Our style edits, AKA #SamatasOwn, are back! I took a break to prepare and launch The Tribe, but now that’s flying along (over 1000 supporting #WhyITribe in just 62 days!) we are back to posting regularly on the personal style tip, and hope that you will continue to dig it. The latest instalment focuses on neutrals, specifically beige on beige and features one of my favourite eco brands, Annie and Jade.
I love that whilst Annie’s designs are stylish and timeless, the brand doesn’t compromise on ethics and delivers eco-chic effortlessly.
It is easy to create a tone-on-tone look, in this case fifty shades of beige on beige (sorry I couldn’t not) – from buff, sandy, oatmeal, tan, taupe, ecru, you name it. This time, beige on camel to be precise, a favourite piece by Annie & Jade. Beige on beige is like a palette cleanse, an easy neutral if you know your skin tone well enough.
Yes, yes, we already know that I love a jumpsuit and this Annie & Jade matte viscose faux wrap one with harem pant is a box-ticker for me. Annie and Jade is the birthchild of Vietnamese-American fashion designer Annie Le, who began her career in fashion as a young girl learning to sew by her mother’s side. Annie’s design aesthetics are quite simple and she is known for creating clothes for women which rely on clean designs, with strong silhouettes and construction. Annie and Jade walk the walk and are fully committed to authentic eco-fashion values; from using natural, organic, recycled fabrics to supporting fair trade practices, Annie and Jade are a favourite staple in my wardrobe. They are stocked globally, including through YOOX.com here (jumpsuits between £100-£170 – for mine, you may have to contact the brand about directly here). This brand has dressed me for some Red Carpet Green Dress filming projects before, and made me feel stunning when I wore their beautiful blue Avery Hi-lo Raglan Dress (pictured below).
Jumpsuits aside, this belted vest from Jill Sander (the innovator of 90s minimalism and recent designer of cruelty-free wool-free suits) will be with me up until the day it disintegrates (and judging by the quality that won’t be for a long time). It was costly though, and is that lifetime-hand-me-down investment piece so here are two extremely stylist alternatives – and this sand coloured one by LABORATORIO (£172) complete with deep pockets and this Jovonna coat (£90) with cool ribbed trim. Jovonna is all about the best quality fabrics and laboratory gives you Both are independent brands creating quality fashion with a design edge – check them both out.
My next favourite part of this outfit are these deep denim Opificio V ‘s Decolletè Lino Blu Lato pumps – a shoe cupboard mainstay thanks to their sleek silhouette and supple fit (we can thank the Italian atelier for that). I know that I have featured Opificio V Milan before – clean and timeless Opificio V shoes are for women who work and travel but don’t want to compromise a little heel elevation (like me, I just don’t walk like myself in flats, sorry not sorry). Opificio V Milan shoes retail between £140 to £315 and ship internationally.
This second image is a throwback (my love of jumpsuits has been going on for a while…) from this Fashion Business Club meeting. Black on black version can be seen with this Halston Heritage long sleeve slim leg jumpsuit (currently on sale for under £150) paired with this Coccinelle belt (a brand with some seriously cool social responsibility initiatives) and Vizzano boots. My pale pea-coloured boots were picked up in a Kurt Geiger sample sale and have long gone, but these vegan ones by Brazilian brand Vizzano are a similar style.