• cardigans and nondescript shirts I go back to time and time again, irrespective of trend, season or what it says on the scales because they always make me feel perfect – isn’t it time to give them a bit of credit, and to celebrate buying more for the long haul?


    Forever Fashion. Or ‘The New Sensible’. Think of it like that. If it helps, this disciplined approach is well reflected in this season’s collections. If there was ever a time to fill all those cavernous gaps in your wardrobe (the ones you have always been too bored to fill), this would be it. Take Stella McCartney’s entire collection, which, were you to buy it, would probably sort you, well, forever. From her straight-leg gray wool slacks (yes, let’s call them slacks!) and low-gauge turtlenecks, to all those divine bankers’ stripe blazers… they are all the things you can simply throw on and go. But then let me tell you about the tuxedo blazer I bought from Stella nine years ago and just sent to the

    dressmaker’s to have a pocket darned – never has an item of clothing so earned its keep.

    It’s not just Stella who’s embracing The New Sensible, though. Vionnet, Rochas, Richard Nicoll, Roland Mouret – they are all into it for fall, too. The key is not to give in to your inner magpie, but to think ahead and pick judiciously. What you are looking for are the items you would wear on a “fat” day, a “thin” day, a “middling” day – in other words, what you would wear all the time.

    Cases in point are Mouret’s slim black skirt (what can’t that be worn with?); that divine gray dress with black inserts by Richard Nicoll; gray cigarette pants from Fendi; maybe a skinny leather belt from Haider Ackermann; and a pair of beige “nothing” pumps from


    “I want to be one of those WOMEN who can get DRESSED in five minutes and look FAB”

    Gianvito Rossi. Gray, black, beige, navy – the colors that call to mind sew-on name tags. Get the idea?

    Bag-wise, go for the pieces you could see yourself toting in ten years time – minimal hardware and discreet logo-ing, if any at all. Marni’s suede tote or Victoria Beckham’s navy and cream briefcase. Who would have thought it: if you want sensible, if you want discreet, VB is definitely your man.

    As I write this, I’m picturing my own closet and suddenly feeling rather affectionate about all those pieces I callously forget about, but rely upon so heavily. To be honest, there aren’t enough of them. All these fabulous skin-tight dresses and corsetry, lovely as they may be, aren’t exactly throw on items; no wonder there is such a scrabble to get dressed every morning.

    Well, it is time to get sensible. I want to be one of those women who can get dressed in five minutes flat and look fab. It means embracing The New Sensible big time, but I am ready for it. Boring, you say? Not at all. Sensible, don’t you know, is the New Black…

    How to do

    THE NEW SENSIBLE

    the fail-safe pieces to take you
    through this season and beyond

    STAPLE SWEATERS

    Simple separates will complement
    your existing closet.

    THINK GRAY

    Work fall/winter’s key color in dresses and casual pants.

    CHIC TOUCHES

    Opt for plain yet sleek accessories to last for seasons to come.

    The Edit
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