Here at Who What Wear UK, we’re all about delivering the latest and greatest shopping edits, as approved by our team. That’s why we’ve created a new shopping column, The Joy of Shopping, which will see me, Joy Montgomery, heading to all your favourite stores to test out new-in pieces IRL. From summer dresses to the brands you might’ve forgotten about, prepare for changing room selfies aplenty. Is there something you’d like me to cover? Make sure to tweet or Instagram me your requests!
The line between daywear and evening wear is starting to blur—what were previously polarised fashion categories have now merged to become a shifting grey area that blends fabrics, silhouettes and fits to create something entirely new. We are embracing the jarring appeal of high-low styling, whether it’s a tulle gown with trainers (oh hey, Villanelle) or a tracksuit with a strappy heel. The rulebook has been thrown out, and we couldn’t be happier.
While this might sound like yet another tricky sartorial situation to navigate, the reality is that a whole new world of styling options has opened up to us, one where we can easily combine new purchases with items that are already in our wardrobe. And, as we edge ever closer to the Christmas season, this ability to mix-and-match becomes more and more invaluable: Essentially, we want an edit of pieces that can be adapted to a variety of situations, whether it’s work drinks or weekend brunch.
French Connection’s winter drop is the ultimate reflection of this new hybrid approach to style, and, as a fashion editor, I consider this versatility essential. I went to the new flagship on Duke street (which comes kitted out with a coffee shop—just saying) and was tasked with putting together outfits that I can happily wear from morning till night and feel comfortable all the while. The whole collection is a sliding scale of formality, where sequins rub shoulders with knitwear and midi dresses can switch from boots to party shoes with ease.
Personal highlights include brown leather trousers, which will look just as good with a silken blouse as they will with a crewneck knit. The oversized jumper dress is another highlight and will pack in plenty of ’90s vibes when paired with knee-high boots. I also have to give a shout-out to the achingly cool black tuxedo, which feels very YSL when worn sans blouse, and is a great fashion-savvy alternative to a party dress. So much goodness, so little time.
Shop French Connection’s full new-in drop here.