Ah the Bank Holiday… lovely wasn’t it? The problem is that it’s hit the Inès de La Fressange launch at Uniqlo and as a result, the warehouse just couldn’t get samples to me in time to shoot them. We all know what a tight turnaround this limited release has and please take me seriously when I say that it will have mostly sold out by lunchtime today because really, it will.
So, instead of showing you the clothes on me, I’ve pulled together my favourite outfits from this year’s collection. Let me just talk you through it quickly first. As always there are two different approaches to explore. There’s classic Parisian chic with variations on the pieces we’ve grown to love and then there’s the seasonal direction. This time it’s based on the Alpine resort of Megève so imagine yourself in a log cabin in the mountains and then it will all make sense to you. It goes without saying that the Megève collection is more casual so it’s great for weekends or working at home.
As someone who loves Parisian chic, that’s the collection that I lean towards. So, let me show you my favourite looks. This is what I wanted to shoot and I’ve completed each outfit with iconic, capsule wardrobe shoes that I’m confident most of you will already have in your wardrobe.
Inès de La Fressange at Uniqlo AW19 – look 1
We started to see brown coming through from catwalk to high street last year but it’s taken longer than I thought it would. Now however, it’s arrived in every shade from beige to mahogany. The thing I love about brown is that it works so well with shades of its own family unlike my other favourite neutral grey, where the cooler shades just make their warmer brothers look dirty.
So here I’ve worked a simple red midi-dress with tobacco and chestnut brown. If the colours are too warm for you, you could pull the same look together with the navy version of this dress, the grey blazer and hat and either black or oxblood belt and boots.
Inès de La Fressange at Uniqlo AW19 – look 2
Moving on, I’m bringing you an update on the classic Parisian ‘bon chic bon genre’ style. I’ve had one of these Chesterfield coats for a few seasons now and it’s such a workhorse. This year it’s available in black, mid-brown, mid-grey and beige. The slim cut looks good with both dresses and jeans, giving you a lean silhouette whatever you’re wearing. You can see it on me here.
So in this outfit I’ve gone for tonal greys but also added the option of navy trousers for people who like to add more contrast to their outfit. These cashmere jumpers are another Inès favourite of mine because the detail at the neck adds a sporty feel making them less classic than a standard crew neck. The hats and scarves in this range are always good value and help to add a French twist to the overall look.
Inès de La Fressange at Uniqlo AW19 – look 3
Moving into Megève territory, here’s a great outfit for a weekend walk. The athleisure look has a vintage edge, making it more interesting and steering it away from ‘nappy valley’. I like the fact that the pieces are retro, made from soft, thick cotton rather than lycra. There’s the added benefit that Uniqlo technology has been used in each item which means that if you layer the outerwear it will be wind and waterproof.
Inès de La Fressange at Uniqlo AW19 – look 4
And I’m finishing up back in Paris, I’ve used the tobacco coloured blazer again but if it’s too warm for your colouring, swap it for mid-grey or black. Inès shirts make simple outfits look more interesting; even the plain ones have lovely detailing such as pin-tucked bib fronts. And don’t miss out on the belts, they’re incredible quality for the price, perfect for trousers of course but also for cinching in blazers for a street-styler look.
And so with that my friends I’m going to leave you to shop because if I take up any more of your time, the rails will be empty. Key pieces: classic wool coats and blazers, cotton shirts, cashmere jumpers; wool-blend trousers and leather belts. We’re on a road-trip at the moment with the boys but you can catch me on Instagram. I have one more trip down to London next week and then I can get back to a normal schedule and head straight into Autumn trends. Just as we start to look forward, the sun will stay out!
Disclosure: Inès de La Fressange at Uniqlo AW19 was commissioned by Uniqlo but all styling and thoughts are my own.
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