3 BLOUSE TRENDS TO BOOKMARK

Featuring ruffles, balloon sleeves and super-sized collars, this season’s blouse selection is bigger and bolder than ever.

Thanks to the Zoom revolution, tops are the unexpected centrepiece of this year’s outfits. While jersey joggers and stretchy leggings will suffice from the waist down, the upper half is where we can have fun and let our personalities shine on those virtual meet-ups. Intricate necklines, artful embroidery and dramatic sleeves of dreams are dominating our shopping baskets. Playful trends like cottagecore and the ’80s power shoulder have ensured no style is too out-there. But with this ‘anything goes’ attitude, how can we know which iterations are worth investing in?

Well, we’ve whittled down the brigade of blouses into three key categories to make shopping – and styling – this season’s talking piece an easy task.

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.

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…

2020 TRENDS TO TAKE INTO THE NEW YEAR

While we’re more than happy to show 2020 the door, there are a few fashion trends worth taking into 2021.

In a year unlike any other, fashion did its best – like all of us – to mould to changing circumstances. The absence of occasions in our calendars may have left us feeling all dressed up with nowhere to go, but 2020 wasn’t a total write-off where trends are concerned.

With a rising number of Zoom calls on the weekly, and mood-lifting social media campaigns like #DressUpFriday populating our feeds, many have been using style to retain some sense of normality. There’s no doubt that our shifting lifestyles were reflected in the dominant trends. From comfy, cosy loungewear to low-key yet elegant ensembles, it was certainly a year of sartorial simplicity. And with an uncertain few months ahead of us, there’s no reason for this to change.

So, scroll on to see the fail-safe trends we’ll be relying on for a positive start to 2021.

CASHMERE KNITS THAT MAKE THE SIMPLEST OF OUTFITS SPECIAL

Adeela Salehjee’s playfully feminine collection is spun from sumptuously soft cashmere to elevate your downtime dressing. 

We don’t have to tell you that loungewear is this year’s defining trend. The transition to at-home working and socialising has led to new-found domesticity for many and with it, a shift in attitudes towards what constitutes appropriate daily attire. 

A closet cornerstone, cashmere is the epitome of a hygge aesthetic; a knit with a touch of luxury that makes the simplest of outfits special. This feel-good appeal is at the heart of an uplifting collection of jumpers, cardigans and gloves designed by self-professed knitwear specialist, Adeela Salehjee.

The light-hearted collection is adorned with scattered sparkles, cheerful stripe details and vibrant colour combinations, with pieces featured in Vogue, Tatler and Glamour. Adeela Salehjee offers deliciously cosy looks to complement your new-found nesting expertise.

THE COSIEST KNITS & HOW TO WEAR THEM

Knitted layers are a wardrobe necessity at this time of year. See the reach-for winter wares that are selling out fast, and how we’re styling them into easy everyday looks.

Winter is well underway, and we’re relying on chunky-knit jumpers and cardigans to get us through the cold front. This year, our boutiques have treated us to a tactile array of cosy knits you won’t want to take off. From thick embroidered cardis to slimline cashmere turtlenecks, there’s a super-soft layer to suit every style.

But, as always, we have our favourites – and so do you. Scroll on to see the best-selling knits you’ve been adding to your baskets, plus our top tips for how to wear them.

MAKE STAYING IN THE NEW GOING OUT

Me & Thee offer polished styles in premium, soft-stretch fabrics and draped shapes that are super wearable, providing the perfect ensemble for dressing up on a dress down day. 

We get it – our holiday celebrations have had to change again. Or worse, they’ve been reincarnated as zoom quizzes. But, postponed plans doesn’t mean our evening-worthy wardrobes have to hibernate

Me & Thee is a label changing our perspective on the longevity of formalwear. Their offering of luxe dresses and separates in jewel-hued, body-skimming fabrics celebrate your natural curves while remaining deliciously comfortable. The glamorous silhouettes are made to accentuate. The flattering fits are effortless day and night. We have no idea what this year’s party season will look like but we are sure of one thing. If festivities only take us as far as the living room, Me & Thee will keep us looking and feeling good.

You make the rules and we say yes to clothing that sparks a little bit of joy in these uncertain times. After all, finding moments of happiness where we can has never been more important. Here’s how we’ll be dressing up our downtime.