Combined, we’ve both worked as stylists for over 20 years in the fashion industry and if there’s one trend that never dates it’s tailoring. Whether Philippa is on a sleek city shoot for YOU magazine or Sarah’s styling up the fashion section on the Lorraine show you’ll often find a blazer or two or a pair of wide leg trousers on our agenda. They just always seem to work; dressed up, dressed down & everything inbetween! This is also true of our own wardrobes and you can repeatedly find us in a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and a blazer at the office or a pair of wide leg trousers for a (rare!) night out. We’ve got big love for simple tailoring, pieces that can be worn time after time, that never seem to date and we never get bored of ( maybe it’s the inner Parisian girl in us?! )
These aren’t items to buying in bold statement colours, but muted basics that will work as hard with a pair of jeans as they would with a low back cami. Our rule of thumb for these tailored pieces is to stick to monochrome. We can guarantee these will soon become your go to staples that you’ll turn to when you don’t know what else to wear or feel like you need little ‘smartening up.’
With our love of timeless tailoring, we teamed up with Wallis to showcase some of their key tailored pieces for SS17 and let us tell you they know a thing or two about tailoring. To be totally honest with you, we haven’t always thought of Wallis as our go to store for basics but after spending a long time time trying on and editing for our shoot, we were so impressed by the cut and quality of the seperates and are now feeling a little smug with our new wardrobe essentials.
All hail the circle clutch bag – our new obsession for SS17!
Philippa’s one button blazer in white is a great way to update the classic black blazer for Spring (as well as being super flattering over baby bump!) With its faint pinstripe it gives it a more casual vibe which we love – a white tux jacket is probably a little too much for a day at work! But this style is really versatile and Philippa recommends teaming it up with a pair of slim black trousers and a failsafe cami for an easy to wear spring look.
Sarah’s always loved a wide leg trouser, in fact the wider the better! Anything not wide enough looks little office-y circa 1991 but these are flowing and flouncy in all the right places! To keep white trousers flattering she recommends styling them with black up top and a pair of sky high heels – it’s a real paired back effortless look perfect for any dressed up occasion.
ph. Rebecca Spencer
*This post is in collaboration with Wallis. All words, opinions & images are our own*