Wednesday 29 January 2020

Work wonders... in perfect summer wear


Dress, €60, RI Studio, River Island. Shoes, €149, Fitzpatricks, Fitzpatricks Shoes
Dress, €60, RI Studio, River Island. Shoes, €149, Fitzpatricks, Fitzpatricks Shoes
Coat, €175, RI Studio, River Island. Top, €34, Monsoon. Trousers, €35, Marks & Spencer. Shoes, €57, Topshop

Lauren Hutton is having a moment. Cast in this season's Bottega Veneta ad campaign, the 73-year-old made a rare return to the runway for its spring 2017 show. She's also starring in the Calvin Klein underwear campaign, photographed by Sofia Coppola.

Her appearances broadcast the message that style is ageless and timeless. It's hardly surprising that the iconic American supermodel has such an enduring appeal - hers is the sort of natural, easy style most of us would love to emulate. It's also the perfect template to see you through summer work wear, with no crumpled linen in sight.

The key pieces that make up her look? Safari-style tailoring in beige or khaki - avoid linen versions, which will quickly look wrinkled; chinos with a navy blazer and T-shirt; a khaki shirt worn with a more formal skirt.

Hutton often favours trainers with tailored pieces and a white T-shirt. Unlike Melanie Griffith's famous white runners in Working Girl, the trainer is now accepted as suitable for all but the most corporate of working environments. A trouser suit might seem a little bit too formal for many of us, but a pair of box-fresh trainers give the look a relaxed edge, and make it seem more wearable.

Shirt dresses are a good summer work-wear option - avoid any with a short, curved-edge hem, as they tend to look like a nightdress. Ideally, look for a slight twist on the look - such as this wrap version, right, from River Island's RI Studio collection.

Trenches are a big look for this summer. Ideally, go for a version that falls to the mid-calf rather than the knee - they look more luxurious and less like a mere trend purchase. Arnotts has several beautiful versions.

Stripes are a good work-wear print. This season's bold striped trousers will sit nicely in your office-wear wardrobe. Go-to labels? Whistles and Karen Millen at Brown Thomas and Arnotts both have plenty of the above; as does Marks & Spencer; River Island's premium Studio line; H&M for cottons; and Carolyn Donnelly - The Edit at Dunnes Stores.

"Fashion is what you are offered four times a year by designers, and style is what you choose," Lauren Hutton once commented. Words to shop by.

Photography by Kip Carroll

Styling by Liadan Hynes

Words by Liadan Hynes

Fashion edited by Constance Harris

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