Get the Duchess of Cambridge’s latest look at Boden

The Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted looking very slim and elegant, shopping on the Island of Anglesey.  And whilst the press have been focusing on the lack of any remaining baby bump, I must admit to being far more interested in Kate’s outfit, which I think is a great transitional fashion look, perfect for shopping trips and the school run.

Kate’s outfit is a masterclass in classic separates. A Ralph Lauren Breton top, teamed with a pair of black skinny jeans. Add the neutral shoes from Sebago and Kate looks smart yet casual. Many people look at Breton tops as a great spring trend, but they are equally good for those late Summer/early Autumn days when there is a distinct chill in the air. Teaming a Breton top with darker jeans also makes the outfit more Autumnal – leave the white denim and wide leg trousers for Spring looks.

Get the Look with Boden

You can get the Duchess Kate off-duty look with some key pieces from Boden.

The Hamptons Tee has become a Boden classic in recent years, and I particularly love the scoop neck detail, which is perfect for those with a larger bust.

Hamptons Tee WL770 £25.00 click to visit Boden

The Skinny Urban trousers are super sleek, and would be a great alternative to those who are a little fed up of skinny jeans. These have a sexy, early 1960s styling to them (I’m thinking Elizabeth Taylor zipping around Rome on the back of a Vespa.). Also, these are pigment dyed to fade, so they will only look better the more you wear them.

Skinny Urban Trouser WM348 £59.00 click to visit Boden

Kate’s deck shoes are a summer staple, but to pull this outfit into your Autumn wardrobe, I would swap the Sebago’s for a Tasseled Loafer in dark tan. These are still a great comfy shoe for everyday wear, but also look extremely smart – you could easily imagine them worn with trousers and a blazer for a great workwear look.

Tassel Loafer AR592 (Was £99.00 ) now £84.15 click to visit Boden

 

 

 

Charlotte Casiraghi – The new campaign for Gucci

Gucci’s new campaign again stars the beautiful Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline and the granddaughter of the legendary Grace Kelly.  Again, rather than full on glamour, it allows Charlotte’s earthy beauty to shine through whilst wearing a simple wardrobe of plain white shirt, cigarette pants and horsebit loafers.

The campaign is entitled ‘Forever Now’ and is a showcase for  design classics. I love the whole relaxed feel of this campaign, and the beautiful black and white shots taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Many have already noted the similarity to her grandmother’s dressed down, casual look, but I think that the shots are totally modern, showing that the key pieces that belong in your wardrobe never fade or age.

Get the look – loafers

Dune Lamberhurst Leather Chain Link Loafers

KG Kurt Geiger Lily Leather Loafers, Black Patent £120 

Angelica slice £34.99 

Louise Black Studded Trim Loafer

Leather Loafers £110 

 

 

Shoe classics your wardrobe needs

We always talk about the things that every woman should have in her wardrobe, the classic white shirt, skinny jeans, little black dress etc. But what should every woman have in her shoe wardrobe? If you think about it, one type of shoe definitely doesn’t fit all occasions, or all outfits. The right kind of shoe can make an outfit, whilst the wrong shoes can kill it stone dead.

I thought about this whilst I was browsing through one of my favourite shoe sites, Spartoo, looking for some summer sandals for my Easter break (hoping this glorious weather lasts just that bit longer…). Spartoo does have shoes for all occasions, here are some that caught my eye.

The loafer – for casual days and weekends

Loafers are the perfect shoes to wear at the weekend. Comfortable for wearing to give the shops a pounding, casual with jeans, these are the perfect shoes for days when you don’t need to try so hard. I love the glossy patent orange of the Meline Cori loafer, a gorgeous shade perfect for Spring.

CORI Orange £ 66.00 

The Flip -Flop –  for the beach and beyond

If you are choosing a pair of flip-flops, do you ever look further than Havaianas? The Queen of all flip-flops, these are practical, comfortable and cool. I bought my first pair in Majorca in 2006 and never looked back.

Top Marine £ 16.00 

 Mary Janes – a smart and stylish work shoe

Your feet need to show they mean business when they enter the workplace. I really like these patent Mary Jane styled shoes by Belmondo that were apparently inspired by an Argentinian tango shoe. The heel is not too high and the red soles will have your workmates whispering ‘are they Lou…?’

SIDART Black / Patent £ 88.00 

Nude heels – for those Middleton moments

Going to a wedding, day at the races, summer christening? The nude heel was invented for these sorts of events, and their popularity has soared since they were shown by patronage by Her Royal Highness, Duchess Kate.

VISTAZ Nude £ 40.00 

The showstopper – for those special evening occasions

Every girl needs a special pair of shoes in her wardrobe, the sort of shoes that just looking at can make you smile. These may be shoes you have lusted over forever, saved up for months to buy. I’m currently lusting over the Laina’s from House of Harlow 1960 – pure shoe porn!

LAINA Black £ 209.00