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DENIM

From a night out to a busy day on the road, stylist and fashion writer Alexandra Fullerton shows us how denim works for all she needs to do

WORKING WARDROBE

Meeting with clients:
“As a freelancer, I spend a lot of time running around town, so comfort is paramount. I might be in designer showrooms on Bond Street or East End vintage stores, so high quality, versatile skinnies are a good shout. The raw hem detail gives them edge, which I’ve balanced with chic tailoring in the form of a jumbo cord blazer (my go-to for polished ease). A bright bag lifts the grey tones of this outfit.”

In the office:
“Jeans at work might have lost their shock factor but there is still some denim etiquette involved and I like to save my chicest pairs for the office. A dark wash looks more professional and choosing a classic silhouette like this straight-leg pair feels most polished. Now that leopard print is officially a neutral, I’ve been looking for a new animal print to adopt and love this snake-print cashmere knit. Worn with tonal court shoes and a mock-croc tote bag, the prints work well together because they are in similar – rather than clashing – shades.”

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DRESS-DOWN DENIM

Casual weekend:
“Build volume on the top half of your outfit to showcase the eternally chic silhouette of skinny jeans. This is my top tip for volume – focus on just one area of the outfit (an alternative would be wide-leg trousers and a slim-fitting top). Tartan and plaid took centre stage on the 2019 catwalks, so this jacket is a great buy.”

Styling on a shoot:
“Wearing a dress over jeans is a major trend right now, and styling like this always feels cool and surprising. Start off with a bottom layer of jeans (I like this soft, stretchy pair) and a T-shirt, then choose a shirt dress to layer over, wearing it open like a coat so your jeans are on show. Extra points if you mix stripes and an abstract print – it might seem scary but if they share a similar shade the two patterns will work brilliantly, and the denim base acts as a foil for the printed eclecticism.”

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LET YOUR HAIR DOWN

An evening out:
“Lingerie-inspired details are a major trend, but I don’t want to look like I’m going out wearing actual underwear! A wide lace-trim vest embraces the trend via baby steps while the polka dot scarf makes the outfit feel less ‘boudoir,’ as does the quilted bag. Authentic grey denim teamed with black silk provides a really pleasing textural and tonal contrast. The flash of pink from the peep-toe shoes feels fun and celebratory, and breaks up the darkness of the rest of the look.”

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Editor: Sophie Hines / Images: Morgane Lay and Jonny Cochrane / Styling: Alexandra Fullerton / Hair: Halley Brisker
Make-up: Karina Constantine / Nails: Charly Avenell

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