Rocking that romper by Max and Co. Straw bag by Sicily Bag.
Phew, summer has flown by and now it’s time for the falling leaves, shorter days and chillier nights. It’s been super busy for me, settling into my new job at Amazon as well as finding my feet in Berlin. The move from London last year still feels so fresh and raw and being a foreigner in my home town has had its challenges!
When life gets busy like this, I’d like to grab comfortable yet stylish wardrobe staples. Taa da, meet the jumpsuit. It’s modern and looks pulled together without trying too hard. In summer, just wear it solo, in autumn, just throw on a blazer, a cardi, a denim jacket, a bomber jacket, a tuxedo, a leather jacket, I could go on and on. Dress it up or down, in sneakers or high heels. See, the options are endless!
I love my jumpsuits to be made of comfy jersey material that doesn’t cling to the body but drapes around it in a flattering way. I prefer dark colours as they are slimming and make the jumpsuit look elegant and dressy from desk to Happy Hour!
I’m wearing a two toned jumpsuit by Max and Co, sandals by Minelli and Sicilian straw bag by Sicily Bag.
Lace coffa straw bag by Sicily Bag.
Before the first arctic chill of winter, there are the magically sun-lit golden autumn days, known as sweater weather season. It’s the time when we cocoon ourselves in toasty cashmere, fluffy angora and plush knits. Think outdoorsy flushed cheeks, romantic walks in the park, with a hot chocolate or gluehwein in hand.
Rebel does Urban Chic:
Rebel is wearing a sumptuous beige merino jumper, paired with distressed denim and star printed Converse Chucks. A wooly hat keeps the brisk fall mornings in check.
Rebel is wearing:
- Sweater bei Max Studio
- Jeans by TK Maxx
- Blue handbag by Badgley Mischka
- Light blue star chucks by Converse
- Hat by Collection
- Lipstick: Lady Danger by MAC
Romantique goes metallic:
Give your autumn sweater a twist by wearing metallic knits. To avoid looking like a christmas tree bauble, I dressed down with simple black skinny jeans and pointy flats.
Romantique is wearing:
- Metallic jumper with pink contrast piping by SET
- Black skinny jeans by Topshop
- Nougat coloured leather jacket by Stefanel
- Black pointy flats by BCBG
- Cherub bag by Fiorucci
- Pink mirrored aviators by Ray Ban
- Lipstick: Ananbella audacious by NARS
Style should not be limited by price tags. Outfits should fit your body shape and make you look a million dollars, regardless of your actual bank balance.
My outfits are typically affordable. This outfit set me back less than 100 EUR and goes to show that style does not have to correlate with a high-end price.
You don’t need to be dressed head to toe in Dolce & Gabbana to look the part. Mix high end with lower end for a classy and chic look.
What I wear:
- Denim jeans by Zara 39 EUR
- T-Shirt by Zara 19 EUR
- Sunglasses by TK Maxx 19 EUR
- Pointy black flats by Carvela Kurt Geiger at TK Maxx 29 EUR
“Never use the word “cheap”. Today everybody can look chic in inexpensive clothes (the rich buy them too). There is good clothing design on every level today. You can be the chicest thing in the world in a T-shirt and jeans — it’s up to you.”
Is colour blocking still a trend this year? Yes, but nothing like the ridiculous neon colour-blocking trends we’ve seen in the past.
I love colour blocking based on bright blue in a minimal and architectural way. Mix colours whilst focussing on clean lines and a structured fit. There’s something timeless about bold colours you can tone down with neutrals or tone up with bright, vivid colours.
On me: Dazzling Blue pants by Club Monaco, Red sweater by JCrew, Leoprint High Heels by BCBG Generation, Bag by Ferré, Glasses by Hogan
Today is not Sunday, but I still wanted to call this post ‘Peter Pan Collar Sunday’, as I wore it on Sunday. I associate the girly, feminine collar with a traditional, English tea time in the Savoy, pretty sun dresses and Lea Seydoux in her role as ‘femme de chambre’ (maid) in the fabulously quirky movie “Grand Hotel Budapest”. At this point in fashion time it’s especially difficult for me to hold back on purchases as so many designers and labels are paying homage to the 50 and 60s. For me, this was the most flattering fashion era of all: From Peter Pan collars to A -line shift dresses, geometric pattern and big, tousled hair – the women of this time had it all (at least wardrobe wise)!
Lea Seydoux in the movie ‘Grand Hotel Budapest’
If you’re not already sitting, I suggest you sit down now. This cooky cute tea cups necklace depicting Alice, her rabbit and cupcakes is from French luxury costume jeweller Les Néréides N2.
- Peter Pan collar top from Marks and Spencer
- My trusted denim pencil skirt from Tommy Hilfiger
- Espadrilles from RAS
- Pink hand bag from Bally
- Cups necklace (Le Tea Time d’Alice) from Les Néréides N2
From the fake Parisian Diane Kruger
, whose relaxed and impeccable style continues to impress us, we move over to Bérengère, a real Parisian showing us how to do effortless Hippie Chic.
Bérengère is my lovely colleague here in London, a newly married Parisian from Versailes, living in London’s little France, South Kensington.
Known as “Berry” to the non-French speakers in the office , Bérengère’s gallic style is epitomised by her skilful mix of high-end fashion with high-street, in her tousled hair style, and in the subtleness of her make-up.
Want to know more about Berry’s style? Read an in depth-interview with her on her fashion secrets here.
Bérengère is wearing:
- Aztec print poncho-esque cardigan from a shop in Notting Hill ‘Skinny Skimmer’ Jeans from GAP
- Tan Chelsea Boots from Massimo Dutti
- Nail varnish from Essie
- Turquoise ring from Gucci
- Necklace from Van Cleef
Inside Berry’s cosmetic bag:
· Pivoine Flora Handcreme from L’Occitane
· Exaggerate Eyeliner from Rimmel
· Rouge Caresse Lipstick from Loreal in “Rock ‘n mauve”
How to dress: pink with red? Love the color pink, but not sure what you should pair it with? Red and pink combination create warmth, vibration, excitement. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day or February to incorporate pink and red into your wardrobe or home. Pink with red is a Hallmark Valentine card, the kind where the roses are in bristly relief. Pink with red Yves Saint Laurent used this colour scheme in his legendary times and you know what? Red and pink it works…but
…there’s something about combining two shades that are close together on the colour wheel that makes you look quite sophisticated. The key is to make it bold and decisive, so everyone knows you are making a deliberate choice to wear red and pink together.
On me: Pink cashmere sweater by Costello, red scarf with white hearts by Moschino, Red Sunglasses by Paul Smith, black and white pattern Coat by GF Ferré, Skinny Jeans by H&M
Perhaps you’d rather start with a combination of red and pink in your living room and decorating walls, tables, pillows and flowers but the rules are the same as in fashion. A colour combination such this says: I’m courageous, happy, self-confident and have a strong feeling for colors.
Fair Isle prints, also known as Norwegian or Nordic knits, are my perennial Christmas staple with nostalgic value. The style can look super cute on the ski slopes or at home in front of the Christmas tree, provided you don’t overdo it. Style it with cool accessories to make it look modern, like skinny jeans, a girly locket necklace or a casual cross body bag.
I’m wearing a toned down Fair Isle patterned wool cardigan in muted grey and cream, paired with a cashmere dress, both from Max & Co. For a splash of festive colour, I added a Santa red mini Hermes-esque bag.
Red Mini Kelly bag from Picard. Bronze Ballerinas with chunky heel from Max & Co.
This year on Christmas eve, I will be in the air with Mr Romantique on our way to Australia for a warm Bondi Beach Holiday. It’s fair to say that I will have to swap my cosy Fair Isle sweater for a little sundress!
My favourite fairy tale, Haensel & Gretel, hidden in this ueber-cute gingerbread house locket from French costume jeweller Les Nereides. THE expert for everything cute, creative and fantasy filled!
The old cliche that leopard and animal prints are vulgar has been refuted by many style icons. Quite the opposite, leopard print is a timeless wardrobe staple, as referenced in my favourite style bible “Paris Street Style” by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset.
Low quality, worn out materials make leopard print look cheap, hence we like our favourite leopard pattern on cashmere jumpers, fake fur coats, trench coats, woolen or silk scarves, elegant loafers, pumps and bags.
Rebel: With my short animal print jacket from Maison & Scotch, I’m only wearing skinny jeans. At first I paired the jacket with boyfriend jeans but soon dismissed this ensemble as it made me look terrible. Short, boxy jackets only look good on me teamed with skinny jeans, other shapes just don’t work.
Romantique: If you are afraid or unsure of animal prints, try wearing animal accessorieses like a bag or scarf. Take a simple, black coat and a snake print bag and turn around your whole outfit! I only ever wear animal patterned jumpers with skirts to give it a girly twist.
My snake print bag is from Alberta Ferretti, leopard jumper and woolen skirt from Max & Co, gloves from Ugg, scallop collar from COS, ankle boots from Goertz.
London Wimbledon Street Style
Hmh, Grey is a neutral shade: it’s not so harsh compared to white, not too heavy compared to black. It’s understated, elegant and sophisticated. But grey is not grey – as we all know there are 50 shades of grey! Shades of grey have to be well matched with the skin tone. To find the right grey shade is similar difficult as to find the right foundation shade. I’m not really a crazy fan of grey sweatshirts but at the moment from celebrities to fashion bloggers, they all made their own pin with this versatile staple piece.
As always, the trick is to balance for me. I dressed up my ZARA men’s sweatshirt with jewelery and heavy red lipstick otherwise I would look like having a gastric intestinal flu. And to answer the question from above: Are grey sweatshirts fall/winter 2013 must haves? Yes, if you already have a grey sweater at your closet then you’re a lucky devil! Congrats!
What I wear: Zara sweater, Calvin Klein denim, Converse, Céline Sunglasses
Grey Casual Glam – Love Alexa’s combination of grey and beige animal print!