Posts Tagged ‘Outfit inspiration’

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

New Trend for A/W15 – Graphic Print

Our lovely Feather & Stitch customers are often eager to know “what’s in?” for the new season, so we thought we’d tell you about one of the hottest trends for Autumn/Winter ’15.
 
From the fashion shows in all four cities, one of the most vibrant of the new season trends was a bold, graphic art-inspired mood which came in every shade imaginable. ‘Checkerboard’ featured, alongside coloured, cube prints as designers presented their intricately geometric patterns.  
 
Two of our favourite brands – Custommade & Des Petits Hauts – have delivered on this trend in a stunning and super-wearable way, sticking to a largely monochrome pallet and classic shapes. 
 
So, go graphic with your knit, coat or shirt, team it with your DL1961 denim and you’ve got a casual but sophisticated look that’s fresh and oh-so-current!

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Friday, June 5th, 2015

Summer season outfit inspiration: part 2

It feels so good to say that summer is here at last. Let’s hope it’s here to stay because the number of outdoor events on the Feather & Stitch calendar is growing exponentially. This week I’m focusing on the more relaxed events we’re attending because putting a stylish yet casual outfit together requires the same careful consideration as a major social occasion, so today we’re drawing the fine line between being over or under done.

We’re really looking forward to the school Sports Day at the end of June; call it our competitive nature but we want to win style points well as the adult egg and spoon race. To wit we are eyeing the delicious Des Petits Hauts strappy silk dresses in a watermelon or star print and our flat Billi Bi sandals (we didn’t want to do the wheelbarrow race anyway). Add a cropped jacket or longline cardi if it’s a cool day.

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This summer we’re also heading to a family friendly festival with a group of friends and all our children in tow. I toyed with the idea of wearing a bohemian dress but the reality is a pair of relaxed DL1961 boyfriend jeans and a Rails sleeveless Britt shirt are going to be far more practical on the day and considerably easier to launder after the event (insert ice-cream spills and hot dog stains here). Speaking of practicality, I’m going to pair this outfit with the leather sky blue Liebeskind Biggi bag; it’s zippered, has oodles of space and tassles. What more could a festival-going mum ask for?

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Lastly we’re planning a few day trips and picnics throughout the summer holidays and need an outfit that can be styled any which way, which is why I’m choosing the Des Petits Hauts Kimoli Dress for these occasions. It’s made from 100% cotton so it will be cool even on the stickiest days. The ecru colour tones beautifully with a hint of tan, plus it layers beautifully over skinny jeans. Put simply, it’s a great all-rounder.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Summer season outfit inspiration: part 1

The Chelsea Flower Show marks the start of the British summer social season and now it’s upon us we’ve been thinking long and hard about what we’re going to wear to the unmissable summer events on our 2015 calendar. First up are summer weddings, this year we’re bucking the trend of a dress and instead looking for silk separates like our Munthe silk trouser suit (available in cream or navy). A trouser suit will help you to stand out in a sea of dresses and the pieces can be worn separately to different events across the summer giving your wardrobe greater versatility. The matching silk blouse is also available as a tank with a racer back design, perfect for keeping cool on hot days. Wear with seriously great hair and heels, accessorise with our Becksondergaard O-Ida leather clutch purse.

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Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The long and the short of it

Printed blouse, printed shorts, silk shorts, silk culottesSummer shorts are rather a lot like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. We fall heavily into the love category at Feather & Stitch and Fiona’s fresh take on how to wear this classic summer staple is nothing short (if you’ll pardon the pun) of inspirational.

These feminine and colourful silk culottes from cult London label PYRUS are ideal for the woman who wants to get into the shorts trend without revealing too much leg as they finish well below mid-thigh. The lightweight silk and wide leg give these shorts a lot of movement and the subsequent drape is extremely flattering. The pockets are a great feature too, so often overlooked on shorts but when done well add structure and depth to the garment. Wear them with flats or wedges; Fi is opting for our Billi Bi sandals for daytime wear.

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Friday, May 15th, 2015

Summer Prints

Summer is the perfect time to embrace print in all it’s glorious forms and this season we have a superb collection ranging from classic breton stripes from By Malene Birger and checked shirts from Rails LA, to geometric patterns from new Danish brand Munthe and the inspired geo print exclusively from cult London brand Pyrus.

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1. By Malene Birger 2. Rails LA 3. Pyrus (matching culottes available) 4. Munthe

A printed top is an ideal way to pep up your summer look and will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe providing new interest to your outfit choices. Being constructed from lightweight fabric they are also ideally suited to layering either under a blazer, cardigan or sweater depending on the occasion.

Printed trousers have been around for several seasons now and their popularity shows no sign of slowing. The success of printed trousers lies in their versatility and the fact they are incredibly easy to style. The bravest among us will go head-to-toe in one print giving the impression of a jumpsuit while retaining the option to wear each piece separately, but it is just as chic to pair printed trousers with a plain top to retain a beautiful aesthetic.

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While in winter it is perfectly acceptable to reach for the plain LBD, for social occasions in summer a style conscious woman really must have other options available to her; this is where the printed dress comes into it’s own. Being eye catching in their own right these dresses are designed to provide the wearer with demure coverage, the message conveyed is both fun and feminine without being overtly sexy. That being said… we still love the little black printed numbers from Des Petits Hauts this season, they’re floaty and punctuated with the prettiest watermelon and star details.

 

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Palm Print

PalmprinttextHistorically a palm print blouse would invoke images of lurid Hawaiian shirts and cocktails with equally generous measures of brolly and booze. Not so with Parisian label Swildens’ Menthe demi-sheer blouse which has been inspired by the palm trees of Goa.

This 100% silk blouse whispers of quiet refinement through it’s shadowy fronds and lined front panels. The only flesh on show is a shrouded hint glimpsed through the back as the blouse hangs demurely from your shoulder blades.

The buttons are covered by a double folded seam which add structure to the front of the blouse but raw cut strips of the printed silk are layered either side adding a lightness to the overall effect. This Swildens blouse runs true to size and is dry clean only.

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Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Summer’s must have shirt

Rails LA is the break-out brand for summer 2015. You may not know it yet but their paired-down shirts are a must have item and will become a background staple of your wardrobe going forward. Rails has already garnered a cult celebrity following, Kate Moss was an early adopter of the brand and the Hunter shirt is now sported by such style conscious women as Olivia Palmero to Gisele Bundchen, Kate Beckinsale to Chiara Ferragni. While you may not be swayed by a slew of celebrity endorsements it’s worth noting that in the Pinterest worthy images of these women running errands (the ones where we’re aghast at just how they are looking so effortlessly cool) the shirt they’re wearing is more than likely a Rails LA shirt. Therein lies the key to the brand’s success; they make the most insanely flattering, luxuriously soft and covetable shirts known to man and then they went and made them affordable.

We have over ten different styles of Rails shirts at Feather & Stitch to suit everyone from the classic long sleeved Hunter shirt to the summer-ready, short sleeved Britt shirt and the beautiful soft blue vintage chambray Carter shirt. They fit true to size so there’s no need to size up unless you prefer a looser look. One last thing, they launder beautifully… just hang them up to dry and watch the creases fall out.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Summer dresses for every occasion

Well this week’s been a corker weather wise in London! We’ve been soaking up all that beautiful vitamin D and it has us focusing on the approaching balmy months of summer and the dresses we’ll be rocking while we’re basking in the sunshine. Our SS15 collection has been meticulously collated by our founder Fi Sanderson; the collection is a one-stop-shop for all your sartorial needs this summer from elegant, bejewelled maxi dresses from 120%Lino to a fun lip print day dress from Essentiel. Wherever you’re going, whatever you’re doing we have the perfect dress for you. Simply click the pink links below to shop the looks.

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Pyrus Lamia silk tee & Bond silk culottes.

Kokoon silk bomb print dress and Becksondergaard O-Summer beaded purse.

120%Lino grey linen pocket dress.

Des Petits Hauts Loli dress.

Row 2 from left to right:

120%Lino linen jewel neck dress.

House of Dagmar Pallas Athena dot print dress.

Des Petits Hauts Kimoli dress and Becksondergaard O-Ida leather clutch.

Essentiel Ivresse lip print dress.

Row 3 from left to right:

Des Petits Hauts Loli dress and Becksondergaard O-Ida leather clutch.

Essentiel Ivresse lip print dress.

Des Petits Hauts Kirsten black embroidered dress and Becksondergaard O-Summer beaded purse.

Row 4 left to right:

Des Petits Hauts Kabuki  star print dress.

120%Lino jeweled neck maxi dress.

Pyrus Lamia silk tee.

120%Lino linen jewel neck dress.

Row 5 left to right:

120%Lino jeweled neck maxi dress.

Des Petits Hauts Kimoli dress.

Kokoon silk bomb print dress.

120%Lino linen jewel neck dress.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Bestsellers are back in stock

We care a great deal about your opinion at Feather & Stitch HQ and so when we notice a particular brand or item in our collection is selling out fast we move heaven and earth to get more of what you love back on our rails. Happily some of our bestselling pieces from the SS15 collection are now back in stock in limited quantities. You may click on the images to link through to the website.

Des Petits Hauts is our go to brand for easy to wear classic feminine pieces and the 100% silk Muesli blouse is a case in point. The lace panel inserts lift this black blouse and give it a beautiful delicate edge, it’s perfect for a day-to-night look.

Des Petits Hauts 100% silk blouse, Muesli blouse, lace blouseTaking a more casual look next, the Lemon Blouse (also by Des Petits Hauts) has elicited more than one ‘oooooooh that’s gorgeous’ as it’s plucked from the rail. The braided gold detail running across the chest chimes well with the current 70’s revival trend and the fact that it’s 100% cotton (read machine washable ladies) makes it practical as well as chic.

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Des Petits Hauts Kaboul blouse, cotton blouse, star print blouse, summer blouse, long sleeve blouse, ss15Lastly we are thrilled to have our amazing DL1961 Jeans back in stock in all sizes and seven different styles. Our favourite for the summer are the white jeans, but the Riley Boyfriend Jeans are a great alternative for relaxed weekends or running errands. Wear them with our new Billi Bi sandals for genuine Scandi style points.

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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.”

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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.”

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“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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