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15 November 2018
I featured this fishtail burgundy dress from Marks & Spencer a couple of months ago and it’s now back in stock. Several followers are looking for outfit inspiration for Christmas weddings so this would be my top pick for a budget festive occasion dress. Snap it up while you can as I doubt it will be in stock for long! I’ve tried this dress on and can really recommend it – good quality thick fabric – feels much more expensive than £49.50! I’ve matched it here with a burgundy hat by The Cotswold Milliner available to hire from The Cotswold Hat Club, burgundy coat and faux fur scarf from Hobbs, clutch by Aspinal, heels by L.K. Bennett and jewelled earrings from Zara to add a bit of Christmas sparkle.
10 November 2018
I sometimes get criticism for being too matchy-matchy…wearing one colour head to toe isn’t for everyone – some think it can appear too obvious or too old fashioned – but I like it for formal daywear. It always looks elegant and timeless and those are two things that are high up on my list when it comes to choosing clothing. That’s just my personal preference though – others prefer to wear bright contrasting colours to look fresh and quirky and that can look great too – people should wear what they love and feel comfortable in. Also by styling matchy-matchy looks like this I’m trying to show how easy it is to look “put together” for a formal event which is something followers frequently say they struggle with – if you stick with one colour or two then it’s hard to go wrong. Monochrome looks can be really subtle too, if you vary the texture – matte with shiny – or add some embellishment in the same colour – like the feathers and crystal earrings and brooch here, you get subtle variety that I find appealing, rather than the jolt of contrasting colours. This Burgundy Leticia dress is a new style by MiaGiacca – a classic fit-and-flare 3/4 length sleeve wool dress perfect for dressing up for an A/W formal day time look. If you want to make a hat the feature of your outfit it’s sometimes best to go for a classic dress like this which could carry and complement any design of hat. I’ve matched it here with a feather trimmed hat by Bundle Maclaren – available to hire from The Cotswold Hat club, velvet accessories from L.K. Bennett and vintage earrings by Susan Caplan. MiaGiacca is offering 15% off the Leticia burgundy dress to followers of The Lady’s Maid if you use the discount code LADY15!.
8 November 2018
This is one of my favourite dresses from the current range at Boden. I really like colour block so I like this flash of pink/purple in the red skirt. Boden is having a flash sale with 25% off, from today until Sunday. The mulled wine cross body bag and kitten heels are also from Boden. The poppy brooch is available at M&S.
7 November 2018
This midi dress from M&S is the perfect casual autumn dress for me – I love the forest green colour and autumnal floral pattern. It’s super flattering too – with an elasticated waistline so would be flattering on most sizes and shapes. I’m a big fan of dresses as casual wear – mainly because I never really get along with jeans so dresses like this get a big tick from me. I’ve accessorised it here with tan boots and bag, earrings from Accessorize and a Burgundy wool coat from Hobbs.
6 November 2018
I spotted this burgundy polka dot shirt dress in New Look yesterday and thought it was a good replikate for the Whistles burgundy polka dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge a couple of weeks ago. This one is shorter so I would wear it with either thick opaques and boots or over black leggings. There is limited sizing online but there were quite a few in store. I’ve matched it here with ankle boots by Unisa, bag by Michael Kors, scarf from Zara, gloves from M&S, coat from John Lewis and earrings from Accessorize.
1 November 2018
Now that it’s the first of November I can legitimately start posting Christmassy looks. I love all shades Burgundy so I think this pleated velvet oxblood dress from Ted Baker is a great Christmas frock, if you’ve got the shoulders/arms for a halter-neck, if not then cover up with this stylish bow waist jacket for a smarter classic look. And can we talk about this bag from Dune 😍 so pretty. Vintage earrings by Jennifer Gibson, heels by L. K. Bennett.
The royal Duchesses are all about the colour blue this week so here’s another elegant sleeved dress from Kotys – the Lena navy blue dress. Classic colour, elegant fit and flare skirt and it even has pockets – what’s not to like! I’ve added a bit of contrasting colour and pattern with this mustard yellow bag from Aspinal and a printed scarf from Fat Face. Several followers have been looking for a smart work shoe that isn’t a towering stiletto – I like these block heels from Russell & Bromley – elegant and wearable without ruining your feet.
Kotys are offering a 10% discount on all their dresses to followers of The Lady’s Maid. Discount code: TLM10. Head to their website to view their full collection here. All dresses are made in London and are 100% English wool.
31 October 2018
A classic check blazer is a great wardrobe staple for your autumn/winter wardrobe. I’ve styled a classic smart casual look here similar to the outfit worn by The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday – classic black separates: roll neck, jeans, and ankle boots with a checked blazer and added a black bag, burgundy scarf and pearl earrings. All these pieces feature in my capsule wardrobe, which you might recognise if you’ve read my book yet! They’re basic pieces but if you like a classic look they’ll always look smart and never really date. Plus you can always update the look with brighter accessories or statement jewellery.
29 October 2018
I have featured Kotys dresses a couple of times before and they always get a good response from my American followers, some of whom have told me that they sometimes find it difficult to purchase classic dresses with sleeves – so you’ll be pleased to hear that Kotys have now added the USA to the list of destinations they deliver to. I’ve styled them into looks for workwear and summer weddings before but today I’ve picked one for a winter racing look. The Perry brown is made of 100% wool, fully lined and has a standard ¾ length sleeve but can also be customised to a longer sleeve. All Kotys dresses are made in London. Head to the Kotys website here to view the other dresses in their autumn/winter range.
Kotys are offering 10% off all this week to followers of The Lady’s Maid – enter the code TLM10 at checkout.
27 October 2018
This is another of my favourite coats form the AW range of London based designer Katharine Hooker. The contrast coat in Petrol is a made of peacock teal wool with leather detailing on the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps. I like the long cut of these coats as they are perfect for more formal dressing – winter weddings or the races – and great as a cover up for longer skirts/dresses. Katherine is in New York today and next week so if you are a NYC follower and would like to try on a quality British coat made in London head to:
Katherine Hooker in New York
Sam Leung Tailors
851 Lexington Avenue, 1st floor
(between 64th and 65th Street)
New York, NY 10065
Sat, Oct. 27th
11am – 5pm (or by appointment)
Tuesday Oct. 30th – Friday, Nov. 2nd
11am – 5pm (or by appointment)
I’ve accessorized the contrast coat here with a turquoise hat by Sophie Hunter (available to hire from The Cotswold Hat Club) suede boots from Boden, mini topaz trunk from Aspinal, and pearl earrings by Annoushka.
22 October 2018
I could see an outfit like this on the Duchess of Cambridge this Autumn/Winter. I love the rich berry red hue of this Cliveden dress by The Fold at this time of year, and the gathered pleating at the neck adds a bit of stylish edge to an otherwise simple dress. Also pictured is my favourite coat from the new A/W range at London based designer Katherine Hooker – the contrast coat in soft pink. I love the Burgundy velvet accents in the collar and pocket flaps. For my American followers who like this style of English coat, Katharine Hooker will be in NYC this week and next (from Wed), by appointment, at Sam Leung Tailors 🇺🇸.
21 October 2018
This turquoise tweed dress and matching coat are from the new range at Lalage Beaumont and are perfect for a classic Mother of the Bride autumn/winter look. I’ve matched the tweed ensemble here with turquoise accessories: hat available to hire from the Cotswold Hat Club, heels by Boden, mini trunk bag from Aspinal of London, peacock brooch from John Lewis and turquoise earrings from The Antique Jewellery company. These tweed coats are great as you could also wear them quite casually over a top and jeans so they don’t have to be saved for special occasions – which will bring the cost per wear down a bit! Head to my guest blog post at Lalage Beaumont for more winter wedding outfit ideas.
20 October 2018
Add some autumnal tweed to your weekend casuals with this new “Flame” blazer from MiaGiacca. A classic double-breasted houndstooth print tweed blazer in vibrant pink tones made of light-weight British tweed. I’ve styled it here with casual separates: a rollneck jumper and jeans accessorised with a crossbody bag, boots and pink drop earrings, but I think you could also wear it with a classic white shirt and black trousers for a work look. MiaGiacca are offering 15% off the Flame blazer to my followers for a limited period from today (until next Saturday) using the discount code: LADY15.
19 October 2018
This maroon shirt dress from & Other Stories is another one from my wardrobe that I have winterized by layering. It reminds me a little of the burgundy shirt dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday. I’ve added a polo neck underneath from M&S – I love these polo necks – they’re lightweight and thermal (made with Heatgen™) so will keep you snuggly and warm under dresses and knitwear for autumn/winter. For once this look is practically what I’m wearing today – the only thing I don’t have is the bag!
17 October 2018
This magenta pink dress from The Fold reminded me of the vibrant raspberry pink dress worn by The Duchess of Cambridge at Princess Eugenie’s wedding last Friday. A similar shade to the winter crimson jumper I featured yesterday too – a great colour for Autumn. I’ve matched it with navy patent courts from L. K. Bennett, a navy mini Lion Landsdowne bag from Aspinal, navy belt and a colourful cashmere scarf – the “Bolshoi” by Dolce Roopa, with rose quartz earrings from Monica Vinader. Perhaps a look suitable for the Queen of colour, Queen Maxima!
16 October 2018
I’ve been looking for the right jumper to “winterize” this dress I bought from H&M at the end of summer and I think this cropped cashmere jumper from Pure Collection might be a good one. I love the vibrant berry “winter crimson” hue and the cropped length make it suitable for pairing over dresses and skirts in autumn so that you can make summer last a bit longer in your wardrobe at least! Also, it’s machine washable which is a big plus! I’ve accessorized the look here with a burgundy bag from Aspinal of London, heeled boots by Zara and Accessorize earrings.
15 October 2018
Forest green was a popular colour amongst the guests at last Friday’s royal wedding. It’s a great colour for those looking for inspiration for autumn/winter racing outfits. I’ve picked out this double breasted coat from & Other Stories and matched with a green felt hat available for hire from The Cotswold Hat Club, for a winter racing look. The pine green half sleeve dress is from Marks & Spencer and reminded me a little of the high necked dress by Emilia Wickstead worn by Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding. To add a touch of glamour as well as warmth I’ve accessorised with a gorgeous green faux fur scarf from John Lewis, brown leather boots by Fairfax & Favour and mini trunk bag by Aspinal of London. The smoky quartz earrings are by Kiki McDonough.
9 October 2018
This post is for a follower who has purchased this pine green midi skirt from M&S. I love the asymmetric panelling of the skirt – it makes it a little different from a classic midi. I’ve pictured a couple of options here to dress it up for her bridal shower lunch: for a smart casual look you could layer a patterned blouse over a high neck top and wear with heeled boots or just wear the blouse alone and add some statement heels. OR for something a little smarter wear the skirt with a cropped jacket and the heels – you could switch over the footwear here with each outfit to vary the look too. These Chatsworth green Cordelia heels from Boden are a perfect match with the skirt and a great way of dressing it up!
8 October 2018
Another British label that I think would suit the Duchess of Sussex is The Fold London – they have classic tailored sleeved dresses but always with a contemporary twist – with flattering draping, pleats and asymmetric cuts adding just the right amount of edge. This Montrose dress in deep green is a new style for autumn/winter – featuring clever diagonal front folding to enhance the shape. I’ve pictured it with neutral suede courts by Gianvito Rossi, a green bag by Gabriela Hearst, the Sorrento cashmere scarf from Dolce Roopa and earrings by Birks (not available anymore so the link is for a similar style in turquoise).
29 Sep 2018
Dress – Chi Chi Clothing
Heels – Aldo
Clutch – Aldo
Hat – Hosties Hats
Earrings – A. B. Davis
The best thing about winter is getting to wear cosy knits. Chunky cardis like this southwest patterned one by & Other Stories are a great way of transforming casual basics like jeans and a roll neck. You can also wear them as a main cover up too instead of a jacket or coat if you layer up underneath. Fine knits like merino wool are the best for layering – This one is by John Smedley – a favourite knitwear provider of HM the Queen. Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were also known to wear Smedley’s fine knits – ladies who knew how to wear a classic jumper with style!
28 Sep 2018
A few followers are looking for December wedding outfit Inspo – I think Christmas weddings are much easier to shop for than Autumn as at least you can be fairly confident of what the weather will be like, which is always a big factor when dressing for big events. Autumn is so changeable (a drop of almost 10 degrees in the UK from yesterday to today) which plays havoc with the wardrobe. December events are also an opportunity to indulge in luxurious looking fabrics like these black raspberry velvet heels and bag from L. K. Bennett. The raspberry pink dress by Reiss is a bit skin exposing at the back – if you do a bit of faux fur shrobing with this Merlot jacket from Coast you’ll keep the goose bumps at bay! Also pictured are some beautiful garnet drop earrings by Annoushka and the pièce de résistance – a burgundy rose and velvet headpiece from the AW18 collection of Scottish milliner William Chambers.
Camel is my favourite neutral for autumn/winter coats as it goes with everything but this mocha shade is also high on my list. At £375 this wrap coat by Reiss is a bit pricey for a high street label, so I’m bookmarking it in the hope of a Sale reduction! Also pictured are my top pick for a heeled Burgundy boot for winter, and a red checked midi dress by Zara, accessorized with some repeat appearances for the red tiger print scarf by Hush and red flower pom pom earrings from Accessorize. Plus my favourite Aspinal of London mini Landsdowne Lion bag in claret/black.
27 Sep 2018
Ever since I said I don’t really like animal print the big cats have been creeping onto my page! I think I prefer it as accessories like these sling backs from Aldo…when you break it down as an abstract pattern it has all the neutral colours that I like – black, camel, ivory – so is a good way of adding pattern to a classic outfit to update it. Also If the rest of your outfit is block colours one patterned accessory adds a bit of interest to the ensemble. The abstract colour block scarf from Hobbs also lifts these classic separates: cream silk blouse by L. K. Bennett, black culottes by The Fold London and camel cardigan by L. K. Bennett. The hoop earrings are from Accessorize.
A couple of followers asked me what my recommendations were for work bags that are stylish but big enough to fit a lap top – I’m going to do a blog post on it soon but this is one option for now – from The Cambridge Satchel Company. Their bags are hand made in the UK and inspired by the traditional British leather school bag (I still remember mine) so I can see the appeal that tapping into this nostalgia generates. They have a wide range of coloured leathers to modernise the look so you don’t look like you’re going to work with your old schoolbag! I’ve pictured the classic “Batchel” in oxblood leather. A variation on the original satchel as it has a top handle as well as the longer satchel strap . It’s 15” so would fit a 13” lap top and A4 files. They are currently celebrating 10 years in operation by offering up to 50% off some of their collection – check out the bags on offer here.
26 Sep 2018
Dress – Ghost Fashion (not currently available)
Hat – The Cotswold Hat Club / Julie Kenny Designs
Coat – Ted Baker
Burgundy suede/red bow heels – Boden
Beaded bag – Zara
Garnet drop earrings – F. Hinds
Velvet heels – Malone Souliers
Velvet bag – L.K. Bennett
This outfit has a subtle roar about it 🦁 There are three wild cats here but they’re not jumping out at you! L. K. Bennett have updated their Montana tea dress for autumn with a leopard print version. I love the style of the Montana – an elegant 40s style silk tea dress with bow detail at the neck and decorative pearl buttons – the red and green versions were popular over spring/summer. I’ve styled it with a classic camel coat by Hobbs (everyone needs a camel coat in their wardrobe btw – it’s the most versatile shade for Autumn), the mini Lion Landsdowne bag in black from Aspinal of London, pearl drop earrings by Annoushka, black suede courts and a red wool scarf featuring a subtle tiger print from Hush at John Lewis.
24 Sep 2018
This blue wrap jacket from the Fold is a classic addition to an autumn working wardrobe. The soft fluid shape makes it comfortable to wear if you don’t like a tailored look that is too sharp. It’s also good for layering – I’m matched it with a winter white roll neck from John Smedley and some patterned culottes from Warehouse – a great way of bringing your summer trousers into autumn. Add some autumnal hues with yellow/tan accessories – the Landsdowne lion bag from Aspinal of London in mustard yellow is the perfect complimentary colour for navy blue – biscuit suedes heels from L.K. Bennett and earrings by Accessorize.
Tweed jacket designer MiaGiacca has a new style available for Autumn/Winter – The “Melia” pussy bow jacket is a new version of their previous bestseller, the Mia, (a turquoise/salmon pink colourway) updated for autumn with this multi-toned pinky tweed and mocha Italian silk pussy bow (can be made bespoke with a different colour bow). The Melia is made from English tweed sourced from Linton Tweeds – a tweed fabric and yarn manufacturers in Carlisle who have been producing the highest quality fabrics for designers for over 100 years and were the original supplier to Coco Chanel. I’ve styled the Melia three ways here to take you from desk to dinner to the weekend. It’s a really lady-like statement jacket but still versatile enough to wear across dress codes and from day to eve. For a limited period (until this Friday 28th September) MiaGiacca is offering 20% off the Melia to my followers if you use the discount code: Lady20. (NB. This is an affiliate link*).
These velvet shoes from L. K. Bennett are too pretty to save for evening wear. They look great with denim, a classic cream cashmere knit, and blue blazer for a casual glam look too. I’ve also accessorized these wardrobe basics with a topaz bag from Aspinal of London and a Siberian tiger print cashmere scarf from Dolce Roopa and Accessorize Swarovski studs. The teal midi dress is by Whistles.
Clockwise from left: Mindy Dress, Ghost Fashion; Lauren Ralph Lauren Faux Fur Collar Coat, John Lewis; Taylor Black Velvet bag, L.K. Bennett; Bianca Black Suede Courts; 1950s Vintage Blue Teardrop Earrings, Jennifer Gibson
These looks are for an Instagram follower who has a drinks reception at the Irish Embassy in Paris to attend next month. Sounds like quite a fancy occasion! There isn’t a dress code which makes it a bit tricky to know what to wear so she’s asked for my help! I like the style of these dresses by Ghost Fashion – Glam but not OTT – not exactly cocktail dress but not entirely day dress either so I reckon they’d be perfectly suitable for an evening reception in Autumn. I’ve tried to reign in my jewels on this one a bit (I’ve been like a child raiding her grandmother’s jewellery box with my winter dressy looks lately!) just some discrete studs – both vintage by Susan Caplan and Jennifer Gibson. The black velvet bag by L.K.Bennett is quite handy for drinks receptions – loop it round your wrist so that your hands are free for drinks and canapes !
I noticed this new red/white check coat at Boden recently and it reminded me of the houndstooth Catherine Walker coat worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on her tour of Sweden earlier this year. I love the velvet collar on this one and the slightly darker shade of red. I’ve matched it with a chic red dress from the new in house range at John Lewis & Partners, burgundy heels by L.K. Bennett, claret bag by Aspinal of London, pearl earrings by Annoushka and a cream cashmere scarf, also from John Lewis, for a smart city autumn/winter look but I think you could also wear this coat casually with a cream rollneck and jeans.
September can be a tricky month for outerwear – some days are too mild for a full on winter coat but too cold for a jacket…so I like the crop of coatigans that are around at the moment – a coat/cardi hybrid that’s a bit more structured than a cardigan but with more of an open and loose fit in comparison to winter wool coats so great for layering on autumnal days. This burgundy coatigan with contrasting black cuffs by Winser London is one of the smartest I’ve spotted. It’s made of extra fine merino wool on the outer side and soft cotton on the inside so comfortable and warming to wear. I’ve matched it with a charcoal grey roll neck by John Smedley, high waisted black skinny jeans by 7 for all mankind, suede boots by Stuart Weitzman and a black/claret Lion Landsdowne bag by from Aspinal of London. I really like this new range from Aspinal – I wish they had a small plain Burgundy one as then it would be added to my list for Santa! (Earrings: Sparkle Colour Short Drop Earrings, Accessorise.)
This look is a bit girl-meets-glam-meets-downton abbey! I hope nobody has burgundy boredom yet as it’s officially my favourite colour for autumn/winter! I’ve matched it with bright red before but I think it also works well with raspberry pink – like this pretty raspberry pink “Debbie” dress from Gal Meets Glam. Michelle Dockery wore a Philip Treacy hat very similar to this beautiful deep pink velvet beret earlier this year at Royal Ascot – this one is trimmed with a hand crafted flower and crystal embellished veiling – If I had this hat I think I would keep it in a glass cabinet to gaze at every day! I’m all over the antique and vintage jewellery with my winter looks – they really add a bit of glam to winter colours – this Georgian garnet flower brooch is from The Antique Jewellery Company and the 1960s vintage clip-on earrings are from Susan Caplan. The Bruce by Bruce Oldfield dress coat from John Lewis is making another appearance alongside a clutch from Dune London and my favourite heels of the season – black raspberry velvet courts from L.K.Bennett (If Father Christmas is reading these are top of my Wishlist!).(N.B. the cranberry faux fur scarf is by Jigsaw Fashion but is no longer available).
I’m not a big fan of the current animal print trend (I saw someone on twitter commenting on how the high street resembled a safari at the moment! But I do quite like this leopard pleated midi dress from & other stories as the print is quite discreet.Wear with an open neck in autumn 🍂 or layer with a fine knit for the chillier winter days ❄️This winter white rollneck by John Smedley is made of extra fine merino wool so great for layering. John Smedley is the oldest knitwear manufacturer in the world (established in 1784) and based in Derbyshire. If they’ve been making jumpers for that long they must be doing something right! They also hold a royal warrant as suppliers of knitwear to HM The Queen. Not sure HM will be layering hers under a leopard print dress like this though! Also pictured is a classic camel wrap coat by Weekend Maxmara, boots by Stuart Weizman bag by Aspinal of London and earrings from Accessorize.
A top-to-toe autumn wedding ensemble for under £100! This look is inspiration for a follower looking for an outfit for an October wedding on a student budget and a size 18. I’ve picked out this berry/grey floral wrap dress from the Curve range at Quiz Clothing which is available in sizes 16 – 26. They also offer a 20% discount for students which makes it even more budget friendly! I’ve accessorised it with rose pink courts by Dorothy Perkins, earrings and burgundy velvet bag from Accessorize and pink organza headband by Debut at Debenhams. Total outfit cost: £97.99!
Jacket: Harris tweed jacket, Brora.
Feather pin: Feather pin in rust, Really Wild Clothing.
Coat: an old style from Hobbs London.
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