We’re huge fans of Finery. What’s not to love about a range which feels (and looks) exclusive and is incredibly well-designed – but doesn’t cost the earth? (Nothing. That’s why it’s a fashion insider’s favourite.) It’s a clever idea – and now they’ve taken it one step further with their “Forever Pieces” collection. Designed by six ultra-stylish women, this bijou collection focuses on timeless pieces you’ll wear again (and again and again….). And now you can shop the edit – plus a selection of Finery’s, um, finest at selected John Lewis stores (or online right here).
No wardrobe is complete with a pair of well-tailored trousers. Three things to look for: cut, fabric and attention to detail. This pair (£59) sesigned by fashion editor Agata Belcen, is pretty much perfect. I love the subtle polka dots and the buckle detail at the waist – and the crop means you show a flash of ankle. Keep the styling very simple with flats and a neat knit or Breton – or pretty it up with a blouse (like Alex’s pick from the Forever collection, below).
The grey sweatshirt
No one, but no one, should be without a grey marl sweatshirt in their sartorial arsenal. And the Bidder sweatshirt (£49) is the ideal specimen. It’s incredibly simple (something this chic requires very little embellishment) but has those details you come to expect from Finery: a seam running up the back and rose gold zips on the cuff. Check them out…
Team it with pretty much anything. Jeans, simple sleek trousers (I love Finery’s Boxmoor Pleat Trousers, or something decidedly more glitzy. A grey sweatshirt works incredibly well to dress down sparkly/patterned/sequinned/bold trousers or skirts (it’s a very Jenna Lyons/J. Crew look). Try the Longford Pleated Skirt in gloriously bright peacock blue or emerald green.
On first glance this shirt (£49) designed by Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine is quite a prim piece, but don’t let the bow front fool you as with a few tweaks this is gorgeous. First up, black and navy are a very cool combination, so slinkily perfect for a night out. Secondly, in my book, shirts are always a winner. I’d wear this with the bow/neck tie worn untied and the top few buttons undone. Teamed with cropped trousers or jeans, it would look fab for a night out or throw it over a pencil skirt for a smart office look. If you’re near one of the John Lewis stores that stock a large Finery selection, then it’s worth popping in to see if they’ve got the Richmond Floral Placement wide leg trousers or the Brookmill Skinny Trousers as they could work nicely together.
Hands up who doesn’t love a jumpsuit? This McClure jumpsuit (£89) designed by Vicky McClure, the fab actress in Line of Duty and This is England, is a great addition to your wardrobe. I’d tweak for summer by rolling up the sleeves to my elbow (why yes, I am a Kwik Fit fitter) and the legs to my ankles. Team with these white slider sandals (the twisted toe straps are very flattering), white trainers (these are fab) for the perfect laid-back look or add super-bright heels and layered jewellery if you’re heading out on the town. I also rather like these Elwood slip on trainers – they look super-luxe and the pointy toes are pretty cool, no?
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