Darren Kennedy fashion file: How to wear... airport chic for him
Dressing for the airport is always a tricky one. Everyone wants to be comfortable on the plane, but no one wants to turn up at the terminal clad in a worn-out trackie. At the same time, a three-piece suit doesn't exactly make for the most relaxing in-flight regalia.
British designer Oliver Spencer has it sorted. The self-taught tailor is known for turning traditional tailoring on its head, and the result is a de-constructed aesthetic with a relaxed vibe - perfect travel attire. His spring/summer 2015 collection of basics, smart tailoring and clever prints across cropped jackets and blazers worn with longer length T-shirts, sweat-pants and chinos, are the perfect combination of style and comfort. Wear any of his trousers with a simple white tee and bomber for a fashionable entrance into the arrivals hall.
Always keep footwear simple with either some loafers or slip-ons to maximise comfort and minimise stress at the metal detector! With renewed interest in brands like Stan Smith, the 'unbranded' branded trainer is getting cult love and makes for a casually cool travel companion.
Question: I'm turning 16 at the end of the month and I'm celebrating with a group of friends by going out for a birthday dinner. Most of my friends are older than me - some are already 18 - so I want to wear something really nice and cool to mark the occasion. Thank you so much for your help.
Darren replies: Model and style icon Alexa Chung rarely puts a foot wrong in the sartorial stakes. Regardless of the occasion, be it a red carpet bash or a dinner date with friends, she always manages to dress her age while still maintaining a youthful edge - sometimes whimsical but always on point. She recently collaborated with AG jeans and her covet-worthy collection is perfectly in-tune with the season's denim revival. The (1) 'Julie' denim dress (€305, BT2) is effortlessly elegant featuring a high collar and a pin-tuck bib for a modern vintage aesthetic inspired by the 1960s. Falling to just above the knee, style it with the (2) cream snakeskin texture wide-strap mules (€24.99, New Look) for a simple look that's brimming with style cred.
For a more summery vibe, check out the (3) rose print playsuit (€14.99, H&M). This girly one-piece can easily be worn dressed up or down.
Play it cool and channel the trend for all things tribal with the (4) fringed suede ankle boots also at H&M. These are part of their premium collection so they're a little more pricey than you'd usually expect from the Swedish high-street giant at €49.99.
For something that's a little more glam, the (5) combined v-neck jumpsuit with wide-leg trouser and cross-body back is a guaranteed head-turner (€39.95, Zara).
And because no party outfit is ever complete without a bit of sparkle, complete the look with the (6) metallic blue camper box clutch (€11, Penneys). Happy birthday!
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