Archive for October, 2014

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Autumn boots are here!

At this time of year when leaves are strewn across the pavement I spend an inordinate amount of time looking at the ground, mainly because I don’t want to slip on a wet leaf hiding a manhole cover but all this downward inspection means I also notice what everyone has on their feet. So it’s a natural progression to start coveting this season’s must have boots.

Feather & Stitch has a fantastic range of footwear for AW14 by designers Billi Bi and Alpe. The Billi Bi Varese ankle boot (pictured below) arrived in store last week and I am desperate to get my hands on a pair. They are reminiscent of a certain uber-boot brand favourited by yummy mummies everywhere, but (and here’s the kicker) they are half the price and who doesn’t want style for a steal, right? The Varese boot’s chunky heel is 7cm high which puts it firmly into the comfort zone for prolonged day wear and the leather is buttery soft. You can wear these ankle boots with jeans for an off-duty look or team them with your LBD for serious style points.

Billi Bi ankle boot_collage

Billi Bi’s flat snakeskin Chelsea boot  (pictured below) is at the top of my Christmas wish list (followed swiftly by a Cuisinart Stand Mixer). For me it is the most versatile boot in the collection because it can be styled with everything from supper skinny jeans to turned up boyfriend jeans, from short skirts to maxi skirts and simply any length of coat or jacket. It’s a perennial fashion favourite, if you want some help styling them to suit you just pop into the boutique this Saturday for a chat with me.

Snake skin chelsea boots

Another key trend this season is the over-the-knee boot (not to be confused with thigh-highs which finish some 10cm higher). The key to keeping this look demure yet sassy is the low heel without which we enter dangerous ‘Pretty Woman’ territory. There are two over-the-knee styles available at Feather & Stitch; a grey suede boot by Alpe and the Averix black leather boot by Billi Bi. Both are ideal for popping over a pair of skinny jeans or leggings, but if you’re looking to wear them with a mini-skirt I suggest opting for the Alpe pair because suede has such a lovely way of slightly slouching on the leg.

Over the knee_collage

If you crave a little fluffy fur comfort on your winter boots take a look at the fur lined hidden wedge suede boot by Alpe. The top of the boot can be rolled down like a cuff.

To see the full footwear collection available at Feather & Stitch click here.

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Friday, October 10th, 2014

How to wear tan – autumn winter 2014

If I were to challenge you to think about how you use tan and neutral colours in in your day-to-day wardrobe I bet your initial thoughts would drift to a classic mac or a pair of much loved chinos. While wardrobe staples like this are always en vogue I’m going to share a few styling tricks you can adopt to update your look using tan colours.

Tan and beige pair beautifully with other neutral colours such as white and cream and being European (as opposed to American) we don’t have any pesky social stigma attached to wearing white after the first Monday in September. So my first suggestion is to turn your tan on its head. Wear a tan top such as the By Malene Birger Giuliana sweater  and white jeans with a pair of beautiful tan leather boots and the Des Petits Hauts Sesame glitter belt.

Of course white jeans aren’t always practical in our British winter, so for rainy days wearing a dark blue wash like our Maison Scotch Parisienne makes much more sense. Add a silk blouse in a light, neutral colour (the Des Petits Hauts Rudi blouse is perfect), Jeff’s oversized Milly cardigan and accessorise with the gold star dotted Selma tan belt and Soja scarf,  both by Des Petits Hauts.

I would also like to quash the erroneously held belief that tan and black do not compliment each other. This is simply not the case; it’s just a matter of choosing an appropriate shade. I suggest opting for a tan that skirts the grey/ brown spectrum such as the Starla silk tee by Pyrus and adding the Nature Fur Anna Gillet in Olive. Billie Bi’s black over the knee boots will tie this look together.

Russet shades pair beautifully with navy. This works particularly well for fair skin tones or more mature skin that can have a tendency to look washed out in traditional light tan and beige or find black too harsh. For an ultra feminine look pair our Maison Scotch tan skinny jeans with Des Petits Hauts Bernardo sweater or the floral silk Era blouse by Pyrus. To switch the colours around wear the Brumille sweater with DL1961 mid wash jeans.

To shop this look check out the Tantastic Style Guide.

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Tantastic style guide

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