Melissa's top picks for AW21
So here we are in September, summer almost at an end, and a whole new season of gorgeous colour ahead of us. It’s been a busy couple of months leading up to the new collection, so as a last hurrah to summer, I headed up to London for a special ‘colour lunch’ at the restaurant, Spring (could the venue be more fitting?!) with the newspaper columnist, Hannah Betts and Head of Colour at the London College of Style, Jules Standish. A Jewel Winter and Spring respectively, Hannah and Jules are two of the most colourful women I know and a font of knowledge on the subject. From the moment we got together the talk over lunch was of colour, colour and more colour, with a side order of colour. As you can imagine, it was pure bliss!
Jules, Hannah, Melissa and PR Claire at Spring restaurant, London.
And now to my top picks from the new AW collection and how I’ll be styling them. With so many exciting new styles and colours to choose from it hasn’t been easy narrowing it down, but here are the pieces that will definitely be earning their place in my wardrobe. I’d love to hear your choices too, so let me know which rainbows will be jumping into your basket this season.
This skirt ticks every box for me: beautifully wearable A-line shape, substantial jersey (lined to the knee) and fun and contemporary print. It’s a midi on me (I’m 5ft 10in) but easy to alter if you need it shortened. Such a great transitional piece.
There’s plenty to love about the new Phoebe blouse (the pretty gathered sleeves and neckline for starters) but what’s really great about it is its versatility: pair it with the Alice Skirt and it becomes a dress; wear it with a plain skirt or jeans and you’ve got an outfit for work or weekend. And it goes with so many Spring shades: turquoise, coral, orange, purple, yellow… I’ll be adding the Celia tank top in Blue Jewel for warmth when it gets cooler.
How I’ll wear it: with jeans and Leather Belt in Aquamarine.
If, like me, you love skirts, you’ll find the Connie a really useful addition to your wardrobe. It’s designed to be neat rather than loose-fitting, is the perfect length and has a rib around the hem which accentuates the waist. Made of seven-gauge merino, this one will be keeping me cosy all winter long.
How I’ll wear it: with a Jersey Maxi Skirt in Bright Navy and pair of white trainers or tan suede ankle boots.
There’s a reason we nicknamed this top the ‘Hetta Hug’ – the mix of Pima cotton and modal makes it the softest long-sleeved top you’ll ever own. It’s named after my sister-in-law Hetta, who I’ve known since we were teenagers. It is great for layering and for in-between seasons. And I love this Fresh Green – I think you’re going to be seeing a lot of me in this shade this season!
Despite being all about the vibrant Spring colours, there are times when I just want to wear neutrals, which is why I’m loving this tan and cream tiger-print Tabitha Dress. Great for when you want to look smart, I’ll be wearing it one of two ways – either all neutral with gold and pair of coral earrings and lipstick, or mixed up with a colourful jacket.
How I’ll wear it: with the Rachel Jacket in Seaspray (perfect for subtle Springs) and long suede tan boots.
I’ve never worn a Monaco before, so this is a bit of a wild card for me, but I can’t resist the light grey and acid yellow. I’ll be sizing down as the fit is generous and sporting a half tuck to show my waist – good excuse to add a colourful belt!
How I’ll wear it: with jeans and a Cashmere Gauze Stole in Dutch Blue.