Just a few weeks left of this longest winter in history, or at least it feels that way! Winter is still keeping us in it’s freezing grip as if to prove it still has a few weeks hold over us!
It’s hard to find a coat that keeps you warm as well as looking decently stylish. The shearling coat is one of those and went through a renaissance last year thanks to Acne’s biker style shearling coat, worn by many celebs including our favourite style icon Alexa Chung.
Formerly knows as sheepskin coat, the toasty jacket looks modern in urban shapes like a parka or a biker jacket. Its versatility is the biggest plus: Wear it up or down, pairing it with your cocktail dress or your jeans and breton shirt like Parisians do!
I’m giving my shearling parka (Stefanel) a French makeover, paired with red beret, casual jeans (Boss Orange) and chelsea boots (AGL). Sicilian embroidered basket by Sicily Bag.
Street style London in Soho
Alexa Chung going all British on us with her Burberry scarf and Acne velocite shearling jacket.
Karli Kloss prooves that the shearling jacket can also be rocked over an romantique plaid skirt and boots.
Red beret by Seeberger.
Read more about my favourite coats:
The pink eggshape wool coat
The arctic parka
The Duffle coat
The French caban jacket aka the peat coat
The patterned statement coat
Winter style doesn’t have to be boring! Sub zero temperatures mean you can experiment with lots of knitted accessories, layering and toasty cocoon coats and throws.
On a recent trip to the opening of the Christmas markets in Berlin, Rebel and I wrapped up warmly in our favourite winter staples to combat the cold.
Rebel winter style:
“Never without my converse chucks” is Rebel’s motto in winter too. Pop a lambskin insole into your Converse and you’re good to go in the colder season. Complete the look with laid back, perennial French basics such as the beret and the nautical pea coat. A red checkered scarf provides a pop of colour in the bleaker season.
Rebel is wearing: Pea coat by Calvin Klein. Beret by Seeberger. Culotte denim by Jbrand. Red checkered scarf by Gant. Personlised converse chucks.
Romantique winter style:
After moving from London to Berlin a few months ago, I decided I need an arctic parka to keep me warm in Berlin’s notoriously cold winter. I’ve been pampered by the ever so grey and wet but mild marine climate in the UK. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing! After plenty of research I invested in a classic green down parka with an over-sized, straight cut. It goes with virtually everything from my beloved round collar dresses to denim or skirts. I can even walk 4 km to work in this baby in -4 degrees and not feel the cold.
Romantique is wearing: Arctic down parka by HOX. Teal coloured bucket bag by Sophie Hulme. Bordeaux oxford lace-ups by Max Mara.
Keeping the memory of summer alive with fun banana earrings.
Overlooking Berlin’s most beautiful Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt.
I’ve always adored Alexa Chung’s French flair. Rebel and I often reference her effortless style. So what a lucky coincidence it was when I visited London on the precise weekend that Alexa launched her Marks & Spencer collection “Archive by Alexa”.
Alexa raided the fashion archives of M&S to hand pick standout pieces and relaunch them, some with a contemporary twist. One of my good friends secured the pea coat coat “Templar” and I was sold instantly. The sailor coat with double breasted gold buttons, velvet stitched collar and princess cut is a French chic dream come true. Originally a children’s coat in the 90s, Alexa upsized and remodeled this gem to give 2016 a much needed boost!
The good news for all Pan European fashionistas is that M&S deliver across Europe! So we can all indulge in a bit of Alexa Brit Chic!
Style this classic coat like me with opaque tights and flat, knee-high boots, or try classic Alexa style with ankle boots and jeans. To make your ensemble even more “Alexa”, pair with a Jane Birkin style Sicily Bag or other straw accessory!
Bucket by Sophie Hulme and brown flat boots by Sergio Rossi.
We all know those days; the ones where you wake, sift through your overflowing wardrobe, and there is nothing to wear. Nothing seems to align with your mood, fit with your new coat, complement your work shoes. The day has barely begun, you’re late for work and already pangs of stress are beginning! That’s the moment where I like to cut through the complexity and grab a simple dress. A dress so that I don’t have to worry about matching top to bottom. No pattern, just a mono coloured fresh hue complementing my skin, cut in a comfortable timeless shape. This is where classic brands like Max Mara are your best friends. No matter what the fashion fad du jour says, you can always rely on a simply cut dress in their collection. Jackie Kennedy knew that looking flawless is about the classic looks. Mind you she did live in the 50s / 60s , having the best fashion of the decade at her fingertips! Good news for us is that 60s fashion looks incredibly modern today. Look at Twiggy and Grace Coddington below. These two would rock any street style competition in 2016!
I’m wearing bordeaux coloured Oxford lace-ups to prevent this dress from looking too sugary sweet. Hand embroidered metal bracelet by Camille Enrico. I’m in love with these hand embroidered metal bracelets by the French designer. A piece of jewellry close to my heart as it was a present from the team I worked with previously in London.
Dress and shoes by Max Mara. Raffia pom pom bucket bag by Sicily Bag. Sunnies by Prada.
Grace Coddington and Twiggy in timeless designs
Jackie in the Pantone colour of the year 2016!
Sometimes H&M has something exciting that surprises me like this Gucci-esque floral bohemian maxi dress.
Fast fashion items like this usually don’t survive more than a few washings. But that’s not the point. H&M outfits are not made for eternity, they are aone hit wonder and fun stuff – in demand only for a brief time.
I wore this H&M floral maxi dress recently on a sunny bicycle tour on Sunday.
My H&M Outfit: Floral Maxi Dress by H&M, Leather Jacket by Michael Kors, Bag by LOVE Moschino, Shoes by Converse
What to wear on vaction? Get inspired by my travel essentials from three weeks of holiday in Florida. It’s all easy and simple to wear and at the same time modern and stylish.
Simple black T-shirt with a skirt by Zara
Simple black t-shirt again and trousers by Moschino
Beachstyle: Dress by H&M, headscarf by Versace
Havaianas Flip Flops by Charlotte Olympia
Wandering in Miami Wynwood: Levis 501 CT, Blouse by JCrew
Sicilian straw basket by Sicily Bag, shoes by Sam Edelmann, Skirt by Zara
How to wear a millefleurs blouse? Millefleurs is French and means thousand flowers, a background or style of many different small flowers and plants.
I wear: Millefleur Shirt by Hallhuber, Black Sunglasses by Paul Smith
Millefleur shirts are really cute and and very, very feminine – usually way too romantic for me but I do love the millefleurs prints and pattern. If you are more of a Rebel type and not 100% Romantique than you have to clash your millefleur blouse with some cool girl accessories to avoid the frumpy housewife look!
I wear: Floral Blouse by Ralph Lauren, black Skinny Jeans by H&M
For me there is only one style combination of a millefleur shirt that works:
Cool Jeans (for me skinny fit), Converse high top in black, white or blue and edgy sunglasses- see Alexa Chung, there is nothing to add, she nails it yet again!
I usually only wear skinny jeans, but recently I’ve become a believer in boyfriend jeans. I’ve long ignored this fashion piece which has become a staple thanks to its relaxed fit and lived in look.
How could that happen?
“Never say never in Fashion, because you’ll be wearing “Never” in two years time.” (Alexa Chung) I said “never” to Boyfriend Jeans but if you never try, you will never know – I learned it’s working for fashion too.
Boyfit jeans look great paired with everything from a basic T-shirt to a chic Blazer, and they lend versatility in terms of shoe choice: you can wear them with everything from Converse to sky-high stilettos or flats.
I wear: Boyfit Jeans by REPLAY, T-Shirt by H&M, Jumper by POLO RALPH LAUREN, Flats by CARVELLA, Sunnies by PAUL SMITH
French girl style at Sloane Square, London
Whenever I feel uninspired, bored or just not too fussed about fashion, I’ll un-dust one of my many stripey breton shirts. The quintessential Parisian style staple always delivers, looking pulled together and relaxed at the same time. Who doesn’t have at least 3 stripey shirts in their wardrobe? The nautical stripes were made famous in 1917 by no other than Madam Coco Chanel herself, establishing the shirt mariniere as a style icon. Countless celebs followed suit, from Audrey Hepburn to French cool Girl Clemence Poesy.
My favourite look is to go all out on the sailor theme by teaming my stripey J Crew shirt (love the relaxed fit and the boat neck) with a navy straight skirt and white buttons. To finish off the French look, I add a small straw bag for the Jane Birkin flair, St Tropez circa 1967.
What’s your favourite way of styling this timeless Piece? Would love to hear from you!
I’m wearing (mostly French, bien sur):
- Sailor shirt by J Crew
- Navy skirt with white Buttons by Claudie Pierlot
- Sicilian embellished straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag – limited “Limoncello|” Edition
- Banana earrings by N2 by Les Nereides
Ou est la plage?
Audrey Hepburn looking chic in the nautical look.
Love how Clemence Poesy mixes up styles: A relaxed sailor tee paired with a boucle tweed skirt on the red carpet. Parfait!
Do you prefer your trench coat in black or beige?
With it’s classic shape, timeless appeal and effortless chic, the trench coat is a classic outerwear piece for transitioning from summer to fall or from winter to spring .
For over 15 years I’ve owned a beige Burberry trench coat. I never thought about a black trench coat up until this spring, when I was looking for a more subtle, sexy and feminine version of the trench. With a black trench coat, I could be that sexy French girl, avec tousled hair!
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Christy Turlington looking radiant as always – Elegance, privacy, class, education, yoga and a happy family life helps!
Alex Chung’s Black Trench
Have a happy springtime with or without the classic trench coat!