ALEXANDRA’S PICKS : SPRING REMIX

Spring starts now – officially. Here’s to the bursting bulbs, the longer days, the birdsong. After a long winter I’m craving to wear clothes with the optimism of the season.  A colour tweak, a different sleeve length, new layering can bring a small update that feels like saying goodbye to winter.  Atterley.com is where you can support local and independent boutiques as we all emerge from the past year. Here are some of my favourite picks.

WORK WARDROBE REFRESH WITH LINDSAY NICHOLAS

This quietly stylish label has polished, wearable and universally flattering pieces designed to allow an easy transition between work and the weekend.

Lindsay Nicholas has an impressive set of style credentials with degrees from the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She worked globally in luxury advertising and marketing for almost twenty years and it was this jet-setting lifestyle that inspired the launch of her eponymous fashion label, Lindsay Nicholas New York. Lindsay wanted sophisticated clothing that would work across multiple time zones and climates while remaining cool and comfortable at the airport, in a boardroom or for after-hours drinks.

Lindsay Nicholas New York embraces minimalism. The pieces are neutral, loosely tailored; elevated by clean lines and sumptuous fabrics like silk that inspire confidence and longevity. Her muses? The designer cites the refined and quiet elegance of style icons like Coco Chanel, Phoebe Philo and Victoria Beckham.

Lindsay embodies a global lifestyle and her seasonless collections are designed to be fashionable in Sydney, Singapore or New York City. You can read and shop below…

FRENCH STYLE SECRETS FROM OUR BOUTIQUE BUYERS

Want to emulate your favourite French muses? Hear what our expert Boutique Buyers have to say about the enviably effortless aesthetic.

We could wax lyrical about the allure of French style all day long. That Parisian ‘je ne sais quoi’ has inspired and mystified the fashion world in equal measure, leaving us all with one burning question: What is the secret to French style?

Well it turns out you don’t need to go to France to find out. From Brighton to Bologna, London to the City of Love itself, our global boutiques stock the finest French brands around – and you can shop them all right here on Atterley.

But first, why not hear from our resident fashion experts? These three boutique owners were our first port of call when it came to brushing up on le style français.

TRANSFORMATIVE PIECES FOR YOUR SPRING WARDROBE

Longing for spring? Us too. Here are the mood-boosting pieces our Boutique Buyers can’t wait to wear.

A season of new beginnings and long-awaited better weather, spring inspires change and colour in abundance. And we’re all in need of both. After a year of 24/7 loungewear, we’re just about ready to rediscover how fun fashion can be.

And our Boutique Buyers are ready and waiting with a fresh selection of uplifting style finds. Setting the sartorial mood with bright, playful prints and comfortable, easy pieces (because life is still spent at home for most), our 300+ boutiques are full to the brim with appropriate looks for now. Not sure where to start? These styles will instantly transform your wardrobe, giving you confidence and positivity for the season ahead.

IF YOU INVEST IN ONE BUY THIS MONTH, MAKE IT IVY & OAK

The collection of distinctive classics will add instant polish to your look, leaving you feeling elevated and ready for the new season.

Ivy & Oak has a covetable offering of dresses, separates and tailoring that is softened by a palette cleanser of neutrals – think oatmeal, butterscotch, caramel, coffee, pistachio and more calming hues.

The fuss-free silhouettes are made for minimalists but pieces are elevated with well-placed design details – take the silky blouse with fluted sleeves and a feminine ruffled neckline, or the alpaca wool knit with light-catching pearlescent buttons. Caroline Gentz, the founder, says that it’s a brand made for women who value quality, simplicity and style. Ivy & Oak does pared-back elegance well. The collection looks and feels expensive but has an affordable price tag for the pieces you’ve been searching for to complete the elusive wardrobe classics checklist.

Ivy & Oak is all about a timeless and versatile rotation of hard-working looks with endless styling options. If you want to invest in understated pieces that make getting dressed easy, look no further…

BEHIND THE BOUTIQUE : RUSKIN

Combining an admirable ethos with a wholesome family atmosphere, Atterley Boutique Ruskin is a shopping destination with a difference. Whether you’re committed to sustainable style or keen to discover emerging labels, this Whitstable haunt is a boutique to bookmark.

On a quaint street by the coast sits a retail rarity: an independent business fully dedicated to ethical practices. Family-run Ruskin opened in 2012, and has since carved out a unique space in the world of boutique fashion. Husband and wife duo Shelly and Garrie Keeys found that this sustainable vision is what kept similarly conscious customers coming back to their shop, and have continued to seek out like-minded brands with traceable production lines. Most recently: Nula, a local label set on sourcing fabrics responsibly and creating garments with care.

Proving that sustainable style is anything but boring, Ruskin also stocks popular buys from international brands like Veja and Samsoe Samsoe. Like what you hear? Read on to learn more about Ruskin from Shelly herself.

THE LOVE LIST : NEW-IN STYLES WE’RE LUSTING AFTER

Love is in the air; to celebrate, we’ve compiled all our favourite new Atterley styles into the ultimate love list…

Whether you’ve made Gal-entine’s plans, are prepping for a socially-distanced date or will be ordering in dinner for one, get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and treat the people you love (including you) to something special.

Our Boutique Buyers have been busy filling their rails with covetable New Season stock from the best independent labels around. From swoon-worthy Scandi style to Uzma Bozai‘s graphic sweatshirts, you can shop to your heart’s content right here on Atterley. Maybe you’re on the look-out for a necklace your best friend will adore. Or perhaps you’re hoping to cure your winter woes with a full wardrobe refresh. Either way, we know you’ll love these spring-ready styles just as much as we do…

SAINTBY KNOWS HOW WE WANT TO DRESS RIGHT NOW

This emerging label’s capsule collection of polished basics and effortless dresses is super relevant for how we’re approaching everyday style.

There’s been a definitive shift in wardrobe habits in the last year. The fashion rules have been revised as the world looks to invest in lasting core pieces that stay classic. 

SaintBy is the latest in a wave of designers embracing minimalism and simplicity. Anna Baj founded the brand two years ago, capturing a contemporary chic aesthetic in her tonal lookbook that holds the secret to versatility and easy elegance. The loungewear, tactile knitwear and understated dresses and separates are pared-back yet still feminine. SaintBy welcomes a neutral palette and the pieces form a strong closet foundation. SaintBy also values quality and the collection is sewn by skilled local artisans in Poland. 

If you’re looking to refresh your work-from-home look or nail your between-season attire, look to this emerging label. SaintBy knows how we want to dress right now…