Sarah Clark has the best eye for style. For herself; for her twins, the adorable Tabitha and Marlow (collectively known as ‘Tabarlow’ to followers of her Little Spree blog); and for her fashion shoot – she is Contributing Senior Fashion Editor at Red magazine. We could not be more thrilled to welcome her to W&W.
I first came across her when several people told me I simply had to check out Little Spree, where Sarah very kindly shares her ‘chic, petit’ style finds which don’t cost an arm and a leg. Sarah has such unerringly good taste that when I espy that she’s recommended something I’ve bought for C, or earmarked, I allow myself a small moment of triumph. And, as she’s dressing both a boy and girl every single day, there’s something for everyone. What’s more, her Mama Spree Fridays are worth checking out even if you don’t have small people – as her recommendations are by no means mamas-only.
As a stylist, she’s worked for some of the biggest names (Marie Claire and GLAMOUR before Red), and with some of the biggest names (photographers Pamela Hanson, Walter Chin, Patric Shaw, Coliena Rentmeester, David Bailey…). She now divides her time between Red and working as a freelance stylist and art director for commercial clients – and, of course, hanging out with her family in an idyllic pocket of riverside London. Do add Little Spree to your must-read list, and follow Sarah on Twitter and Instagram (@LittleSpree) for a snapshot of her life and style
Sarah with Tabitha and Marlow
My go-to uniform is dictated by my day.
When I am with the twins or working from home, I tend to wear a variation of: a men’s cashmere crew neck jumper (usually navy or charcoal), jeans and Isabel Marant boots/trainers/biker boots, depending on the weather. Today I am wearing a navy cashmere jumper with H&M denim dungarees and my Chanel navy pumps. I like to think of it as ‘scruffy-chic’.
As a Fashion Editor, I need to step it up a bit, so if I have a meeting/launch to go to, I will wear something like a Marc Jacobs dress with a high heeled ankle boot (I have a Dior pair that I bought years ago that are skill going strong) or a cashmere jumper, cropped jeans and court shoes (Stella/Manolo…), or a pretty, hippie-style blouse with cropped trousers and a chic statement flat such as my Valentino Rockstuds. The shoes will depend largely on how far I have to walk/how much I am trying to squeeze in on that particular day. A simple, chic coat ail always pull an otherwise more casual look together – my current favourite is a camel crombie from Zara that I have been wearing all Winter. Equally I will dress down a more ladylike look with my Gap army-style jacket. I like to mix things up a bit.
My ‘cannot live without it’ item
Definitely navy cashmere jumpers. You can never have too many. I even wear them in the Summer/on holiday with denim cut-offs (I like to be cosy). Comfortable/flattering jeans. Pretty/hippie tops/blouses. And one great ‘go-to’ shoe per season.
Navy cashmere crew neck, £89, Marks & Spencer
And my ‘cannot shop without them’ go-tos….
I love Zara, Gap (for lots of things, but I do love their ‘sexy boyfriend’ jeans), Topshop, M&S (for the men’s cashmere [above], and sometimes for jeans) and more recently Mango – they are doing some amazing things at the moment! (For kids too)!’
Designers I love are Isabel Marant, Marc by Marc Jabobs, Vanessa Bruno, Acne for jeans. I’m more of a high street girl for clothes really, but I do like to spurge when it come to shoes and bags though; that’s when it’s worth spending a bit more I think.
I still love and wear the same kinds of things, but I wear them in slightly different ways to adapt to being a mum (in the practical sense).
I used to be a total ‘heels girl’, but they have definitely been replaced by a skate shoe/an Isabel Marant trainer/boot or a statement flat. Even when I am not with the kids, I have to cram in so many things into a day that heels would just slow me down. I tend to do a quick change (and hope no one sees me!) before a meeting if I feel I need a heel… I used to wear a lot of little dresses, but I don’t really now, as you always find yourself bending down with kids, so that’s a bit of a no-no… Also, as a mum you just don’t have the time in the mornings to start trying on different outfits – I usually have about ten minutes to get dressed.
For a night out, I wear…
Probably some kind of Isabel Marant top/blouse and a pair of cropped skinny jeans, high sandals with an ankle strap and a chandelier earring. Or a cashmere jumper, a satin bias-cut maxi-skirt, a high sandal, a leather biker jacket and a chandelier earring. Something like that.
I tend to use the same bag day in, day out for months and months, then change
I hate switching bags all the time, as I always end up leaving something behind. At the moment I am pretty loyal to my Claire Vivier navy monogrammed duffle-style tote (I love it as it goes with everything, and has a long shoulder strap for I’m with the kids, and need to keep my hands free). It’s chic and low-key. Before that I used my Alexander Wang Rocco duffle bag, which I loved for the same reasons (although I kept forgetting about the studs on the bottom and I have a habit of putting my bag on the roof of the car when I’m strapping the kids in…). I also have a Vuitton monogrammed ‘Speedy’, which I use quite a lot, although I only like it when I’m wearing quite a casual outfit as it’s so super-chic.
The last three things I bought
A pair of H&M dungarees, a Cos men’s cashmere jumper with elbow patches (well, I actually talked my boyfriend into buying it, and I’ve sort of stolen it!) and a pair of M&S skinny jeans, which I have had taken up, making them the perfect cropped jeans for Summer. Oh and I bought a Vanessa Bruno black cotton coat (oops, forgot about that one…).
I’m very low-maintenance when it comes to beauty.
For S/S I’ll be buying…
Where to start??! A new pair of Chanel camel & black pumps (my last pair are looking a little worse for wear) – they go with everything, but I love them with denim cut-offs in the Summer; an Isabel Marant grey ruffled top (if there are any left when I get around to it); an Isabel Marant black jumpsuit (to wear with a high sandal for going out); some simple flat sandals from Kurt Geiger with an ankle strap (I like the tan and the leopard print); a cream maxi dress (probably from Mango); a cute, but flattering swimsuit for holiday, and probably a few hippie tops/dresses… I’d also like some slip-on espadrilles – Topshop has done some great ones.
Dressing Tabitha and Marlow
Tabitha’s look is probably quite similar to mine really (I know this is a bit cringe-y, but she loves to wear similar things to me, which is so sweet). She wears little blouses and cardigans with jeans; little dresses with knitted tights and boots, shorts playsuits layered with long sleeved tees and tights. And a cute tweed coat from Zara. She does have a really cute little quilted jacket from Monsoon that looks so cute worn with jeans. Oh, and she has a couple of pairs of skate shoes now too (from Zara & Monsoon). She definitely has opinions, and would only wear all pink if she could. I have started to buy her more pink things recently, as I feel guilty.
I think you should let your kids express themselves through their clothes (I do draw the line at bad shoes though – not mentioning any names…). She has also started saying ‘but it’s not pretty enough…’ if she doesn’t like an outfit I’ve got ready for her in the morning. I try to let them choose their outfits at the weekends when there’s a bit more time.
Marlow’s look is made up of skinny jeans (Gap girls’ ones are the best), grey or navy sweatshirts, navy cashmere jumpers (M&S & Mango), Breton long sleeved tees, grey cashmere cardigans, khaki army style jackets, and Pom D’Api shoes/boots.
My favourite places for kids’ clothes
Cos, Mini Boden, M&S, Zara, Mango, Stella (sale only!), Gap, Miller… Marlow is obsessed with grey sweatshirts, and would wear one every day if he could. That’s fine by me! He is probably more particular than Tabitha, but in a different way. He is all about the details. He has been known to refuse to wear something because he doesn’t like the way the zip looks. Hmmm….
My S/S ‘little sprees’
Sun-San sandals with everything! They are the best sandals ever. Marlow has navy and tan, and Tabitha has navy, pale pink and white.
Tabs will be wearing cute embroidered little dresses/sun dresses, little printed playsuits, blouses with denim-cut offs…
Marlow will be wearing Breton/grey tees with denim-cut-offs, his skinny jeans, striped cotton shorts…
I’m obsessed with Zara Home – I’m always in that shop! I buy everything from baskets (I love a basket) to photo frames to bed linen to lamps… They do great prints and pretty/hippie things which I love. I’m a big fan of their kids’ stuff too – bed linen, quilts, blankets etc.