CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BODEN
So we raided their beautiful Kings Road store together, to get Sarah’s top picks from this season’s collection, and to get all her styling tips for pulling them off. From day-to-night heroes to off-duty classics, here are her 5 favourite looks available now...
Don’t be scared of the matchy matchy trend. It’s everywhere now so worth embracing; but if you’re nervous, keep your footwear and accessories subtle. I suggest picking a colour that is in the print or compliments the pattern - don’t try to be clever, it never works.
My top tip for pulling off velvet in the day: pare it back with clean, white trainers. It’s such a good trick to remember if you’re wearing something smarter. I mean a velvet trouser suit with a white trainer - the dream!
Want to switch up this look for evening? You have two options. Either keep the trousers on and add a black velvet blazer - with nothing underneath. You can opt for a flat loafer or a killer heel. Or keep the knitwear on, add a girlfriend jean and a front tuck, a mega heel and a black tux jacket on your shoulders. And then finish both looks with some mega statement earrings - the bigger the better.
I love teaming sequins with knitwear to make them more casual, but really, they can be balanced out with anything - a breton, white trainer, boyfriend shirt, army jacket, oversized denim jacket, or a biker jacket.
Wearing animal print can be intimidating, so my advice is make sure that you wear the leopard and don’t let the leopard wear you! Don’t overdo it (that’s when you veer into Pat Butcher territory) - remember Chanel’s advice is ‘less is more’. A pop of it, in a coat or accessory, is ideal.
Also, these days, leopard really is seen as a neutral. I am yet to find something that it doesn’t go with.
Tips for dressing for an event when pregnant? I think it’s chicer not wearing super tight clothes. Your boobs often look sensational so I say show them off. I don’t think that you can go wrong with a wide leg trouser, oversized shirt - obviously slightly open and a great loafer. Jumpsuits are also great. I’m not a huge fan of maternity jeans - so wearing your trousers low and using an elastic hair tie for some extra room is always a winner.
My formula for a failsafe evening look is good clean hair, lashings of cheek highlighter and a fab accessory - bag, earrings, shoes. And never forget some slinky underwear - you need to feel good from the bottom up!
This blazer is perfect for the nothing-underneath-look because it’s so fluid. However the alternative is a white tee or a crisp white shirt for a really polished look.
The fit is crucial on a two piece. There is nothing worse than a tight suit - I think if in doubt go bigger, it will look more expensive. It’s also helpful to be able to wear either a heel or a trainer with a two piece, so bear this in mind for the trouser length. If you don’t have one in your wardrobe I strongly advise that you invest in one; they’re just so versatile.
My favourite piece from Boden’s winter collection has been to be the Black Tux suit. It’s just SO Chic!
The best seller this season has been all things velvet - suits, wide leg trousers, culottes, party frocks, tops, shirts, loafers, heels…we definitely have velvet covered. And everyone is loving it!
Every year, we reinvent the Boden trouser suit. Ours fit very well, they are beautifully tailored. We introduce new colours and fabrics - think velvet, flock spot, tweed…and actually, we should do a denim one. I buy one every season and love mix and matching my old suit jacket with my new suit trousers. They really are wardrobe builders.
My biggest tip for dressing a bump is to remember to keep your style that you had pre-pregnancy. I am not a huge fan of investing in a whole new wardrobe as you’re not going to be pregnant forever, so I say wear your boyfriend/husbands’ clothes - shirts, knitwear and even jeans. Just be sure to wear a fab coat, great gold jewelry and carry a fab bag. I think a woman in men’s clothes is super sexy anyway.
Next season at Boden is amazing. Too many exciting things and obviously it’s meant to be a surprise - but it would be rude not to share at all, so i will confess there’s a wide leg navy polka dot trouser suit. With a matching polka dot backless loafer. Honestly too much.