfit is a firm favourite for weekends with the kids. For warmth I add my Cos fine, wool knit underneath the shirt. Search for slim fitting layers that will not disrupt the line of a lighter top or shirt when it’s worn on top. Layers, layers and more layers – it’s the key to this blasted changeable weather we are having. A lightweight jacket is another must, simply whip it off when you need to and chuck it in a bag.
Shirt as before, jacket by Margaret Howell (www.margarethowell.co.uk), jeans from Acne (www.selfridges.com), knit (just seen) by Cos (www.cosstores.com), boots by Office (www.office.co.uk), sunglasses from Topshop (www.topshop.com) and bag from a vintage store.
The flare is back and I am mighty pleased. They look great on long legs and on wider hips. If you are petite it’s best to go with a very neat flare and you really do have to wear them with wedges or heels – you don’t want to look like you are on wheels. The 70’s is an appealing style decade and it is back with full force this season. The high street have some grand 70’s offerings – especially Topshop. Pick one new piece and get outfit planning.
I wore this get-up for mooching about at the weekend with the boys and ducking into coffee shops when it threatened to rain. Rain soaked flares remind me of doing that awful childhood swimming badge where you had to dive in in your pyjamas. Not fun. The jeans are at least 8 years old and are stretched out and slouchy now so they’re relegated to weekends. My newest flared jeans by Mother ‘The Runaway Skinny Flare’ are reserved for work so I can keep them looking sharp.
Jeans ‘Lovestory’ by J Brand (www.selfridges.com), sweatshirt by All Saints (www.allsaints.com), sheepskin gilet by Burberry, necklace by Cos (www.cosstores.com), belt from MHL (www.margarethowell.co.uk) and boots from Whistles (www.whistles.com).