A smart look with dressy silk faille trousers and a bib front shirt. The rose gold metallic shoe echoed the warmth in the necklace perfectly. Wear the shirt open to make the necklace the focal point or leave it long and have the necklace on top. If you have a large bust it’s best to position necklaces mid sternum.
Shirt by Margaret Howell (https://www.margarethowell.co.uk), trousers by Jil Sander (http://www.matchesfashion.com), shoes from Whistles (www.whistles.com) and jewellery from Fei Liu at Heirloom London (http://www.heirloomlondon.co.uk).
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).
This cardigan has been in my wardrobe for eons. It’s a tricky one as it’s too toasty indoors but almost impossible to put a normal coat on over the chunky sleeves. So, if I am sure it’s not going to rain, it moonlights as a coat instead. So off we all trooped to the park in the freezing cold, me in my trusty cardi/coat, my boys mainly in mud.
Cardigan by Stella McCartney (www.stellamccartney.com), jumper by Whistles (www.whistles.com), fake fur scarf by Zara (www.zara.com), skirt by MHL (www.margarethowell.co.uk), boots by Office (www.office.com.uk) and hat by Somerville scarves (http://somervillescarves.com/product-category/hats/page/3/).
You cannot beat a cap. Wear your hair down or channel the all American girl and choose a slick pony tail. I liked the extra-long peak on this Whistles version (sold out online unfortunately). Stella McCartney’s equestrian inspired shape is fabulous too.
£180 on net-a-porter.com ( cream version now £108 in the sale)
Caps are handy in a light rain shower (don’t get them soaked as it will ruin them) and take a smart work outfit down a notch. I tend to wear mine with jeans, a simple knit and a mannish coat. If you are in the market for one – Paul Smith has also done a quirky bobble baseball. £74.99 ( now £63.74 in the sale) from www.julesb.co.uk.