My name is Joanne Hegarty and I'm a London based fashion journalist turned blogger and stylist gun to hire. Here on The Stylist And The Wardrobe you will find lifestyle and fashion posts to ponder and hopefully enjoy.
If you’ve always shied away from Spring’s pastels, it might be time to reconsider. Forget about the 1950’s prim associations and add a whole bucket of modern day attitude to these sugary shades instead.
Over the past week, I have been adding spoonfuls of sugary pastels to my wardrobe and my interiors.
Take it from me, a former reformed pastel critic, they’ll cheer you and your wardrobe up no end.
I adore this vintage baby pink t-shirt with its squiggly logo just above the boob – ‘Love saves the day’ from Hush homewear.
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There’s something about this butter wouldn’t melt pink that gets me every time. The chic retro shade also looks amazing with a tan and blue denim come Summer.
Team your baby pinks with black – I for one love this combination.
I have teamed my sweet little tee with these great frayed jeans from a new hot but accessible designer Nan
These black jeans with their frayed-ends have gorgeous extra details like a small pearl sewn on the pocket.
This little pastel pink t-shirt which I think will sell out fast will also look gorgeous with blue denim and a tan come Summer.
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If you don’t believe me about Pastels undergoing a sort of renaissance, this month’s Vogue magazine is imploring its readers to at least try, try, try .
Pastels have undergone a radical transition and the new way to wear Spring’s lighter shades is with lots of modern attitude.
Pastels are not just for girly girls
Build your look from a foundation of black, or black leather trousers. Or add some pastel accessory.
Remember you don’t have to go the whole hog, just keep it tame like me and wear a little.
A little pastel pink goes a long way.
This spring, a cute ‘Love Saves the Day’ embroidered v neck tee will enhance your basics.
The snow and the freezing temperatures have subsided and this week we are relatively back to normal.
Spring once more doesn’t feel quite the illusion and dreams of daffodils and blossom have once more taken a firm hold.
Brave fashion souls this week announced on Instagram that they had unleashed their ankles. The boot and sock have been cast aside and replaced by cropped trousers and naked ankle. I admittedly haven’t been that brave yet. But I’m on side-lines warming up.
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However, my mind has firmly turned to Spring trends and stripes and polka-dots are two key players this season.
Two terrific and easy to wear pieces that fit into these categories and are so easy to wear are this Kamala polka-dot dress from Whistles .
The playful polka dot grows up this season – with its subtle spotted print, this elegantly designed shirt dress is a case in point. Toughen up its feminine features with leather ankle boots and a biker jacket. I’ve been wearing mine all over town from out to dinner to breakfast meetings.
Nothing is as fresh as a crisp red stripe. This wonderful Mattieshirt from Baukjen and its stylish tie detail is an ideal wardrobe update.
Wearing this puts me automatically in a Spring mood.
The Mattie stripe blouse makes a subtle yet effortless statement. Wear it with denim or cigarette pants for a flattering and feminine look. I’m also planning on accessorising mine with layers of delicate gold necklaces.
It’s funny how much changes in a single week isn’t it. Last week I was bundled up in my Winter knits and biker boots.
However, today I’m looking forward to shedding my layers more than ever and adding lighter and brighter colours and textures to my dark Winter wardrobe.
We’re planning a Easter break which includes the biggest attraction of all, sunshine, – which is a concept so foreign and strange – I’m beginning to think it doesn’t exist.
And both these pieces that I have mentioned will be coming with me in my suitcase.
I love when you find items of clothing that fit together like pieces of a jigsaw. Forever more you reach for the same outfit repeatedly because it goes together like Harry and Sally.
These straight leg stripe trousers from Mango are flattering on and their clean lines make you feel very put together.
I’ve paired a crisp white shirt with mine – this pure cotton one is from Marks And Spencer and is a terrific basic for layering purposes. This soft camel open-front blazer from J-Crew which has been one of my closet staples this season.
These stripe trousers from Mango have a slightly flared leg and cropped finish and will look great with a pair of tan sandals, and a t-shirt when the weather warms up.
They are made from a soft cotton finish, and two neatly placed side pockets .
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Everyone was talking about Spring fashion in the Sunday style columns last weekend and how it was finally time to unload some of our layers.
Just to show who is boss, the weather laughs in the face of these fashion predictions and snows all over them this week.
I can’t quite believe that the last time we had snow in London was five-years ago. I remember it well, as it happened the week that Archie was born.
I had some Mummy pals who were also heavily pregnant at the time and were terrified that they would’nt be able to get to hospital in time.
Archie is loving the snow this time round of course and has already squeezed in a snowball fight with his class-mates this morning.
But the great thing about owning a pair of stripe trousers is that you can wear a big chunky camel knit on top, boots underneath and you’ll still look stylishly good.
Stripes for life – right ?.
I never like wishing my life away, as time generally goes too fast for my liking.
Archie has his first wobbly baby tooth this week.
I mean how on earth did that happen ?
But boy am I ready for Spring, leaves back on the tress, London’s famous Spring pink blossom, brighter days and a lighter brighter wardrobe.
This soft coral Tabitha maxi dress from Hush with its playful and fresh poppy motif is just the ticket for the new season.
The lightweight flowing fabric of this gorgeous maxi dress is cinched at the waist, creating a flattering silhouette.
It is a romantic fun nod to the trend of floral Spring style dresses that were wafting down the catwalks.
Add a little edge with a pair of cowboy boots, a leather or denim jacket and hey presto – you have an outfit in one.
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Ideal Home Magazine
Side-tracking a little from clothes to my other favourite topic – interiors, I began this month on a positive note, with our house being featured in March’s Spring issue of Ideal Home magazine.
As an avid interior lover and glossy magazine reader, this was such lovely news.
I’ve included a few of the images that were featured in the magazine article in this post.
They were shot late Summer, so hence the lack of wooly layers.
And boy, oh boy has this red box gingham skirt from Zara last summer has earnt its £25 price tag.
Right, let’s get back to the subject of Spring style and wardrobe assets for the new season.
This soft chestnut biker jacket also from Hush is a classic stylish piece that won’t date.
I’ve teamed mine with a long sleeved St. James red Breton top, this honey pot from Clare V, I’m convinced this is going to be one of the hits of the Summer, and a pair of Lea studded ankle boots from Parisian store of the moment, Sezane.
The bag and boots were purchases from a recent trip to New York. SSSH ..
I got over excited when I discovered these two online favourites, Sezane, and Clare V had actually real life stores State-side.
I’ve tagged both of them in my ‘Shop The Post’ section, just below here.
I’ve had my beady eye on this Isabel Marant Etoile checked blazer for a while now.
It’s an exciting addition to my closet, just in time for Spring. It’s soft colour palette of greys and blues make it a lovely partner for all the shades of denim.
The exciting thing about a new season is new collections and fresh style ideas.
And I’m always wondering what the fashion world’s best selling pieces for the season will be.
Isabel Marant Étoile’s checked ‘Ianey’ blazer was a best-seller last season, and the brand has reworked it in light-gray, navy and claret for spring. It’s woven from linen and partially lined so it has a satisfying mid-weight handle. The padded shoulders, retro peaked lapels and sharp double-breasted buttons define and narrow your frame.
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I don’t know about you but the thought of revealing any part of my body to the cold air at the moment fills me with dread.
I’m definitely not ready to inflict my pale limbs on the world, so I’m toying with the idea of Spring with wardrobe hero pieces like this Isabel Marant Etoile blazer.
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We’ve got our first sun holiday coming up this year in April, and I can imagine at the point how sun starved we’ll be.
I can’t wait to throw my Vitamin D sun deprived self on a sun-lounger and this Isabel Marant blazer will be coming with me to put over my slips and white midi sun-dress in the evenings.
But back to your now closet, and a reminder to us that white jeans are not just for summer. The right pair of white jeans look fabulous with a chunky knit, a pair of boots and a camel coat. I’ve linked a few of my favourite white jeans around at the moment in my Shop The Post section in this post, because out of the shades, they can be a little tricky to find.
The thing about being a clothes lover is that you are constantly surprised by your own reactions.
One day I was scrolling through Instagram on a dreary rainy afternoon and I spotted this star bomber jacket from Hush, and I was instantly well, star struck.
Metallic Stars on a black bomber jacket – what a terrific idea, I thought. And imagine how well it will go with denims. Then I started imaging all the places I could bring it, followed by a mental check through my wardrobe.
I decided this starry little piece will be right at home with lots of other things I own.
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If you’re not feeling like you’re having a star of a day, the bomber jacket is reversible, and you can turn it inside out to reveal your darker side.
The soft lustre of the star bomber jacket will add a touch of glam to an everyday outfit.
Embroidered with gold stars on one side, and finished with metallic stripe hems on the reverse, it’s a terrific early Spring treat to yourself.
I’ve been layering mine under a coat because it’s still not Spring like enough to wear it on its own quite yet.
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I’ve teamed the star bomber jacket with some dark wash bootcut cropped denims. These ones from Frame are a great option and even better are in the sale.
I love this Paris tote from Danish Instagram star and designer Anine Bing. It’s unique shape is chic and you can carry loads around without feeling weighed down.
And of course there’s the Pink Vespa you see here. We borrowed this as a prop when we saw it parked in Chelsea.
It was so cute we couldn’t resist and also a perfect accessory for a sunny Wintery Spring afternoon and a star bomber jacket.
One day my husband went to work and we had a tiny box room . That evening he came home, and that box guest room was no more. I had stolen it from right under his From that day forward, it was to become my closet come office . True story. I should really give him this sweater ..C’est La Vie ..
I always believe where there is a will there is a way !
And that was certainly the case when it came to this closet space come office. While he was at work, I pulled up a horrible blue carpet – not a job I’d recommend by the way – began sanding the floorboards and painted them white.
The whole thing took me ages, a lot of sweat and tears, and I definitely don’t think I would ever have the energy to do it all over again.
But I think I was drunk on determination, and Pinterest closet pictures .
A local carpenter came and after some secret negotiations, we agreed on the shelves and shoe spaces, he was going to carve out.
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The desk is from and so is the little matching stool. The Chanel prints on the wall are a very recent addition and are from Chelsea Prints.
The big challenge of course is keeping it all tidy. The closet space is all open, sans any doors and my ocd goes into complete over-drive when it looks messy.
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This cheery red jumper is linked here and is from Whistles new Spring collection . It looks great layered inside a blazer or simply by itself with jeans. I’ve teamed it with these high-waisted light black ones, which are from a new chic designer on Net-A-Porter called Nanushka.
If you are talking about blue jeans then I’m in but I’m not wasting a second more on January blues.
I’m putting my positive pants on this year and completely forgetting about the post-Christmas doldrums.
Pink or nude paired with black has always been a favourite colour combination of mine. And when the weather is dull or grey outside, rather than dressing in all dark shades too, why not lighten the mood a little ?
January is dark enough, without making your wardrobe suffer too. I’ve added a pink shirt underneath a black soft blazer and added a light pair of blue jeans for extra texture.
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These denims from Citizens Of Humanity are that perfect light blue wash that march right into summer.
Pair these with a black blazer and you have a match made in heaven.
Add your favourite blazer and ankle boots for extra structure and you have an outfit in one.
I love straw and raffia bags and any opportunity, even in January, and I’m adding one to my outfit.
This oversized gem is the Grace bay from Heidi Klein. Its large size is very of the moment but also madly practical. I often end up having to carry the kitchen sink around and it’s a terrific stylish option for that wrist weary past-time.
But also come Summer, or your next sunny vacation, it will really come into it’s own.
It does at times during these dreary days feel like January is not going to end. But as a wise old friend of mine once said – isn’t great to be alive.
Clothes are definitely one fun way of uplifting your mood.
I always have a little re-think about what can be done with my closet to give an extra lift this time of year.
By Far boots have become a favourite of mine after spotting them on Instagram. They are high quality and soft as butter and I adore their pointy slim finish.
Happy New Year ! Here we are right at the beginning of a fresh spanking 2018. Although it’s a new start full of promise, this time of year is a difficult one for our wardrobes.
It’s a jaded limbo land. But I have a secret weapon to see me through dark January – side-stripe trousers.
In the middle of this depressing blah month, we need to find a few little ways to refresh what we have until Spring, and all the new collections come rolling in.
I have two secret weapons in my wardrobe to see me through. White jeans and side-stripe trousers.
I have road-tested a few and in my humble opinion nobody does these side-stripe pants better than Me & Em..
The quality and fit of their offerings are brill and I’ve gathered together a few of my favourites right here for you to browse and shop.
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Over the past week, I have been wearing my side-stripes with knits and layered with camel coats.
Paired with your favourite knitwear, these trousers are chic and cosy and can be worn with a pair of trainers or boots for everyday.
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These ‘man trousers’ here are the answer to grown-up cool.
Crafted from stretch tailoring, they are cut with a slightly flared leg and a subtle vent at the ankle for a long, lean silhouette.
A grosgrain side-stripe detail adds length and structure.
Contrast with a ladylike blouse and elegant heels for office or evening, I also like to pair my luxe track pants with a blazer.
Come the weekend, or school run, add trainers, a chunky jumper and you’re all set.
This makes the very last post before Christmas, can you believe it ?. Where has the year gone ? I hope everyone is almost ready and you are hugely enjoying the lead up to the big day. The festivities beforehand, as hectic and slightly bonkers as it all can be, are the best part of it all I think.
I personally tend to leave a lot of things until the last week, so typically I’m down to the wire (again this year !) and still have several things to check off my list. But I often find I work best under pressure – a bad habit that comes from working nearly 10 years in newspapers and always working to last minute deadlines.
My last blog post before Christmas features these wide legged and high-waisted Net-A-Porter Joseph trousers.
I thought I’d flag them up as they are currently in the pre-Christmas sale here and I have loved wearing mine.
If you are more of a trouser girl this time of year, then these Joseph trousers are something a little special, something a little different for this time of year.
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Perfect with a black knit or polo neck, these Joseph trousers do the rest of the talking. With high-waisted pants like these, I generally like to wear something tucked in or cropped just at the waist.
Baggy and high-waisted trousers tend to make me feel all out of proportion. Joseph’s ‘Ferrandi’ pants are cut from tactile cotton-tweed woven in a red, blue and navy check – a fresh take on this season’s heritage trend. They have a sharp wide-leg shape that’s perfectly balanced by a nipped-in high-rise waist. The slightly cropped length works best with ankle boots.
My trousers have been accessorised with the Meli Melo bucket bag in light tan – and these bags is as versatile as it is easy to carry round.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and thank you so much for reading my blog in 2017. I hope you have enjoyed it and I really do appreciate you taking the time to click on. Have a wonderful time.