What: Leopard print sweater: Whistles, Jacket: Vintage, Jeans: J Brand, Pumps: French Sole, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Sunglasses: Alberta Ferretti for Cutler and Gross (c/o)
Where: Meetings in London.
I bought this sweater from Whistles a couple of months ago (it’s most likely gone into the mid season sale since, annoying) and was then unable to wear it thanks to the fact it snowed… In March. Now the sun is out you can bet your pastel pop socks I’m wearing it every chance I get. Once such chance arose yesterday when a jam packed day of meetings called for something chic while distinctly drizzly weather would have made bare legs a very bad call indeed. You all know more about my obsession with the colour green than anyone should have to but recently I’ve been having a bit of a flirtation with blue. After noticing the blue-ish tones in this leopard print lovely I couldn’t help but go to town with all things moody, pairing it with my beloved summer J Brand’s, very well worn French Sole pumps (seriously, these babies deserve a medal) and an ancient denim jacket I pinched from my mum a couple of years ago. Who said tonal blocking was over? Not me, that’s for sure.
Love Ella. X
I was absolutely thrilled by the positive response I got to the return of “3 Ways To Wear It” the other week. As a blogger, the posts you enjoy writing and those your readers enjoy reading are not always the same so it was great to hear that you lovely lot are happy to indulge my passion for dressing up. This time around I got my style on with a perennial wardrobe staple, classic blue skinny jeans. It is a fact universally acknowledged that one can never, ever own too many pairs of jeans. I used to be something of a denim-o-phobe gradually I began to embrace this most versatile of garments and now, I’m obsessed. Much as I adore a bit of directional denim, when it comes to effortless chic you can’t beat a simple pair of true blue skinnies. And skinny jeans don’t get much chicer than J Brand 811′s.
J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Starless, £189 at The Dressing Room, click here to buy
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there are few things more stylish than a simple Breton striped tee. Add classic blue jeans and ballet pumps into the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for easy elegance. On this occasion I opted for a Whistles t-shirt (obv), French Sole flats and my beloved Mulberry Tillie tote. The beauty of this kind of look is that it works every season and can be spiced up with different coloured pumps and variations of stripe, cost-per-wear magic.
As my dealings with McQ’s badass leather skirt taught me (click here for a reminder), with the right accessories you can make just about anything preppy. That said, I found it rather easier to give the J Brand 811 skinny jeans a Blair Waldorf twist. I’d say that the key components of preppy style are loafers, collars and matching things. I decided to push the prep-factor to the max by incorporating all three… And then adding a hairband.
When the sun goes down I reach for a skirt or dress rather than jeans. I don’t really know why this is because whenever I do decide to don my skinnies for a night on the town it makes me feel instantly more sophisticated. There’s something rather empowering about wearing trousers for cocktail hour, don’t you think? Anyway, given my J Brand’s understated shade and the fact that it’s technically Spring I decided to make things a bit more playful by pairing them with a peppermint peplum top, killer Kurt Geiger stilettos and pretty pastel accessories.
Personally I adore all three of these ensembles and will definitely be wearing them on a regular basis over the next few months! Which one is your fave?
Love Ella. X
Ps) Until the end of April, there are various fabulous goings on at The Dressing Room in celebration of Denim Dedication Month. Click here to find out more.
1) REISS 1971 Ice Blue Crewneck Jumper, £179, click here to buy
2) J Brand 811 Skinny Jeans in Neon Coral, £200, click here to buy
3) Folk light grey Steph boots, £315, click here to buy
4) McQ Pink Razor Blade Scarf, £135, click here to buy
5) LInda Farrow for Charlotte Olympia Feather Sunglasses, £135, click here to buy
6) Whistles Safari Leopard Print Parka, £125, click here to buy
7) Marc by Marc Jacobs Cross Body Bag, £260, click here to buy
8) Charlotte Olympia Miranda Silk Twll & Bamboo Sandals, £545, click here to buy
9) Carven Front Pleat Skirt, £260, click here to buy
10) Carven Textured Double Breasted Jacket, £420, click here to buy
Love Ella. X
What: Trench Coat: Comptoir des Cottoniers, Jumper: Chinti and Parker (gifted), Jeans: J Brand, Pumps: French Sole, Necklace: Anne Bowes Jewellery, Hat: Accessorize, Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim (gifted).
Where: Personal Shopping Appointment in London.
Ok, so I may have shamelessly reappropriated the name of Burberry’s AW13 show for this post title but given that the look du jour in question involved a trench coat and a heart jumper I reckon Christopher Bailey would understand… If he ever found out which, let’s be honest, is beyond unlikely. The man responsible for restoring Burberry to its former glory and then some has far more important things to think about than my shameless pilfering of his ideas but anyway, I digress. March (AKA the first month of Spring) is here so no matter how abismal the weather I refuse to carry on wearing my winter coat. I donned this ensemble for my first EVER personal styling appointment last Friday. Given that someone had put the fate of their wardrobe in my hands it seemed only right I looked both chic and seasonally appropriate, the day seemed to go really well so I assume this look did the trick. Admittedly I did get pretty chilly tramping around town in the pouring rain sans socks and fear the ballet pumps/bare feet situation might result in my developing a case of gangrene. If the British weather continues refusing to comply with the fashion seasons quite this dramatically I may have to swap my beloved London for sunnier climbs, or accept spending the rest of my days with a perma-cold… tough call.
In other news, I now officially offer personal styling services so if you, or anyone you know, fancy a major wardrobe overhaul or just a bit of styling advice contact me at email@example.com
Love Ella. X
Ps) Since writing the point it has started snowing and I’ve been forced to dig out my winter coat, fur hat and thermals… Boo.
SS13 may or may not have actually arrived in London and I’ve heard a few rumours of snow this weekend. But it’s MARCH and I’ll be damned if I’m going to purchase one more bloody bobble hat…
1) Reiss oversized Josh Shirt, £95, click here to buy
2) Reiss Siusi printed frill skirt, £95, click here to buy
3) Chloe Susanna boots, £795, click here to buy
4) Alexander Wang Emilie tote, £813, click here to buy
5) Whistles orchid print silk bomber jacket, £155, click here to buy
6) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Printed Hexagon Clutch, £280, click here to buy
7) Anne Bowes Jewellery Turqouise & Green drop cluster necklace, £120, click here to buy
8) Miu Miu degrade sequinned slippers, £515, click here to buy
9) J Brand 901 skinny jeans, £230, click here to buy
10) Michael van der Ham silk & metallic boucle top, £349, click here to buy