I couldn’t get this Isabel Marant jacket out of my head. I saw it on Net-a-Porter and it had my name written on it in a halo of lightbulbs.  I didn’t even consult my wish list- it was so obviously there, at the very top of it. First position on the list- tick.

When it arrived I marveled at it’s cut, overseized yet so very sharp, at how it looked paired with my existing pieces, lending them that cool factor yet elevating them to another level. Do I need to mention that since I bought it, it has became the hardest working piece in my wardrobe? I’m already dreading that moment when I’ll have to part with it for a couple of days to take it to a dry cleaners. What on Earth am I going to wear?


I’ve always been obsessed with coats and jackets because of their ability to finish to a look and to give it a different, unexpected twist. From Left Bank cool to American preppiness, coats and blazers offer endless possibilities of transformation.

One of my firm fashion rules has always been that if I was going to invest in one pricey item for a winter, I would make it a coat. And I would buy the most expensive I could afford. After all, that was one garment I would be seen in, day in day out.

September is a month that offers so many fashion possibilities. It’s still warm enough to pair your blazer with just a t-shirt whilst flashing that golden tan over a pair of thigh high boots. This is a look I wore for a dinner with The French one Saturday. A mix of high street and designer, it felt dressy but not try hard, cool but without wheeling out the usual Saturday night heavy artillery completed with a half can of Elnett.

Speaking of hair- Louis (my hairdresser) and I have been experimenting with dyed in roots to tone down the sunny blond I’ve been sporting for a while.  It feels so much more wearable now, so effortless. I can’t even remember when was the last time I had a blow dry.  Blow dry feel so dated now, don’t they? Big, bouncy, glossy hair, so beautiful on the photos, yet so high maintenance and obviously expensive in reality. I’m not opposed to expensive but recently I’ve been in the mood for understated luxury. Do reserve that grey cashmere for me, would you?

I’m wearing: 

Jacket- Isabel Marant 

Skirt- Zara (old collection) 

Tee- Zara 

Jewellery- Tiffany 

Boots- Stuart Weitzman 

Bag- Mulberry 


  1. Sunday September 13th, 2015 / 02:21 PM

    Yes, that bronde style is definitely on the money, looks great on you, very natural, yet, expensive and cool looking hair. Would love to try it out myself, unfortunately, the early onset of grayness had me fixed on a monthly touch-up for my roots-friendly ash blond.
    Since I got back to London (and spent a fortune in COS and TKMaxx already…) I am on a hunt for the perfect, cigarette, grey wool trouser. Help, wasted hours online and IRL browsing, but to no avail. Any ideas?

    P.S. That jacket is trully magnificent. Value for money!

    • admin
      Sunday September 13th, 2015 / 05:12 PM

      Welcome back to London Kika! The temptation of newly stocked shops…:) You gotta love London for that 🙂 You are right, there doesn’t seem to be a lot going on, grey wool pant wise. There’s a lot of black but not much grey, and frankly their online presentation is not great either. They all seem a bit…frumpy. Maxmara weekend does good ones sometimes and their prices are bit friendlier than their regular line. But I’m guessing that you’ve trawled all the online shops already 🙂 When I can’t find that dream piece then my answer is always to go couture 🙂 There’s a tailoring studio just by Colosseum on St Martin’s Lane called Carmen’s Tailoring. Their made to measure prices start at £120 for pants. Don’t be discouraged by their average website, I’ve had staff made there before that no other tailor wanted to try. There are wonderful fabric shops in Soho but they can be a bit expensive. There are online retailers which are so much cheaper than Soho. When I had one of my suits made, I went to check out the tween in Soho and bought exactly the same online, but cheaper. It all seems a bit of a hassle but it would be so worth it 🙂

  2. Kika
    Sunday September 13th, 2015 / 10:16 PM

    Thanks for such an expert advice, Ana! I’ve never had anything tailored, a custom-made virgin so to speak 🙂 but I am willing to dip my toes into this unknown territory, as I am really getting frustrated with the high street ..Now thinking about it, I’ve always had problem with trousers, never-ending quest for good, smart-casual pair. I always end up at ZARA, thinking that this is such a unremarkable piece of clothing that it isn’t worth any serious investment anyway, and high-street will do. Will keep you informed about my trouser-hunt 🙂

  3. wavecsc
    Monday September 14th, 2015 / 09:53 PM

    love love love. who makes your lacey bra? amazing coat-great investment (although agree, not sure what you’ll do when it’s at the cleaners!!) 🙂

    • admin
      Monday September 14th, 2015 / 10:34 PM

      The bra is from Topshop 🙂 X

  4. Monday September 14th, 2015 / 11:04 PM

    Love this look!
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