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The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard: it’s all about investment dressing – luxe fabrics – quality craftsmanship.

 Choose pieces that will complement your wardrobe for years to come. We’ve picked 12 looks with a focus on classic silhouettes, beautiful fabrics and an ability to transcend the season. It’s time to elevate your wardrobe…you know what they say, ‘clothes maketh the (wo)man.’

max mara puffer coat

 

 

Whilst the puffer jacket usually screams ‘practicality’ before anything else, new styles coming through have a stronger focus on elegant design and statement features. Investing in a quality down puffer will see you through this winter and the next & it’s still the best thing to pack on those ski holidays! This style is in a striking silver grey which is such an easy colour to work into your wardrobe and a welcome change for the Winter Black Uniform we’re all guilty of.

 

neutral palette max mara weekend

 

 

The leather coat is most definitely an item to invest in. Quality leather and craftsmanship will ensure that your piece will stand the test of time. Opt for a neutral shade and a cut with enough room to be able to layer underneath it. This way you can throw your beautiful coat over any outfit to make a statement without unwanted clashing.

 

 

max mara velvet dress cocktail

 

 

Since it’s not every night of the week that one is dashing of to a ball or cocktail party, it’s important to have a few dressier pieces in your wardrobe that are highly versatile. Choose a cocktail dress that is to the knee in a classic style with a twist. This way you can wear it again and again with clever accessorising!  This velvet and cotton dress in a feminine silhouette is elegant, timeless and flattering.

 

 

equipment france tracksuit

 

Activewear and leisurewear is often overlooked in the investment dressing department, but that shouldn’t ve the case. This ‘athleisure’ tracksuit set is made of the softest cashmere and looks just as cool if you separate the knit with jeans or a denim jacket and white tee with the track pants. Look for a set that doesn’t have too many exaggerated details so it never dates. P.S. we also have lovely undergarmets in store too.

 

 

annette gortz winter coat

 

 

 The statement winter coat! Throw it over jeans and a t-shirt, a LBD, corporate suiting or leather skirt…it’s versatility has no end. A few things to consider: the weight of the coat depending on your climate/ travel plans, the palette of your existing wardrobe and also what length suits your shape best. The coat feature here is in a mid-weight cotton, with a textured finish in an all neutral palette. Of course, it is of a caliber that will withstand heavy wear and won’t wrinkle – another bonus!

Max Mara suit

 

 

Not sure what to wear? Investing in a trouser suit will ensure you have the perfect outfit to fall back to on your next ‘wardrobe crisis’ day! This style here is perfect for a winter suit update – it’s blended with wool to keep you warm and has enough texture through the fabric so that you can mix and match with ease. The jacket can be worn open, buttoned or for a dressier look that will create an hourglass silhouette, cinch the waist with the matching leather belt.

 

h brand fur jacket

 

 

This furry jacket has super powers! It transforms the most basic looks into an entirely fashion-forward and chic style statement. Off to a wedding in winter and don’t want to purchase a whole new dress? Just throw your furry jacket on! Need to jazz up your jeans and t-shirt uniform – the jacket will give you that street style credit. Cared for properly, this investment will last a lifetime.

 

velvet max mara

 

 

Velvet garments have been traditionally reserved for evening wear, yet whilst it’s still the perfect party look, toning down your velvet pants, top or suit for the day is now an on-trend style statement. Invest in a tailored, simple set that will all you to mix and match with your other black pieces in your wardrobe to recreate different looks season after season. The sheer panelling at the décolletage and arms here is a beautiful twist to a velvet top and adds a softer, more delicate balance to the winter fabric.

 

turtle neck knit skirt

 

 

Comfortable knit wear is a pre-requisite to completing your winter wardrobe. Care for them properly (fold, don’t hang and always read the care instructions) and they will keep their shape and continue to be a wardrobe staple. Featured here is a turtleneck and pencil skirt set in a deep brown and black print. Again, you can split this look to get more wear out of your piece. For a wintry feel, pair with black and ankle boots or to lighten the mood, a cream jacket and pumps will exude effortless elegance.

 

silk blouse max mara

 

 

Don’t have a biker jacket yet? Think you’re just not that kind of girl? It’s time to change that mindset – everyone is! The beauty of a leather jacket is that it is a style chameleon and can blend into your wardrobe all year round. Learn how to style it with your softer, feminine pieces for an unexpected twist, team with jeans and a T-shirt or throw over your favourite summer dress.

 

 

weekend max mara dress corporate

 

 

 

The corporate woman needs a few staple dresses to rotate through each winter. Purchasing a tailored dress in black or navy is something that will give you a huge return on investment. Whilst it’s tempting to buy into trends every season, make sure your first few purchases are on timeless pieces, such as this navy wool blend dress. It features a subtle check, ruched waist, 3/4 sleeves and finishes just at the knee. A real winner.

 

leather mini dress boucle jacket

 

We have a lot to thank Coco Chanel for, including introducing us to the beautiful world of boucle jackets. This black and white tweed piece is a no-brainer. Perfectly paired over a fitted dress or pencil skirt, it adds a touch of class to your look and allows you to wear your lighter pieces into winter. An added bonus – you’ll feel confident and beautiful knowing your outfit is complete. Coco said so!

Visit us today & transform your look with a personal styling session.