Sidestep a spenny trip on the Eurostar for a scroll through new-in to find Parisian-inspired pieces for your wardrobe. From seafaring stripes to très chic navy cardigans and coats that scream “Un pain au chocolat, s'il vous plaît”, you'll look (and feel) effortlessly gorgeous whether you’re in Rotherham or the Riviera. For daytime denim, we dare you to try the ecru straight leg and for after-dark, commit to being the coolest in the room in a laid-back slouchy style. Swish your way to parents' evening in a Bridgette-Bardot-worthy long sleeve slinky dress - where you’re going afterwards is for you to know and them to find out. Thank goodness for child-care.
Back to Boho
Who cares if the kids are late to school or your car won’t start when your outfit
looks this good? Transform your everyday with a brand-new bohemian wardrobe.
From floor-sweeping prairie dresses, to crafty crochet tops paired with patchwork
denim and embroidered waistcoats, this season we’re paying extra attention to
the detail. A simple jean and jumper combination has been transformed with
appliqué sleeves, ballet pumps come complete with floral laser cuts and every
trim imaginable has taken our outerwear to the next level. More is more even on
boring Tuesdays in January. Scratch that, especially on boring Tuesdays in January.
Smart suits you so why limit yourself to the 9-5 window? Quiet luxury has made 24/7 tailoring seem possible. Expand your style horizons and aim to look polished and put together for yourself, not your boss. Tuck a crisp Oxford shirt into relaxed straight denim, swap a basic tee for a timeless white waistcoat and your bomber for a blazer with a power-shoulder. Invest in statement pieces that will stand the test of time thanks to their strong silhouettes and minimalist nature. It’s nice to look like you’ve got your life together sometimes, so a three piece suit has never been a more obvious purchase. Buy now to wear at the office, drinks with the girls or separately in a thousand and one different combinations.
This winter, we're turning to dopamine dressing. Because the forecast might be grey, but your wardrobe doesn't have to be. We're dressing like the exact thing we miss the most: the sun. Think soft, buttery yellow knitwear and golden-girl dresses that pair perfectly with everything in your wardrobe and calendar. Call it optimism, manifestation or dressing
for your mood, everyone'll be swapping out their go-to beiges and blacks for sunshine shades – including you. Just you watch.
Some things just make sense together: like these two-piece sets. But they're not just any sets, they're posh sets. Expect to see knitted maxi skirts with co-ordinating cardigans, textured trousers with matching tops and wide leg trousers with sleek shirting. The options are endless. They're designed to be worn everywhere: school runs in outfits that feel like PJs, cosy but considered WFH days, stocking up at the airport's duty free and weekend strolls with the family. This is pyjama dressing, at its most stylish. You. Are. Welcome.
It's time to polish your loafers, dig out your baseball caps and stock up on graphic sweatshirts: preppy style is cool again. This year, we're doing it a bit differently: ditch the prim and proper vibe for something a bit cooler – think slouchy, oversized and 10x chicer. Pair loafers with socks, layer sweatshirts over shirts and finish every look with a cropped bomber jacket. It's basically a grown-up take on Gossip Girl.
The Leather Look
Ah, faux leather: the not-so-secret key to looking cool, edgy and on-trend. It makes a comeback time and time again, and this year is no different. A forever-classic that's even more on-trend this season, it's time to stock up on all things faux leather: from the outerwear classics (think trench coats, cropped bombers and biker jackets) to trending miniskirts and straight leg trousers. Perfect for looking like that effortlessly chic woman with her life fully together - even if in reality, your kid spilt their juice box and you're cleaning it off your new jacket (yes, it's wipe-clean)
Browse new-in at River Island or online here.
(Writers: Rosa & Amelia - River Island)