Fashion: Ageless style
Wardrobe staples for everyone by fashion director Shelly Vella
Who says you can’t mix stripes with checks? The key to the look is to get the clash just right by sticking to complementary colours. With this Me+Em suit, the yellow and blue in the check make an easy entry point for a classic navy and white striped top and hit of canary yellow via a clutch. It’s a formula that works across the board as long as you are mindful of matching up hues.
Blazer, £295, trousers, £195, meandem.com. Sweater, £260, veronicabeard.com. Ring, £350, wildfawnjewellery.com. Bag, £395, strathberry.com. Trainers, £90, boden.co.uk
1. Sporty side stripes on trousers are still very much on trend. It’s a detail that helps tie in accessories or contrasting tops.
2. For low-key days, trainers are tailoring’s best friend. These trousers have a fashionable longer hem, but you can adjust it to a comfortable length for you.
3. Shoulder pads are enjoying a renaissance and work well when you opt for wide-leg trousers by balancing shoulder to ankle proportions.
4. A pop of colour via a bag will lift any outfit. This Strathberry clutch also has a crossbody chain.
Try the Miss Selfridge stone check jacket, £49.99, and trousers, £35.99, from asos.com, with the lavenderhillclothing.com striped crew-neck long-sleeved top, £50.
Try a black or cream lace-trimmed camisole and heels – they will take the look into evening.
Overcomplicate the look with masses of jewellery. Less is more, so let the clothes do the talking.