By Karen Kay
In this special series, fashion consultant Karen Kay talks to stylish women about the pieces they cherish in their wardrobe. This week, fashion blogger and Instagram star Erica Davies, 40, opens the closet in the stylish home she shares with her husband, James, and their two children.
I saw this Penelope dress on Rixo’s Instagram feed and instantly fell in love with its clashing prints.
The flattering shape nips in at the waist and skims over the hips, with an asymmetric hemline, while the blouson sleeve is great for those of us who don’t like to bare our arms. I splashed out £280 on this, but I had a big birthday coming up and sold some pieces on eBay to justify the purchase!
Show me a Seventies maxi dress and I’m sold. This Lily & Lionel style has become a real favourite.
It comes with a matching slip and is a brilliant throw-on when you don’t want to put an outfit, together. I’m such a fan of this style, I bought the same dress in a lovely black and red leopard print.
I love lace blouses, especially when they have a frill like my one from Monsoon which I have in black and white.
I wear them with everything from denim dungarees to apron dresses, and layer them with a thermal rollneck in winter. I don’t even bother ironing these, because the broderie anglaise works well when left with a slightly textured feel.
I daren’t count how many Breton tops I have: there are endless permutations in my wardrobe. I wear them with clashing prints so you’ll often see me in stripes with bold florals or leopard print, say.
But I also love that classic French look of Breton top with navy trousers and sandals. The classic Saint James version is great for English summers, when you need a little more ‘substance’ to ward off a chill breeze.
I’ve had this Topshop khaki ‘shacket’ for years. I wear it buttoned up as a shirt, or wear it open as a lightweight jacket.
I style it with a wide legged black jumpsuit or bright pink A-line skirts: it seems to work with everything and is one of the hardest working pieces I own. And it looks better with age…
I bought this M&S Autograph cotton lace midi skirt last summer, and have loved discovering how versatile it is.
I wear it with gold heels, a plain cashmere crewneck and red lipstick for a date night, or with white sandals and a plain white tee on a sunny day.
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