Rise of the flats

Rise of the flats

    What’s the deal with flats? It’s been 5 years since Phoebe Philo stepped on to the catwalk at the end of her AW 2011 show to receive her applause. The whole fashion community literally perked up in their seats due to her footwear: a pair of flats. Gleaming white Stan Smith trainers to be accurate. That was all the permission the fashion pack needed: trainers, loafers and brogues took centre stage over their stiletto shaped footwear friends. During this time I adamantly stuck to heels owning just 2 pairs of trainers: 1 for the gym and 1 I’d purchased for a family trip to Centre Parcs (which I now use for decorating!) Now, I don’t know about you but I love a good heel. I will keep my feet firmly in heels for as long as I can, because its what I feel confident in. Have I mellowed since 2011 and allowed more flats into my wardrobe? No. I still have my gym trainers and on Honeymoon in America this year I wore a pair of flat white shoes from River Island.   How has fashion footwear changed? The general preference for heels stooped to 33% last year whilst a whopping 51% of women bought flats.  Think way way back to February and imagine yourself sat next to the eternally glamorous Anna Wintour waiting for Victoria Beckham to step onto the runway after her New York Fashion Week show. Expecting to hear the tap of her signature designer stilettos, you are stunned to see her sporting white leather Adidas trainers!     What does that mean for you? The celebrity...

In winter it’s survival of the warmest…

  In winter it isn’t survival of the fittest, it’s survival of the warmest. This year we are apparently going to bear the brunt of 4 months of ice and snow. Now, fashion has a great many ways to tell you how to look good in any given season but you rarely see an article on how to stay warm and look good so here it is! From my 5 years of wardrobe styling experience this is what I’ve learnt about helping clients stay the warmest they can be from toe-to-head: Lambswool insoles – your first port of call for warm feet. Try Tesco for a bargain pair and Celtic & Co for presized luxury sheepskin insoles. Thermal tights – thermal materials are now thinner yet more effective than ever. Try the M&S Heatgen tights. Thermal vest – thermal underwear has moved on from the thick lumpy vests of yore. Two of my favourite ranges are M&S Heatgen and Uniqlo Heat Tech which boasts a thickness of merely 0.55mm. One of these vests definitely won’t show up under your clothes this winter Wool – itchy on some, a savour to others. If you get cold in winter as well as layering up from the inside out, try weaving wool into your work wardrobe. Jigsaw and Boden both have fab dresses on offer this season. The Milano check wool blend dress from Jigsaw even has room for a roll neck underneath. Cashmere – another top of the range fabric to keep you warm. Try Wyse London for super cool star and stripes luxury and Boden for some more staple pieces. If you are looking...