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Know your classics

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Fashion consultant and stylist Simone Dernee knows fashion inside and out and is great at turning flamboyant runway looks into wearable yet chic outfits. For the Summum blog, she separates the fashion wheat from the chaff and shows us the pieces that are worth investing in.

You really don’t have to have a huge wardrobe full of clothes in order to look amazing – but I’m not telling you anything new. The trick is to have a perfect basic wardrobe. A few classic, dependable, fine quality items make the ultimate building blocks for any outfit. Just update them with a few hip pieces. Do like the famous fashionistas I spotted during fashion week: they chose to make an indispensable classic their statement piece. In the spotlight: the Hermès scarf, the Burberry trench coat and the cashmere sweater.

 

Hermès scarf

Just a piece of silk to some but to others the most versatile luxury accessory in the world: the Hermès Carré scarf. This 90 by 90 cm hand-rolled scarf with its tiny, almost invisible stitches has been popular with the jetset since 1937. Hollywood and British royalty were also crazy about this silk scarf with its exuberant patterns. A Hermès scarf is an expensive possession but it can be worn in so many ways. You can tie it around your neck, turn it into a top, a belt or decorate your bag with it. Yes, it’s an investment, but what could be more luxurious than finally opening the orange Hermès box after the eighteen-month wait and finding your scarf in a cloud of crêpe paper, ready to be worn over and over again?

My favourite Hermès scarf is this iconic version.

 

 

The Burberry trench coat

You can recognise it from miles away. It has a light, khaki colour, epaulettes at the shoulders, a loose storm flap at the shoulders, a fabric belt at the waist, a double row of buttons and the famous Haymarket check lining. The Burberry trench coat has been on the fashion scene for years but it never gets boring. There are so many variations: various (classic) colours, short and longer versions, the ones with golden buttons, the sharply tailored styles and the voluminous and oversized versions. What’s so fantastic about the trench coat is that everyone can rock this look. An older women looks elegant and stylish and someone in their 20s looks fashionable and well-dressed. It’s easy to wear too, since it can be thrown on over anything. Jeans and sneakers get an upgrade and a romantic dress gets an edge.

My favourite is this longer, looser version from Burberry.

 

The cashmere sweater

Classics are all too often characterised by their luxurious fabric. It feels particularly wonderful in this era of mass production to pull on an ultra luxury material like cashmere. This wool, which comes from the long, belly hairs of the Tibetan cashmere goat, is exceptionally fine and soft. For years, sweaters were seen as old men’s clothing, for gentlemen. Great for keeping you warm but nothing to do with fashion – like so many classics that later became must-haves, precisely because they are so timeless and free of fashion constraints. Now we can’t do without the cashmere sweater. The cashmere sweater is timeless, multipurpose and divinely comfortable. Yes, and you can even throw them in the washing machine, they come out looking even nicer. Which is lucky, as we all like practical pieces.

My favourite is this grey cashmere sweater from H&M.

 

 

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