I’ve had such fun working on this project for Uniqlo.
It was like a Beyonce track on loop.
I discovered Uniqlo about a decade ago while in New York. It’s the ultimate high-street, unisex brand. This is the place you’ll find the perfect soft t-shirt, cashmere sweater or cotton shirt and you’ll find it in every colour.
This is a brand that does great quality classics at affordable prices.
I love linen – it’s a great natural fabric – and some of fashion’s most legendary moments have been down to the texture and crinkle that only linen can deliver.
In Part One, I look back at those iconic moments from the 70’s and 80’s and show you how to wear it in 2015.
I confess to three new shirts, a denim skirt and a lot of khaki.
Permission to buy multiples.
Soft Like 80’s Music.
Find me a women who didn’t love James Spader just a little bit more than Andrew McCarthy in the Pretty In Pink?
Spader as bad guy Steff defined the 80’s preppy look. He was all loose linen suits, half unbuttoned pastel shirts, no socks with loafers and tortoise shell shades.
You can make it feminine by taking the hero piece – pastel linen shirt – and wearing it open with long cuffs underneath a slouchy white pant suit.
It a soft, flattering look and super pretty for summer.
I’m a sucker for all things pale blue but would also like this suit with a pale pink or pale lemon shirt too.
It’s a great way to make a suit work harder in your wardrobe because the pop of colour will make it look different every time.
CLICK TO BUY: Uniqlo Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt in White, $49.90 worn with my Stella McCartney pant suit.
Layer Your Neutrals.
There’s something about linen in film isn’t there?
It’s so epic.
My favourite moments come from Out Of Africa, with Meryl and Robert in acres of beige linen against the lushness of the African sky.
The styling take-out from this movie is layering neutral on neutral. It’s got a very European summer vibe.
Here, I’ve taken an over-sized tunic and turned it into a skirt (old styling trick).