Feeling a little bit lethargic about your current wardrobe offering? We hear you. That’s why we’ve sourced the ultimate new-season pick-me-ups that will banish wardrobe fatigue quicker than you can say ‘last season is so last year’.
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Alexander McQueen – tailored jacket, trousers and heels (available in store) /// The tailoring Is there anything quite so powerful in a woman’s wardrobe than a piece of exquisitely cut tailoring? Far be it for us to exaggerate the strength of a good suit – the proof’s in the pudding when it comes to trying on a strokably sexy jacket like this one from Alexander McQueen. This new-season incarnation of the black blazer comes complete with a trailing, frilled hem, adding a much-needed splash of pizzazz to an otherwise vintage classic. Channel your inner femme fatale and wear open over a slinky slip dress or matchy-matchy tailored trousers, or flip the script and wear buttoned over blue jeans and scuffed-up trainers.
Valentino – top and trousers / Loewe – boots (available in store) /// The trousers It’s a hard habit to break: reaching for that pair of trusty black jeans. We love their dependability, their ease, their speediness in the mornings – but we have to admit: we are officially in a trouser rut and we’re pulling ourselves out, ‘Prison Break’ style. Enter this season’s new fangled trousers, in all their cropped, patterned, and go-with-everything glory. Just slot this pair into your wardrobe (right beside your parka and crisp white shirt) for a more-than-welcome escape from your daily routine.
Jil Sander – white shirt / Roksanda – wide-leg trousers / Sobe – mules /// The shirt The fashion equivalent of flipping a pillow to the cool side is the crisp white, button-down shirt. Instantly refreshing and forever iconic (from Uma Thurman’s Mia Wallace to Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy), this is the time to nail that laid-back, Scandi styling approach: buttoned to the collar and untucked over wide-leg trousers and flats.
Sportmax – jacket / Jil Sander – dress /// The jacket In keeping with the longstanding British tradition of weather-related chat, the Selfridges editorial team has been discussing the need for an all-purpose summer jacket – one that can shield you from chilly evening breezes, but is hardy (and crease-proof) enough to be stashed in a tote bag when the temperature rises. The discussion came to a happy conclusion when we chanced upon this khaki wonder from Sportmax. Sporty, light, and with a fresh asymmetric hem, this baby ticks all the summer jacket boxes.
Mary Katrantzou – top and shirt / Rosetta Getty – shirt dress /// The print A show of hands, if you please: who here can admit that the most daring print they regularly wear is a simple Breton stripe? Well, no fear: we’ve found the best antidote to pattern shyness is to think outside the box with the way you wear it. Take this Grecian-inspired patterned skirt-and-top combo from Mary Katrantzou – decked in a statement-making bold print, it can be re-worked (and even pared-back) with clever layering (think an extra-long shirt, trailing over the matching skirt to break up the busyness). Sold.
Victoria Victoria Beckham – top and flares /// The co-ords Twee it may seem, but coordinating your tops with your bottoms doesn’t need to be cute – plus, it’s very much part of the new season language. The best way to work a co-ord is to keep it clean and minimal. We’re fawning over Victoria Victoria Beckham’s matching sleeveless top and bell-bottom flares; the rust-red shade, the streamlined, fuss-free cuts, the leg-lengthening trouser shape… Ding ding ding – we have a wardrobe winner.