How to STYLE
BY ARABELLA WRIGHT
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TORBJORN WRIGHT
I want to start this blogpost with a quick hello and a welcome back if you’re a regular. It’s no secret that I haven’t been too active throughout the winter months here on the blog and I guess there’s good reason for that – quite simply, we don’t really get a winter here in Bermuda and I’ve not been feeling very inspired. I’m definitely not one to put out content unless I am 100% happy with it and I found myself uploading pictures to Instagram that just weren’t (in my opinion) good enough.
So I’ve stripped it back, started again, played around with some editing styles and actually gone back to my old favourite way of editing, just with a slightly warmer feel.
So you can expect to see plenty of grey again and simple, easy styles that work for all wardrobes. The blog posts layouts are also changing. I want this blog to be seen as a magazine you read when you’re on the train or on your lunch break so I’m styling with that in mind from content themes to layout. I hope you like it.it
A key part of summer styling for the last few seasons has, unremarkably, been neutrals. Whether that’s in the form of summer whites or beige and tan tones, the minimalist trend is far from dead.
It’s a personal favourite of mine and one I plan to wear a lot of this summer. For a start, it’s incredibly easy to wear and when you open your wardrobe in the morning, it’s difficult not to find pieces that don’t go together. That’s the advantage of this colour palette – it’s easy, and that’s what makes it so very wearable.
Neutrals tend to be made of linen and cotton so, not only are they easy to style, they’re often easy to wear. Think floaty white dresses, linen trousers and oversized camel cardigans. It’s not the type of trend that features form fitting skirts and dresses, oh no, this trend is all about being that free nomad-personality.
When I think of this trend, I’m picturing myself in Tulum, Mexico or on a beach in Bali, not the streets of London. Sure you can style this trend for work but, in my opinion, that’s not what this trend is for, it’s for being free and having the sun on your skin.
When wearing neutrals I tend
to let the accessories do a lot
of the talking. In this case, it’s the hat,
the sunglasses and the bag.
One of the great things about neutral
styling is that it’s very hard
to over do anything as the colour
palette is very basic. So, to some
extent, you can throw Coco
Chanel’s rulebook out the window
and add more accessories rather
than take off the last one you put on.
In fact, accessories are what I will be focusing on this summer through jewellery, headscarves, more hats (much to my husband’s annoyance) and statement bags – my eye is on a beautiful straw Loewe.
For hats, have a focal point. This hat has a beautiful black band around it to give it something special. I am looking out for a Lack Of Colours hat with distressed straw edging that just makes the accessory really TALK, if you know what I mean. One day I may be tempted by the Jacquemus enormous hats but for now I may play a little more safe.
Keep clothing simple with square necks, floaty skirts and minimal patterns.
When choosing your jewellery for this upcoming summer season, shells and pendents are very much still on trend as well as woven earrings with gold accents. These, paired with a white shirt and denim are just beautiful.
“One of the great things about neutral styling is that it’s very hard to overdo anything as the colour palette is so very basic.”
Neutrals don’t have to break the bank but this is where I strongly urge you to invest in some key, basic pieces that will see you through year after year.
I’m talking about white T-shirts, crisp white shirts, a pair of tan sandals (the jury is still out in my head on whether I think the Hermes Oran slides are just a little bit overpriced) and a good LWD.
Choosing an investment bag for the season is a little tricky. For someone who has a lot of black bags, finding the right summer bag is actually quite difficult. I’m definitely bringing the basic tan Michael Kors tote out for the beach but these days summer designer bags are a lot less than their winter counterparts and so investing in a Cult Gaia or a Loewe is sure to make you the envy of other beach goers.
If you’re wondering where the best places are to buy neutrals this season then my preference would be some of the gorgeous Australian brands out there like Saboskirt or Verge Girl and many other lesser-known Byron-Bay inspired brands.
I’ve made a Saboskirt order (just one test item) so will report back on the quality but there are plenty of pieces on their site that are made of linen and cotton rather than polyester (a big no no for me, whatever the season but especially in summer if you don’t want to roast).
I’m not loving Zara this season but am holding out for the launch of their entire collection (they’ve just started delivering to Bermuda which is very exciting!). So will look to the likes of Sezane, Joseph and Reiss when I’m back in the UK for some quality investment items.
Neutrals aren’t just about white and beige, mix up the colour palette a bit with some rusty tones and blues.
Actually I have a bit of an obsession with rust right now so prepare to see a few items in this colourway on here over the coming months. You certainly can’t go wrong mixing in some blue denim but keep it lighter in tone and loose in style for fitting with the casual vibe.
Shoes are easy, tan slides, espadrilles, wedges or bare foot – white strappy mid-heel sandals are also a big trend for 2019.
Last but not least your best accessory is your tan so whip out the St Tropez (I don’t recommend sunbathing or using sunbeds with such wonderful fake tans out there these days) and get that summer glow.
Unfortunately many of the pieces in this look are from last year as I’m trying to re-use many items but the bag and sandals are available and you can shop them down below (affiliate links) along with some other pieces I have selected that work really well with this trend.
I hope you have enjoyed reading, let me know what you think of the new editorial style (on desktop/tablet) and I’ll see you next week.