Southern Europe Style – September 2019
Text: Nicola Rachel Colyer
Back to basics
September ushers in a sartorial fresh start as the relaxed silhouettes of summer are replaced with sharp tailoring, luxe fabrics and polished accessories. This is the time to take stock and prepare your wardrobe for the season ahead, by investing in elevated basics that will see you through the coming months in style.
Inject some artistic flair into your look with this exclusive collaboration between British artist James Wilson and Spanish stalwart Zara. The humble sweatshirt is transformed by Wilson’s minimalist line drawings, making it the perfect addition to a pair of tailored trousers for smart-casual dressing.
Zara sweatshirt with James Wilson illustration, €30
Creating a stylish capsule wardrobe is all about finding timeless staples with an added edge, such as this pretty blouse from French brand Maje. The guipure collar, velvet tie, ruffled cuffs and jewelled buttons transform it into a statement piece that will complement everything from tailored trousers and leather skirts to your favourite denim.
Maje Guipure collar shirt, €195
Sleek shades are an essential accessory year-round. This matte brown pair from Lisbon-based Fora combine a love of vintage style with modern craftsmanship – each pair of glasses are carefully handmade from start to finish in their Portuguese factory.
Fora Hero dark brown matte sunglasses, €118
Designed to materialise the intangible gifts of life, each piece in Italian Jeweller Atelier VM’s collection is inspired by a tapestry of real-life stories and experiences. Whether celebrating a milestone or marking a memory, weave your own tale into the mix with this delicate brown diamond necklace.
Atelier VM Diamante necklace in 18-karat gold with brown diamond, €495
A beautifully crafted leather bag will add instant polish to your look, and this season, the style set are turning to French brand Elleme for their handbag fix. This timeless faux-croc model is effortlessly elegant and guaranteed to be cherished for many years to come.
Elleme Raisin bag in croco cognac, €495
Stand your ground this season in a pair of classic suede Chelsea boots. You can’t go wrong with any iteration of the timeless style, but this pair from French designer The Kooples are a step above the rest with the wrap-around buckle detail.
The Kooples suede Chelsea boots, €355
Add an unexpected freshness to your autumn style with these crisp, white jeans from French brand Sandro. Keep it seasonal by pairing with warmer tones and heavier textures like this high-neck rust knit and checked jacket.
Micro houndstooth zipped jacket, €385; Funnel neck sweater, €195; Cotton slim-fit jeans, €145; Leather derby shoe, €365, all Sandro.
A chic jacket and well-fitted denim are the building blocks of autumnal dressing. Turn to Parisian brand Sandro for timeless styles with an on-trend update. This checked tweed blazer will be your weekend go-to for dressing up jeans or adding an androgynous edge to a floral dress, whilst also slipping seamlessly into your workwear wardrobe.
Snow wash jeans, €165; Checked wool blazer, €325; Leather belt, €115; Leather ankle boots, €295; T-shirt, €95, all Sandro.
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