If I could choose anywhere to live, it would probably be Paris. Ideally I'd magically be able to speak French and suddenly have a petite frame too, but give me the romance of the city, a macaron and a glass of champagne and I'd be content.
French style is just on another level, it's effortless and chic at all times. La Redoute recently surveyed 300 stylish French women to find out their style staples, they chose five essential pieces to build up a capsule wardrobe including a little black dress, fitted shirt, black jacket, skinny jeans and ballet pumps.
Armed with two very cute books about Parisian style, I was challenged to style up a classic black jacket five different ways channeling my inner Coco Chanel and offering you my style tips, so here we go...
How could I begin with anything but a Breton stripe top? The iconic stripes were made famous by Chanel after she was inspired by the navy uniform. Did you know that there are 21 stripes on a true Breton top, one for each of Napoleon's victories? I'm a fountain of knowledge! Anyway, I digress.
I styled up the Breton top with the my chosen black jacket, high waisted suede skirt with leather trim and, of course, a slick of red lipstick. I love the way the satin collar mirrors the leather trim of the skirt, it balances the look perfectly.
I wore this look as I was getting ready for our trip to Copenhagen to cover Copenhagen Fashion Week for work so it needed to be comfy and easy to wear.
We shot this at the end of our first day in Copenhagen, we spotted the amazing background from the street as we were walking home from our last show of the day.
Sometimes you just can't beat a head to toe black look and this was perfect for what I needed on the day, I wore this dress and jacket combination to travel in and run from show to show so it had to be loose and flowing as it was unexpectedly warm. But the jacket came in handy as night fell.
Day 2 of Copenhagen and the sun was shining! This called for a little white top, loose, wide legged trousers, white leather sandals, a pair of oversized sunglasses and my black jacket for when it got cold at the end of the day.
I love black and white at the moment, it's the ideal palette for this time of year when we're transitioning between summer and autumn.
Sigh, this was our last day in Copenhagen, it feels like so long ago! As much as I love wearing black, it's great to inject a little colour and these trousers are perfect.
Layering is great for the transitional period, I'm wearing cropped trousers, a longline top and the blazer to create interesting lines to break up the black. My fringe and hair fits in nicely too!
While we were in Copenhagen we had half an hour to spare before a show and there was a COS just around the corner so it seemed rude not to pop in. We obviously came out with a purchase or two and I was so happy with mine that I wore it home! This was my outfit for the flight home, my new COS sweatshirt, La Redoute jacket and black culottes, black and white again, I might be obsessed!
How would you style one of the classic pieces?