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Rewriting the Classics

Rewriting the Classics

Issue 90 March 2012

Transforming the wardrobe essentials to reflect your own unique style.


The Blazer

 The Rule: Stick to black items for a neutral basis.
A neutral basis is essential to your wardrobe. However, it is important to choose the cut that best reflects your own style - be it detailing with belts or lapels. For those who prefer a bolder look to offset an outfit, choose bright block colours or patterns.




Left to right: Asymmetric belted jacket, £58 at Topshop; Blue blazer, £49 at Next Black Suit


The Dress

The Rule: ‘Classic cuts’ work best for sophistication and timelessness.
Often referred to as the ‘Little Black Dress’ (LBD), this item is a staple in your wardrobe; be it a maxi dress or a shorter length dress worn neatly over a pair of trousers or jeans. This is also the item that can be most adapted to reflect your own style, and still be considered a staple item in your wardrobe. Considering the LBD has been reworked with new cuts and colours, if you prefer a more classic style, go for less patterns and a neutral tone. Alternatively, patterned dresses can be offset and carried through your wardrobe with a multitude of plain coloured cardigans and scarves.



Left to right: Colourblock dress from a selection at Ted Baker; Jacquard dress, £229 at Hobbs


The Shirt

The Rule: Opt for plain white shirts for versatility.
A shirt can be so much more than just the plain, white staple piece. Combining patterned shirts with other block colours will create a more personalised look, and form a statement outfit each time. Being practical doesn’t have to be boring! 


Women's Camisoles


Left to right: Pearl embellished floral shirt, £99 from Rare Opulence at Topshop; Pleated sleaved shirt, from a selection at Reiss.

mens casual shirts

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