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It's the Little Things


While the mass trends (I'm looking at you, Chanel Supermarche) are fun, I find it's normally the smaller touches and subtle details that I end up adopting each season. They let you feel like you're trying something different, without mixing it up to the point you forget what you actually like, versus what the catwalks have told you you should like.  
So, I thought I'd flag up some of my favourite styling details from the A/W 14 catwalks that I for one, plan on adopting, or at least attempting, immediately. 


1. Do as Whistles do, and roll over your waistband. O.K it might not work on everything, but these apron-style waists are super flattering and make everything look just that little bit more relaxed (always a good thing).




2.  Phoebe says re-think the old tunic-over-trousers combo and so we do. I dread to think what this actual Celine look would like on anyone other than a 6 ft model, but love the overall effect of the matching, knitted tunic and trousers. Keep it all one colour and streamlined to save from looking like you forgot to take your nightie off.



3. If in doubt, keep it slinky and simple. It's no secret I am a fan of all things monochrome, especially when it comes to sleek separates like these at Narciso Rodriguez. The simple palette lets tiny touches likes the satin trim say it all. 





4. "De-sex" a slip dress with a trench coat. Really loved how Michael Kors made a silk slip dress feel almost sensible with the help of a long camel coat. Loafers and minimal makeup also work to keep it super casual. 





5. Statement doesn't have to be scary. I can always appreciate a 'trophy piece" (if not the phrase), but normally on other people rather than myself... By pairing this kilt with a classic pea coat and plain silk top, Mary Katrantzou made me rethink what 'statement' means. On a side note, the whole of Katrantzou's non-print focused collection was just amazingness incarnate.




6. Belt up. I've never been into the cinching thing, but Isabel Marant is the master of re-appropriating trends we swore we'd never try (two words: wedge trainers), and suddenly wrapping a belt round a jacket or coat is more covetable than ever. 




7. Fray that denim. King and queen of the stuff, Marques Almeida proved frayed denim is no one trick pony. Forgo the seams and fray your cuffs, hems and edges instead.

 



8. Put a polo neck under jacket about everything. Nothing new, but not one to forget and perfect for this transitional time of year. Barbara Bui shows us how its done.



9.  Go low. Ditch the bra and go for an even deeper v-neck as demonstrated by Haider Ackermann. Keep the V narrow and as prim as possible to save from any misdemeanors....



10. Untuck a white shirt. I love the effect of this simple cotton shirt untucked and poking out from under a jumper at Philip Lim. Super cool and as far from try hard as you can get. And everyone has a white shirt right?




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