YOU’RE INVITED : GARDEN PARTY STYLE

Start prepping for your next outdoor do with our guide to chic, uncomplicated garden party dressing.

As lockdown restrictions ease we’re partying the only way we know how: outdoors and socially distanced. That’s right, garden parties are the new bar crawl, and this long-awaited sense of occasion calls for an outfit to suit.

If you’ve spent the year thus far in sweatpants and slippers, the thought of dressing up might be daunting. Luckily, our Boutique Buyers have made it easier for you to emerge from isolation in style – and comfort. The fresh edit of relaxed cotton dresses, slip-on footwear and more easy polish pieces is an effortless dresser’s dream. Scroll on to see what we’ll be wearing for those sun-soaked evenings on the patio.

FROM ROME WITH LOVE : ROMANTIC PIECES FOR EVERYDAY

Launched in Rome in 2019, Amotea’s elegant and ethereal pieces are inspired by the art, history and character of the eternal city.

But for founder and creative director Diletta Amodei, the modern cosmopolitan woman is her primary muse – who, according to Diletta, “Looks to the future but with a bit of nostalgia for the past, for the classic.” She’s romantic and sophisticated, tough and edgy, feminine and ethereal, much like Rome itself. Enter Amotea. The brand embraces these contrasts with a fluid look-book of dresses, separates and accessories that are full of energy, texture and sophistication thanks to fabrics like plissé tulle, crisp cotton, structured taffeta and lace.

Amotea presents a new idea of romantic elegance for the 2021 woman. Elle, Grazia and Vanity Fair agree that this emerging label is one to watch…

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.

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.