Sunday, 9 January 2011


2010 brought us a versatile range of style muses from Betty Draper to Lauren Hutton even with eighties George Michael thrown in (Hawaiian trend in the Summer anyone?). However, as the new spring collections are beginning to drift into stores, now seems like the perfect time to reassess your wardrobe and decide which trends to embrace in 2011.

To begin with, here are my style resolutions for 2011…

I will dress like a chic, refined French woman.

This picture of Clemence Poesy perfectly illustrates the art of French dressing, she has combined minimalist pieces with tousled bed head to create a classic, modern look. Women including Clemence, Carine Roitfeld, Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis and Audrey Tautou are all pioneers of this effortlessly sexy, gallic look. The French choose style over fashion and invest in simple, key pieces that will last them forever.

I will invest in classic wear, forever items.

This year I will save enough to buy a Chanel 2.55 (no easy feat for someone with a shopping addiction), or at the very least buy more of those pieces such as a great white shirt, tailored trousers, a boucle jacket or a classic party dress that will last for years to come.

I will go out dressed like someone from Studio 54

The seventies are back in a major way this spring and after last seasons refined vibe (think Lauren Hutton, nudes) for SS11 we will all apparently be channelling Bianca Jagger. Despite the many disasters of the seventies (nylon flares, platforms, the hair), I for one am keen to wear berry shades, cut out maxi dresses and very possibly a pair of flared jeans.

I will try neons.

Bright colours were spotted this season at Proenza Schouler and Giles, however, it was Christopher Kane’s palette of neon green’s, pinks and yellows inspired by ‘Princess Margaret on acid’ that was the true of the SS11 shows. The laser cut leather used by Kane is possibly a step too far, however a shock of neon will surely brighten up those dull Spring days?

I will dress more like an old lady.

Long skirts, big cardigans, cosy jumpers, mohair, sheepskin coats, loafers and an abundance of camel, definitely the most comfortable way to dress in 2011.

A few add ons

Dress like a ballerina as seen at Chloe

Channel Valentine Fillol Cordier

I am sure the majority of these will get broken, particularly the investment pieces resolution, but I begin 2011 with good intentions, please feel free to share your own ‘style resolutions’ for the year by emailing

Harriet Tisdall

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