Meet Kate Blythe. You probably don’t realise it, but Kate wields a big influence over what we wear (and how we put outfits together). As the Editorial and Content Director for Matches, she oversees all editorial content on the site (which this week includes this fab interview with Stella McCartney). We predict much more in the way of excitement on the site (Kate previously edited Net-a-Porter’s online magazine). Oh, and she has three adorable children, Freddie, 5, Lilian, 2, and Florence, 1 (she describes herself as “living life in the most full-on way right now” – which is something of an understatement given what she’s achieved).
She is also a total style maven – a real lesson in buying to invest and then wearing what you love to death. We love how she describes her look: “I’ve always been hugely influenced by a 1960s Brigitte Bardot: that kind of French-sexy mussed-up hair and kohl-lined eyes look has always inspired me. I aim to be sharply dressed yet still a little undone, it’s a motto that serves me well.” On her Twitter account (follow her @KateBlythe she describes herself as “the ultimate shopaholic”. Suffice to say, we couldn’t wait to get a sneak peek at her wardrobe….
“I live for great jeans”
I have hundreds, and I upscale their desirability by adding statement heels or boots (favourites are Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Chloe); a Stella tux jacket, or a Rick Owens leather jacket; and always a killer handbag from Chanel, Celine or Chloe. I have an extensive wardrobe from years of working in fashion and I love everything that I own. It makes my mother shudder to see me swinging my Chanel bag over my shoulder to collect my son from swimming – I wear everything I own till it falls apart. I also love Uniqlo for the cashmere jumpers and round neck merino wool sweaters that are a perfect accompaniment to an Isabel Marant Biker jacket and distressed skinny jeans.
Stella McCartney Iris tux jacket, £735, Matches
- Isabel Marant Dicker boots, £345, Net-a-Porter
“My go-to everyday outfit always includes one statement piece…”
…Whether that’s a printed Equipment shirt, a hot pink Stella blazer, pr a pair of Fendi studded shoes. And then I simply dress my statement piece down with denim, cigarette pants or leather skinny jeans. It’s all about a hi–lo mix with me. I also own blazers in every colour from pale cream to soft grey and jet black – this one item can instantly transform me from mum on the school run to boss of a big team in a flash.
Equipment palm tree blouse, £234
- Saint Laurent, Reversible shopping tote, £1030
“I can’t live without Stella McCartney – she’s my go-to designer.”
Isabel Marant Calvin leather jacket, £680, mytheresa
Isabel Marant, suede and leather wedge boots
Stella McCartney Frazier jacquard jacket, £1060
- L’Agence Woven raffia textured bomber jacket, £425
Thank you so much, Kate! Here she is, rocking a Chanel bag at her desk, and planning the next hot coverage for Matches…