Whether you’re finding your return-to-work-flow or dressing for special occasions again, we decode our favourite pieces of the moment and exactly how to wear them.
As we hit high summer and our social calendars show no sign of slowing down, we’re looking to new arrivals for a fresh wave of inspiration. With A/W 22 right around the corner, now’s the time to shop smart – think pieces that lend themselves to layering as we move to master the art of in-between dressing. From easing back into office life to heading out for Friday night fun or a weekend wedding, the message is clear: sleek wardrobe staples mixed with playful accents always make for an outfit that’s a joy to wear.
Back to reality
Ease into your routine with pieces that feel comfortable enough for cameras on yet sufficiently chic for an appearance in the office. Ultra-soft, well-wearing denim strikes the perfect note here and Reformation’s Cynthia High Rise Straight Cut is our go-to. Balance it out with a white shirt update, ideally a style that blurs the line between tailored and oversized. Bec + Bridge’s Alita shirt score’s points here with a subtle back detailing that makes for an easy off-duty transition. Ground your look with bold black details; think sleek shades and slide-on sandals or heels, depending on where you’re headed. For the ultimate fashion finishing touch, Marc Jacobs’ signature Tote Bag always adds style credentials.
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Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans
Kiss Kiss Black Cat Eye Sunglasses
BEC + BRIDGE
Splice Knot Sandal
When it comes to selecting a look that’s fit for a special occasion, there’s always beauty in the details. Be it an elegant daytime wedding or a luxurious long lunch, mastering a mix of it-pieces is a surefire way to make a statement. As we cherish the last days of summer, look to a silhouette that marries high-impact with ease. Naturally, a voluminous maxi is the answer, serving up optimal opportunity to play with colour or layers if the climate calls for it. With your canvas set, look to accessories that do the heavy lifting. Once again, Elleme has perfected the handbag we want to carry everywhere while Chloé’s best-selling Woody mules effortlessly add an air of it-girl to any ensemble. If the setting calls for slightly more elevation, swap out the sandals for some height in the form of a heel and prepare to turn heads. Polish it off with your favourite pieces (don’t be afraid to layer) and you’re good to go.
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Gathered Detail Maxi Dress
Baguette Cream Leather Shoulder Bag
Amalfi Gold Hoop Earrings
Woody Canvas & Rubber Flat Mule
Whether it’s date night with your best friends or your significant other, there’s eternal magic to be found in the little black dress. Timeless and ultra-chic, fortunately, this season is filled with feel-good options by the likes of Marle, Bec + Bridge, Reformation and more. Balance head-to-toe black with a subtle skin reveal (think arm-showing styles or clever cut-outs) and introduce golden accents to really up the shine. Celebrated for their modern heirloom take on signature pieces, Reliquia’s subtle gold chain works perfectly here (as it will with the rest of your wardrobe). Dylan Kain also brings the goods after dark with a shoulder bag to securely carry your out-on-the-town essentials. The finishing touch comes in the form of an architectural heel by cult-label Alias Mae. As we approach the change of season, remember that a heeled boot makes for an easy swap for a failsafe outfit formula – just add a leather jacket for when that cool city breeze kicks in.
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BEC + BRIDGE
Felice Shirred Dress
Mr Boxette Grande Mega Chain Leather Shoulder Bag
Linda Gold Necklace
Best dressed guest
With an endless stream of occasions, celebrations and evenings out filling our social calendars, it’s time we checked in on our eventing wardrobe. Like the other areas of fashion, comfort has found its place in occasionwear in the form of breathable fibres and ever-so-slightly relaxed suiting silhouettes. The brief this season? Keep it light with sky blues, grounding your look with earthy hues and textures for a style that feels stripped back yet sharp. As for our picks? Pieces from the likes of Tiger of Sweden and Paul Smith deliver modern elegance at its best; a true mark of a man of style.
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TIGER OF SWEDEN
Jarl 2 Button Blazer
Ls Slim Stretch Shirt
Classic Fit Pow Check Shirt
Smart casual suiting
Having grown accustomed to certain comforts, the smart casual dress code has had a distinctively cool (and comfortable) update in recent seasons. If they’re not in your wardrobe already, investing in a set of fresh tee’s and box-white kicks will serve you well. Think a look that takes inspiration from the street style set at Pitti Uomo with cropped lengths and well-tailored jackets. Of course, there’s always room for more traditional favourites too with classic shirting colours like white and blue proving to be valuable staples however you style them. Look to established names like Politix to strike the right balance. Masters of smart casual, their navy blue hues offer up a refreshing solution to heading back to the office or an evening event.