I really wanted to try and find the exact high street replica of this dress because for someone who is not so crazy about print (me) unless it’s leopard print this piece is fabulous. It’s got that “I am sure I’ve seen it somewhere on the high street before” feel. But obviously I haven’t. Never mind, because you can channel the boho folkloric mood with this Zara number. You could almost be a dead-ringer for Heidi frolicking about somewhere in the Swiss Alps, but thankfully a fabulous gold tipped heel and a slick of Chanel lipstick should set you and your outfit apart. Just.
One of our most-searched for terms on the site was “leather” and it’s no surprise, given that it is one of the new season textures … especially when it comes to skirts. From slinky pencil numbers to flirty full pieces, mini to midi, high street to designer it’s all systems go when it comes to leather skirts. It’s also one of those perfect day-to-night pieces. Faux-fur and drape details are a great way to soften things up and have a bit of fun with slogans whether it’s you earrings or jumpers. Steer clear of leather on leather unless you are in top-to-toe Balmain or Alaïa or own a Harley Davidson and are a fully fledged Hell’s Angel. Natalie x
QUESTION: I have been invited to New Market for the races on Friday as a guest of my husband’s clients. Summer racing I would dress like a smart wedding, but haven’t a clue how to manage autumn races. Could go shopping this afternoon and would spend up to £200 if it was something I could wear for work / occasions afterwards.
ANSWER: Thanks for your request and your pic! With that in mind here is a look we hope you will love.
1. Michael Michael Kors dress £165: This red (one of your favourite colours) dress also comes in black or in a blue and white print. Just so you know. It really is a great flattering 24/7 piece and has been styled on all those fabulously versatile Issa dresses. The soft draping skirt will skim over your tummy area and the self tie will smooth over the waist line. You can style this for work with a waterfall cardigan and take it to an occasion with gold strappy sandals and a little gold or black clutch. It will also work a dream for a casual look with flat boots and a faux-fur gilet (H&M has some great inexpensive ones).
2. Mango jacket £39.99: The weather is threatening to warm up this weekend so one of the season’s must-have bouclé jackets would look great with this – and perfect with jeans a t-shirt and ankle boost afterwards:
3. H&M felt hat £14.99: You could go the full-on occasion headpiece route or snap up one of the season’s must-have wide-brimmed hats for something a little bit different:
4. Mango bag £24.99: We love a great clutch. It’s the perfect way to complete this outfit but also a must-have wardrobe accessory for the upcoming party season. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an evening bag as the high street has some fabulous numbers. This piece could double up for a smart-casula day look. I hope this has given you some style inspiration. Have a great day at the races. Natalie x
With Frieze London in full swing we’re turning our minds to all things arty today. Carven has taken inspiration from Dada this season with its avant-garde print dresses and separates. Slip into this movement with H&M’s pleat detail dress. Style with over-the-knee boots and a wide-brimmed hat for a Saturday statement-stroll around the galleries this. Natalie x
1. Carven dress £490
2. H&M dress £34.99
Supermodel Miranda Kerr oozes off-duty style never putting a fashion foot wrong. This is a great way to dress up a floral print jumpsuit to give a sharp ‘take me seriously’ look. It would be easy to style this with strappy summer wedges or sandals to give it a casual feel, but an on-trend court and cool biker jacket turns this into a sleek lust-have look. It’s a great way to transition this piece from summer into autumn. Natalie x