What to Wear

I’m back in my hometown of London, and from the moment I arrived, my Style Guru senses started sparking. Whether Londoners are heading for a big night out or simply running errands, like today’s Fashionista, they are always on point. I came upon this Fashionista styling it up on my local high street, showing that you can bring both comfort and elegance to an every day chore.

This Fashionista has donned an ever-essential peacoat. Like many iconic fashion staples, this coat has military origins and thus exudes a clean structure. For winter, this coat can either top off an outfit or give a great baseline for outerwear accessories. The peacoat is both fashionable, due to its elegant silhouette and practical for winter since it is usually made from heavy wool. It is a classic piece to just grab and wear on your way out the door, ensuring style and warmth. Opt for a peacoat in a classic navy color, like this classic J.Crew one, or to make your errand pop with color try this fun ochre swing style peacoat from Topshop.

Another major styling brownie point this Fashionista won with her elegant errand-efficient look are her black coated denim jeans.These fabulous jeans featured in fall 2012 collections by designers like J Brand are a great alternative to achieving the look of leather trousers without the discomfort. They add an instant va-va-voom factor to any outfit and can range from having a light to heavy waxy coating. Today’s Fashionista is sporting some in a light coating, adding a glamorous sheen to her outfit. While the bright sugary and neon colors of jeans from spring/summer 2012 collections can still make a well-styled winter appearance, invest in these winter wonders for your pins. Avoid buying these jeans in bright colors and stick to ones in dark jewel tones.

When you’re getting things done you may not have time to be fiddling with buttons. This Fashionista gives us a simple solution with her moss green heavy knit scarf. It serves to both add a different subtle color to her dark palette and keep her torso warm. The scarf and her black handbag both offer a change in texture to the outfit too, without it being too loud. While running an errand you don’t want to be fussed with textures like animal prints or patent leather; instead, keep things simple. An elegant accessory to add in a rush is a wristwatch. This Fashionista’s gold wristwatch provides the perfect eye-catching element to her understated look. Finally, she completed her look with patent leather studded loafers. These are an easy and stylish pair of slip-ons to keep at the door. So whether you are running to the supermarket or going out for brunch, they keep you light on your feet without sacrificing your inner Fashionista.

ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: Twist up your hair into a chignon and add some classic gold hoops to take this look from errands to a dinner with a friend.


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