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.
Most people associate straw and wicker with summer. But who needs rigid rules these days? So many looks have transcended their former boundaries – e.g. sequins are now part of regular office attire. Sneakers are worn with delicate jacquard dresses. So why not wear a straw bag in winter? They’re cute, chic and express a unique counterpoint that says “to hell with the cold – I feel warm regardless!”. The colourful poms poms, ranging in hue from soft pastels to deep turquoises and reds, are your best friend to combat the winter blues. Imagine the colourful, pom pom embellished Sicilian cofa straw bag with a pea coat and ankle boats! Or a more understated straw bag in subtler tones. I love Sicily Bag’s model “Claudia” with its signature honey comb pattern worn with pleated knits and a woollen hat. The possibilities are endless.
Crispy cold, sunny winter day? Free the pom poms and let them shine!
I’m wearing above: Pink bathrobe coat by Max & Co. Moccasins by AGL Attilio Giusti Leombruni. Straw Bag “Gig” in size medio by Sicily Bag.
All straw coffa bags are by Sicily Bag, my own web boutique I opened last year.
Every straw bag, handcrafted by Luigi and his family, carries history in its weaves. The age old Sicilian craft of embellishing straw bags is sadly fading. Luigi and his family are part of the last generation of artisans keeping this tradition alive.
I’m wearing: Sicily Bag “Gigi” in size grande. Caban sailor jacket by Max & Co, navy skirty by Claudie Pierlot. Sunglasses my Miu Miu.
I’m wearing a Sicily Bag in size piccolo. Gingham trousers by Max and Co. Lace collar shirt by Hallhuber. Beret by Seeberger.
I’m wearing: “Gig” Sicily Bag, Denim shirt by 0039 Italy, skinny jeans by Zara, leopard flats by BCBG, nude sunglasses by Celine.
Romantique and I are in love with Sicily Bag, the beautiful coffa straw bags Romantique discovered this year on her summer holiday in Sicily. In 6 weeks, she managed to set up a web boutique to share these artisanal wonders with the world!
As we’re moving into chillier but golden-sunny autumn weather, I wondered whether I’d still get away with carrying the richly embellished summer accessory. The answer is yes! As long as the weather is sunny and dry, the Sicilian basket looks stunning set against the oranges, yellows and deep reds of autumn.
Personally, I like to keep my outfit simple, with classic shapes and muted colours, and then have one accessory to pop, like Sicily Bag. In the pic above, I’m wearing a denim shirt, denim skinnies and leopard flats.
I’m wearing: “Gigi” Sicily Bag, Breton striped shirt by J Crew. Flats by BCBG.
I love simple Breton stripes for their versatility: Wear them with short sleeves in summer, or with long sleeves and in cosy materials like wool and cashmere in winter. Combine with Sicily Bag to make you feel like summer hasn’t left the building just yet. Love it!
After an atrocious summer, London spoilt us with lots of gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatues throughout September and October. I’ve been tanning it up on our balcony and have managed to push back the un-dusting of my winter wardrobe by a few extra weeks.
Autumn is one of my favourite seasons: The warm golden light, the rich and saturated colours of the leaves fallen from the trees and the first few hot chocolates of the season. London’s parks – Hampstead Heath and Primrose in the North, Hyde Park and Holland Park in the South – are the perfect escape to relax from the hectic pace of the city.
Wardrobe wise, , fall is the time to tone down the bright colours of the summer, seeing the return of opulent colours such as burgundy, forest greens and mustard yellow. These colours are not the most flattering on me, but I still love wearing them and like to freshen them up with a crisp white shirt.
I’m wearing: Burgundy skirt with suspenders by Claudie Pierlot. Since my French colleague at work told me about this quintessential Gallic brand, I’m hooked! Their style is romantically French consisting of classic staples with a girly twist. Think (plenty of!) Peter Pan collars, sailor stripes, classic shapes and a calm colour palette.
Love the pastel coloured houses of Primrose Hill
Classic penny loafers by Segabo. Embellished Straw coffa bag by Sicily Bag
There’s something about the casual wearability of the jumpsuit. Far from a romper, it’s a quick style fix that can be worn for many occasions, dressed up or down, appropriate for the beach as well as the board room.
I’m wearing a black (always slimming!) Jersey jumpsuit. The flowing material flatters the figure whilst being super comfortable. The pinnacle of relaxed, Italian chic!
Dress it down with flats for Sunday brunch, or with a sharp blazer and heels for work.
The simplicity of the jumpsuit screamed for one of my decadently adorned Sicily coffa bags. Making it the perfect canvas to showcase statement shoes & bags.
Street style London, Camden. I’m wearing: