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.

LESSONS IN LAYERING FROM THE FRENCH FASHION SET

Wondering how to layer clothes like a French girl? We’ve uncovered their transitional style secrets…

There’s no greater disappointment than having to hide a perfectly put-together outfit under a bulky winter coat. At this time of year, wearing layer upon layer will soon be non-negotiable. But with a little help from the Parisian street style masters, we’ve figured out how to navigate ‘onion dressing’ while maintaining your personal style.

Gallic girls are widely envied for their effortless dress code – and their approach to layering is no exception. So, if you want to carry yourself through winter with the ease and sophistication of the French fashion set, familiarise yourself with these lessons in layering.

3 TRENDS TO BUY INTO FOR AW20

We would never suggest that you should be a slave to the catwalk, but there are some autumn/winter 2020 trends we think are worthy of your attention.

The new-season looks served up by designers during February’s Fashion Month were certainly diverse. Everything from refined tailoring to high-octane ’80s glamour was evident on the runway. As such, it seems that anything goes this season.

However, this can make knowing which autumn/winter 2020 trends to actually buy into more difficult. When there’s so much to choose from, it can be daunting to decide where to start. Which is why we decided to filter through the runway looks, cancel out the noise, and bring you the three key trends you really ought to know about.

Below you’ll find the autumn/winter 2020 trends that really matter as far as getting ready in real life is concerned. There’s fashion’s new take on minimalism, where rich jewel tones meet buttery shades in the form of simple silhouettes, pared-back accessories and sleek suiting. Then there’s the instant-impact, ultra-bright colour clashes. And finally, dresses have been given a maximalist makeover, with a focus on bold shoulders and voluminous skirts.

You know what to do—keep scrolling to see and shop the most-noteworthy autumn/winter 2020 trends.

NEW SEASON, NEW JEWELLERY

Add a touch a whimsy to your everyday ensemble with Laviandbelle’s mood-boosting handmade jewellery.

Nothing elevates an outfit like a well-placed gold accent. The simplest look – say, a black polo neck and blue jeans – can go from to plain to polished with the addition of a chunky chain necklace, or a pair of ’90s-style hoops.

And if you’re on the hunt for fun, nostalgic jewellery designs (think rhinestone-adorned pendants and stack-able rings), you can call off your search. Laviandbelle’s playful collection has ticked all the necessary boxes. Drawn to a simpler, more contemporary style? The elegant gold chains and celestial hoops are classically cool, with a modern edge. A self-confessed magpie? Achieve all-day glitz with Laviandbelle’s sparkly, crystal-encrusted pieces. Over a decade since launching the label, design duo Simona Brunozzi Moro and Steffanie Brown have successfully created jewellery to suit every look.

THESE AUTUMN ESSENTIALS WILL LOOK CHIC EVERY TIME

Trust us, these trend-defying styles will form the foundation of your autumn wardrobe. Buy now, wear always.

This year’s trends are exciting, inventive and braver than ever. Age-old ‘rules’ are being broken, and no look is off-limits. ’80s puffed sleeves, once cringed over, have been donned non-stop during Fashion Month; wearing red and pink together has gone from fashion faux pas to street-style favourite.

But trends aside, there are certain timeless styles that we can be confident will sit in our wardrobe for years to come. If you’re a classic girl through and through, and prefer to invest in long-term staples than transient trends, we know just the pieces you need. These three hero finds, selected by our Boutique Buyers, will be your new go-to items for autumn.

THE STREET-STYLE SET’S POST-LOCKDOWN LOOKS

As the world eases out of lockdown, style influencers are hitting the streets in their most head-turning looks. The pent-up desire to dress up has culminated in some seriously enviable outfits.

For many of us, our favourite pieces have remained at the back of our wardrobes while loungewear takes the limelight. Spending most of our time at home has left us unable to showcase our finest summer ensembles. Now, though, as garden parties populate our calendars and cities open up, those crisp cotton dresses and flowery co-ords can finally see the light of day.

With so much uncertainty still ahead, Instagram’s It-girls are grasping the opportunity to don their chicest looks while the window is open. Of all the outfits we’ve pinned to our ‘style inspo’ boards, these are some of the best…

3 FRENCH STYLE MUSES TO INSPIRE YOUR OUTFITS

Parisians’ masterful approach to dressing is a long-time mystery; but with the help of these French style muses, achieving the look is easier than you think…

Oh, to dress like a French femme. The ‘je ne sais quoi’ quality carried by the nation’s fashion pack results in perfectly turned-out hair, effortless ensembles and an overall no-fuss finesse, without fail. Time and time again we look to French trendsetters for style cues and outfit inspiration. Only in Paris can women look simultaneously perfectly put-together and entirely unbothered about their appearance.

But this elusive aesthetic is tricky to replicate. The question of how to balance effortlessness with refinement á la Francaise plays on our minds every time we get dressed.

Thankfully, a little-known tool called Instagram lets us sit back and observe the sleekest looks on the streets of Paris. After much time scrolling, we’ve whittled down the winning looks created by the city’s style mavens. Whether you’re wondering how to make a jean + top combination look instantly elevated, or how to mix femininity with androgyny in a subtle fashion, these Gallic girls have the answers.