Here’s to a smart wardrobe this season and beyond.
Popularised by off-duty models, this utilitarian favourite lends instant chic to grubby tees and ripped jeans. Faded camos that look like they’ve been retired from front-line duties are especially prized. Wear yours non-form fitting for that air of insouciance.
Ah, the Holy Grail of #nomakeup #nofilter footwear. These have a special place in every shoe closet simply because they go with everything from cool casual to even nouveau cocktail. Just ask Kirsten Stewart. No rules apply – just do it.
Every out-and-about lady who wants to channel smart has a diver’s watch – like a Rolex Deepsea Oyster or an Omega Seamaster. And since it appears oversized on the female wrist, you can scrimp on the other accessories.
Skinny Black Jeans
Unlike its blue cousin, black skinny jeans can be scrubbed down for casual outings then glammed up for dressier occasions. Little wonder they are closet staples for top model sibs Bella and Gigi Hadid.
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Little Black Dress
“One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress,” Karl Lagerfeld famously said. This all-terrain number has earned its rightful spot in the wardrobe Hall of Fame. Stick to clean silhouettes for better mileage – you can embellish depending on whether you want to dress up or down.
Here’s one design that has endured the test of time – every shoe designer from Pierre Hardy and Jimmy Choo to Christian Louboutin has a version. The last even dedicated a range in nude in varying heights. As Christian says, “A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.”
Main image: Ralph Lauren A/W 2016