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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What to wear for Thanksgiving (and you next Christmas party)

In the UK (or Italy) you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but my family is part American and as such I've celebrated this festivity every year of my life (and kind of hope Greta will too one day). I usually go back to Italy where me and the 62 members of my family (no jokes) sit down for a super fun meal, but this year I couldn't make it to Florence so I'm throwing a little soiree of my own, complete with my grandmother's Turkey recipe and all the trimmings.

I've been doing some outfit planning because I love to get a little dressed up and I'm undecided between a pair of statemnet culottes (that I recently bought from Coast) and an old feather LBD. So even though most of you won't be celebrating tomorrow, you might get some ideas for your next Christmas party!

The culottes and jumper look
It's always stylish and a little but different - I love that with this outfit you can wear a cosy knit

Coast lace culottes £75

The LBD look
I have an old Whisltles feather dress that I have worn so many times - it says party in a chic preppy way. I love this Oasis version too.

The jumpsuit look
It's the modern answer to smart dressing - pair it with a killer court and a pair of boho earring to give it a more relaxed feel.

Mango jumpsuit £59

Gianvito Rossi suede and pvc pumps £470

J.Crew earring £32.50

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wardrobe ICON's TIMELESS Christmas gift guide

Petro and I have been working night and day to make our very first Christmas gift guide extra special for you. In true Wardrobe ICONS style, we bring you a Christmas gift guide that is a little bit different from all the ones you may have seen so far: we wanted it to be timeless. From brilliant classics to stylish stocking fillers, we've searched every website and been to every shop to bring you an impeccable, curated edit of 75 timeless gifts to give and receive. There is something for everyone: from friends and family, to the men in your life and the personalised-obsessed (me!)
to be loved forever.

I promise you that all you need to do now is forward a link to your loved ones... hint hint!


Monday, 24 November 2014

Monday off and shopping in London

It's a beautiful sunny day here in London and I'm off from work to take my sister for a little shopping session in town. I'm wearing my super comfortable L.K Bennett leather leggings (better than jeans), my new Acne jumper, that predictably I've been wearing all week end and flat pointy shoes as I know we'll be doing quite a bit of mileage! Come on insta to see what we're buying...

Thursday, 20 November 2014

WIT mama Friday: the fuss about Acne jumpers

This week I've been on the hunt for good jumpers. You may think it's an easy task but actually, it isn't. I don't know about you, but for the next 4 to 5 months it's all I will be wearing so I really want them to be nice. 

Acne mohair and wool sweater £220
I knew exactly what I wanted and it wasn't easy to find. I wanted an easy, oversize pullover type of jumper - the sort of thing that works with leather leggings at work and with jeans and a T-shirt at the weekend. Nothing fussy, nothing precious just a couple of good jumpers. I banned myself from buying any navy or grey, and I've had my eyes peeled for the perfect thing. I tried Zara (everything feels cheap), I tried J.Crew (everything is cashmere), I went back to Sandro and Isabel Marant where I bought my two most successful jumpers to date, but nothing. 

Then I was in Liberty yesterday and I spotted a mannequin wearing an Acne amazing grey A-line ribbed sweater ( I LOVED it but no grey!!), I tried it in navy too but I really wanted something a bit different. 

Acne ribbed V neck jumper £270
Then I spotted a black super oversize ribbed sweater and a bottle green fluffy jumper, both from Acne and both very generous fit - the sort of thing I will want to wear on a Sunday morning under a big coat. They might not look like much in cut outs but I know know what the fuss is about with Acne sweaters - they are ALL amazing! The price was on the precious side but I've learnt from the past that if I don't love it I don't wear it, so there it went. I'm wearing it today for a day with Greta and can't wait to wear it on Monday with leather bottoms and heels.

Acne jumper £250 at Liberty London

The silk shirt

I find cotton shirts a but tricky to wear, unless they are cut in a way I can't even explain, I never like how they sit on my chest and the collar is either super tiny or looks a bit funny on me. To overcome the fact that I can't wear most (cotton) shirt I've recently discovered the power of the silk top. They kind of "glide on", they have a smooth sexy look and are much easier to wear than cotton ones. I particularly like V neck shaped ones (i.e ones that don't button up to the top) like the Equipment ones, and also bib front styles that have a somewhat slimming effect. Today I'm wearing one I bought from J.Crew that I selected fro Wardrobe ICONS (that has now wold out so I hope you managed to get yurs) and selected a few more worth a look.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

What do you wear in the cold??

I don't know about you but winter really doesn't suit me. I hate not being able to wear bare legs and having to pile on layers after layers of clothing to keep warm, how's one supposed to look pretty? I have days (like today) where I'm out and about all day, I can't be cold as I walk around town between one press day and another, so all I can do is jumper/hat/coat combo.. when I look at my wardrobe the night before I want to cry! Last night I decided that I need more colorful jumpers to pair with my jeans and leather leggings, this Maje red one I bought last year has been such a great buy.  So today I might step into a few shops to see what's out there. Come on Instagram to see if I've been successful..

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

New issue of The ICONS Update: winter holiday packing special

One of the things you asked me for in last springs feedback were more life style features that included travel, packing tips, advice on where to eat, stay and shop from around the world. So for this issue of The ICONS Update we thought we would do a travel special with advice from team Wardrobe Icons on four winter holiday destinations from around the world. 

Think of it as our way to ease you into the holiday spirit.. there is nothing better at this time of year than imaging getting away and packing a lovely suitcase filled of fashion and beauty buys! I'm already planning what to wear at Christmas and New Year and all the things I want to do back home in Florence. And you don't just get advice from me, Petro brings you to South Africa whilst our newest recruit contributing editor Deborah Brett packs the perfect bag for a skiing holiday to Arosa, and special projects editor Polly Chamier shows you how to make the most of a UK stay-cation.

Hope you enjoy the issue!

Monday, 17 November 2014

The ultimate can't live without capsule wardrobe

As some of you might know, I've recently moved out of my flat and into a rented property while we build an extension. The move was a logistical nightmare as some things had to be packed to go to storage, whilst others were coming with us. Deciding what clothes and shoes to bring with me, (so essentially loosely planning  3 to 4 months worth of outfits) was... a challenge! Yet I decided to take it in my stride and embrace it as a bit of a challenge. I've been brutal with the edit and brought with me only the essentials for a multitasking capsule wardrobe.

Two weeks into my new life with an extremely edited wardrobe has given me almost a sense of relief: I love owning less and wearing everything I have. This has a lot to do with the philosophy behind Wardrobe ICONS so today I wanted to let you know what, of everything I've packed I really couldn't;t live without:


Grey jumper
Grey T-shirts
Navy tailored coat
Something sparkly
Red lips (my new obsession below...)
Black courts

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

From AM to PM dress code

Everything seems to be happening on this Thursday the 13th of November and I literally have the busiest day yet with press days, meetings, two presentations, (two) sets of drinks and a work dinner all in the space of 12 hours. What outfit could possibly work for all?

Well I had to give it a little bit of thought because there isn't one really and no time to go home to get changed. Flat shoes and an eye flick will do for the day, to be replaced with a clutch, high heels and a coat of red lipstick from my PM dos. See the result on Instagram later this eve...

Fur-ed up

I really do practice what I preach and this week I've dug deep into my wardrobe to take out all my favourite winter coats. I bought this faux fur number last year and still love it today - as soon as I put it on it completely transforms my outfit with a little bit of "coolness" to it. I have a busy day of press days so will be out and about all day, I might not even take my coat off so it's great that it really makes my outfit! This week's Star Buys are all about faux fur numbers as is my Winter Edit on Wardrobe ICONS so take your pick because faux fun fur is huge this season but I reckon it's one of those trends that will come back again and again...