why i do what I do.....

I am now Fashion Director at Glamour magazine but following on from the success of my weekly column in the Sunday Times Style magazine I thought I would bring this page to life every week and also give you the chance to comment. This page is not for me to dictate what you should be wearing but to offer ideas on how to put wearable outfits together. Its not what you wear it's how you wear it!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Key Pieces.....

I have picked out 3 pieces from the new collections that I think will take you through the season; the printed trouser, all in one and the suit and here is your chance to win the printed trousers from the first look.  All you have to do is tell me how you would wear them vis twitter @nataliehartley or leave a comment below and will pick my favourite answer and announce the winner on Friday 24th August.  Good Luck!

Get yourself a pair of printed trousers this winter look out for strong geometric prints (seen at prada and miu miu) and if head to toe print isn't for you then wear with muted block colours like khaki which also hits the military trend too finish with loafers for a boyish twist
jacket by h&m
shirt by cos
trousers by zara
shoes by river island

The all in one is fast becoming a wardrobe staple and this is my favourite one so far in a mix of velvet and silk this can be seen as a more evening piece but wear with a loose blouse and a chunkier shoe it can be a great outfit for the day (look out for steel toe caps on shoes too)
dungarees, shirt and shoes by topshop
sunglasses by the row 

My final piece would be to invest in a great suit I love this pale grey one and the double breasted detail gives this outfit a more masculine twist it is also great for this time of year and wear with a great knit (another must have investment statement knits have been seen everywhere!) the chelsea boot is a key style as well and love the tassels and buckles to toughen them up
suit by carin wester 
jumper by miss selfridge
shoes available at asos

photographs by jessica buttress


  1. I know everyone would probably think to keep it simple and let the trousers
    do the talking, so to speak. But I would be tempted to pair these with an
    equally bold, patterned top, perhaps in a contrasting material... and some
    chunky, heeled ankle boots

  2. Cannot believe those first shoes are River Island! Amazing! xx

    South Molton St Style

  3. to give it a rock edge i would wear the pants with a black and white motif and textured top maybe knit and a dark blue jeans jacket to contrast with the red with a simple but textured boot or shoe

  4. and i don't wear makeup but maybe would try a contrasting color on the lips

    1. congratulations! you have won the printed trousers from the blog this week! email me your address and will send to you next week nataliehartley5@gmail.com
      do you have a twitter name?
      thanks for following the blog!

      natalie x

  5. Hi Natalie, I would wear mine with my very old black vintage velvet jacket, my new Zara white fringe blouse that I bagged at the sale, if it was pay day I would get myself a pair of black TopShop ARSON black flame ankle boots but if not would wear my black wooden wedge urban outfitter suede boots. Hair scraped back, my usual 80s button earrings and my black miu miu matelasse clutch x

  6. Love the printed trousers from Zara, bought similar ones and can already tell they will be one of my favorite pieces this autumn!