I confess: I have a major style crush on today’s My Uniform, Laura Fantacci. Her blog, Wearing it Today, is an absolute must-read if you want to know how to a. shop (high street and designer, Laura’s eye is unfailing) and b. put a look together which is effortlessly stylish and completely wearable. Plus, it’s a compelling peek in her life – and wardrobe – as Fashion & Shopping Editor at Red magazine. Suffice to say, we love it. Do check it out – and follow her on Instagram, too!
However, she is currently on maternity leave, devoting her time to her utterly adorable 8 month-old daughter Greta Zita, who has inspired Laura to design a range of jewellery – The Greta Collection (more about which anon).
Soooo, we were thrilled when Laura not only agreed to do My Uniform, but suggested that she could talk us through how a fashion editor dresses off-duty – and how her motherhood has tweaked her style. Anyone who has had a baby knows that it can plunge you into a style no-man’s-land where nothing fits and even your never-fails-me fallback doesn’t work. Fortunately, Laura’s here to show you how it’s done. Yep, baby + style needn’t be a disastrous equation.
And, of course, we asked Laura to give us just a few little hints of what she’ll be wearing when she returns to work at Red – and thus starts updating Wearing It Today again regularly – but keep checking in for the meantime for Laura’s ‘surprise update posts’.
“My look is classic, but with a twist. I admire effortless dressing and I don’t like to try too hard.”
My wardrobe revolves around classic staples which I then like to pair with something a bit more daring and unusual. For example: I recently bought a simple navy cashmere sweater from J.Crew and wore it with a cobalt blue sequin pencil skirt and killer heels.
“My style in itself hasn’t changed since becoming a mother”
…But I’ve had to make a few adjustments. For example, my winter coat had to be one with lots of pockets, waterproof and had to have the ‘go with anything factor’ to see my through a winter pushing a pram. I also had to rethink my handbags: I needed one which I could easily sling on the pram. I still love getting dressed in the morning, though. Greta sits on the floor on the bathroom and watches me!
“On an average day with Greta, my uniform consists of…”
My ‘on duty’ Fashion Ed essentials:
“A designer bag never fails”
You will never see me with a cheap bag. (Okay, maybe a beachy clutch.)
“My ‘pregnancy and beyond’ essentials”
It really depends on the season. I had a fabulous summer pregnancy where I just wore dresses and flats, but I had to work a little harder for my post-pregnancy looks. If a pregnant friend asked me for the essentials, I would say.
- A good bra. Support and comfort are key. I loved my Elle Macpherson bras.
- Cardigans – especially if you are breast-feeding, as they are very practical. I opted for a chunky boyfriend style – think Isabel Marant.
- Leggings. These will take you though nine months of pregnancy and then several months afterwards. I recommend a simple black cotton pair from Boden’s maternity range. I also lived in my TopShop maternity leather-effect leggings. (Laura wears, above. For similar, see here.)
- A stylish and practical coat. After much research I opted for a fur-lined Zara parka.
- A stylish nappy bag. Chances are it’ll become your handbag, too, so you might as well get one that looks good. I loved my Anya Hindmarch changing bag, but a friend had the Kate Spade one and it’s very good, too.
- Flat shoes. Forget the heels at Gymboree!
“My go-to shops and brands”
Shoes: I love shoes, but I’m not a shoe snob. You can’t get away with a cheap bag, but these days the same cannot be said about shoes. I have everything from Chanel to Jimmy Choo heels to my beloved New Look ballerinas and Kurt Geiger sandals. Generally, though, I’m a big Miu Miu and Christian Louboutin girl (I’ve just bought a pair of neon and Perspex flats). I do love a statement shoe: my next purchase may very well be a Sophia Webster.
“I buy grey and white t-shirts and blingy necklaces in bulk”
“I love jewellery and don’t believe in half measures when it comes to it”
It’s either a huge crystal statement necklace from Miu Miu or Freedom at Topshop, or my favourite everyday pieces from the Elsa Peretti range at Tiffany and my very own Greta Collection alphabet rings, inspired by my daughter!
One day I would love to own a rose gold Cartier love bangle and a Carolina Bucci initial ring. But for now I love to shop from Orelia, Astley Clarke and H&M.
Note: If you’re interested in Laura’s gorgeous Greta Collection rings, email her via Wearing it Today!
“I’ve built up a small capsule collection of classic bags which I rotate on a seasonal basis.”
My Chanel navy blue large 2.55 is probably my most precious bag, but I also love my black YSL Muse, my cherry red Smythson Emily bag and my Coach across-body mini bag. If could, I would only buy Chanel bags!
“A coat of red lipstick and a pair of heels makes me feel instantly dressed up”
“I have a secret stash of clothes I’ve been buying in the past year”
I’ve been saving them for Fashion Week and returning to work! I will, however, reveal two: a Stella McCartney neon jacquard pencil skirt and a pair of phenomenally high Christian Louboutin gladiator-style heels.
“GZ has a uniform, too!”
I dress her in off colours and liberty prints from Zara Kids, Petit Bateau and Les Trois Infants. If I could afford it, I would only shop at Bonpoint, Caramel and Bon Ton, but as that’s not the case, I have to make do! My secret is the Bout’Chou range from Monoprix in Paris – I swear it’s worth the trip to France!
Thank you Laura! It’s been such a pleasure.