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The Fashion Memo

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A curated roundup of the best new fashion arrivals, hand-picked by our editors


With second lockdowns being announced in countries across the world, the PORTER fashion team has been contemplating the style lessons learnt the first time around. When London initially locked down back in March, quite a few members of the team succumbed to the temptation of wearing sweats every day of the week. However, this time, many – including fashion features editor Megan Logue – plan to do things a little differently…

“When we first went into lockdown, I really let my sartorial standards slip. The sheer novelty of working from home meant I was wearing an assortment of sweats, knitwear and other easy pieces. Needless to say, the resultant looks were less than chic. However, over time, I’ve learnt that putting together a proper outfit each morning is a really important ritual that helps me get my head in gear for a day ‘at the office’. Now I’m on the hunt for elegant yet effortless pieces to get me through lockdown 2.0. Case in point, Chloé’s understated knit dress; the subtle scarf detail makes this a Zoom-meeting piece par excellence. The ultimate throw-on-and-go dress, I’ll be styling it with slippers for the foreseeable, but once lockdown ends, I’ll pair it with cult label Khaite’s satin mules and a top-handle bag for a long-awaited dinner with friends.”

On a similar mission to elevate your everyday uniform? Investing in stylish separates is the easiest way to ensure your quarantine closet strikes the perfect balance between comfortable and covetable. Nili Lotan’s collared cashmere sweater promises to put a preppy spin on blue jeans or add an air of nonchalance to midi dresses and tailored pants. Los Angeles-based designer Anine Bing has amassed legions of fans thanks to her luxe take on California cool; her silk slip skirt is a versatile piece you’ll reach for time and time again. Style yours with oversized cardigans and second-skin roll-necks during the winter months, then, when summer comes, finish it with a tank top and crisp shirt for a directional take on nine-to-five dressing.

Of course, fashion is often touted as a form of escapism – something that should be encouraged at a time when we could all do with a little more daydreaming. Any truly worthwhile investment will be relevant for seasons to come ­– such as a classic cross-body bag by Gucci, Jimmy Choo’s butter-soft knee-high boots or Spinelli Kilcollin’s contemporary jewels. So if adding them to your arsenal transports you to sunnier days, when socializing is (hopefully) back on the agenda, why not purchase them now?

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