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Best T Shirts on the highstreet

Best T Shirts on the highstreet

A client once asked me "what is the point of t shirt"? I understood her argument, as a stand alone item they are not particularly interesting or inspiring. But that is the beauty of them. T shirts have this incredible ability to look elegant paired with a statement skirt, look crisp paired with high waisted denim, look cool with a pair of leather culottes or make a tweed jacket look modern… Not to mention that the are preposterously comfortable and affordable! I’m constantly on the search for the holy grail of t shirts and find myself time and again heading to this one highstreet store for an update…COS! The key to finding a great t shirt is the fabric. I prefer my t shirts to have drape as they are more flattering so I opt for a fine cotton or silk and I always size up. Here is a selection I have bought for my clients this season…

Women: silk, oversized, v neck

Men: cottonround neck, oversized

Top 5 tips for a curated closet

Top 5 tips for a curated closet

1. Choose a colour palette

Understanding your personal colouring makes it easier for you to build a capsule wardrobe of items that mix and match. All the colours work together no matter what the combination and importantly flatter your skin tone. It is even more important in winter when you need to be able to layer like a pro. Here are my favourite palettes to suit all skin tones;

light & warm… camel, light grey, navy, brown, cream

light & cool… navy, light grey, dark grey, white, burgundy

deep & warm…camel, chocolate, navy, dark grey, forest green

deep & cool….black, grey, navy, white, red

2. Get in the mood

As part of my consultations I ask my clients to produce a mood board of images that make their heart sing. When all the images are collated you can easily see consistencies and common themes such as colours, silhouettes, styles or individual items you love. Make a list and use this list to review your existing wardrobe, for example; muted colours, romantic styles, anything in leather, relaxed silhouettes. You will easily be able to see if there are items that don’t work for you anymore, remove these items and start to see a more consistent style coming through. Pin this list inside your wardrobe to keep you focused. 

3. Build a wardrobe that fits your REAL life

Your wardrobe should proportionally represent your lifestyle and how you spend your time. If you once worked in Finance but are now a stay at home mum, your wardrobe should reflect how you spend most of your time now. You will need comfortable and practical but stylish clothes and flat shoes or low heeled boots. When once a cashmere coat would have been a good investment, now a fur lined hooded parka should be top of your list!

4. Edit, edit, edit

You should edit your wardrobe between seasons and ideally have a mini edit in the middle of the seasons. I edit my wardrobe at least once a month; what do I love wearing at the moment, how can I get more wear out of pieces, Does that item still fit in with my personal style or lifestyle? By continually asking yourself these questions you will maintain a streamlined wardrobe of items you love and most importantly, wear! It will also stop you from making impulse purchases that don’t fit in with your wardrobe and help your shopping to be more targeted which brings me to tip number 5…

5. Shop Smarter and more selectively

Never go shopping without a targeted list and a clear idea of what you need to pull outfits together. Whether your budget is Prada or Primark the principles are the same, don’t stray from the list and take your time. I rarely buy a piece on the same day I try it on. I think about where I can wear it, what it will work with in my wardrobe and whether it complements my style. It’s better to have a gap in the wardrobe than a guilt-ridden gap in your bank account!

The style you won't stop wearing this month

The style you won't stop wearing this month

DRESSES WITH SLEEVES

Summer is here... then it's not... then it's here... then, oops it's gone again! The dress with sleeves is the perfect anecdote for the here today gone tomorrow English summer. If you follow me on social media you know how evangelical I am about the way the dress with sleeves can transition through a day of varied weather conditions. The sleeves keep your arms warm in the mornings but you are still comfortable if the temperature rises. Here are my current favourites...

For the minimalist... J Crew's striped maxi

The Corporate option... Libby London's Richmond Dress

For the Romantic... Vanessa Bruno's Estonie Dress (on sale!) 

For the fashion or die... Daft's Faye Dunaway Kaftan

For the Classic... Topshop Unique's Dorney Shirt Dress

And layer yours with a polo neck come autumn. The perfect transitional piece. 

Here's to a sunny Summer! 

Penny x

New Website & New Resolutions

New Website & New Resolutions

NEW WEBSITE

Welcome to my new website! I can't believe it was 8 years ago that I launched my business. In that time I have consulted hundreds of you who have trusted me with your style and wardrobe. It is you that constantly inspire and challenge me and the reason I love what I do. My business and my clients needs have evolved and it has inspired my beautiful new simplified and functional website.  I would love to know what you think. 

NEW RESOLUTIONS

As I see in the new year with a fresh online image, I think about what else I would like to achieve sartorially in 2016. My goal for myself and for my clients is to buy 'smarter' - love forever pieces that will work more efficiently in the wardrobe. But this new year I would like to buy more ethically too by investing in brands with a sustainable vision. Here is a list of brands I will be investing in in 2016 and their must have pieces.

My TOP FIVE brands with a heart

1. Stella Jean | She collaborates with African and Haitian artisans to promote self sustaining local communities. I'd wear this Mietitore maxi skirt all summer with a simple white vest and the biggest smile on my face. 

2. Eileen Fisher | They use the most sustainable fabrics and responsible dyes they can get there hands on and by 2020 all their cotton will be organic. These coated black leggings hang in the wardrobes of most of my clients. As cool as leather but easier to look after, they look great with a slouchy knit and ankle boots. 

3. made Jewellery | Each unique piece is hand made by local artisans in Kenya. They have collaborated with fashion's most established brands - Louis Vuitton, Topshop and Whistles. Add an edge to summer's floaty feminine dresses with these cool arrow studs. 

4. EDUN | Founded by Ali Hewson and Bono in 2005, their mission is to source production and encourage trade in Africa. With the former design director from Alexander Wang now at the design helm this brand is taking a cool new direction. I love wearing white in winter and this update on the cable knit will look great with my plaid coat. 

5. Mar Y Sol | The sale of their products allows families in Madagascar to gain economic independence and preserve their traditional crafts all in a sustainable fashion. This Havana bag had me with its of-the-moment removable pom pom accessorie and its saffron yellow stripes and will look equally brilliant with jeans in the city or a swimsuit in the sun. 

Happy New Year! 

Penny x