Simplifying life with a wardrobe full of quality neutrals is really the way forward. Scandi-chic, French minimalism, call it what you will, it works. Nothing feels better than a good knit over well-cut jeans, camel classic and tan bag over your shoulders…
And then you can play with the little details. Tuck in and show some top button hardware, a peek of woolly sleeve beneath coat cuffs or match up your accessories. I went on a bit of tonal journey with watch, bag and coat for this outfit, anchored by black denim and a grey knit that’s already earned itself a forever place in my wardrobe. This AW14 piece is by Scottish knitwear brand Peter Scott, who I’ve featured before and love the old-school heritage roots; the Scottish Borders brand and factory was founded in 1878 by entrepreneur and innovator Peter Scott – this is the man responsible for creating and patenting ‘unshrinkable’ knitwear.
Ever since my recent wardrobe clear out, I’ve been finding I’m stepping that little bit closer towards quickly throwing together outfits that don’t require any reappraisal. Although one minor change; I stacked my jeans by type – skinny, boyfriend and flares – but am finding this is not working that well, so have decided to re-organise by colour as that is often the building block for an outfit for me.
Never not-neutral, although a bit of a clumsy title is quite a good basic mantra to live by I’ve decided (and any Arrested Development fans may get the Tobias Fünke ‘never-nude’ reference there! Hehe, total AD geek here am afraid!). But with a strong neutral palette, you can then choose the odd colourful or flamboyant peacock piece to have fun with. But ultimately those are not the pieces that are going to service you well every day.
It’s funny, because that used to constitute shopping for me; dazzled impulse buys of over-the-top pieces that were ultimately ill-suited for regular wear. And now, I fall over myself for the perfect loose summer tee, classic knit or great denim. And the fun is in the search for these pieces that you’ll love and hang onto for many a year. Shop well, ladies!
Peter Scott jumper* (available soon!)
Dagmar coat (last season)
Timex watch* (men’s style)
Mansur Gavriel bag (eBay find!)
Created in collaboration with Peter Scott. All opinions, styling and direction my own.
Ph. by Erica Davies