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FRAN BACON STYLES
THE NEW SEASON

Fashion writer, designer and Instagrammer Fran Bacon of The Fashion Lift shows us how to style this season’s key pieces

Take a walk on the wide side

The new season is all about wide-leg trousers. I love that trousers are getting wider – it’s very Nineties. I sized up for an even baggier, more laid-back vibe. To make voluminous trousers work, you’ve got to balance them out with a neater top and maybe a bit of a heel. A cashmere jumper makes even a working-from-home day feel luxurious and the baby-blue shade is flattering for all skin tones and hair colours. The leopard-print shoes add a bit of interest and depth.

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Four colours to choose from
£35
Fierce footwear adds edge to your look
£45
Machine washable for easy care
£79
Retro style meets on-trend zebra print
£45

Do the polka

When I shop, I’m looking for key items to make my outfits look more modern, or add a twist to things I’ve already got. I’m a huge fan of blouses, and this polka-dot one would work year-round. Lightweight and easy to wear, you could throw a blazer over it or wear it under a biker jacket. You can tie up the bow or leave it open – a great option if you’ve got a bigger chest. I live in leather trousers and these are so comfortable – the relaxed fit and ankle length make them really versatile. Nude shoes make your legs look longer and the curved shape along the foot is so flattering.

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The polka-dot trend is here to stay
Coming soon
Wear-forever style in so-now leather
£199
With Insolia tech for all-day comfort
£65
Fake leather, classic biker style
£45

Shacket real good

Everyone needs a khaki shacket; they’re so useful. Layer under bigger coats in winter, over lightweight tops in spring and autumn, and wear with shorts and a T-shirt in summer. My style is understated. I always say I have FOBO – Fear of Being Overdressed – but a great pair of jeans works in every situation. These (which are coming soon) are amazing – relaxed boyfriend fit, great vintage wash and an ankle length that you can wear with trainers by day and heels by night. The two-tone shoes are beautiful. I like the round toe and the square heel means you can actually walk in them. I go heavy on straw bags early in the season to get maximum use from them. This one’s neutral so it goes with everything.

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Cinch at the waist with the detachable belt
£45
Go hands-free with a straw cross-body bag
£17.50
A fresh take on the Breton for spring
£19.50
These are easy to dress up or down
£39.50

On the button

I like that you can change up a button-through dress by undoing the buttons to create different-length splits, and I love that this one has pockets. The colour would work with a khaki shacket, classic mac or any shade of blue denim jacket. The boxy raw-hem denim jacket works well with the fluid dress. You could wear it with ankle boots now or tan sandals in summer. I styled it with leopard-print slingbacks for a pattern clash. When it comes to mixing patterns, just go for it. Think of leopard print as a neutral and you won’t go far wrong.

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This vibrant printed dress is a real mood-booster
£55
Provides a cool contrast with pretty dresses
£35
A drizzle-beating spring essential
£55
Your goes-with-everything summer shoe
£29.50

Interview: Miranda Eason / Images: Morgane Lay and Jonny Cochrane / Art direction: Nicola Rose
Hair: Ben Cooke / Make-up: Victoria Bond / Nails: Emma Welsh

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