I love a posh sweatshirt. Excellent go-anywhere credentials, and the epitome of Casual Glamour. The latest addition to my collection is this gorgeous midnight velvet number by Les Chiffoniers. Beautiful isn’t it? (here’s the link to it online, but be warned – it’s nearly sold out). I never thought I’d see myself in textured sportswear, that Juicy Couture tracksuit/abomination put me right off, but fashion moves in mysterious ways. And this velvet top is so slinky. Here I am sporting the usual ‘I hate having my photo taken’ expression, right after the Margaret Howell show at London Fashion Week. I’m also wearing the old Liberty Print Nike Air Max and carrying Boden’s Chelsea bag. One of my friends joked that they might not let me into London Fashion Week with a Boden bag, but this lovely inky patent leather number is very chic and if it’s good enough for Helena Christensen… Let’s have a closer look:

Trainer gazing.


After this impromptu photoshoot with my lovely friend Dvora, I nipped across to the Whistles spring/summer 2013 press day, where I was immediately drawn to this super-soft, leather sweatshirt. I never thought I’d wear a leather sweatshirt but…sorry is this getting a bit repetitive?

Jane Sheperdson was there too. We had a chat, she’s absolutely lovely. Charming and talented. The CEO of Whistles told me that after four years with the company, she’s finally got the collection where she wants it. And I have to agree, this is one of the strongest ranges yet. There’s an excellent interview this with JS on The Business of Fashion website this week.

Jane Sheperdson.


Something Sheperdson said really struck a chord with me: ‘We identified that there was a gap in the market for grown-up fashion;
for contemporary, effortless, laid back fashion —not classic. There were a lot of people in that premium price point that were doing classic things already.’

Another fan of Casual Glamour.

PS The shiny bag was a present from Boden, and now you all think I’m really ungrateful…

23 thoughts on “The posh sweatshirt

  1. Always love a sweatshirt though I'm not sure if I'd be happy in velvet… It's funny, I don't really seem to find things at Whistles which really make me swoon – maybe I'm not looking often enough. xo

  2. "Casual glamour," yes! I think you've achieved it in your ensemble. Ms. Sheperdson GETS it! Grown-up, contemporary, effortless, laid-back fashion, yes! More of that, please.

  3. Love the term "Casual Glamour" – in an effort to figure out my style post accident my friends and I came up with "Smart Casual" …. I'm going off to check out that site; a velvet sweat shirt – would be a great way to give a little push to my smart casual … thanks for always sharing brilliant finds! and your photos look great!! xo HHL

  4. Hi my dear-I adore your velvet top and Boden bag, they are perfect Autumnal pieces that look amazing-as do you, you really look lovely in photos you mustn't worry!! Loving the leather sweatshirt too-like you say, Whistles has really evolved and have some totally fab items xxx

  5. My ballet class friends and I are always talking about creating casual glamour looks. It is perfect for my lifestyle at work, groceries, going to class, and shoppping on the weekends. Of course where I live in Nike town most men, women, and children all dress alike in jeans and sweatshirts. I like to step it up at least ten notches and create something more elegant yet in the realm of casual. It is a challenge!!

  6. Looking VERY gorgeous may I say TNMA!! Love the velvet sweatshirt – I have bought a grey one with sequins (M & S) and love it.. and funnily enough was just looking at the Boden Chelsea bag this morning in a catalogue they sent me and thinking 'Hmmm, that's nice'…. X

  7. I LOVE velvet Sweatshirts and had totally forgotten about. In Germany they are known as “Nicki” and are still sold by a small shop in Berlin:https://www.google.de/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi-lqr28s3QAhVrIsAKHY0uAYgQFgg3MAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.feinundripp.de%2F&usg=AFQjCNHfO68dQ7JuBO77H2RPm5Bp6QhF8w&sig2=56Sd-ZvK-tVsvUvytcUrM
    They are 100% cotton and very affordable.
    Click on “Products” and there you find “Nickis”. I think you have to ask which color & size is available.

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