Zero Time, Max Style (The new new look)

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a5993375ea7d18933cf5b78119ff370aSo (as my two-year-old has taken to saying), the new look. Not the post-WW2 New Look – and not , in this instance, the high street retailer. No, this is the new new look. It’s a little bit film noir, a soupçon Hitchcock and definitely involves the new skirt length: longer, mid-calf, flared at the knee, cinched at the waist. (I am possibly choosing to ignore fashion’s diktats re the mid-calf element: at 5 ft 3″ and wedded to my flats I can do a full skirt, but am in danger of looking like an escapee from a costume drama if said skirt is too long.)

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See? Super chic. And err, not a flat in sight. Dammit Janet.


As this is an A/W piece, what you want here is a darker hue in a heavy (or stiff, patterned) fabric which will hang really well (look for something in wool or a wool mix) and go with everything. Something like this…

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From l to r: A-line skirt, £69, Cos; Panelled wool mix skirt, £79, Cos; Full midi skirt, £38, Asos

It is, IMHO, worth spending a little more here. My-wardrobe is an excellent go-to destination for mid-price designer pieces. I adore this Raoul number in particular.

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From l to r: Raoul Vera Bow skirt, £230; Goat heavy crepe skirt in ice blue, £320; Goat heavy crepe skirt in black, £320

Team it with something very, very simple – a J.Crew Tippi jumper, for instance (I know. I always bang on about J.Crew. Speaking of which, have you checked out Laura Fantacci’s lovely shiny redesigned Wearing It Today blog and her  post all about the wonders of J.Crew?)

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Merino jumper, £39,95, Gap; Vintage cotton V neck tee, £25.25, J.Crew

Team with one of these (Zara jewellery has really caught my eye of late)…

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Crystal flower necklace, £22.99; Maxi pearl chain necklace, £19.99

And, yes, yes, yes, I concede, your favourite pair of heels.

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Anouk black patent pumps, £375, Jimmy Choo; Drew leather toe pointed toe court, £180, LK Bennett

Voila. The new new look. Simple. Chic. Totally wearable.

Images: Stockholm Streetstyle, The Sartorialist, Milly RTW A/W 2013 by Clarice Vikauskas via


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