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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

How to pack the perfect capsule wardrobe

Easter weekend is the perfect time to get away from it all with a special someone for a few days, but with airlines charging ever more imaginative fees for handling baggage the packing part of ‘getting away from it all’ is actually pretty stressful. Gone are the days when you could simply throw everything you might need into a large suitcase and figure it out when you get there. Over time (and many adventurous buying trips) Fi has honed her ability to pack a perfect capsule wardrobe and now applies the same rules when packing for a weekend away with family and friends and we thought we’d share this knowledge with you.

The first rule: check the weather for your destination. Europe and North America can have wildly different and changeable climates at this time of year so use a weather app to get a good idea of what to expect. The second rule: choose your footwear first, limit yourself to two pairs and make them activity appropriate i.e. flats or comfortable heels for roaming the town, heels or on-trend sandals for hitting the town. Choosing footwear first also limits the options of what you can take that will go with them thereby instantly helping the decision process. Basically you’re building your outfit from the ground up. The third rule: make your outfits interchangeable. By this I mean pack items that will mix and match well. Ideally you need one stand out piece and at least two ways to wear it. Jeans are a must and a silk blouse always travels well.

Our founder Fi is off to Copenhagen this weekend and we quizzed her about what she’s taking from the Feather & Stitch SS15 collection. You can shop the looks via the pink links.

“Firstly I’m packing our Pyrus ‘Republic’ jacket. The bead work is so intricate and beautiful it doesn’t require a lot of accessorising. I’ll dress it down with DL1961 boyfriend jeans while travelling and then switch to the Florence ‘Neptune’ jeans when I want to kick my look up a notch.”

Boyfriend Jeans, distressed jeans, ss15

 

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“Next I’ve chosen our Custommade silk blouse to layer underneath the Pyrus jacket. It’s not currently available online but it comes in two colours, pink and neutral. I’m opting for the pinker of the two as it tones brilliantly with the beadwork on the jacket. I’m also taking our simple yet timeless classic black silk blouse from Kokoon. This blouse is cut so expertly with it’s seductive wide neckline and perfectly pitched sleeve length, it’s impossible to not look good when you’re wearing it. If blessed with a warm day all I need is a Becksondergaard scarf and beaded bag to finish the look.”

“For cooler days I’m going to take a couple of our sweaters. I love the linear embellishment of the dark blue Munthe ‘Nabigale’ sweater, it looks like you’re wearing layers but it’s just a clever cut. I’ll definitely pair this sweater with the DL1961 Jeans in Neptune as this sweater lends itself to a more refined look.”

Blue JumperBlue Jumper, SS15, Designer Sweater

“Another option I’m taking is the gorgeous peach coloured slogan sweatshirt by Custommade. I’ve been living in mine this season, it’s just so comfortable and the bright pop of colour is great for spring days out when you don’t need a jacket.”

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Remembering Dirty Dancing

Des Petits Hauts Watermelon SweaterFor me it marked the start of adolescence. Everyone was talking about it. Everyone was trying to recreate the dance across the bridge. Everyone was quoting their favourite scene. Everyone wanted to be that girl at the end of the film, to be the incandescent dancer who no one could put in the corner. I think it appealed to our teenage selves because the storyline mirrored our own awkward awakenings because while most of us longed to be noticed, when it happened for real we were not the confident dancer on the stage we were the girl who carried the watermelon.

Fast forward twenty (+something) years and compared with the ever present grinding visual erotica that graces our screens it all seems rather innocent now. I think that’s what appealed to me when I saw this adorable sweater from the new Des Petits Hauts ss15 collection on our rails. The neutral base colour is offset by coral pink and gold glittered watermelons. There’s a slight scoop to the neckline and the whole effect is one of measured innocence with a dash of cool.

Des Petits Hauts Alinou Sweater

Here I’ve styled the sweater with a pair of simple washed grey jeans from our DL1961 collection. In the summer I will definitely be switching them up for a pair of the white Florence jeans for daytime wear and a pencil or full tulle skirt for evenings out. And I can assure you there’s no way I’ll be sitting in the corner.

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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.

Fringed cashmere

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.

 

Fringed cashmere cardigan

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