Stealthy-doesn’t-have-to-mean-Wealthy Style. And still feeling the loafer love…
Whether you’re the billionaire founder of a gimmicky wellness brand or not, Stealth Style is always an excellent wardrobe option. Gwyneth Paltrow’s courtroom catwalk show has been much commented upon, so let’s move swiftly on… Though I am left wondering what the ‘treats’ for the courtroom security team would’ve been now that Goop’s This Smells Like My Vagina candles are out of stock. Guess we’ll never know. One thing I do know is that while the pared-down aesthetic of The Row and other luxury designer brands is incredibly desirable (read, expensive); you can can get the look for less. Good quality wardrobe basics are available at a more reasonable, everyday prices. And there’s always the ‘wait for the sale’ option, or what I like to call Style Stalking. Yep. Stealth doesn’t require huge amounts of wealth.
The slightly, oversized tailored jacket, the chunky hand knit sweater, simple gold jewellery, the perennially chic neutrals – I’m practically wearing all of the ‘wellness’ guru’s courtroom looks at once. Though, I am moving away from stompy boots for spring. Get with the programme, Gwyneth. Having spent a few days in Italy, last month, I can confirm that numerous super-stylish women breezed through the streets of Brera in elegant loafers. And so lately I’ve seized the opportunity to shift from sneakers and chunky boots to grown-up shoes.
If you’re on the lookout for loafers, the shoes loaned for the photo are Grenson’s Miranda style. I would also recommend Dune’s Geeno penny loafer (available HERE and HERE) and Russell & Bromley’c classic loafers. American readers check out Carmina loafers; G.H. Bass & Co’s iconic Bass Weejuns (these are also available in the UK) or get the Gucci-vibe-for-less at Sam Edelman (UK stockist, HERE). In Italy, I resisted the urge to step inside a Tod’s store, as there are plenty of the Della Valle family’s run-around shoes on offer at The Outnet. Chic and cheap(er).
This smells like my loafers:
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STEALTHY DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN WEALTHY: STYLE NOTES
For tailored jackets I think Jigsaw is pretty good at the minute (the one I’m wearing in the photo was on loan from Jigsaw and has sold out); one of my friends who works in a corporate environment is a big Massimo Dutti fan. And I do like a vintage blazer. American readers always recommend J.Crew, Madewell and Frame. The lovely jumper I’m wearing was on loan from Navygrey. See also Community Clothing for knitwear – and Alex Mill in the US (a selection of designs are available from Net-A-Porter). There may have been no Uniqlo on show in Utah, but a recent paid partnership introduced me to the brand’s lovely cashmere collection, which I’ve been living in all winter. For Capri pants or cropped black trousers, I’m wearing Me+Em, (last year’s collection but this style is very similar). see also: Boden, Kin at John Lewis and Everlane who stock stealthy-doesn’t-have-to-mean-wealthy versions.