1. Printed cardigan + Wide-leg pants
There’s something incredibly elegant about silky wide-leg pants, and it’s not tough to see why. Our favourite way of styling them is with a chunky cardigan knit — the perfect antidote for the rainy weather we’ve been having recently. Glam it up with metallic accents to make sure you don’t look sloppy.
Clockwise from top left: Watch, $389, from Calvin Klein Watches. Pants, $2,430, from Loro Piana. Cardigan, $114.90, from Marks & Spencer. Earrings, $279, from Pandora. Bag, $2,040, from Chloé. Shoes, $53.90, from Charles & Keith.
2. Silky blouse + Tailored trousers
We’re all about juxtapositions here, which is why this combination speaks to us so much. A pair of sharply-tailored pants anchors the languid silky blouse, and when paired with easy ballerina flats, it becomes a look that’s so easy to put together yet so stylish.
Clockwise from top left: Sunglasses, $390, from Gucci. Hillier Bartley top, $891, from NET-A-PORTER. Pants, $59.90, from Mango. Watch, $249, from DKNY. Shoes, $280, from Pretty Ballerinas. Bag, $570, from Furla. Ring, $159, from APM Monaco.
3. Fancy top + Pleated skirt
Some days, you just want to put in that extra smidge of effort to look your best, and for those days we have this pairing to help. Start with a simple, plain-coloured skirt and tuck a fancier top in. To avoid looking too dressy (yes, there is such a thing), match your look with nude shoes and artsy earrings.
Clockwise from top left: Earrings, $29.90, from Mango. Self-Portrait top, $330, from Club 21. Skirt, $71, from ASOS. Watch, $249, from Fossil Watches. Shoes, $159, from Topshop. Sunglasses from Oliver Peoples. Bag, $520, from Sandro.
4. Slip dress + Oversized blazer
A slip dress isn’t considered a closet classic for no reason. Since the ’90s, the slip dress has enjoyed the status of being a day-to-night option thanks to its versatility and flattering cut. You throw it on, pile on your accessories and you’re all set for your 9-to-9 day. Our way of wearing it is simple: layer a jacket in sober grey over a brightly-coloured slip dress, then finish with daytime sandals and accessories.
Clockwise from top left: Jacket, $119, from Zara. Dress, $76.90, from Topshop. Linda Farrow sunglasses, $521, from THE OUTNET. Bracelet, $249, from Swarovski. Bag, $69.90, form Charles & Keith. Shoes, $94.95, from H&M.
5. Cropped jacket + Brocade skirt
A brocade skirt instantly communicates luxe vibes, which is why we love to contrast it with a boxy jacket and a casual t-shirt. The combination of dressed up and dressed down instantly feels effortless — like you didn’t spend too much time primping in front of the mirror. Brown, silver and white accessories help complete your look without detracting from the statement value of your skirt.
Clockwise from top left: Earrings, $279, from Thomas Sabo. Skirt, $179, from H&M. Derek Lam 10 Crosby jacket, $368, from THE OUTNET. T-shirt, $29.90, from Zara. Bag, $1,600, from Gucci. Shoes, $56.90, from Charles & Keith.
6. Pastel suit + Printed t-shirt
Pastel suits often have the unfortunate reputation of looking dowdy, but when you style it properly, a pastel suit can pack just as much punch as a grey checked jacket. Our trick is to incorporate a statement print into your look, and there’s no better way to do so than with a zebra-printed t-shirt. Choose a couple of contemporary accessories and finish with a practical, oversized tote bag.
Clockwise from top left: Jacket, $116, from Topshop. T-shirt, $53.90, from Dorothy Perkins. Pants, $69.90, from Topshop. Earrings, $29.90, from Mango. Bag, $74.95, from H&M. Shoes, $69.90, from Pedro.