A BUYER’S GUIDE TO WINTER WEEKEND STYLE

Got the cold weather blues? Atterley Boutique Sass & Edge’s selection of winter wardrobe essentials is guaranteed to cheer you up. 

The transition into full-on cosy mode is officially upon us, and a steady stream of festive activities is imminent. Soon we’ll be thrown into Christmas tree decorating and mulled wine drinking – and we couldn’t be more excited.

But with the festivities comes an inevitable temperature drop. To beat the cold, we’re looking to Atterley Boutique Sass & Edge, an independent womenswear store in the heart of Winchester. Run by stylish duo Sally and Rachel, the boutique is a go-to for off-duty weekend essentials, high-quality classics and new brands to bookmark. Rest assured, their selection of luxe knitwear, covetable coats and party getup is a cure-all for your winter wardrobe woes.

“The key pieces we’ve chosen for our winter wardrobes are faux fur jackets and gilets, gorgeous denim, silk shirts and soft cashmere.” Sally tells us. “We also love dresses layered with chunky knitwear, leather jackets and boots.”

Sound like your kind of look? If so, start prepping for your festive days out and shop Sally and Rachel’s cold weather picks…

ALEXANDRA’S PICKS : MY WINTER WISHLIST

We all want a bit of extra feel-good right now, in my opinion. Especially the smaller independent boutiques and brands on Atterley who need our support in a second lockdown. So I’ve picked out some of the coziest and stylish coats and knits as well as some accessories that will mix brilliantly into your existing wardrobe.

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.

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.

3 WAYS TO ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY BLUE JEANS

Denim done well is fashion at its peak – so don’t underestimate the power of blue jeans.

We all dream of finding that elusive pair of perfectly-fitted jeans in the dream wash and impossibly flattering cut. Lucky for you, our Boutique Buyers are experts in this area. With labels like J Brand and Citizens for Humanity among our selection, the search for your denim soulmate is doesn’t have to be exhaustive.

The enduring appeal of the denim jean is no mystery; we’ve seen it on Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Rachel Greene—and yet it somehow doesn’t date. But after all this time in the limelight, the options for styling denim can seem a little lacking. We’ve all sported the “jeans and a nice top” combo more times than we can count, and surely we can’t keep reaching for that fail-safe white tee. If your imagination has run dry, keep reading for our simple tips on how to elevate your everyday blue jeans.

WORKING FROM HOME: 3 LAID-BACK LOOKS

Home working is the new normal; dress clever for those tricky couch-to-conference-call transitions with our easy outfit ideas.

Striking the balance between comfort and professionalism is the key to mastering your work-from-home wardrobe. You want to feel relaxed and unrestricted, but also be ready to jump on that last-minute Google hangouts session. It’s all about finding the right mix of soft, slouchy styles and polished, meeting-appropriate looks.

While you might spend the first week exclusively in PJs, the novelty will wear off and you’ll realise that you need to look put-together to feel productive. Maintaining motivation can be a challenge when working from home, so avoid your usual down-time dressing and invest in some work-only luxury loungewear to differentiate between the weekends and week-days. In need of some inspiration? Keep scrolling to see our 3 go-to outfit formulas, perfect for home working.

YOUR GUIDE TO GARDEN PARTY DRESSING

Planning a socially-distanced soirée? Garden gatherings are the new ‘out-out’ – here’s what you should be wearing.

As the world eases out of lockdown, low-key garden parties are substituting grand celebrations. Whether you’re hosting a few of your closest friends or it’s just you and your dog, an outside do is ample opportunity to slip into your sunniest looks. All those pieces you’d been planning to pack for a Mediterranean getaway can be pulled from the depths of your wardrobe. Think light-as-a-feather dresses, slide-on sandals, oversized sunnies and big, floppy hats.

Unsurprisingly, the It-girls of Instagram have nailed the dress code. From prairie-esque outfits to casual jeans-and-a-tee combos, there’s plenty of easy ensembles to inspire your garden getup. And these three are a good place to start…

WHAT TO PACK FOR A CHIC WEEKEND GETAWAY

Planning for a weekend away? We’ve pin-pointed your packing essentials so you don’t have to…

At this time of year it’s normal to hit a lull; the between-season feeling can leave us with a desperate longing to escape. While tropical beaches and bikini weather might be a few months away, there are plenty of weekend getaway options getaways to curb your post-winter wanderlust.

48 hours immersed in a different environment can do wonders for beating the blues. But the secret to having a truly stress-free break is in the packing. With the help of our Boutique Buyers, we’ve curated the perfect weekend-away capsule wardrobe for every mini-vacation in your diary. Bon voyage…