I go through very distinct ‘stages’ with my sartorial choices. Just like Picasso and his Blue Period or when Kate Moss went all boho in 2002.
Right now I’m in an ‘American Prep’ stage. I’m all about J.Crew, shirts under jumpers and massive, bejewelled earrings. Oh, and a top knot. Of course.
Although I adore J.Crew (who have just opened a two stores in London and currently offer free deliveries and returns in the UK), it is a little pricy. To indulge my American Prep period without breaking the bank, I’ve been picking up pieces from Gap, Uniqlo and even Accessorize – it seems my favourite look is currently hot on the high street, too.
If you’re moving from your 90s teenager period into a similar American Prep style, here’s my failsafe formula for quirky collegiate dressing…
- The skinniest of skinny jeans – I love these velvet pants from Gap, but Topshop’s Leigh jeans are also a winner
- Shirts layered under sweaters – Uniqlo’s cashmere jumpers are brilliantly affordable. I love tone-on-tone or clashing patterns
- OTT jewellery – J.Crew is my accessories Holy Grail but for a quick fix, Accessorize’s AW13 range is similarly styled and easier on the purse
- Statement shoes – I love metallic flats and heels to add shine to an outfit. These Guess beauties are heading my way as we speak