City Chic: Why Less is More

Classic styles never really go out of fashion, and whilst at the moment we are all loving the new trends of digital prints and larger than life blooms in brighter than nature intended flower prints, there comes a time when you just want an outfit that is both simple and effective. Keeping simplicity as the key, it is easy to work ensembles that are chic and stylish. Using matt textures such as buttersoft leathers and pure wool, monotone palettes in blacks, charcoals and taupes, and ditching over the top accessories for practical and in vogue statement pieces, you’ll look like you are on your way to an important meeting in the city! So time to dump the fussy collars, the pretty prints and the brighter than bright ‘in your face’ images. This season is all about a quiet revolution of chic and style. Here are our favourite wardrobe staples to get you started:

The Row – Nesjen leather coat – £2,865

Exactly what we mean. Take a break from basic black and refresh your outerwear repertoire with The Row’s blush ‘Nesjen’ coat. Cut from butter-soft leather in a clean silhouette, this minimalist piece is an ideal accompaniment to embellished dresses and printed pants. Work a contemporary texture clash and wear yours with a wool skirt and quilted handbag.

Marc Jacobs – Paisley jacquard-paneled wool-blend satin pants – £690

Simple and effective tailoring. Marc Jacobs celebrated bold style for FW12, and these jacquard-paneled pants are a chic result. This tailored wool-blend satin pair effortlessly captures the season’s love of paisley and baroque with its silver and black pattern. Work them with a color-pop metallic jacket and high-heeled pumps.

Calvin Klein Collection – Havantess sateen dress – £1,210

Smart and sexy, Calvin Klein Collection’s razor-sharp aesthetic proves that less is more, and the label’s clean lines and fuss-free designs are the coolest way to make an impact at your next event. Cut from steel sateen, this minimalist style dress will make a chic alternative to the season’s lavish opulence.

The Row – Norick leather pencil skirt – £1,470

The Row have this trend bang on this season, and leather’s tough reputation is getting a refined revision and The Row’s sleek pencil skirt is a beautiful example of the trend. Give luxe texture to your weekday look by contrasting this must-have piece with a feather-weight silk blouse.

Jason Wu – Embellished silk-chiffon shirt – £665

Love how the sharp collar contrasts with the soft blouse. The collared black shirt gets a sharp update for FW12 with sequin and beaded collar tips. Perfectly cut from feather-light silk-chiffon, this Jason Wu design is effortlessly striking. Take your styling cues from the runway show and team it with a vibrant pencil skirt and your slickest heels.

Marni – Leather clutch – £650

I love a good clutch don’t you? Put a sophisticated spin on your round-the-clock portfolio with Marni’s chic neutral leather clutch. Delicately finished with a gold structured top handle, this understated bag is the perfect foil to fall’s ladylike silhouettes. Attach the adjustable shoulder strap for a more daywear-appropriate look.

Yves Saint Laurent – Mae suede and metal pumps – £720

Finished with a mirrored gold toe cap, Yves Saint Laurent’s black suede pumps combine beautiful craftsmanship with elegant design. Mirror the classic color scheme with complementing jet and metallic shades. Heel measures approximately 100mm/ 4 inches.

Dominic Jones – Wadi 23-karat gold-plated necklace – £405

Finish off your outfit with a simple gold necklace. Join Dominic Jones’ cult following and invest in his punk-chic jewelry designs, like this 23-karat gold-plated necklace. Simple yet statement-making, it’s ideal for every day – wear it over a jersey dress with molten accessories.

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