What are we looking for in fashion today? Comfort, not grandeur is one thing. Then there is a sophisticated trend where we want to look as though we lived more simply – even the rich want to be able to have meals in the kitchen and blend in at will. An entre to the Chiltern Firehouse doesn’t mean a need to dress in couture, an elegant assemblage of smart coat, cuffed chino trousers – T top or silk blouse all worn with easy going flats or crisp white trainers, is a bold approach to casual dressing.
Effortless summer looks are quite simple to manage. The no-fuss neutrality of a cardie-jacket, a slouchy trouser with colour blocked sweater. Breton tops, a spot of cashmere, and a little pile of T tops in cotton and linen will work with wide and narrow leg pants and jeans. For the past five years, skinny jeans have been a second skin, but in the last year I favour a more wide-legged silhouette. Double points if they are cropped.
My tip is to wear the universal streetwise kit but in better fabrics and from brands that give details and finish full attention. A case in point is the silk and cashmere hoody with matching under piece from this season’s spring collection. What we are aiming for is a clean, polished, reduced look in monochrome neutrals or at least a simple non-floriferous colour palette. Pieces like these make getting dressed a cinch.
Style Agenda by Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com