ALEXANDRA’S PICKS : MY ATTERLEY WISHLIST

After twenty five years as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue I’ve learnt quite a bit about shopping for clothes.  I know that it’s very often the independent boutiques where you find the less known brands that work best in our daily lives and are mainstays of our wardrobes. As an advisor to Atterley I’m delighted to be able to regularly showcase some of my favourite pieces available right now, from boutique owners who care about fashion and their customers.

DREAMY DRESSES FOR EVERY OCCASION

Nothing is more of a mood-booster than a brand new dress. This season, we’re lusting over Mellaris’ sumptuous jewel-toned collection.

At first glance, Mellaris‘ dresses might seem a little fancy for daily wear. The British brand specialises in uber-luxurious, lavishly printed frocks that would look right at home at an elegant event. But in the spirit of feeling (and looking good) every day, we’ve dressed down the pieces to create wearable looks with modern, ‘girl-about-town’ appeal. Think Carrie Bradshaw meets your favourite influencer.

Sound like an energy you want to channel? Scroll on to see your new go-to outfit for those cool autumn days.

WE’VE FOUND YOUR PERFECT AUTUMN ACCESSORY

New season, new handbag. Look no further than Luella Grey’s bespoke backpacks, totes and crossbody designs.

Luella Grey’s wear-anywhere bags tick all the right boxes. Functionality, style, and versatility? Check, check, check. Founded by friends Rachel and Sarah in 2019, the London-based label has fast become a new name-to-know for handbag enthusiasts.

Blending timeless design with modern details, Luella Grey creates the bags with longevity and sustainability in mind. Classic shapes are given a contemporary twist with sculptural metal accents, elegant wooden clasps and contrast panels. The unique addition of gemstone fasteners gives the bags a super premium feel – but without the price tag. Plus, the dreamy autumnal palette of rusty browns and earthy greens makes now the perfect time to invest in your chic new companion.

So, what are you waiting for? Find a new home for your everyday essentials from Luella Grey’s latest collection.

YOUR GUIDE TO ELEVATED EVERYDAY DRESSING

Want to take the fuss out of dressing? Add instant polish to your everyday look with Spirit & Grace’s irresistably wearable new collection…

For a lot of us, picking an outfit each day is comparable to playing dress-up. That same excitement hits as we peer into our wardrobe and, piece by piece, assemble the perfect look. But even if you can relate, you’re probably also familiar with the dreaded ‘style rut’; when you feel more uninspired than excited as you riffle through your closet.

Which is why having those fail-safe pieces, and knowing how to style them, is essential. With the help of new Atterley brand Spirit & Grace, we’ve pin-pointed the qualities you should look for when building an easy everyday look.

Emily Holmes-Naden, Spirit & Grace’s founder and designer, knows the value of timeless, throw-on-and-go staples. “I create pieces that will effortlessly slip into women’s wardrobes and are not dictated by short-lived, seasonal trends.” Her line of elegant wrap dresses, printed midi skirts and romantic blouses is the epitome of versatile. While easily dressed up for after-dark occasions, the collection is best suited to minimal yet impactful everyday-wear. Don’t believe us? Scroll on to see how we’re wearing our Spirit & Grace picks now.

SPOTLIGHT ON: SUSTAINABLE STREETWEAR

Seeking polished, off-duty style staples? Meet Westmark London, the contemporary label making minimal, sustainable streetwear. Expect casual tees and sweatshirts that occupy a premium palette of muted ochre, sky blue, khaki and off-whites – but without the price tag that often comes with sports-luxe styles.

Keeping the spirit of London at the heart of each collection, Westmark’s vibrant pieces are lovingly – and sustainably – crafted. The brand’s well thought-out manufacturing process places great importance on limiting environmental impact. From the choice of fabrics to the making of garments, the label refuses to cut corners. If you’re drawn to casual clothing that’s sustainable, versatile and incredibly comfortable, scroll on.

WHAT’S ON OUR BUYERS’ AW20 WISHLIST

The seasons are changing, and the rails of our boutiques are filling with brand new designer finds. From statement Scandi-style dresses to chic, sleek outerwear – these are the pieces on our buyers’ hotlist.

Goodbye basket bags and cotton dresses, hello cosy knits and platform boots. Whether you’re a uniform dresser or a trend enthusiast, September calls for a reappraisal of your wardrobe contents.

But end-of-summer style is perhaps the most difficult to nail. This between-season limbo sees us constantly questioning whether an outfit will leave us too warm – or not warm enough. The excitement for faux fur coats and shearling-lined boots is mounting, but unpredictable weather means they’re not necessarily practical yet.

For our Boutique Buyers, a new season demands a new wishlist. And in true expert fashion, they’ve factored this tricky transitional period into their selections. According to our buyers, these unshakably chic staples should form the foundation of your new autumn wardrobe.

HOW TO STYLE BOHO-CHIC DRESSES FOR AUTUMN

Not ready to surrender to bulky layers and neutral shades? Worry not; with our simple styling tricks, you continue wearing Dilli Grey’s fun, bohemian dresses well into autumn.

Of all the ’60s and ’70s trends to re-enter our sartorial consciousness – think dramatic collars, pussy-bow blouses, platform boots – ‘boho’ is one of the most enduring. The fashion world always has a place for a free-spirited aesthetic, be it in Coachella ‘best-dressed’ listicles or summer-in-the-city ensembles.

But while floaty, paisley-printed dresses conjure up images of sun-soaked festivals, they can easily be transitioned into the colder months. Enter Dilli Grey, a seasonless label creating sustainable, zero-waste dresses of dreams. The team behind Dilli Grey describe themselves as ‘slow fashion champions’, designing their pieces to have year-round appeal. They source all materials in India, where a community of fairly-paid artisans produces the striking styles, finishing them with delicate hand embroidery and quilting.

With such a thoughtful process behind each piece, it would be shame to reserve them for balmy climates. So, read on to see how we’re giving these breezy dresses an autumn-winter uplift.

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE: TREEN

Rethinking your attitude to buying clothes? We know just the place to go for your sustainable style fix. Enter Cat Anderson, conscious shopping advocate and founder of Edinburgh’s most ethical fashion hub, treen.

Shopping with your conscience has never been so important. Whether you choose to prioritise environmentally-friendly materials or seek out designers with ethical production lines, there’s more options out there than ever before. And this Atterley boutique is a good place to find them. The treen team curates vegan and low-impact fashion labels at a mix of price points, making the daunting idea of shopping sustainably instantly more accessible.

Not only does treen encourage you to avoid synthetic and animal-based products; owner Cat also places great emphasis on timeless wardrobe staples. Think of those pieces you can wear time and time again no matter the season, regardless of what trends have dominated the catwalks and Insta street-style snaps. With this in mind, you can be confident that your perfect pair of jeans or love-forever Chelsea boot is waiting for you at treen.

But Cat didn’t arrive at her current sustainable stance overnight. As with everyone, transitioning from fast to slow fashion was an information-gathering journey. Curious how she made the change? Keep reading to find out.