I am helping a friend out today. A good, charitable deed that plays to my strengths and also sadly my weaknesses. She wants me to redefine her wardrobe so we are hitting Selfridges, credit card in hand. As a stylist I can absolutely help her and generally love to do this for mates when I have a day off, but my downfall is my inability to leave a department store without justifying a personal purchase. And in acceptance of the fact that I probably will end up buying something, however hard I try, I’m taking a large shopper in which I can stuff said purchase and feel less guilty walking back through the front door.
Today I am in the mood for comfort and layering – clothes I can easily take off when inside perusing. I have taken my gorgeous, covetable Montague gilet and worked an outfit around it. At the moment, I’m heavily into shearing and all things textural. I absolutely love this piece. Gilets are such a refreshing alternative to a cumbersome coat and so versatile. It’s warm, comfortable and consistently easy to create a look with. I’ve added my Isabel Marant snakeskin harem pants which feel like tracksuit bottoms to wear and are a little out there in terms of print (my husband’s still not sure..), a grey ribbed top and a recent great Zara purchase- suede slouchy wedge boots (they were so affordable and are great run-around footwear). This is all polished off with a Louis Vuitton scarf slung round the neck, and the blingiest bag imaginable. My Montague Gilet always makes me want to go a little Moroccan, so I’ve mixed textures and prints but kept the silhouette and feel low key and easy. The usual gold jewellery is put on in automatic mode and hair is tied back – hassle free and out of my eyes so that we can focus on the job at hand. We’ll break the day with a little glass of bubbly over lunch and pretend chaos will not ensue when we return home to a general explosion after a fun day with dad.