Trends

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Just in

As the season continues, we’re really excited to share a new drop of items with you. In keeping with this year’s colour palettes; red and burgundy feature strongly; as well as khaki and cream. Here’s a round-up of some of the latest styles and outfit ideas to help get those autumn/winter wardrobes sorted. As always, there’s something for everyone.

First up, is Danish brand, Kokoon’s, navy and burgundy striped Amy blouse. Easy to wear, yet super stylish, it can be teamed with leather or silk pants. Throw over a cardigan as it gets colder and team with ankle boots. Israeli brand Sack’s has created a really unique tie-dye blouse, the Marion, which has beautiful beading on each shoulder and comes in two colourways. This you won’t want to cover up!

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If it’s something more dressy you’re after, check out Munthe’s Jules blouse and July skirt, perfect worn together for more impact or as separates. This aubergine colour is a fantastic alternative to black and the ruffles add extra detail and interest.

If bright red is more your thing, Kokoon has produced a beautiful silk tunic, cut on the bias, which is flattering and really different from other styles this season. It looks great worn with black DL1961 Riker or Nero Florence jeans and bold accessories.

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Moving onto Khaki and cream, there’s plenty to choose from. Kokoon has tapped into the leopard print trend, with a stunning a-line dress and zip trousers. Dress them up or down, the print is a statement in itself.

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Look to one of our favourite brands, Swildens, for more beautiful silk and design. The Pyramid dress and Proverb blouse have an exclusive digitally printed feather design. Both work well for a night out or as a luxurious work option. And worn with the Pakita jacket, you’re ready to go. It’s this season’s go to jacket for any occasion; and lifts any outfit. Buy it to add a touch of sparkle and glamour. It’s a no brainer!

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Launching our Outfit of the Week

Exciting things are happening at Feather & Stitch HQ this spring. Not only are our rails now crammed with beautiful new clothes with more on the way, we’re also launching a new feature on the blog which will see both myself and our founder Fiona Sanderson (Fi to friends) highlighting our favourite picks from the SS15 collection. We’re not just talking about the pieces we love we’re styling them too so that you can better see how the collection works for real women. Our photographs for these features are purposefully natural and have not been photoshopped.

Fi, like so many of our clientele is a working mother. Anyone with children, indeed anyone who is close to someone with children knows the very real struggle we can go through to keep our sense of identity after childbirth. There is a temptation to hide in maternity jeans and old shapeless tops but the loss of personal style in this manner can be damaging, not just personally but professionally too. We offer a personal styling service at Feather & Stitch which aims to deliver advice tailored to your individual needs. We want to imbue our clients with a startling confidence in their own unique sense of style. We are on your side ladies and whether you’re running errands, lunching with friends or nailing a presentation at work we want you to look amazing.

So drumroll please… here is our founder in her outfit of the week debut.

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Fringing is BIG news this season. You will see it cropping up on bags, tops, jackets and kimonos. Here Fi has paired the Dominique fringed cardigan by 360ºSweater with the Mai blouse from Des Petits Hauts. The blouse is a cotton-linen mix and has long sleeves, perfect for keeping you warm in early spring. The cardigan is both wonderfully soft and warm as you’d expect from 100% cashmere, but the waterfall opening and fringing on the front sets it apart from other cardigans we’ve seen.

Neutrals and blush pinks take centre stage this season too. We have shades to suit every skin tone as well as accessories such as gold dusted belts to give each outfit a little sparkle and polish.

DL1961 Jeans have proved themselves a firm favourite with our clients over the last season and they will be coming back in spring with more colours and styles added later this month. The shaping technology of their four-way stretch denim is the best we’ve seen in recent years.

Liebeskind is another of our favourite brands back for SS15. We can’t get enough of the buttery soft leather synonymous with this brand and the new pastel shades are just dreamy. Here Fi is carrying the Elena bag in powder rose. We have a limited quantity of Liebeskind in stock so to avoid disappointment I suggest a swift and decisive swoop through our leather goods online and in store. Which brings me to Fi’s footwear. These Billi Bi Snakeskin Chelsea Boots are now in final sale and will be perfect festival goers this summer. Wear them with our Des Petits Hauts dresses for a Parisienne look.

 

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Des Petits Hauts – Spring Neutrals

As I stare at the frosted roses outside Feather & Stitch HQ this morning the light dusting of ice has me reflecting on the coming season’s neutral hues. Outside looks soft and the leaves glisten in the sunlight; it has me wanting to cast off my layers of winter knit like an alpaca being fleeced of it’s coat. In short, I long for spring. This desire is not helped by the arrival of new samples from our Des Petits Hauts SS15 collection. They’re hanging on a rail a short distance from my desk and the colours are a breath of fresh air in the office.

The mood for this collection is light, feminine and well, sweet. The subtle shades bring to mind spring blossom, summer meadows and sandy beaches, which on this cold and frosty morning we are all longing for. Come high summer the blouses and t-shirts will be worn as separates but I can’t wait that long. I need to wear them now, so I’m going to layer them.

For me one of the stand out pieces of the Des Petits Hauts collection is the Ariane cardigan in ecru. It’s 100% cotton with a single golden lurex thread woven through the material, the thread glints when it catches the light. A simple, elegant cardi like this can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For a day running errands I’m going to wear it with the Figue v-neck t-shirt in grey, a pair of our washed grey DL1961 Florence jeans, ankle boots and the Woopy scarf for extra warmth. For a night out I’ll switch the t-shirt for the Ondela blouse (I love the demi-sheer quality of this top coupled with the drops of colour) and a pair of heeled strappy sandals. If you prefer a longer length cardigan, the powder pink Albina cardi pairs beautifully with the Neve blouse as it highlights the rose gold thread running vertically through the material.

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10_1412_FEASTI_FR52_1412_FEASTI_FR Polka dots, stripes and print are synonymous with the design ethos of Des Petits Hauts and they crop up throughout the new collection. The Creon cardi with its navy polka dot detail is a fabulous addition to your wardrobe and is  already a favourite at Feather & Stitch HQ. We’ll be wearing it with the lightly striped Gaspard T-shirt and the delicate Melodie blouse.

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We love to hear your feedback and comments about the collection so please keep them coming. Des Petits Hauts is available to pre-order online here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Thursday, August 14th, 2014

The Essential Shirt

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Our Fashion Editor Emma, guides you through styling that essential wardrobe piece – the shirt.

“I once heard a woman declare that she never wears shirts. The fact that we remain good friends is testament to her many other outstanding qualities, but to this day I remain baffled as to why she refuses to wear this main stay of functionality and form.

Personally I love a good shirt and I’ve been collecting them for years. I own denim shirts, linen shirts, cotton shirts, silk shirts, chambray shirts and every other kind of inbetween shirts. What I love about them is their versatility. In summer you can tie them at the front and roll the sleeves to ¾ length and push them above the elbow for off duty appeal. In autumn they layer well under lightweight knits, then switch to heavy knits as the cold starts to bite. In spring I like to wear them half tucked in to feel the first warm breeze shoot up my back. It’s a delicious sensation.

Changing the look of a shirt from outfit to outfit is a simple process. One can be prim in the office with the buttons done up all the way and when finished with a statement necklace it will prevent the look becoming too severe. Or show a little va va voom at a casual lunch by unbuttoning the top three buttons and adding a long pendant necklace, you can even half turn up the collar for extra attitude. A longer shirt will look great tied at the front with a maxi skirt and a denim shirt can also double as a light summer jacket when the cuffs are folded just so.

This season Fiona has handpicked the best shirts from brands around the world for Feather & Stitch. I am particularly excited about the arrival of Californian brand Rails LA. Their shirts are being lauded by fashion pundits around the globe from Cara Delevingne to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and have had whole articles written about them in the national press including The Times. What do I think about them? Well, they are impossibly soft, require no ironing, fit like a dream and look equally good worn on their own or layered under knitwear. There are three plaid colour ways to choose from in store now as well as two denim shirts. Plaid is set to become this season’s run-away print and come winter I will be wearing mine layered over a denim shirt and under a sweater. When styling a denim shirt don’t be afraid to mix it with other shades of denim or play with texture, pairing it with something glamorous like the By Malene Birger Pollio sequin skirt will nail the casual party look that’s so popular right now.

Another shirt that has caught my eye is the Swildens Lontana shirt. It is a crisp, medium weight cotton with a little stretch and has a longer more generous length than many other shirts. The contrasting white collar and cuffs give it a considered appeal and it will look fantastic styled with a pencil skirt for the office or jeans for the weekend.

Lastly how could I leave out that most essential wardrobe basic, the classic white shirt? Custommade’s figure flattering white shirt is proof positive that well tailored style is always in demand. The elegant bib draws the eye up and the double turned cuffs add a professional touch. I’d wear this with the By Malene Birger Elenaso leather leggings and Samsoe & Samsoe Kimi monochrome oversized cardi. For more ideas on how to style them, check out our style guide – The Essential Shirt. ”

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Fiona’s Top 10 autumn picks

In my opinion, it is all about day to night chic; interesting, beautiful, clothing in steel and metallic hues which can be worn by the majority but ensure you stand out from the crowd.

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1. 360 Cashmere Sweater – Jules Chalk/Black Pullover
2. By Malene Birger – Tendai Leather Trousers
3. Vadum – Molly Fur Gilet
4. Des Petits Hauts – Bibi Light Grey Jumper
5. Essentiel – Grey Sequinned Sweat Jumper
6. Pyrus – Random Smoke Blouse
7. Denaive – Short Link Necklace Rose
8. Des Petits Hauts – Sequin Gold Belt
9. Custommade – Annelise Steel Grey Blouse
10. Becksondergaard – E-mountain Scarf Chocolate Chip


Monday, September 23rd, 2013

The Sweatshirt Trend – AW13

The sweatshirt is having its moment! These sweatshirts demand to be seen!

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Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Sneaky peek into what to expect this AW13 from American Vintage!

This is what American Vintage looks like for AW13 – in store from August!

Gorgeous knits and lightweight layers in khaki, naturals, peacock blue and deep purples!

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Also, sweaters at the ready Sportswear/Sport Luxe … call it what you will, it’s going to be big!

We love these two …

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